Mon 2/22 - Sun 6/19 | 7:30 pm
LUNADA Literary Lounge ~ Calendar
2016 Spring Season
LUNADA is the Bay Area’s only full moon bilingual literary ritual & performance gathering devoted to spoken word, música, song, and story. Located in the heart of the Mission District at Galería de la Raza, and guest curated by some of the Bay Area’s most dynamic word slingers and artists, each LUNADA features community poets, local legends, visiting mystics, and other mero meros of the stage.
Thu 4/28 - Sat 6/11
What We Do To The Mountain, We Do To Ourselves
By Chip Thomas
Artist Statement: In Flagstaff, Arizona, there is an effort on the part of the Navajo and Hopi tribes to not use reclaimed waste water on a local ski resort, the Snowbowl. The thirteen surrounding tribes hold the San Francisco Peaks as a sacred mountain and land. The tribes believe that deities within their respective cosmologies reside there. To use reclaimed wastewater is considered a desecration in a place where Indigenous people go regularly to pray, collect herbs and to be in the presence of the holy ones.
Sat 5/7 - Sat 6/11
F.T.P: For the People
Galeria de la Raza presents, F.T.P: For the People, an exhibition that situates itself in contemporary issues of systematic oppressions happening across America.
This exhibition comes rooted in Audre Lorde's 1979 essay, "The Master's Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master's House,” as our communities are those who stand outside the circle of this society's definition of acceptable. In today's context, we acknowledge that the master's house is not our only source of support and that the current systematic structures at play will never enable us to bring about genuine change in our communities. This feels especially true at a time when massive police killings are happening locally and around the nation.
The artists presented in this exhibition offer a critique to the harsh realities of systematic oppressions and inequalities that exists in our society, which make it hard for our communities to be able to survive and thrive. The exhibiting works create a platform that honors our struggle and cultural resistance in the fight against the institutional dehumanization of our peoples over body, mind and soul. F.T.P: For the People is a call to survival and agency; it is a call to define, seek, and reclaim a world in which we can all flourish.
Thu 6/2 | 6:00 pm
Muck and Sparkle: The Magic and Pain of Survival (Opening Reception)
Presented by Queer Youth Productions, Galerķa de la Raza & Queer Cultural Center
With hands outstretched to the future, Queer Youth Productions’ traveling exhibit, Muck and Sparkle: The Magic and Pain of Survival, brings forth the art of expanding hearts and the paradox of possibility in a candid array of artwork from LGBTQIA2S youth. The show brings with it the specter of struggle that youth maneuver to (re)claim space and carve out the complexities of their identities.
Alongside powerful depictions of self determination, this exhibit transcends the two dimensional, offering a unique glimpse into the less-often-heard-seen-thought-touched-interiority of vulnerability that comes with uncovering (un)truths of gender and sexuality. By centering voices of queer youth, we are able to reflect upon work that has been done in queer communities as well as build intergenerational conversations for envisioning supportive and liberating futures. Within these artworks is a resilient force of magic that speaks to a collective and time-defying queer tongue.
Sat 6/4 | 4:00 pm
Cathy Arellano Book Release Party
Co-Hosted by Korima Press
Join Cathy Arellano, Korima Press and Galería de la Raza for a book release party and reading for Cathy's new book published by Korima Press "Salvation on Mission Street."
The poetry and prose in the collection explore the deep love instilled in a people for themselves and their homeland even as they battle loss in San Francisco’s Mission District.
Just another Mexican lesbian writer from San Francisco’s Mission District, Cathy Arellano grew up here in the late 1960s to early 80s surrounded by cousins, aunts, uncles, and grandparents on her mother’s side. In 1983, new owners evicted her mother from the flat they were renting, and she passed away less than a year later. Arellano returned and taught youth in the neighborhood. "Salvation’s" poems and stories are her creative offering to a people and place she loves.
Thu 6/16 - Sat 6/18 | 7:00 pm
Yosimar Reyes' Autobiographical One-Man Show
Guerrilla Rep, Galería de la Raza and Define American present a staged reading of Prieto, a new autobiographical solo show by Yosimar Reyes directed by Kat Evasco and Sarita Ocón.
3 night engagement: June 16, 17, 18 from 7-8:30PM
Get your tickets here
Nationally acclaimed poet and spoken-word artist Yosimar Reyes expands his repertoire to include a full-length solo performance. Prieto is an autobiographical one-man show that follows Yosimar’s journey growing up queer, poor, and undocumented in the hoods of Eastside San Jose. While his grandmother and grandfather recycle bottles and cans to pay for the rent, the boys on his block constantly tease him for acting like a girl. As a young boy, Yosimar struggles to understand and wrap his head around manhood, until he wraps his mouth around it. Find out how Bell Hooks f’s with his money, how James Baldwin helps him embrace his queerness, and how The Color Purple saves his life. Because no matter how hard things get, he knows he has it better than Celie.
Something special is happening each night of the performance.
June 16 - The staged reading will be followed by a conversation with the lead artists.
June 17 - The staged reading will be followed by a conversation about what it means to be undocumented today, including a panel of service providers, artists, and activists.
June 18 - The staged reading will be followed by Yosimar's Putería Pride Kick-Off Party.