LUNADA Literary Lounge celebrates 15 years of lunar literary ritual, honoring a performance series that has been a beacon for Bay Area emerging, and established, bilingual and Latino literary artists. Founded as a necessary outlet for poets to share work with communities that had been traditionally underrepresented in local literary venues, the performance series has grown to include local, and visiting international literary and performance artists, in the heart of La Mision, at Galería de la Raza.
As part of this celebration, Galería commissioned local artist DJ Agana to create a triptych to honor this occasion. The limited edition screen prints can be purchased for $50 per print or as a portfolio for $120. Each screen-printed image is 11"x17". It is a very limited edition, and each will be signed by DJ Agana (Vanessa Solari Espinoza)!
Proceeds of these prints will go to support Galería’s programs.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS:
Marc David Pinate (Lunada Founder & Host until 2010) is a theatre artist, musician and educator. His acting career includes work with Teatro Visión, Shadowlight Productions, Su Teatro, Campo Santo and the Magic Theatre where he played the role of Tiresias in the world premiere of Luis Alfaro’s award winning play, Oedipus El Rey. As a director he has worked with El Teatro Campesino and Stanford University in California; Steppenwolf and American Theatre Company in Chicago; and Arizona Theatre Company and Borderlands Theater in Arizona to name a few. Marc was the recipient of a three-year directing residency funded by the Doris Duke Foundation at La Peña Cultural Center in Berkeley, California. During his residency he founded the Hybrid Performance Experiment (The HyPE) known for their site specific theatre performances on Bay Area Rapid Transit trains and mall food courts. Marc was a member of the spoken word troupe, Chicano Messengers of Spoken Word for which received a National Performance Network commission in to co-author Fear of a Brown Planet. He is a National Slam Poetry Champion and fronted the band, Grito Serpentino, a spoken word and music ensemble that toured throughout the country and produced two albums. Marc was a program director at Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana, a Latino arts center in San Jose, California and at the historic, Galería de la Raza, in San Francisco. He’s taught acting at San Jose State University’s department of Television, Radio, Film and Theatre for eight years. In June 2013, he completed an MFA in Directing from The Theatre School at DePaul University in Chicago. Marc and his family recently moved to Tucson, Arizona where he is now the Producing Director of Borderlands Theater.
Marga Gomez: (Gene Price Award) - is the author and performer of eleven solo plays: Pound, LoveBirds; Not Getting Any Younger; Long Island Iced Latina; Los Big Names; A Line Around The Block; Memory Tricks; Marga Gomez is Pretty, Witty & Gay; Jaywalker; The Twelve Days of Cochina and Proud and Bothered, which, along with her collaboration with Carmelita Tropicana on the erotic horror comedy Single Wet Female, have been produced nationally, internationally, and in New York at The Public Theater, 47th Street Theatre, Performance Space 122, Dixon Place, and La Mama Experimental Theatre Company. In San Francisco she curates a monthly performance variety series "Performerama" at Oasis. Her acting credits include Off-Broadway and national productions of The Vagina Monologues and roles in Warner Bros films "Sphere" and "Batman Forever." Her awards include the GLAAD Media Award for Off-Broadway Theatre, The Los Angeles "Ovation Award” for Best Featured Actress and the 2010 Bay Area Critics Circle Award for "Best Performance" Ms. Gomez is a triple winner of the SF Bay Guardian's "Best Comedian" Award and was nominated for the 2006 New York Drama Desk Award for Los Big Names. She lives in San Francisco, tours nationally and teaches solo performance at Brava Theater. Her website is www.margagomez.com.
Ricky Saenz is a multidisciplinary artist currently marrying Poetry, Stand-up Comedy & Acting. He is a First Generation American Cholo who watched Seinfeld and In Living Color while he quietly suffered from acne. His ambitions have taken him from rapper, to poet, to aspiring NBA player; with the latest installment being a comedian-actor-poet mutant. His TV credits include: Trauma, Southland, The Mentalist, East Los High and hella other stuff también. His film credits include "UNTIL THE DAY I DIE" which recently wrapped on location in Mexico. His Theater credits include SUPERHEROES, PLACAS, and a slew of groundbreaking work he has been honored to give life to. He is a member of Campo Santo Theatre Company, where he was first exposed to Community and Ritual; and henceforth has fermented in his existence and work. Today, he is extremely honored to share the stage with beings who've dedicated their lives to universal awareness and justice. A Special Thank You to Sandra García Rivera and Galería De La Raza for providing such a platform, and opportunity, to sing with fellow poets. Arriba Mi Gente!
Nancy Aidé González is an educator and poet. She graduated from California State University, Sacramento with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature. Her work has appeared in Huizache The magazine of Latino literature, La Tolteca, Mujeres De Maiz Zine, DoveTales, Tule Review, Seeds of Resistance Flor y Canto: Tortilla Warrior, Hinchas de Poesía, La Bloga, and several other literary journals. Her work is featured in the Sacramento Voices: Foam at the Mouth Anthology, Lowriting: Shots Rides & Stories from the Chicano Soul, and Twenty: In Memoriam. She hosts Mosaic of Voices, a poetry series which features multicultural poets in Sacramento. She attended Las Dos Brujas Writer’s Workshop in 2012, and is a participating member of Escritores del Nuevo Sol. She has taught at the elementary level for 14 years. She holds a master's degree in school administration.
Sandra García Rivera (Curator & Host of Lunada, 2010-Present) is an award-winning Nuyorican poet and vocalist, based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She started writing poetry in the Mission District in the 1990s, inspired by local master, Piri Thomas, who taught her: “Every child is born a poet, and every poet is a child.” She has captured audiences throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico, Cuba, and Europe as a spoken word solo artist, and as a vocalist, alongside musical legends. She has published two chapbooks: Shoulder High, and Divination of the Mistress, and published two series of handmade-books for her highly acclaimed poem That Kiss (Ediciones Mixta, NYC). She has been anthologized in Caribbean Erotic, Breaking Ground: Anthology of Puerto Rican Women Writers in New York 1980-2012, Centro Journal, Hostos Review/Revista Hostosiana, and Urban Latino Magazine, among others. As a vocalist, she has performed and recorded with international recording artists, and was a co-founder of Yaya (2002-2008), the Afro-Puerto Rican & Dominican all-women music ensemble based in New York City. She is currently a teaching artist with WritersCorps, holds an MFA in Poetry from Antioch University, and is a 2015 Artist-in-Residence with the Headlands Center of the Arts.
La Mixta Criolla: La Mixta's repertoire of originals, and funky renditions of traditional tunes, features a variety of swinging Caribbean grooves, from plena, bomba, guaracha jíbara, aguinaldo, to merengue, son, rumba, seis, cumbia and salsa. La Mixta's sound is based on the mix of "cueros, cuerdas y voces" - skins, strings, and vocals – with Héctor Lugo on bongó, panderos, barriles, vocals, and percusión menor; Javier Navarrette on congas, cajón, percusión menor, and vocals; Sandra García Rivera on vocals and güícharo; Camilo Landau on Puerto Rican cuatro (a ten string guitar descendant of North African instruments that came to the Caribbean via Spain) and vocals; and Ayla Dávila on bass and vocals. ¡La buena música y la buena comida! We would like our music and lyrics to inspire you to dance, to sing, and also to think about where we have come from and where we are moving towards as individuals, as a people, as a society.