6:30 PM18:30

SPLIT TOOTH by Tanya Tagaq

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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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

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.

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11:00 AM11:00

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 (www.shrivedawellness.com
@ shrivedawellness)
✹Crystals, handmade jewelry, and stained glass by Aurafy inc. (@ aurafyinc ; www.Aurafyinc.com)
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PLUS: Hot Chocolate Bar, vintage clothes, floral creations, books & vinyl!

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7:00 PM19:00

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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6:00 PM18:00

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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12:00 PM12:00

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: abcfoc@disroot.org

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6:00 PM18:00

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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6:00 PM18:00

Makara Volunteer Meeting

Are you creative? Do you love parties? How about alligators? Join us on Wednesday, August 29 at 6pm to talk about our upcoming mystic bayou-themed Cocktails with Creatures fundraiser. Free pizza and cold drinks! 

This volunteer meeting is ideal for people with limited time in their schedules. We welcome volunteers of all ages who can support our nonprofit library and free educational arts programs by brainstorming creative ideas. Opportunities to sign up for additional volunteer roles will be available. 

Coin-metered street parking available on Main Street and surrounding side streets. Free parking in residential areas. Meters enforced until 8pm - COINS ONLY.

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12:00 PM12:00

Mary Shelley Presentation

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Experience the fascinating life of Frankenstein's creator: Mary Shelley!

This in-depth presentation will explore Mary's unique upbringing, scandalous relationships, heartbreaks and tragedies, and the scientific discoveries that informed the creation of her masterpiece. Presented by Diana Giovinazzo Tierney.

Through her blog, Creating Herstory, Diana Giovinazzo Tierney explores women’s history and historical fiction. One half of the literary podcasting duo at Wine, Women and Words, she interviews authors over a glass of wine. Diana is currently a board member with the Los Angeles chapter of the Women’s National Book Association.


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to Jul 28

Summer Book Sale!

Help us make room for new titles and exciting new library items!

Fiction, memoir, children's books, comic books, art books, magazines, vinyl, and so much more will be on sale July 18 - July 28. As an all-volunteer organization, 100% of your contributions are dedicated to Makara's nonprofit library and arts education programs. 

We'll be posting updates and sneak peeks of the sale on our Instagram: @Makara_Arts


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11:00 AM11:00


Reuse, Repurpose, Recycle

Saturday, June 9, 2018

11:00 AM  1:00 PM

Bring your battered up jeans, holey sweaters, and torn tees to Makara's FrankenStitch! This beginners workshop will teach you the basics of mending your clothes and finding beauty in imperfection. 

FREE! Open to the public. Please bring a garment you would like to work on. Fabric swatches will also be available. 


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6:00 PM18:00

Cochinilla Codez Workshop with Chilo!

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Using Cochinilla & Other Natural Pigments: A Hands-On Painting Workshop

Wednesday, June 6, 6pm-8pm @ Makara Center for the Arts

Traditional cultures have created art from natural pigments for thousands of years, using materials that can literally be found in your own backyard.  For example, the cochinilla insect was used by the Aztec and Maya peoples to make intense red and purple colored dyes, and this insect continues to make its home on prickly pear cacti throughout Southern California.  Culture, history, and art come together in this workshop where participants will learn to gather and use natural materials to make paint pigments while creating their own codex to take home.

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6:00 PM18:00

Artist Talk with Carlyle Nuera!

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Makara is so excited to host artist and Mattel toy designer Carlyle Nuera on April 25! Carlyle's mission is to design Barbies "that let people feel represented and seen, that bring joy to people's lives," including his custom dolls of A Wrinkle in Time characters played by Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, and Mindy Kaling; style icon Iris Apfel, and the gorgeous Mutya Barbie inspired by Carlyle's family, culture, and Filipino ancestry.

Free event! All are welcome.

Carlyle Nuera Artist Talk

Parking: Coin-metered street parking available on Main Street and surrounding side streets.

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Earth Day at Makara: PLANETARY
11:00 AM11:00

Earth Day at Makara: PLANETARY

Free screening of the documentary PLANETARY at Makara Center for the Arts.
Run time: 1 hour 25 minutes

On Saturday, April 21, join Makara for a screening of the provocative and stunningly shot documentary PLANETARY. Bring your lunch and picnic in our tropical library and explore Makara Library's environmental and conservation book collection. All books are free to borrow with a Makara Library card.

