“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.
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!
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.
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
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.