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Santa Ana History

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In celebration of the city’s 150th anniversary, Manuel “Manny” Escamilla continues his fascinating lecture series exploring the history of Santa Ana.

In March, we will explore the history of booze in Santa Ana and will be joined by historian Dylan M. Almendral.

Special thank you to THE GOOD BEER COMPANY for their generous donation of tasty craft beer brewed right here in Santa Ana! Guests 21+ years can enjoy craft beer and wine before and during the presentation.

  • Doors: 6pm

  • Presentation: 7pm

100% of proceeds will support the Makara Library and free arts education programs.

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1:00 PM13:00


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Tarot Fest | March 24, 2019 | 1pm - 5pm
Discover a new way to read the world around you! Join us at Makara Center for the Arts on Sunday, March 24 for an afternoon exploring the history, practice, and cultural impact of tarot cards. Featuring discussions, interactive activities, readings, and unique vendors.


Presentations and activities include:
Choosing the Right Tarot Deck for You
DIY Tarot Spreads
Tarot in Literature
Astrology and the Major Arcana

Zines, candles, unique jewelry, crystals, and tarot books available for sale from Adrienne, Eva the Sea Witch, Arte Sana, The Hype Priestess, and the Makara Shop.

Akashic records reading by Crystals of Altamira.
Tarot card readings and unique gifts by Angela Mary Magick, The Hip Witch, and Zen Bruja.


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6:30 PM18:30

Makara Book Club: Empty Set

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Book Talko Tuesday: Empty Set

Join us at Makara Center for the Arts every other month to talk about books by contemporary Indigenous and Latinx authors. Next week, we'll discuss Empty Set by Verónica Gerber Bicecci (translated by Christina MacSweeney) on Tuesday, March 26 from 6:30-7:45pm. Empty Setis a novel of patterns, as its young narrator attempts to make sense of inevitable loss, tracing her way forward in loops, triangles, and broken lines. Pick up delicious snacks from our neighbors at Lily's Tacos*, and share your thoughts, critiques, and revelations with other book lovers in an open and casual environment.

*Lily's Tacos closes at 7pm

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4:00 PM16:00

Celebrating Alex Odeh


“Celebrating Alex Odeh” on Saturday, April 6, 2019, will mark what would have been the 75th birthday of poet, activist, and Santa Ana resident Alex Odeh; as well as the 25th Anniversary of the statue dedicated in his honor at the Santa Ana Public Library.

Odeh’s story remains untold to many city residents, and this event intends to promote awareness of his work as a poet and human rights activist. The performance will feature newly translated readings of Odeh’s book “Whispers in Exile” in English, Spanish and Arabic, set to an original music score.

This event is FREE and open to the public.

Project is supported in part by the City of Santa Ana - Arts & Culture Office.

Greg Camphire is an artist/musician and recipient of the 2018 Santa Ana Artist Grant. His multimedia project, Spooky Action Labs, combines percussion with computer software and synthesizers to create original compositions and improvisations. As a mobile, modular workspace for stage and studio environments, Spooky Action Labs invites listeners into an overall imaginative experience.

MIDI Sprout is a new form of technology that uses sensors to capture biodata from plant life, converting electromagnetic currents into musical sounds. This device will be applied to an olive tree—a universal symbol of peace and a specific symbol of Alex Odeh’s Palestinian homeland—to create a new musical backing for those who recite Odeh's words at this special event.

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1:00 PM13:00

Surreal Tea Party featuring Margaret Carson

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We are so excited to welcome Margaret Carson to Makara Center for the Arts! Dr. Carson will share a stunning presentation of Remedios Varo’s paintings, accompanied by excerpts of the newly translated Letters, Dreams, and Other Writings. Join us for an afternoon of tea, fine desserts, and marvelous discoveries.

For fans of translated literature, alchemy, surrealism, painting, and cats — you don’t want to miss this event! Floral and fantastic attire encouraged.

Limited seating. Admission is free but RSVP is required:

Remedios Varo (1908–1963) was a Spanish-born painter who entered the Surrealist circle in Paris before the German occupation forced her into exile to Mexico at the end of 1941, where she would stay until the end of her life. Her dream-infused, allegorical work combines the elements of classical training, alchemical mysticism, and fairy-tale science.

Margaret Carson investigates and writes on issues in literary translation, gender and translation, visualities in writing, and women surrealist artists/writers in the Americas. She has published widely as a literary translator from Spanish to English. Authors translated include Sergio Chejfec (Baroni, A Journey, Almost Island Books and My Two Worlds, Open Letter Books), Remedios Varo (Wakefield Press), Teresa Ralli (HemiPress), Jose Tomas de Cuellar (Having a Ball, Oxford UP).