From the PLANETARY filmmakers:
"We are in the midst of a global crisis of perspective. We have forgotten the undeniable truth that everything is connected. PLANETARY is a provocative and breathtaking wakeup call, a cross continental, cinematic journey, that explores our cosmic origins and our future as a species. PLANETARY is a poetic and humbling reminder that it's time to shift our perspective. PLANETARY asks us to rethink who we really are, to reconsider our relationship with ourselves, each other and the world around us - to remember that: we are PLANETARY."

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11:00 AM11:00

Makara Book Club: Frankenstein in Baghdad!

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Frankenstein in Baghdad: A Novel by Ahmed Saadawi

From the publisher:
"From the rubble-strewn streets of U.S.-occupied Baghdad, Hadi—a scavenger and an oddball fixture at a local café—collects human body parts and stitches them together to create a corpse. His goal, he claims, is for the government to recognize the parts as people and to give them proper burial. But when the corpse goes missing, a wave of eerie murders sweeps the city, and reports stream in of a horrendous-looking criminal who, though shot, cannot be killed. Hadi soon realizes he’s created a monster, one that needs human flesh to survive—first from the guilty, and then from anyone in its path."

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3:00 PM15:00

SLV at Makara!

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SLV Performance + Artist Talk

Sunday, April 8

3:00pm - 4:30pm

Chicana singer- songwriter, Sandra Lilia Velasquez (SLV) will perform music from her new socially conscious bilingual album PIECE OF MIND. Between songs she will discuss the topic of cultural identity as it relates to artistic expression, and specifically her songwriting process. She would like to hear from the audience about how their own identity informs their expression. No experience is required from participants. 

$5 suggested donation

PARKING: Free on Sundays

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6:30 PM18:30

Leonora Carrington 101

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Limited tickets available, RSVP required

This special arts & culture program celebrates the life and legacy of renowned artist and writer Leonora Carrington on what would have been her 101st birthday. Join us for a once in a lifetime opportunity to learn about this marvelous artist from our honored guests and founders of the Leonora Carrington Foundation: Dr. Harold Gabriel Weisz Carrington, son of Leonora Carrington, and his son, Daniel Weisz. This intimate gathering is free but there is limited seating and a ticket is required. RSVP today to ensure you don't miss this once in a lifetime celebration. 

Learn more about the Leonora Carrington Foundation: https://www.fundacionleonoracarrington.org/

✶Dr. Harold Gabriel Weisz Carrington holds a Ph.D from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, a MA in English Literature, and a BA in Theater and Literature. He received a Fulbright for doctoral studies in Columbia University and NYU, and he worked as a teacher and researcher in Mexico, United States, and Paris. In 2003, he also received another Fulbright to do research and lecture in San Diego State University. He is co-founder of the Leonora Carrington Foundation along with his son and wife.  

He has authored several books on his own poetry, drama theory, art literature and anthropology: The Dark Book, a collection of etchings by Leonora Carrington and his poems; Rostro de la Bestia, 2012; and Rituales Literarios, Mexico, 2013, to mention a few. As an educator, he has taught at SDSU, Washington University, Paris, Columbia, and Mexico, and he has lectured in Paris, Brazil, Moscow, Israel, Portugal, Spain, Italy, and England. 

✶Daniel Weisz is the secretary and co-founder of the Leonora Carrington Foundation. He helped curate her exhibit in 2017 in Mexico City and holds a bachelors degree from the University of Alberta in international relations and a masters degree from SDSU in political science. He is currently pursuing his PhD in political science at UC Irvine. Mr. Weisz has presented at conferences for ACLA and at the University of Alberta and has previously worked for lobby groups and foundations.

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4:30 PM16:30

Creating Frankenstein! An All Female Art Show (Opening Reception)

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"BEWARE; I am fearless, and therefore powerful.” ― Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, Frankenstein

March is Women's History Month and what better way to wrap up the month than to pay homage to Mary Shelley and her science fiction novel Frankenstein through Frankenstein inspired art. This year is also the 200th anniversary of Frankenstein's release!
So please join us on March 31st, 2018 at Makara Center for the Arts for an evening of art inspired by Frankenstein. You don't want to miss out on this all female art show featuring many local Santa Ana artists! 

Artists include: 

🥀Rosa Celestino
🥀Jamela Gonzalez
🥀Marlene Gutierrez
🥀Rita Leon
🥀Shannon Lynch
🥀Celeste Muñoz
🥀Dianna Najar
🥀Beverly Salas

Art show curated by Rosa Celestino.

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