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LUNADA ~ Literary Lounge & Open Mic

Fall 2011 Season Opener

Saturday, August 13, 2011 | 7:30 pm

~ Musical guest D.J. RUMOROSA.
~ Hosted & curated by SANDRA GARCIA RIVERA
~ OPEN MIC sign-up at 7:15pm

The Fall Season of Lunada begins in August, during the last full month of summer, so we begin with a smoking hot local literary icon, and community favorite, ROBERTO ARIEL VARGAS. Get ready to be captivated by stories, poetry, and then spun into Fall with our featured musical guest DJ RUMOROSA. Lunada also features cutting edge, established, and fresh literary and musical talent on our monthly Open Mic list. On this special occasion, we invite Open Mic artists to share one piece of their own, and/or a poem by an artist that has influenced them, so that we can start off the season mutually inspired, and honoring history by recognizing those artists who have come before us. All this magic under the eternal light of the full moon. See you August 13th.

All Lunadas start at 7:30pm
$5 Admission / FREE with food dish to share, or with Galeria membership.

2857 24th Street, (at Bryant in the Mission)
San Francisco, CA 94110


Roberto Ariel Vargas, MPH, was influenced by poets from the womb, listening intently as a child to the likes of Alan Ginsberg, Nina Serrano, Janice Mirikitani, Ernesto Cardenal, Alejandro Murguia and Victor Hernandez Cruz, among others. Beyond literary influences, Ariel’s writing reflects his life in places like el barrio de La Mision in San Francisco, where he found love and death; the hip hoppin,’ Go-Go beats and streets of Washington, D.C. and the urban tropics of revolutionary Nicaragua. Ariel facilitated Poetry and Art workshops with young artists and poets in San Francisco’s Juvenile Hall and Log Cabin Ranch between 1994 and 1998, editing and publishing poetry and art of these powerful artists in a Zine and the Cipactli journal of San Francisco State University’s La Raza Studies Department. Ariel published his own poems in several Cipactli editions in the mid-1990’s and early 2000s. Ariel is now telling stories in the tradition of the cholo Azteka Mexika tlamatinis/ poets/ and danzantes of La Mexicanidad.

DJ Rumorosa, AKA Rosa M. Hernández, was born in Tijuana, Mexico and raised in Chula Vista, Califas. The Mexico/ US border offered exposure to a variety of tastes and genres of music, living in the SF Bay Area expanded the range. Born into a musical family, DJ Rumorosa has a dedicated love for music & dancing and has been spinning parties with devotion in the SF Bay Area, and internationally, for over a decade.

Sandra Garcia Rivera became the Host and Series Curator of LUNADA ~ Literary Lounge & Open Mic in 2010. An award-winning poet and prose writer, her work has appeared in the anthologies Caribbean Erotic (Peepal Tree Press, Leeds); Breaking Ground: Anthology of Puerto Rican Women Writers in New York 1980-2010; as well as numerous literary journals and magazines including Centro Journal; Hostos Review/Revista Hostosiana; Urban Latino Magazine; and Manteca Zine. She has published two chapbooks: Shoulder High, and Divination of the Mistress, and two special editions of her hand-made books That Kiss (Ediciones Mixta, NYC). Poet and chanteuse she has captured audiences throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico, Cuba, Holland and Great Britain with her Nuyorican soul and blues inspired delivery. She is a co-founder of Yaya the Afro-Puerto Rican & Dominican all-women music ensemble based in New York City, and is a featured vocalist and percussionist on the album Boricua Roots Music by Yerbabuena. A guest artist on the MUN2 show The Chicas Project, she also appeared in Rosie Perez’s documentary, Yo Soy Boricua Pa Que Tú Lo Sepa. She has been a teaching artist of creative writing, and a program coordinator for youth development organizations for over 10 years. She was the Executive Producer of She Hurt Herself Again, a docudrama educational video created to raise awareness about teen date rape, and to empower young women through media literacy (YWCA). As a cultural worker and performing arts producer, she has coordinated and MC'd such events as The Three Kings Day Parade (El Museo del Barrio, NYC), Muevete Boricua Youth Conference (PRACA, NYC), Latina Magazine's LIT LOUNGE (NYC), and Luna Negra (Mission Cultural Center, SF). She currently resides and performs in the Bay Area as a solo artist, and vocalist with La Mixta Criolla, while working on an MFA in Poetry at Antioch University in Los Angeles.


Sandra Garcia Rivera, photo by Taina Gomez Rosa M. Hernandez AKA DJ Rumorosa Roberto Ariel Vargas and daughter Xela at annual Dia de los Muertos event.
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