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7:00 PM19:00

Peace & Justice: Mesa Blanca Practices in Puerto Rico and Latin American Links

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Makara Center for the Arts is honored to welcome Dr. Ysamur Flores-Peña to share his knowledge and insight with our communities.

Dr. Flores will guide us through the history and meaning of Mesa Blanca practices, and how to “read” altars as documents. We will follow Mesa Blanca from its roots in Puerto Rico throughout other manifestations in Latin America, and investigate how migration patterns have influenced the way traditions adapt in order to survive. Join us for a thought-provoking discussion exploring traditional practices, identity, gender, and family.

Dr. Ysamur Flores Peña is an Associate Professor at Otis College of Art & Design and a well-respected elder and keeper of the traditions of Lucumi. He has received a Ph.D in Folklore from UCLA, a MA in Education from the Catholic University of Puerto Rico, and a BA in Hispanic Studies from the University of Puerto Rico. His studies have focused on African-based religions in the New World. 

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6:00 PM18:00


Makara is exercising our green thumb! As part of the city’s Boca de Oro festival, Makara is hosting an evening devoted to the wild and wily nature of plants.

Part One (6:00pm): MIDI Sprout demonstration & performance with Spooky Action Labs

  • Part Two (6:30 - 7:30pm): "The Venus Flytrap" Library Mystery 

Part One: MIDI Sprout is a new form of technology that uses sensors to capture biodata from plant life, converting electromagnetic currents into musical sounds through the use of software and synthesizers. In essence, plants become bandmates that help musicians create compositions and improvisations. 

Spooky Action Labs will be demonstrating this innovative new technology at Makara, in a special preview of two upcoming performances that will use MIDI Sprout to highlight the history and culture of Santa Ana during the city's 150th anniversary year.

Part Two: Makara Center for the Arts presents an interactive library mystery inspired by Ruth Rendell’s short story “The Venus Flytrap.”

A lifeless body is found in a garden of sinister carnivorous plants. What happened? Learn to use Makara Library resources to find clues and solve the mystery. Successful detectives will be entered in a drawing for strange & delightful prizes!

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7:00 PM19:00

Tarot & Tea

Tarot & Tea returns!

February 28, 2019

7pm - 8:30pm

Open discussion of tarot cards and their meanings, symbols, and everyday uses. Feel free to bring your own deck and books to share. Makara Library also has several decks available for reference including The Black Power Tarot, The Baroque Bohemian Cats Tarot, Tarot of the Orishas, Pamela Colman Smith Tarot, The Afro-Brazilian Tarot, The Animal Totem Tarot, and many more sample cards courtesy of Llewellyn Books.

Please bring your favorite mug/thermos and/or bagged teas to share with the group. Hot water provided!

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7:00 PM19:00

Forgotten Hollywood: Manny Pacheco Book Discussion/Q & A

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February 27, 2019 | 7pm
Books available for purchase

Join us on February 27th as Los Angeles Arts Society presents award-winning author and broadcaster Manny Pacheco and his most recent book Road to Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History at Makara Center for the Arts!

The third entry in Manny’s critically-acclaimed Forgotten Hollywood series, "Road to Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History" continues in the footsteps of its predecessors by diving into the lives of classic character actors and explaining how their stories tied into American history and culture. Filled with interesting facts and Manny’s own keen observations, the book explores the careers of such talent as Casablanca’s Conrad Veidt, The Jungle Book’s George Sanders, and Bride of Frankenstein’s Elsa Lanchester.

Starting at 7PM, Manny will share choice bits of forgotten history he’s learned along the road in a lecture, followed by a Q&A and book signing! Admission is free and copies of all three Forgotten Hollywood books will be available for purchase on-site.

We would like to thank Manny for joining us, and hope you’ll join us on the 27th as well!

MANNY PACHECO is a radio and television personality from Orange County, California, with a career spanning almost four decades. He was a co-host of the Daytime Emmy-nominated, In Studio on KCOP 13 in 1989/1990. He also appeared on NBC’s Santa Barbara, and moderated public television pledge drives (KCET in Los Angeles). He had a principal role in the documentary, Karaoke Fever, which was featured at the Los Angeles Film Festival in 2001.

Since 1980, Manny has been an on-air broadcaster, newscaster, and traffic reporter for stations in Los Angeles, including KRLA, KFI, KBIG, KKBT, KDAY and KLAC, and currently, on KNX 1070 News Radio as a weekend traffic anchor. He also hosts Forgotten Hollywood, a web-television podcast on TherapyCable Channel. He works in voice-over and commercial acting, and clients include FORD, GTE, ARCO, MILLER LITE, and HONDA.

