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LUNADA - Literary Lounge & Open Mic

Spoken Word * Música * Open Mic

Sunday, April 17, 2011 | 7:30 pm

April's Lunada is a triple crown Chicano tour de force featuring Roberto Tinoco Duran, Tomás Riley, and Darren de Leon (D.J. Aztec Parrot).  Curated and hosted by Sandra García Rivera.

A trifecta of inimitable spoken word giants, April’s Lunada features an evening of intergenerational Chicano verse, with three of the Bay Area’s favorite Brown brothers: Roberto Tinoco Duran, author of four collections of poetry and three spoken word CD’s, Tomas Riley veteran of the Chicano spoken word collective The Taco Shop Poets, and Darren de Leon (DJ Aztec Parrot) poet, writer, and radio host/producer of the program Radio 2050 on KPFA. 

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. FIRST COME FIRST SERVE.

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



Roberto Tinoco Duran is the author of four poetry books: A Friend of Sorrow - 1980; Triple Crown - 1987; Reality Ribs – 1993 (Bilingual Press/ASU/AZ); and Darkspark – 2006.  His work has been published in numerous anthologies, and literary journals in the US and abroad.  Duran has worked with, and taught poetry in homeless shelters, mental health agencies, and at City of San Jose programs working with ‘at risk’ kids.  He has performed and recited his poetry for over thirty years in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond.  As a featured poet he has taught poetry from grades one to twelve, and at community colleges and universities throughout California.  In 1992 Duran was selected to participate in a major writer’s conference at Cornell University Ithaca, New York, with various Latino authors and poets.  His book Triple Crown was used in the course curriculum at Cornell.  In September 2000 Roberto was selected as a participant for “Lenguasos: Puerto Rican and Chicano Spoken Word” by Yerba Buena Gardens in association with AHA Hispanic Arts in New York, and the Mexican Museum in San Francisco.  He was also selected to participate for La Casita at Lincoln Center Outdoors in New York, along with artists from the United States and many other countries.  Roberto has performed and collaborated with many well known poets and writers including world renowned performance artist Guillermo Gomez Pena.  Videographer Emilio Ratti of RAI Television, Milan, Italy, produced four video productions 2000 – 2005, featuring Roberto’s signature live performances from the streets of San Jose, California.  Duran was named “The Poet Laureate of ‘JJ’s Blues Club’ in San Jose, Ca., by Johnnie Perkins the proprietor, in 2005.  He was also proclaimed ‘San Jose’s Poet Illaureate’ by Metro Newspaper’s Gary Singh, in 2007.  Duran’s poetry was featured by director River O’Mahony Hagg in the 35mm experimental short film “86ed Again” which premiered at the San Diego Film Festival in 2002.  The film was hailed as a ‘visually dynamic spoken-word tour de force’ by festival organizers.  Duran has also created three music CD’s featuring original poetry/lyrics: “86ed Again” – 2001; “Poetry Pie” - 2003; and “Darkspark” – 2007.

Tomás Riley is a Chicano artist and activist born in Oakland, CA and raised in the Southeast San Diego neighborhood of Emerald Hills.  He is a poet, educator and a veteran of the Chicano spoken word collective The Taco Shop Poets.  A finalist for the California Voices Award from Poets & Writers Magazine, his first book Mahcic debuted in 2005 published by Calaca Press, and a follow-up chapbook Post Chicano Stress Disorder has just been released (Tinta Vox, 2011), with a full-length annotated version scheduled for fall publication with San Diego State University Press.  His work has been published in several anthologies including Bum Rush the Page: A Def Poetry Jam (Three Rivers Press, 2001). Currently he lives and writes in the Mission District of San Francisco.

Darren de Leon (D.J. Aztec Parrot) is an award-winning poet from San Bernardino, a playwright, radio producer, street DJ, high school teacher, and community activist.  He has published poetry in various publications including New Chicano/Chicana Writings (University of Arizona Press), Cipactli, and Fourteen Hills.  In 1995 he founded Los Delicados: Poetas del Sol.  Together they established themselves as a leader in the Latino spoken word scene, touring throughout the country.  He DJ'ed his first party in 1977 as a 7th grade student working the tables at a 8th grade dance.  He has been collecting vinyl records since 1973 and has taken his musical presentation, The Eclectic and Sublime to many galleries, community celebrations, private parties, and fundraisers.  He truly believes in the diversity of music and celebration with a vinyl collection of close to 10,000 records, 6 thousand cd's, and numerous gigabytes of music at his disposal.  As a radio host and producer, he started Radio 2050 in November of 2003 at Pacifica's KPFA in Berkeley, CA.  His show delves into the Chican@/Latin@ Art Scene by profiling artists who are currently working, presenting or living in the Bay Area.  With close to 300 interviews over the last 8 years, he has become one of the most listened to voices about contemporary Latino art in the west coast, and one of the most knowledgeable ethnomusicologist of contemporary traditional and dance music.

Sandra Garcia Rivera is the Host and Series Curator for LUNADA – Literary Lounge & Open Mic.


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