*artwork of Lalo Alcaraz

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This Thursday evening get out & speak up.

There is a killer art show + Open Mic event happening this Thursday at the Marks Art Center (located inside College of the Desert).  It’s an all ages event that is free to attend and guaranteed to expand the mind.

If you haven’t seen it yet, do know that the work hanging right now is pretty fantastic.

But, why listen to me?..  The point is for you to go check it out for yourself!

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College of the Desert’s Marks Art Center is hosting a special performance event, entitled Locolandia Live!, in partnership with the McCallum Theatre’s Crisàlida Community Arts Project and SafeHouse of the Desert’s monthly Cup of Happy Open Mic event on Thursday, December 11, 2014, from 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Locolandia Live! is free and open to the public, and will feature a diverse group of performers who will be sharing poems, songs, and other creative responses inspired by the art of Lalo Alcaraz, currently on view at the Marks Art Center. David Gonzalez, Artistic Director for the Crisàlida project and an award-winning musician, actor, poet, and storyteller, will perform, as will COD alumna and community activist Felicitas Nuñez, co-founder of the Teatro de las Chicanas, a political theatre group active in San Diego in the 1970s and 1980s. Other confirmed performers include Vurz, Azic Thot, Mario A. Giant and Row Low.

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artwork of Lalo Alcaraz

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The Locolandia exhibition, October 20 – December 11, 2014, features prints by award-winning political cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz, with work by COD alumnus Eduardo Valadez Arenas and Bay Area emerging artist Rabitt; the Alumni Association gallery also includes a display of Dia de los Muertos images by COD printmaking students, and an interactive installation of the worldwide public art project, Before I Die…. There will also be blocks of time for Open Mic sharing and performance, available on a first-come, first-served basis. SafeHouse of the Desert’s Cup of Happy program is a prevention and early intervention program focused on de-stigmatizing mental health issues by providing opportunities for expression and connection that support healthy lifestyles and emotional wellness.

An “open mic” is a loosely structured event that allows individuals to share original writing and music, to speak informally, or to read material written by others—poetry, lyrics, raps, or “spoken word.” “Spoken word” is poetry intended for onstage performance, rather than exclusively designed for the page, and while often associated with hip-hop culture (i.e., Def Poetry Jam), it also has strong ties to storytelling, modern poetry, performance art, and monologue theatre, as well as jazz, blues, and folk music. The Cup of Happy and Marks Art Center staff also have books of poetry and song lyrics that visitors may select from if they want to perform but do not have anything prepared or choose not to share personal material. More information and examples of various “spoken word” performances can be found here: <http://blog.ted.com/2012/12/07/10-spoken-word-performances-folded-like-lyrical-origami/>. The TED Radio Hour also featured spoken word performers including Tony Award-winning playwright and performer Sarah Jones and the self-described “tri-tongue orator” and educator Jamila Lyiscott in its recent episode entitled “Playing with Perceptions,” <http://www.npr.org/programs/ted-radio-hour/358360814/playing-with-perceptions>.

Lalo Alcaraz is an award-winning visual and media artist: creator of the nationally syndicated daily comic strip “La Cucaracha,” co-host of KPFK’s long-running satirical radio talk-show, the “Pocho Hour of Power,” and consulting producer and writer for the upcoming animated series, “Bordertown;” his publications include “Latino USA: A Cartoon History” (2000), and the recent New York Times bestseller “A Most Imperfect Union: A Contrarian History of the United States” (2014).

The Crisàlida Community Arts Project is an initiative of the McCallum Theatre, in partnership with master storyteller Dr. David Gonzalez, to give voice to the cultural traditions and aspirations of the largely Hispanic and economically disadvantaged population in four Coachella Valley communities: Indio, Coachella, Mecca and Thermal. The primary goal of Crisàlida is to celebrate, facilitate, inspire, create, and chronicle organic, meaningful and relevant cultural experiences for residents in the subject communities. The Crisàlida Community Arts Project has been funded by The Irvine Foundation with a grant in the amount of $600,000, through its Exploring Engagement Fund for Large Organizations, for a two year period beginning in September 2014. For more information, call 760-346-6505 or go to www.mccallumtheatre.com.

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artwork of Rabitt

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artwork of Rabitt

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artwork of Rabitt

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artwork of Eduardo Valadez Arenas

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artwork of Eduardo Valadez Arenas

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Marks Art Center

43-500 Monterey Ave, Palm Desert, California 92260
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