Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Cooking show con Karimi

kaotic good productions Presents:
A community cooking ritual to honor our Ancestors before we change the President.
The Cooking Show con Karimi y Comrades
Sunday November 02, 2008. 8pm
$10 gen. $5 w/ canned food for shelters that are struggling
La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave. in Berkeley.
510-849-2568 -

The Cooking Show con Karimi y Comrades. Come and take a break from electoral politics madness with revolutionary chef Mero Cocinero Karimi and his special musical Comrades, as he teaches a community cooking ritual to honor ancestors that will make your stomach and corazon smile. The show features Mero Cocinero Karimi and Comrades. It is created by kaotic good productions. Fresh from sold out stops in Anchorage, Minneapolis, Houston, Sheboygan, San Francisco and Off-Broadway, the Associated Press called THE COOKING SHOWŠ "a globally flavored recipe that packs some punch lines." A graduate of the Paolo Freire Culinary Institute, Mero has cooked for luminaries such as author Michele Serros, activist Yuri Kochiyama, author Jeff Chang, and hip hop artist MF Doom. Come early for an extra taste! Free Samples! No one turned away for lack of funds because we know the economy sucks.

Viva Obama


Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Report back from East LA and beyond

So I've decided to get over my resistance to writing on my blog and start to write in this more public forum once again. we'll see how it goes.

We had an amaaazing time in East Los/Boyle Heights and the always lovely Long Beach. So many beautiful people, so much talent and inspiration and so much support, my heart is full. I don't exactly know how I made it through with this horrible flu (my ears are still plugged up from the plane) and actually with all the remedies I was partaking of, ginger tea, nasal washes (don't knock it till you try it. its like getting water up your nose in the pool but so so helpful it rocked my world) throat lozenges, throat coat, zinc, vitamins, kambucha (thanks Leah!) and finally some advil, dayquil, or theraflu when it got really rough..., who knows what was real and what was delirium...I didn't get to talk with as many folks as I wished because my voice wasn't there but man did I realize what a little adrenaline can do to get you through. And the folks of CASA 0101 are the best!

On to the next one. This weekend we will be in San Jose at Teatro Vision opening up before House on Mango Street 7:30 sharp so don't be late and there are still a few slots for the workshop with LM3 on Saturday 2-4pm if you know any women who would like to take the workshop. What a great month! Looking forward to some down time to write write write, apply for grants and plan for next year. Abrazos thank you all for your support and feedback!

Friday, October 24- Las Manas Tres: The all mujer hybrid performance troupe Las Manas Tres come down to San José for a special set full of the flava, conciencia, humor and style that is their work. 7:30pm in the Teatro lobby.

Saturday, October 25- Creative Writing/Performance Workshop: Led by Las Manas Tres and inspired by the work of Sandra Cisneros, this workshop is open to women aged 11-25 and is free with attendance to any performance of La Casa en Mango Street. 2-4pm at the Mexican Heritage Plaza. To sign up, contact Carlos Velázquez by email

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Epicentro Poetic Epidemic

CASA 0101 Presents:
Epicentro Poetic Epidemic
Friday Oct. 17, 2008
Doors open at 7:30 PM
Show at 8:00 PM
CASA 0101
2009 E. First St.
Los Angeles, CA 90033

For tickets: or 323-263-7684

(October 7, 2008) – Los Angeles, CA – Revolutionary Central American poets
and friends straddle the lines that divide in this evening of art and action. Why
blend in and give in to invisibility?

This night of music and poetry builds alliances with Bay Area artists, Tocayo; Las
Manas Tres: Maya Chinchilla, Milta Ortiz, Cruz Grimaldo; Ana Miranda
Maldonado and Leticia Hernandez-Linares author of Razor Edges of My Tongue.
LA cultural activist Raquel Gutierrez of Butchlalis de Panochtitlan joins other
Epicentro Poets including Jessica Grande, Karina Oliva-Alvarado, in this explosive night of poetry and performance.

This offering creates space for those who have lost their home, who were taken
from their home, who had it stolen, who decided it was time to leave and for
those who carry their home in their heart and need a place to rest. It is about
recovering, documenting and making personal histories and demanding rightful
place among cultural, political and literary movements. Testimony is given to
resurrect memory, inspire action, and laugh loudly to heal old wounds. This
fundraiser supports the publication of DESDE EL EPICENTRO: An Anthology of
U.S. Central American Poetry and Art, co-edited by Karina Oliva-Alvarado and Maya Chinchilla.