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.
POLITICAL PRISONER LETTER WRITING PARTY!
~Celebrating Red Fawn Fallis~
AT: Makara Center For The Arts
IN: Santa Ana
ON: Saturday, September 29th
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?
Here's an idea of what goes down at these letter writings:
A 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: email@example.com
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.
Makara’s Book Club returns!
Grab tacos next door and join us in discussing José Olivarez’s debut poetry collection CITIZEN ILLEGAL on Tuesday, September 25 at 6pm. This is an informal discussion open to all ages and readers. Makara will have copies of the book available to borrow.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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."
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."
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
LEONORA CARRINGTON 101
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.
"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!
Art show curated by Rosa Celestino.
SISTER SPIT TOUR 2018: QTPOC Cruising the West
🌙An evening of provocation, feelings, analysis, astrology & shade🌙
Saturday, March 3
Makara Center for the Arts
SLIDING SCALE $10-$15 NOTAFLOF
In 2018 Sister Spit celebrates its 21st year on the road with stops in California, Arizona and New Mexico from March 2 - March 15 (homecoming @ The STUD), featuring 7 EXCEPTIONAL artists shaping the culture as we know it rn:
🌙Juliana Delgado Lopera
🌙Virgie Tovar &
🌙SPECIAL GUEST: Iuri M. Lara
The tour began in San Francisco in the 1990s as a weekly, girls-only open mic that was an alternative to the misogyny-soaked poetry open mics popular around the city at that time. Sister Spit became the first all-girl poetry roadshow at the end of the 90s, and toured regularly with such folks as Eileen Myles, Beth Lisick and Nomy Lamm.
The tour was revived as Sister Spit: The Next Generation in 2007. In this next incarnation, out of respect to the changing gender landscape of our queer communities, the tour welcomed artists of all genders, including Chinaka Hodge, Dorothy Allison and Justin Vivian Bond. Sister Spit 2018 marks a new chapter in the tour’s history.
As Radar Productions, the non-profit that houses Sister Spit, has shifted its vision toward Queer & Trans People of Color (QTPOC) specifically, so too has the tour shifted lineup and style.
Consider supporting Sister Spit's GoFundMe campaign. Proceeds go directly to off-setting costs for artists, the van, gas, hotels and insurance: gofundme.com/qtpoc-cruising-the-west-tour
On Saturday, March 3 from 4-6pm, Makara Center for the Arts will host "Celebrating the Music of Alice Coltrane.” The listening session will feature a short presentation, selections from vinyl records, and a screening of the rare 30-minute documentary “Ashram.” Makara will also have a copy of the 2010 biography "Monument Eternal: The Music of Alice Coltrane" by Franya J. Berkman, available for free check-out to our patrons.
Alice Coltrane (1937-2007) mastered multiple instruments including piano, harp, organ, and synthesizer. Her career has often been overshadowed by her husband, John Coltrane, one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century. But Alice deserves to be appreciated in her own regard. As a composer, improvisor, and bandleader, she released an unparalleled series of innovative albums from the late 60s through the early 80s—all while raising a family as a single mother and dedicated caretaker of her late husband’s legacy. During this period, her uniquely personal and visionary music fused jazz with Indian ragas, European classical orchestration, cosmic overtones, and an experimental approach.
Alice then devoted herself fully to a spiritual path outside the commercial music industry, changing her name to Turiyasangitandanda (Sanskrit for “Highest Song Of God's Bliss") and founding the Sai Anantam Ashram, a multi-ethnic and multi-generational community in Agoura Hills, CA. The music from their Sunday ceremonies—which combined Hindu chants in the Vedic tradition with African-American gospel roots and other influences—was released posthumously in 2017 as "The Ecstatic Music of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda.”
Makara Center for the Arts welcomes our neighbors to join us in an exploration and appreciation of this groundbreaking artist during Santa Ana’s citywide Boca de Oro festival.
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