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LUNADA ~ Literary Lounge: Spring Season Opener

Spoken Word * Música * Open Mic

Friday, February 18, 2011 | 7:30 pm

Lunada 2011 Spring Season Opener: “Fronteras Reales e Imaginarias” An evening of poetry, music and visual art, guest curated by Cesar Barragan, featured poet Rafael Jesús González, and hosted by Sandra Garcia Rivera.


The waxing Spring Season begins with an evening of poetry, music and visual art, “Fronteras Reales e Imaginarias / Jeux Sans Frontiers / Juegos sin Fronteras.” Guest Curated by Cesar Barragan, the featured poet Rafael Jesús González, will be reading from his new book of moon poems La musa lunática / The Lunatic Muse, and visual artists Joaquin Alejandro Newman and Sean Levon Nash will be featured in a live collaboration.

LUNADA is the Bay Area’s only full moon bilingual literary ritual & performance gathering. Located in the heart of the Mission District at Galería de la Raza in San Francisco, each Lunada features community poets, local legends, visiting mystics, and other mero meros of the stage. Guest curated by some of the Bay Area’s most dynamic word slingers and artists, LUNADAS are community gatherings where stories, food, songs, and spirit are shared.

Open Mic sign-up at 7:15pm at the entrance. Musicians and first timers are always welcome.

Show starts at 7:30pm
$5 entrance, or FREE with food dish to share, or with Galería membership.

2857 24th St (at Bryant) in The Mission.
San Francisco, CA


“César Barragán (Guest Curator & Co-Host)

“…frequently explores issues of border politics, immigration, and identity in his work as well as in the exhibitions of contemporary art that he has curated…” ~Inside Out, Oakland Museum of California.

Born in Tijuana, México and raised in Alta and Baja California, Cesar received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business from the University of San Diego. A self-taught artist working in mixed media, and sometimes curator of incurable art, tonight is his first foray into the realm of logos. He has lived in the Bay Area since 1997 and teaches Spanish at Arise High School, in Oakland.

Rafael Jesús González

"Llora por sus hijos                          "She cries for her children
la desconsolada madre,                     the inconsolable mother,
sus hijos arrebatos por la guerra,         her children carried away by war,
por la violencia, por el hambre.           by violence, by hunger.
Es sordo el que no la oye, sp;                He is deaf who does not hear her,
su corazón tambor mudo y desusadoŠ"  his heart a drum dumb & disused..."
~ de "Luna de La Llorona" por R.J.G.         ~ from "Moon for La Llorona" by R.J.G.

“La musa lunática / The Lunatic Muse, Rafael Jesús González’s long awaited collection of moon poems, fulfills its promise of beauty and poignancy… master of the imagist lyric, the poems are both brilliant and immediate. And, we find in its metaphoric language a deep love of the Earth that can sustain many readings.”

Born in the bicultural/bilingual setting of El Paso, Texas/Juárez, Chihuahua, attended the University of Texas El Paso, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, & the University of Oregon. Professor Emeritus of Creative Writing & Literature, taught at the University of Oregon, Western State College of Colorado, Central Washington State University, the University of Texas El Paso, and Laney College, Oakland where he founded the Mexican and Latin American Studies Dept.

Joaquin Alejandro Newman and Sean Levon Nash have been working together for the past decade, and have worked with a cadre of inspired, talented, and community involved artists, organizers and educators.

“The Forrealism Movement is composed of a group of mixed Indian and Latino artists who create works collectively, drawing from our own traditions and those of our elders who have shared gifts of their wisdom and experience. … As urban Indians working in a city where many cultures come together, the scope of our work spans the Americas….”


Sandra Garcia Rivera is the Host and Series Curator of LUNADA ~ Literary Lounge.


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