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The voice of De Anza since 1967.

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The voice of De Anza since 1967.

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Three reasons why students should go to First Thursday Open Mic

Ruben Valles

Welcoming the Crowd

Diversity events coordinator McTate Stromani, hosts the First Thursday open mic night at the Euphrat Museum. Thursday May 2.

First Thursday is a monthly event at De Anza College where students can bond through live perfomances of poetry, dance and other forms of expression.

1. Arts of different mediums are welcome.

Students sing, play music, read poetry and dance.

Gorav Bagga, 19, an international business major who minors in music, chose to read some of his poetry.

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Bagga said he enjoys coming to the event. “I love it.”

2. Open Mic night is the right venue for aspiring performers to overcome the anxiety of live perfomance.

Aaron Tolliver, a 19-year-old criminal justice major, admitted having fears before  taking the stage.

Yet Tolliver decided to challenge his doubts and dance to the beat.

“I’ve been saying that I would do it, but I dropped out because I get too nervous, and then … I just finally did it,” Tolliver said.

3. There is no need to take the stage to have fun.

Not every attendee is expected to participate but the audience members can still have a good time.

Maylea Saito, 22, sociology major, has been going to First Thursday for about two years.

“This is one of my favorite De Anza events,” Saito said.

“I love how welcoming the atmosphere is.”

To anyone who is considering or has considered going to First Thursday, diversity event coordinator McTate Stromani said, “Write your feeling down. Don’t worry about trying to perform it when you write it. Just write it down.”

When: The first Thursday of every month from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.  The next First Thursday will be held June 6.

A $3 donation is requested.

Where: Euphrat Museum of Art

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