A 34-year member of the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (now SAG-AFTRA), Pacheco wrote an article about his experiences at the 2008 Screen Actors Guild Awards that appeared in He is also a member of Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters.

Manny received his undergraduate degree at UCLA in Bachelor of Arts, Political Science. He has taught Advanced Radio Broadcasting at Fullerton College; and most recently, at Mt. San Antonio College. And, he is the award-winning author of the Forgotten Hollywood Book Series. Pacheco is a resident of Cypress, California.

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12:00 PM12:00

Spanish Sin Pena: 3 Strategies to Reclaim Your Spanish

Spanish Sin Pena: 3 Strategies to Reclaim your Spanish
Connect with Your Culture and Community
Taught by Wendy Ramirez
Saturday, February 16
12pm - 2pm

This workshop intention will inspire, motivate and share useful tips for community members to feel confident speaking and sharing their message in Spanish.

Spanish is the 2nd largest native language in the world and the 3rd most used language on the internet. There are now more than 577 million Spanish speakers in the world. 50 million live in the U.S. Yet study shows that Latinos in the US assimilate and lose their ability to communicate in Spanish by the second and third generation.

There are many reasons why we lose our language, including discrimination, lack of practice, intimidation around fluent speakers, and no commitment to learn or practice. Yet there so many ways speaking Spanish would benefit us: more professional opportunities, connections to our culture and community, more meaningful volunteer and travel opportunities and spreading our personal message to more people.

This workshop is led by Wendy Ramirez, a visionary entrepreneur and accomplished professional. Wendy has more than 20 years of experience in law, politics, public policy, international development and education. Her professional experiences include working on immigration in the US Congress and democracy development in Latin America. Through her work with Spanish Sin Pen, Wendy aims to help her community with services and resources that can empower them to reclaim the language that they are losing or have lost.

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6:30 PM18:30

Nonprofit or Nah?


Thinking about starting your own 501(c)3?
We want to help!

This workshop will provide an honest overview on the basic steps to starting a nonprofit organization.
Topics include:
*Writing an Effective Mission Statement
*Assembling a Board of Directors
*Articles of Incorporation, Bylaws, and More Boring Paperwork
*State & Federal Exemption Status
*You Mean I Still Have to Pay Taxes?
*Fiscal Sponsorship and Alternatives to 501(c)3s

SPECIAL GUEST: Adriana Sánchez Alexander will be available to answer questions on grant funding and fiscal sponsorship.

The workshop will be led by Marytza K. Rubio, founder & executive director of the nonprofit Makara Center for the Arts. Marytza has over 15 years of experience in nonprofits. In addition to working as a creative writing instructor for WriteGirl! and events volunteer for the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, Marytza has held positions including special events coordinator for the Friends of Santa Ana Zoo; program coordinator for PEN America Emerging Voices Fellowship; and grants manager for the Illumination Foundation, where she was responsible for securing over $2 million a year in funding. Building on these experiences, she founded Makara in her hometown of Santa Ana in 2016.

Adriana Sánchez Alexander is a writer, educator, and cultural worker from Santa Ana, CA with a background in designing and implementing community-based arts projects.  She is a founder of Workshop for Community Arts (2007), an arts collaborative that works across artistic disciplines to re-imagine what it looks like to create art in partnership with community.  In 2016, Workshop for Community Arts was a recipient of grants from the California Arts Council and the National Association for Latino Arts and Culture.

With approximately 10 years of grants experience, Adriana has written all kinds of grant applications for all kinds of organizations, both arts-based and not.  She has developed grant narratives for dozens of organizations as a Grants & Communications Consultant for The Olin Group (a nonprofit consulting firm in OC), as Development & Communications Coordinator for the Teaching Artist Support Collaborative of California, and as Grants & Communications Manager for ACCIÓN Texas.  She also formerly directed the Writers in Communities program at Gemini Ink, a literary arts nonprofit located in San Antonio, TX, where she oversaw the successful writing and implementation of an NEA Arts & Aging grant for intergenerational storytelling.

She received her MFA in poetry from UC Irvine in 2009 and a Master of Public Policy degree, also at UC Irvine, in 2015.

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6:30 PM18:30

SPLIT TOOTH by Tanya Tagaq

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Book Talko Tuesday returns!

SPLIT TOOTH by Tanya Tagaq
January 29, 2019
6:30pm - 7:45pm

Join us at Makara Center for the Arts every other month to talk about books by contemporary Indigenous and Latinx authors. Pick up delicious snacks from our neighbors, Lily's Tacos*, and share your thoughts, critiques, and revelations with other book lovers in an open and casual environment.
*Lily's Tacos closes at 7pm

Copies of the book will be available for check out at Makara on 1/12

PLEASE NOTE: This novel contains adult themes including trauma and sexual violence.

