A Night Of Good Words, Wine, And Laughter: The Start Of TAST’s 2.1 — The First of Its Second Part Held At The Wine Lover In Hillcrest

The day was August 20th 2016 to be exact, and Binh H. Nguyen, founder of Thru A Soft Tube, also known by TAST, held TAST 2.1 at the well-known eatery in Hillcrest, The Wine Lover.

The Wine Lover is owned by brothers Serge and Nick Chablé, proprietors, foodies, and, of course, wine lovers. The Wine Lover is well used as a meeting space for hosting events, for live bands and other happenings, and for awesome food and wine (consider joining The Wine Lover’s Club!). Their petite back patio offers an excellent gathering spot in the center of San Diego’s well loved Hillcrest community; and, the low lights in the evening truly create an intimate and relaxing atmosphere for just about anything. It’s no surprise as to why their restaurant is the hub for TAST’s main meetings held at least once every month.

TAST At The Wine Lover In Hillcrest - The Back Patio Filled With Intimate Lowlights And A Relaxing Atmosphere Perfect For Hosting Events | The Black Lion Journal | The Black Lion | Image ©2016 Christina Lydia
TAST at The Wine Lover in Hillcrest – The back patio filled with intimate lowlights and a relaxing atmosphere perfect for hosting events | Image by Christina Lydia, 2016

The first time I attended TAST, I was with a friend and I took the role as an outside observer; though I also attended the same university as these fantastic MFAers, and though I am an English major (Social Science too), I am not officially part of the MFA club. But that didn’t matter then and it didn’t matter for TAST 2.1. Everyone was kind and welcoming — I never felt out of place.

I arrived early, prepared with my camera because this time I was going on official business — representing The Black Lion Journal as journalist/events reporter/head lady Administrator — all hats are mine. TAST 2.1 gathered an eclectic mix of MFA and non-MFA performers, speakers, and readers. With proper introductions in order, Binh started off the night once the clock struck 8.

There’s something special about nighttime stories. Lights casting a soft yellow glow over each speaker’s face, their words magnified in the low light like a glow from a bonfire at the beach, stories told late into night. Readings so personal and thoughtful, the players of the night performed their best, and the response for each was delightfully pleasing to the ears. Binh has a natural talent for coordinating a strong and inviting event, with San Diego as the backdrop for TAST and its readers. His role as events reviewer for the San Diego Reader only aid in his expert hand at crafting a unique and memorable literary experience.

"Welcoming LIght." Readers from TAST 2.1 At The Wine Lover In Hillcrest gather together in the back patio of The Wine Lover | The Black Lion Journal | The Black Lion | ©2016 Christina Lydia.jpg
“I am not officially part of the MFA club. But that didn’t matter then and it didn’t matter for TAST 2.1. Everyone was kind and welcoming — I never felt out of place.”

Readers and performers showcased a variety of their work, a few stemming from Works-In-Progress (WIPs). Poetry and Fiction weren’t the only highlights of the evening — amazing work in script form was performed with the aid of a lucky volunteer. As a writer myself, the storytelling that night was simply inspiring. All readers are passionate in what they do and it showed.

Readers/Performers for TAST 2.1:

Pat Andrus
Ron Salisbury
Karen Seehaus
Taberah Joy Holloway
Taberah Joy Holloway & Theodore Niekras
Nathan Hillstrom
Janel Spencer-Levy
Theodore Niekras
Breeann Kirby
Omer Zalmanowitz
Binh H. Nguyen

A few of the evening’s highlights included a script performance by Taberah Joy Holloway & Theodore Niekras, a reading by San Diego Writer’s INK instructor, Ron Salisbury, and of course, a reading by Binh himself.

Taberah Joy Holloway & Theodore Niekras from TAST 2.1 Reading his work | The Black Lion Journal | The Black Lion | Image © 2016 Christina Lydia
Taberah Joy Holloway & Theodore Niekras
Ron Salisbury from TAST 2.1 Reading his work | The Black Lion Journal | The Black Lion | Image © 2016 Christina Lydia
Ron Salisbury
Binh H. Nguyen from TAST 2.1 Reading his work | The Black Lion Journal | The Black Lion | Image © 2016 Christina Lydia
Binh H. Nguyen

Words, wine, laughter, and good company are what await each TAST event. TAST is sassy, it’s classy, and it has the right amount of good spirit that can last until the next one.

“Class is always in session in the classroom that is the world. For TAST, our sessions contain a little sass—and plenty of class.”

 

The Black Lion Journal is honored to have an exclusive interview by non-other than Binh H. Nguyen, creator of TAST! Click the link to learn more about the beginnings of TAST and it’s legacy for the writing community in San Diego.

 

Relive the night by viewing all of the players, in the order in which they read!

 

¡PSST! ©2016 The Black Lion Journal. Images by Christina Lydia, 2016.

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