Saturday: (re)COLLECT Opening Party
From: oaklandish-list (oaklandish-listoaklandish.com)
Date: Fri, 14 Jan 2005 18:15:43 -0800 (PST)
Read the sweet preview in this week's EastBayExpress!
and see you Saturday night @ Oaklandish...

Vietnamese Artists Collective	
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(re)COLLECT: Visions and Sounds
Saturday, January 15, 2005

Gallery/Lounge Time: 7:30 Live Music: 8:30-10:00 AfterParty: 10:30-1:30
sliding scale admission $7-20 (proceeds will benefit the Collective)

Oaklandish Gallery and Lounge
411 2nd St. (btw: Broadway & Franklin) near Jack London Square
BART accessible (12th St. Bart) Street Parking available
http://www.oaklandish.org
510.451-2677

Featured Artists:
Tan Khanh Cao
Magnetic North
DJ MyLai
Kevin T. N. Nguyen
Anh-Hoa Thi Nguyen
Linh Nguyen
Unity Nguyen
An Tran
Thuy Tran
DJ Roza
DJ VNA

Tan Khanh Cao
Gia Dinh province
40 miles inland
northwest of Saigon
birthplace of my father’s father
the red earth there is good
for growing pine trees and coffee plants

I am thankful for being permitted to exist
grateful for the responsibility of
having something to offer
Open to the journey and its crossings
and who and what I meet...and to be
someone met on those paths.
Willing to be care-full and present.

I paint.
www.cpcarts.org/tan

Tan Khanh "Listen"
Magnetic North
Comprised of close friends that share an unhealthy lust for music, Magnetic North is a hip hop duo that strives to find the elusive balance between music rich instrumentals and insightful lyrics. Even though they formed in 2003, both Direct and Theresa Vu have been emceeing for over 6 years. A beat producer and lyricist, Direct (Derek Kan) was formerly a member of All Real, a group with a prolific history that consists of three self-engineered albums. Theresa Vu, though she has no prior albums, has spent half a decade honing her craft in cyphers and open mics. So, contrary to the common image of rappers, Magnetic North hopes to prove that geeky Asian kids from the 'burbs can rip mics too. For more information: www.magnetichiphop.com

Theresa "T" Vu of Magnetic North


"Direct" Derek Kan of Magnetic North
DJ Mylai
Veanne Cao, also known as DJ Mylai, learned how to spin records at a friends house while inebriated off two Coronas back in 1998. For the past six years, she has been actively involved in the San Francisco underground music scene, playing drum&bass and breakbeat at clubs, raves, renegades and radio stations all around the Bay Area. She took a brief hiatus from DJing this past year to pursue other endeavors, but has now returned to her first love: music. For more information, you can visit her website at www.mylai.com
DJ MyLai
Kevin T. N. Nguyen
Born in 1978, Kevin T. N. Nguyen is the son of Tam Vo and Cong Nguyen. He lived in his home country of Vietnam for three years until the tragic war that caused many to flee the country. Along with many other Vietnamese refugees, Kevin and his family fled their mother country in search of a better life on a small boat that was later rescued by generous Taiwanese fishermen. After residing in Taiwan for fifteen months, Kevin and his family moved to the United States of America where he currently resides with his parents and two siblings, Alexandria, his older sister, and Jonathan, his younger brother.
Since his early childhood, Kevin and his siblings were raised by a daycare in San Jose where they taught arts and crafts. Ever since those days in preschool, Kevin has had an appetite for the arts. He started his college career at the local community colleges studying architecture but later found that his heart was not in that field of choice. He later studied at The Academy of Arts in San Francisco where he was initially introduced to the study of illustration and fine arts. After a year’s stint at the Academy of Arts, he felt that San Jose State University would better suit his needs. He is currently finishing up his final semester at San Jose State University where he is studying to get a BFA in fine arts. www.nguart.com

Kevin Nguyen "Deformation"
Anh-Hoa Thi Nguyen
Anh-Hoa Thi Nguyen is currently an MFA student in Creative Writing at Mills College where she has been awarded the Mary Merrit Henry Prize in Poetry and the Ardella Mills Literary Composition Prize in Creative Non-Fiction. Her poetry has been published in the "Asian Pacific American Journal" and "The Walrus". Anh-Hoa is also a book artist, printmaker, photographer and performer. Anh-Hoa's artists books and photography have recently been displayed at the Asian Resource Gallery in Oakland in a show called "Piecing Together:Emerging Vietnamese Women Artists." She is an active member of the Vietnamese Artist Collective and lives and creates in Oakland, California.


Linh Nguyen
Linh Gia Nguyen was born in Quang Tri, Central Viet Nam. Linh grew up absorbing popular Vietnamese songs sung at family gatherings and American rock music blasted on the radio. As a guitarist and singer, Linh seeks to create compelling and beautiful music that reflects his broad background and experiences. Linh Nguyen currently resides in Oakland, Ca. You can find out more by visiting "www.linhnguyen.us"


Unity Nguyen
Vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Unity Nguyen brings together many traditions from around the world. Her music uses various languages and instruments, including the dan tranh (16-string zither of Viet Nam); and the kora (21-string harp of West Africa). Visit the calendar to catch a performance. Unity performs solo, or with various forms of her Unity Nguyen Ensemble. She also collaborates with a number of hot world music and dance groups. Unity also shares her passion by teaching music-movement to diverse audiences. These classes range from several weekly programs for pre-schoolers, to drum workshops with youth at risk, to private lessons with adults. Besides performing and teaching music, Unity holds a Master’s degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine. www.unityhealinghands.com

Unity Nguyen
An Tran
An Tran is a self taught tattoo artist. See his work at www.gurutattoo.net


Thuy Tran
Thuy Tran is a mixed media artist who is in love with color and pretty things. She uses found objects to explore and piece together the notion of identity. Her work simultaneously displays a playfulness and an irony that speak to her experiences as a second generation Vietnamese-American woman.
DJ Roza
After spending many years as a fan of soul, old school, and underground hip-hop; as a spectator at garage sessions; and as the "DJ lackey," Roza Do stepped up to the turntables in 2002 and fell in love with DJing ever since.A newbie to the scene, she has been found spinning at poetry and hip-hop events on campus, at lil gigs around the Bay as well as venues in LA. She is currently finishing up her studies in Public Health Policy and Advocacy at UC Berkeley and working on saving her money to build up her record collection, buy a new mixer, and travel.
DJ VNA
Born in the boogie down section of Visitation Valley, VNA found solace in music to deal with a childhood addiction to Flintstone Vitamins. DJing for over 15 years, VNA now connects his music to social justice causes. He was a featured DJ at last year's Save the Rain Forest Rave in Brazil and will headline next year's Save the Redwoods Tour with Michael Franti, Ani Difranco, and Ludacris. VNA has received no awards related to DJing but has received a lot of nice compliments. He does however have 2 cds out; one mix cd (Vietnam75 2001) and one live recording (Soul Tripping at the Lucky Lounge 2003).
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