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Apr
6
4:00 PM16:00

Celebrating Alex Odeh

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“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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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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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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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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