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Oct
31
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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Sep
26
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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Apr
25
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
6pm-7:30pm

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

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Apr
8
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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Apr
6
6:30 PM18:30

Leonora Carrington 101

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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.

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Mar
3
7:00 PM19:00

SISTER SPIT TOUR 2018: QTPOC Cruising the West

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SISTER SPIT TOUR 2018: QTPOC Cruising the West

🌙An evening of provocation, feelings, analysis, astrology & shade🌙

Saturday, March 3
7pm
Makara Center for the Arts
SLIDING SCALE $10-$15 NOTAFLOF
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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:
🌙Mari Naomi
🌙Jamal Lewis
🌙Juliana Delgado Lopera
🌙Wo Chan
🌙jayy dodd
🌙Virgie Tovar &
🌙Andrea Abi-Karam

🌙SPECIAL GUEST: Iuri M. Lara
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Some history:
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. 
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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

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Mar
3
4:00 PM16:00

Celebrating the Music of Alice Coltrane

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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.

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Feb
17
11:00 AM11:00

Makara Book Club: MEAN by Myriam Gurba

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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. 

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Jan
25
7:00 PM19:00

Screening - Prophets of Science Fiction

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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.
FREE!

Light refreshments available for purchase. 
You are welcome to bring your own food!

***PARKING***
Coin metered street parking available on Main Street and side streets

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Makara Holiday Boutique
Dec
16
12:00 PM12:00

Makara Holiday Boutique

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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!

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Cocktails with Creatures
Oct
29
3:00 PM15:00

Cocktails with Creatures

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)

BUY TICKETS HERE

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Cartas, Sueños, y Otros Textos: Tarot
Aug
31
7:00 PM19:00

Cartas, Sueños, y Otros Textos: Tarot

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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.

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