Forces of Change at the Oakland Museum of CA

I have been honored to work with 5 phenomenal individuals on their installations at the Oakland Museum. Now it’s time to celebrate our work!

Friday, April 10th – Forces of Change – 5 New Personal Stories

Please come to the Oakland Museum of California on the evening of Friday, April 10th, for the opening of five new displays of personal stories about living in California in the 1960s as told by: Cathy Cade, Leah Fisher, Sekio Fuapopo, Dave Peterson, and Mahesh Shah.
Friday, April 10th, 2015
6:30pm to 7:30pm
Remarks at 7pm
History Gallery, Oakland Museum of California, level 2
1000 Oak Street, Oakland CA 94607
Admission rates on Friday evening: Adults $7.50, Students/Seniors $5, Members and Children 18 and under are free. Tickets can be purchased at the ticketing hub on level 2 and the parking garage has a flat rate of $5.00 for the night. The Museum is also BART accessible and is a block from the Lake Merritt Bart stop.
Please note that OMCA will be open until 9:00pm that night with Off the Grid food trucks, drinks, music, art activities, and other entertainment as part of our regular Friday Nights @ OMCA event. You can make a whole night of it!
Looking forward to seeing you there–
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Reading, Writing and Subtraction

 

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I’ve been spending some time during this long weekend reading articles, posts, Tweets and varied forms of artists’ writing about why and how they do what they do.

It has always been interesting to me to read or hear about the process through which individuals come to their art, or through which their art comes to them.

My other weekend activities: long walks, weeding out the things I don’t need or use from closets, drawers, hiding places, etc. and donating them. I”m also furiously writing bits and pieces of anything and everything in my notebook. And I’ve started a list of ideas for future writing.

All of this is providing me with more internal and external space. Aaaaah….

How do you create space for your art? I’d love to hear what works for you.

 

Pandemonium Press Reading Series – 1st Wednesdays

I’ll be reading poetry and some fiction with several excellent writers this week, as we kick off a new reading series at a beautiful loft space in Oakland that has great vibes.

PANDEMONIUM PRESS READING SERIES

1ST WEDNESDAYS AT SPICE MONKEY
1628 WEBSTER ST, OAKLAND, CA

AUGUST 6: HIROSHIMA/NAGASAKI REMEMBRANCE
7-9 pm

featured poets:

Sharon Coleman
Rafael Jesús González
Kirk Lumpkin
Joyce E. Young

Curator: Leila Rae

An open mic precedes and follows feature readers.
Signup now for open mic: pandemoniumpress@gmail.com

Admission Free

Come early or stay late for food/drink at Spice Monkey
(Webster at 17th; just 2 1/2 blocks from the 19th St. BART station)

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The food, drink and staff at Spice Monkey are wonderful, so you’re in for an all around treat!

http://www.spicemonkeyrestaurant.com/

Beast Crawl 2014

 

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Had a great time reading at Beast Crawl 2014 last night. The Beast Crawl Collective rocks!

Writers Tony Press, Robert Pesich, Rafael Jesus Gonzalez, and yours truly took the stage and held the audience rapt with our wordsmithing at Spice Monkey. We worked it, to say the least. I had an absolute blast.

Ah…what a night!

For the breakdown and locations of the entire festival, follow this link:

http://beastcrawl.weebly.com/

Broadsides, Anyone?

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I’m in the process of creating a broadside of one of my poems that I plan to gift audience members with at two upcoming readings (I will post about them separately).

The broadsides of my own work are a first for me and I’ve had the great fortune to learn more about the history and origins of broadsides from a wonderful poet and friend.

In the past, Black Oak Books, a Berkeley independent bookstore, consistently and generously created broadsides and gifted them to audience members at readings.

I’m curious about the experiences that other writers have had with broadsides. Please share your stories about broadsides. It’s always good to hear what others have done and are doing.

Since a broadside represents one form of independent publishing, I think this will be my Independence Day Post.