Stepping Out

Annual Teen Open Mic Night set for Friday in downtown MV

Singing, dancing and comedy are among the talents that will be on display at Teen Open Mic Night, scheduled 7-9 p.m. Friday at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.

The annual event, organized by the city of Mountain View’s Youth Advisory Committee, began in 2009. Admission is free.

Area residents in grades 6-12 are eligible to participate. Microphones and a keyboard will be provided.

The open mic night was created “to give local teens a platform to showcase their talents,” said Michael Schwarz, the staff liaison to YAC, comprised of middle school and high school students who help give teens a voice in Mountain View government.

The event has grown in popularity over the years, according to YAC chairman Abhiraj Giritharan. The Mountain View High School senior said the first one he attended was an “eye-opening experience” that “brought people together and had the power to bridge divides in our community.” Past performances have included singing, dancing, poetry, comedy, acting and even a few rock bands.

“The performers and emcees interact with the crowd,” Giritharan said, “and the different performances have covered all of the emotional spectra.”

He added that the events “encourage people to share their message or talent in a safe, celebratory space.”

The deadline to secure a spot in the open mic night has passed, but those who missed it may still have a chance to perform at the end, if time permits, Schwarz said. Attendees are advised to arrive early; Schwarz said nearly all the seats at last year’s event were filled.

“Every year after the show, people, performers and attendees alike leave with smiles on their faces,” Giritharan said, “and I believe that is a testament to the power of the event.”

The open mic night will be held on MVCPA’s SecondStage.

For more information, call 903-6000 or email yac@ mountainview.gov.

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