How can you possibly help others who have been victims of domestic violence or sexual assault if you have never actually lived it yourself?

On Friday evening, July 14, beginning at 5:30 pm at 287 Main St. in Danbury, the Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut invites you to a very special open mic night where singer/songwriters and poets are encouraged to sing or speak of transformation, a sense of hope or inner strength in front of a live audience. This Open Mic is for performers of all levels who sing, play instruments, write and perform poetry, spoken word, and are looking for an audience. Special guest for the evening will be Connecticut's Poet Laureate Rennie McQuilkin.

Connecticut's Poet Laureate, Rennie McQuilkin
Connecticut's Poet Laureate, Rennie McQuilkin

My son, Ethan James has been writing and performing his own songs, which have been a major healing force as it relates to his addictions and mental illness over the last 20 years. Through the universal language of song and poetry, stories about domestic violence, sexual assault, and addiction become more identifiable among others, which in turn inspires conversations about these important issues. The song by Suzanne Vega titled, "Luka" which is about domestic violence is a perfect example.

Click this link to register if you'd like to perform. First come, first perform. For more info on this special evening, call 203-798-0760 or e-mail


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