Makara Book Club returns Sat., Feb 17 at 11am with MEAN by Myriam Gurba!
“True crime, memoir, and ghost story, Mean is the bold and hilarious tale of Myriam Gurba’s coming of age as a queer, mixed-race Chicana. Blending radical formal fluidity and caustic humor, Gurba takes on sexual violence, small towns, and race, turning what might be tragic into piercing, revealing comedy.”
FREE! Reading the book is not required for participation. We have so much to talk about with this one.
The 2011-2012 documentary series "Prophets of Science Fiction" from filmmaker Ridley Scott (Alien, Blade Runner) covered the life and work of leading sci-fi authors of the last couple centuries. It depicts how they predicted and influenced the development of scientific advancements, inspiring readers to help transform futuristic visions into everyday reality.
Join us at Makara for a screening of the series' debut episode on "Frankenstein" author Mary Shelley, which explores her inspirations, the novel itself, and their continuing influence on literature, film, science, culture, and more.
Light refreshments available for purchase.
You are welcome to bring your own food!
Coin metered street parking available on Main Street and side streets
Having trouble finding the perfect treat for your favorite friend? Join us on Saturday, December 16 from 12pm - 5pm for an afternoon of unconventional shopping. Makara's Holiday Boutique will feature unique handicrafts, art prints, vintage clothing & accessories, new & used vinyl, new & used books, organic bath products, and more!
Have you ever met someone and felt an instant sense of attraction or repulsion even though you do not know the person? In Depth Psychology this is an unconscious as well as chemical reaction that is understood as part of a psychic projective phenomena of affinity—where a constellated chemistry between two individuals is ignited. This phenomena was understood by Jung mythically as the unio mystica, or the union of opposites.
This presentation will share how Jung illustrated this psychological understanding of the transference phenomena in alchemical symbolism and illustrations taken from the 16th-century alchemical text, Rosarium Philosophorum. He utilized these illustrations to show the connections that exist between the transformative process shared by alchemy and an analogous transformative process that he discovered in the psychic growth of an individual.
Presented by Madeleine Spencer
You are invited to Cocktails with Creatures! This exciting Halloween fundraiser to benefit Makara Center for the Arts will be held at our tropical-themed arts & culture library in the heart of Santa Ana. We'll have a silent auction with amazing items to bid on, plus delicious signature cocktails for sale and a vision of “Frankenstein” like you’ve never seen before! 100% of event proceeds will be dedicated to Makara’s nonprofit programs including the expansion of our after-school programs and the purchase of nontraditional items for our free lending library (musical instruments, art supplies), as well as support for our 2018 citywide reading initiative, "FrankenRead: Santa Ana Reads Frankenstein!"
We hope to see you on October 29!
(21 & over please)
Makara Book Club
October 21, 2017 - Victor LaValle's "The Changeling"
Esteemed artist Manuel Hernández Trujillo has created an extraordinary body of work spanning woodcuts, watercolors, yarn paintings, posters and murals that all vary in subject, style, and color. On Saturday, October 7 from 3:30 to 5:00 pm, Trujillo's friend--editor & curator Manuel Gómez--will discuss his book, "Dancing with the Sun," a collection celebrating Trujillo's artwork and career. We invite you to Makara for this intimate exploration of Trujillo's work and its themes of family, the Chicano community, and ongoing struggles for social justice.
Artist Maritza Torres will discuss how to create change through art, identity, and her comic "Nopalita" on Saturday, September 23 at Makara Center for the Arts! Chisme Time starts at 1:30 p.m., with the Pop-Up Shop open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Makara Center for the Arts welcomes all who are interested in learning more about the history and artistic interpretations of Tarot.
What is Tarot? Where did it come from? Is it fortune-telling or a tool for self-discovery? How do you learn to "read" cards? Join us at Makara Center for the Arts for an open discussion on Tarot where we will provide a general introduction to Tarot, identify recurring symbols in the cards, and explore the various artistic interpretations of Tarot.
Books & decks will be available for purchase at Makara's Shop.
Makara is excited to launch a new series: Science Saturdays!
Our series kicks off with special guests Suzana Pinkerton & Christina Catabay. Join these food experts discuss the science of the food we eat and how it impacts our bodies and our culture. We will provide fruity treats for guests, plus a special screening of the classic Brazilian short film, "Ilha das Flores."
This event is free and open to all ages. Seating is limited.
Saturday, July 8 - 11 a.m.
811 N. Main St. Santa Ana 92701
coin-metered street parking available
Join Makara Center for the Arts & Dirty Laundry Lit for an afternoon of fresh literature and good energy. $10 donation requested at the door to support Makara's programs & events. Book donations are welcome!
Summer snacks and refreshments available to guests. Doors open at 1:30 p.m., readings begin at 2 p.m.
RSVP on Facebook & hope to see you soon!
The Emerging Voices Fellowship is a unique 8-month program from PEN Center USA designed for writers who follow their own path. The fellowship provides writers with the tools they need to develop their craft, navigate the tricky world of publishing, and form lasting relationships with writers and established authors.
Join us on Sunday, June 18 at Makara Center for the Arts to learn more about this one-of-a-kind fellowship from PEN staff, EV mentors, and EV fellows.
Learn more about Emerging Voices HERE