Learn how to make unique arrangements using grocery store bouquets!
Materials fee: $7 - $10 sliding scale includes flowers, decorative elements, vase. Payable at the door or online. (Enter FLOWERS in the notes section)
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
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!
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!
ARTWORK BY LEE
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. FREE ADMISSION!
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.
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).
Discusión de conceptos matemáticos para adultos.
miércoles, Febrero 6
10am - 12pm
Aprender los símbolos de matemáticas?
Poder ayudar a sus hijos con su tarea?
Ver el mundo diferente?
Acompáñenos en platicas de matemáticas con un ingeniero aerospacial retirado.
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.
*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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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!
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 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.