Galería de la Raza Home

LUNADA Literary Lounge ~ 2015 SEASON OPENER

Celebrating 15 Years of Spoken Word, Música, & Open Mic

Tuesday, February 3, 2015 | 7:30 pm

Lunada 2015 Spring Season Opener, featuring:
~ John Jota Leaños
~ Crystal Gonzalez
~ Open Mic: 8 slots | 5 min. ea. | Sign-up at 7:15pm.

Lunada’s Spring season opener will feature cartoons and visual storytelling, with artists whose works spans the genres of animation, film, print, performance, new media, and beyond. Guest curator, and social art practitioner, John Jota Leaños will show two of his latest animations, and graphic novelist Crystal Gonzalez will share her own cartoon, followed by a Q&A with the artists. Our Open Mic is the heart of the show, where we elevate bilingual spoken word, música, performance, and storytelling, from first timers to veteranos, laureates to lunáticos, every full moon, at Lunada.

Host & Curator: Sandra García Rivera

$5.00 Admission

Galería de la Raza
San Francisco, CA 94110
2857 24th Street, at Bryant

This Fall, LUNADA Literary Lounge, embarks on an artistic rite of passage, marking 15 years as the Bay Area’s only full moon bilingual literary ritual and performance gathering, dedicated to spoken word, music, storytelling and performance. In the quinceañera tradition, throughout the year, Lunada will feature the work of Madrinas and Padrinos: artists and leaders who - through poetry, song, film, and narrative - reflect the creative and artistic spirit of the Lunada, including: Nina Serrano, Achy Obejas, Guillermo Gomez Peña, and others. Galería invites you to celebrate the 15-year journey throughout the season, and we hope you will join us at the Lunada Quinceañera Gala on Saturday, April 4, 2015.


John Jota Leaños is a social art practitioner who utilizes all and any media to engage in diverse cultural arenas through strategic revealing, tactical disruption, and symbolic wagon burning. His practice includes a range of new media, photography, public art, installation, and performance focusing on the convergence of memory, social space and decolonization.  Leaños' work has been shown at the Sundance 2010 Film Festival, Cannes Short Corner 07, the 2002 Whitney Biennial, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. Leaños is a Creative Capital Grantee and a Guggenheim Fellow (2013). He has been an artist in residence at the University of California, Santa Barbara in the Center for Chicano Studies (2005), Carnegie Mellon University in the Center for Arts in Society (2003), and the Headlands Center for the Arts (2007). Leaños is an Associate Professor of Social Documentation at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Crystal Gonzalez is a Latina artist born in Reno, graduated from the University of Nevada with her BA [2006], and her MFA from The California College of the Arts [2010]. Currently living and working in San Francisco, she has been featured in various solo shows and numerous group shows featured by the Paint Pens Collective in the Bay Area. Her other works include drawings and illustration work published internationally in the Chilean book “Gringosincrasias” by Emma Sepulveda, which is a book that depicts a satirical outlook on the cultural habits of American life; And has appeared on NBC to promote and advocate for Latinas and Hispanic art at the Latino Comics Expo. Gonzalez has four published graphic novels, two of which focus on her story “In The Dark,” which is a humorous and satirical look at religions and customs through the eyes of the demons in Hell.  Her gallery paintings utilize cartoons and graphic-styled imagery to explore and comment on modern society and its cultural mores. Gonzalez currently has a number of future projects in production such as the continuing third chapter to her graphic novel “In The Dark” and creating and developing an animated series of shorts and installations based on her art and the characters that populate it.


Galería de la Raza: an Interdisciplinary Chicano/Latino Space for Art, Thought and Activism
2857 24th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110 click here for directions to galería