Rob Katsuno

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Night with Mike G. & Rob Katsuno

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Night is prancing into town on tiny deer feet at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 8, at Angst Gallery. The evening is open to anyone with poetry to share; sign-ups start at 6:30 and last until the show starts at 7 p.m. The featured guests this month are Mike G and Rob Katsuno. Nibbles and wine will be provided by Angst’s next-door neighbor, Niche Wine Bar, and Briz Loan & Guitar is donating their expertise and equipment to make sure everyone’s mic is turned on and you can hear what the Couve’s best poets are laying down.

Mike G has been writing, in fun and in earnest, for quite some time, and performing publicly is a celebration of the sanity he maintains through the process. He’s read some poems on KBOO, and has had some poems published. He vows to “clown and rant” until he’s dead, which we hope won’t be for a long time now.

Katsuno—something of a local legend in the Couve—has been employed as a Boeing jet design engineer, a Mitsubishi joint venture broker, a Morgan Stanley investment banker in NY and Tokyo. He holds an MBA from UCLA and currently works as a Ameriprise financial advisor. In 2011 he received third place in the Willamette Writers Kay Snow Writing Contest. He is also a talented performer who has appeared at BackfencePDX and United Solo, America’s largest solo performance festival in Theatre Row, NY. For more information about Rob, visit robkatsuno.com

Angst Gallery is located at 1015 Main St. in downtown Vancouver. For more information, visit angstgallery.com. To learn more about the monthly Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Nights, visit printedmattervancouver.com.

Ghost Town Poetry with Mike G & Rob Katsuno

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Night is prancing into town on tiny deer feet at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 8, at Angst Gallery. The evening is open to anyone with poetry to share; sign-ups start at 6:30 and last until the show starts at 7 p.m. The featured guests this month are Mike G and Rob Katsuno. Nibbles and wine will be provided by Angst’s next-door neighbor, Niche Wine Bar, and Briz Loan & Guitar is donating their expertise and equipment to make sure everyone’s mic is turned on and you can hear what the Couve’s best poets are laying down.

Mike G has been writing, in fun and in earnest, for quite some time, and performing publicly is a celebration of the sanity he maintains through the process. He’s read some poems on KBOO, and has had some poems published. He vows to “clown and rant” until he’s dead, which we hope won’t be for a long time now.

Katsuno—something of a local legend in the Couve—has been employed as a Boeing jet design engineer, a Mitsubishi joint venture broker, a Morgan Stanley investment banker in NY and Tokyo. He holds an MBA from UCLA and currently works as a Ameriprise financial advisor. In 2011 he received third place in the Willamette Writers Kay Snow Writing Contest. He is also a talented performer who has appeared at BackfencePDX and United Solo, America’s largest solo performance festival in Theatre Row, NY. For more information about Rob, visit robkatsuno.com

Angst Gallery is located at 1015 Main St. in downtown Vancouver. For more information, visit angstgallery.com. To learn more about the monthly Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Nights, visit printedmattervancouver.com.

The Slate Comedy Showcase

Get your tickets now for the next Slate Standup Comedy Showcase, happening at the Kiggins Theatre on Thursday, Oct. 6, and featuring headliner Dwight Slade. In 2002, Slade became the first stand-up to make appearances at the three major North American Comedy Festivals: Aspen, Chicago and Montreal. On the heels of his performances, Slade signed a development deal with Warner Brothers Television. Slade was chosen to appear on HBO’s “Best of the US Comedy Arts Festival” and made an appearance on Comedy Central’s Premium Blend.

Slade’s stand-up gained international stature after earning a five-star review from Scotland’s Minister of Culture at the prestigious Edinburgh Fringe Festival and with Slade’s appearances at the Montreal Just For Laughs Festival. He followed this with a tour in Afghanistan performing for US Troops, then a tour of Israel. After a stellar performance at the 2008 Comedy Festival in Las Vegas, Slade was chosen to appear on a Tonight Show feature. Recently, Slade was the winner of this year’s Boston Comedy Festival.

Salde will be joined by local comics Daniel Martin Austin, Rob Katsuno, Steve Magnuson and others. The doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. All tickets are just $10. Advance tickets are available by clicking here.

American Atlas at Angst Gallery

The Portland Playhouse, Clark County Poet Laureate Christopher Luna, Angst Gallery, and Printed Matter Vancouver present “American Atlas: A Reading” by storyteller Rob Katsuno. American Atlas is a one-man show, written by and starring Rob Katsuno and directed by Nikki Weaver of Portland Playhouse. The performance will be at 7 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 1, at Angst Gallery, 1015 Main St. in downtown Vancouver.

American Atlas depicts an Asian American conformist struggling to form his identity. Katsuno’s storytelling employs humor to explore the intersection of multiculturalism and America’s aspirational culture. His laugh-out-loud experiences—from his humble youth to a stint as an investment banker to his marriage to his Brazilian wife—serve as both a critique and soaring celebration of what makes America great.To learn ore about Katsuno, visit www.robkatsuno.com.

There will be a reception at Niche Wine & Art Bar (located right next door to Angst) immediately after the reading with appetizers and beverages provided by Ameriprise.