The Why of Switching from a Local to an International Point of View

Last week I wrote about the beginnings of Listen & Be Heard in New York City in the 1990’s. What developed there was the roots of what Listen & Be Heard became in Vallejo, CA. For those of you who might now be searching for a mate, let me suggest that you host a weekly open mic event and be very patient. Tony Mims showed up one Thursday night at Rafael’s, and we got married. He inspired me to make Listen & Be Heard more than an open mic event. I was already sending out a weekly e-mail with news about who we were featuring each week. He suggested we be more ambitious and print an actual newspaper that would be like an open mic in print for the arts community. Continue reading