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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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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

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.

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

Coin metered street parking available on Main Street and side streets

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Cocktails with Creatures
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)


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Cartas, Sueños, y Otros Textos: Tarot
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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11:00 AM11:00

Science Saturday: Food!

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Makara is excited to launch a new series: Science Saturdays!

Our series kicks off with special guests Suzana Pinkerton & Christina Catabay. Join these food experts discuss the science of the food we eat and how it impacts our bodies and our culture. We will provide fruity treats for guests, plus a special screening of the classic Brazilian short film, "Ilha das Flores."

This event is free and open to all ages. Seating is limited. 

Saturday, July 8 - 11 a.m.

811 N. Main St. Santa Ana 92701

coin-metered street parking available

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Dirty Laundry Lit: OC - Fundraiser & Book Drive
1:30 PM13:30

Dirty Laundry Lit: OC - Fundraiser & Book Drive

Join Makara Center for the Arts & Dirty Laundry Lit for an afternoon of fresh literature and good energy. $10 donation requested at the door to support Makara's programs & events. Book donations are welcome!

Summer snacks and refreshments available to guests. Doors open at 1:30 p.m., readings begin at 2 p.m.

RSVP on Facebook & hope to see you soon!

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