SPLIT TOOTH by Tanya Tagaq

From the publisher:
A girl grows up in Nunavut in the 1970s. She knows joy, and friendship, and parents’ love. She knows boredom, and listlessness, and bullying. She knows the tedium of the everyday world, and the raw, amoral power of the ice and sky, the seductive energy of the animal world. She knows the ravages of alcohol, and violence at the hands of those she should be able to trust. She sees the spirits that surround her, and the immense power that dwarfs all of us.

When she becomes pregnant, she must navigate all this.

Veering back and forth between the grittiest features of a small arctic town, the electrifying proximity of the world of animals, and ravishing world of myth, Tanya Tagaq explores a world where the distinctions between good and evil, animal and human, victim and transgressor, real and imagined lose their meaning, but the guiding power of love remains.

Haunting, brooding, exhilarating, and tender all at once, Tagaq moves effortlessly between fiction and memoir, myth and reality, poetry and prose, and conjures a world and a heroine readers will never forget.

TANYA TAGAQ is an improvisational performer, avant-garde composer, and experimental recording artist who won the 2014 Polaris Music Prize for her album Animism, a work that disrupted the music world in Canada and beyond with its powerfully original vision.

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Winter Moon Market

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Makara's annual holiday boutique returns! 
Shop for unique gifts, get your tarot cards read, meet special guests, and learn about Makara's upcoming 2019 programs. Free parking on Sunday!


✫1 PM Presentation and Tarot Readings by Angela Mary Magick (@ angelamarymagick) 
✫Tarot Readings by The Hip Witch (@ thehipwitch)
✫ Crystals and clothing & accessories by Hype Priestess (@ hypepriestess)

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✹Art by Maritza Torres (@ maritzatorresart)
✹Stickers, buttons, artwork by Pyrah (@ green_skinn)
✹Crafted postcards, coinpurses, and handbook bags by Dorian Romero (@ siguevalentina)
✹Art by Lee Bueno
✹Handmade jewelry by Juan G (@ arte_e_sana)
✹Handmade jewelry with lapidary stones from all over the world by Pixyglo Designs by Gloria
✹Herbal elixirs, teas, salves, steams, flower essences & essential oils by Shri Veda Wellness (
@ shrivedawellness)
✹Crystals, handmade jewelry, and stained glass by Aurafy inc. (@ aurafyinc ;
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PLUS: Hot Chocolate Bar, vintage clothes, floral creations, books & vinyl!

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Tarot & Tea

Join us for the final 2018 Tarot & Tea discussion group at Makara Center for the Arts! We will continue on our journey through the Major Arcanaa and discuss The Hermit and Death cards. FREE! All are welcome, no experience necessary.

Tarot & Tea will return in February 2019.

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Dark & Stormy Open Mic Night!

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Brews, books, and ghouls! This Halloween open mic night invites poets & writers to share their spookiest tales and macabre stories with a crowd of literature loving souls. A literary costume contest and scavenger hunt are sure to delight anyone looking for a unique way to spend Halloween.

This fundraising event is the closing party of Makara Center for the Arts yearlong "FrankenRead 2018" citywide reading initiative, where over 100 free copies of FRANKENSTEIN were distributed to local readers and over 125 participants engaged in a dozen Frankenstein-themed arts & science workshops. All proceeds from the "Dark & Stormy Open Mic Night" fundraiser will support Makara's nonprofit library and educational programs.

Costumes encouraged!

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Letter Writing with OC ABCF

~Celebrating Red Fawn Fallis~

AT: Makara Center For The Arts
IN: Santa Ana
ON: Saturday, September 29th
FROM: 12noon-2PM

Please learn more about Red Fawn Fallis HERE.

“What's a LETTER WRITING PARTY?" You ask?
Do we just sit around and stencil the alphabet?
No, silly!

Here's an idea of what goes down at these letter writings:

  • gathering of friends, neighbors, like minded folks to learn about a particular Political Prisoner and write them letters of support.

  • Learn the do’s and dont’s of writing to prisoners, a vital act of solidarity with victims of state repression.

  • Stationary, postage, and refreshments will be provided.

  • Our P.O. box is available for you to use as aneutral return address.

For more information contact:

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September Volunteer Meeting

Interested in volunteering at Makara Center for the Arts? Join us for a volunteer meeting and learn how to support library services, programs, and special events.

*This meeting will be focused on the Cocktails with Creatures fundraiser. This is a good volunteer opportunity for people with limited availability and shifting schedules. Volunteer duties will involve setting up staging area, preparing gift bags (October), making decorations, and other event prep activities.

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