Open Mic

Photo: Courtesy of Ong King

Editors’ Pick

This is open mic at its most organic. Actually, at Ong King Art Center, they call it an “open stage” to encompass the visual and performance nature of what goes down on Sunday nights, whether it’s music or poetry or dance or acting or, heck, just banging and screaming. (It has happened.) “If someone wants to paint a flower on the wall or hit a drum in the jam session, that’s all fine,” says co-owner Cristian “See” Ellauri. The upstairs space in Chinatown draws the likes of ukulele virtuoso Kaimane Gardner and Quadraphonix is the house band, but Ellauri says it’s not about being cool. “This is a safe space in which you can take risks and where people will listen to you respectfully,” he says. Not moved to perform? Ong King offers one of the best deals in town with a $5 endless bowl of kava. Entry: $1 ($5 if you BYOB). Sundays 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. 184 N. King St., 428-3233,


Video: Courtesy of Ong King Arts Center, Created by: One Take Bandit Productions