Artists and Performers at First Fridays at TALB

We've got some very talented artists, musicians, poets, and performers joining us during First Fridays here at TALB tonight. Come on by at 6:30pm to 4362 Atlantic Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90807. Read a little more about who we're featuring tonight . . . .

In March, the Young, Gifted, and Talented Black History Club (YGT) Step Team took first place in the Stepping in the Right Direction Competition Middle School Division. Established by Ms. Nicole Ford-Calvery, Stepping in the Right Direction is a building bridge for students to be exposed to Historically Black Colleges and Universities by providing them with a tour, college experience, and university information which help to guide the them towards an excellent academic future. YGT wouldn’t have been able to win without the direction of Dr. McCloyn the founder of The Young Gifted and Talented Black History Club combined with an extraordinary supportive team that includes Mr. Colunga (Artistic Director, Mr. Wilson(Choreographer) and Ms. Logan (Co-Choreographer), Ms. Burton (Costume Designer), YGT parents, family and friends. The team demonstrated a historical performance portraying Algebra Math Nerds studying to be the Best in the West. Although, they may not be from the West, they certainly were the best middle school steppers at West Adams Preparatory High School. 

This Upcoming year YGT will continue to make history celebrating their 20th anniversary at Charles Evan Hughes Middle School using performing arts to encourage and motivate students to achieve academic success. We are extremely proud of the YGT Stepp Team for performing courageous steps, which led them to an all time victory.

Nancy Lynée Woo is a poet and community organizer in Long Beach, CA. Often caught cavorting around the beaches and the city, this poet can be found online at, where she has links to her published works. Though the page is her first stage, Nancy’s favorite way of performing poetry is with the Poets’ Band, aka Bobkat, who are a couple of rad musicians who know how to keep the groove going. She has a spoken-word-with-music CD featuring Bobkat available at her website, as well as a chapbook published by Sadie Girl Press. She is co-founder of a social justice-based literary press called Lucid Moose Lit, and can be found on Twitter at @fancifulnance.

Sarah Thursday is beyond thrilled to be participating in TALB’s First Friday event! She is a product of LBUSD, attending school from 5th to 12th grade (Burbank, Lindberg, and Jordan), worked as a college aide at Newcomb and substitute teacher for 2 years, then graduated from CSULB, before becoming a fulltime elementary teacher in Paramount for the last 12 years. Her passion for the Long Beach community caused her to start a website,, dedicated to Long Beach poets and poetry events. As a summer job, she first ventured into the small press world with Sadie Girl Press and then Lucid Moose Lit with her poetry partner in crime. She is honored to fill her time with her three loves: teaching, poetry, and music. Listen to some samples of her poetry read with BobKat at Find and follow her on, Facebook, or Twitter.

BobKat is a guitar, violin & vocal group featuring Bobby Cuff on guitar/vocals/songs and Karlee Tittle Cuff on violin/vocals.  Born and raised in California, this Los Angeles duo is an extension of their main group, Grievous Angels, whose music is a dreamy mixture of reggae and soul.  BobKat strips down the sound to its bare essentials leaving a percussive, haunting groove with beautiful harmonies, aching melodies and lyrics that both lament and herald the human spirit.