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First Event...
Last Supper Party

An Evening to celebrate the opening of SFIAF's Sutter Street office venue featuring The Last Supper Party by Fe Bongolan with Performances and Poetry by Rhodessa Jones, Jason Bayani and Kimi Sugioka.

EVENT POSTPONED

Date(s) & Time(s): Sat. Feb. 5, 6:00pm
Duration: Reception: 6:00pm - 7:00pm
                   Readings: 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Location: 1222 Sutter Street SF 94109

 

Ticket Information
Entry Free - Donations accepted.
Attendees must be vaccinated.
Reservations Mandatory.


WE ARE SORRY TO ANNOUNCE THAT THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED DUE TO THE CURRENT OMICRON INFECTION RATE IN THE BAY AREA.

We are currently in the process of rescheduling and will make an announcement soon.

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About the Evening

As one of a million non-significant bylines to the COVID-19 pandemic, the San Francisco International Arts Festival has relocated to new offices as part of a storefront in the Polk Gulch district. As such, we have committed that our space will also double as a venue for spoken word and poetry readings.

We plan to host these types of events on the first Saturday of every month. The readings will be curated by Alameda Poet Laureate, Kimi Sugioka.

We are also excited because the high ceiling at 1222 Sutter will allow us to hang one of the great large scale art pieces from the Eyes and Ears Foundation collection: Fe Bongolan's The Last Supper Party.

To that end, Saturday February 5 will serve a dual purpose: the occasion will celebrate the opening of the office with the re-unveiling of Fe's seminal work of art. It will also segue into our inaugural poetry evening.

We invite members of the public to meet the artist(s), view the newly installed work and raise a glass between 6:00pm and 7:00pm. At 7:00pm, Rhodessa Jones will read excerpts from a new performance piece. Following Ms. Jones, poet, author and educator Jason Bayani will read from his published texts as well as other original material. The evening will conclude with Alameda Poet Laureate and SFIAF board member, Kimi Sugioka reading from her work.

About The Last Supper Party
“1985. Ronald Reagan was still President. The global movement to end apartheid and free Nelson Mandela from Robben Island Prison was underway. In San Francisco homelessness was ramping up. The AIDS pandemic was taking down swaths of our city’s population: friends, family, and co-workers. Yet a whole other world of class and wealth did nothing while the rest of our world was in trouble. Sitting in my studio in an Inverness cabin, I stayed with my paints and let something happen. It was there that I found my painter’s voice to not attack directly, but to let the exposure of that apathy – bred by a society that embraced greed over humanity—do the work.

35 years later, with all that has changed and not changed, it is painfully unsurprising that this painting still shouts.” ~ Fe Bongolan

About the Artists

Fe Bongolan

Fe Bongolan is a Bay Area visual and performing artist. She is an alumnae of San Francisco State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Crafts and Design. She found theater arts in her last year at SFSU, and to this day it consumes her life. After working as an actress with Asian American Theater Company and Teatro Campesino, in 1992 she began work with the Medea Project: Theater for Incarcerated Women, immediately involved as an artist from the community working alongside Rhodessa Jones in helping women inmates from San Francisco County Jail write their stories for performance. In 28 years with the Medea Project, Fe developed as actor, writer, dramaturge and assistant director to Rhodessa, helping inmates and ex-offenders find their voice and develop their writing for performance in jail, the community and main stage. In her words, “Even in my visual art works, I was searching for the path to explore making art that had vital meaning and impact on the world. For me as a performer it was with the Medea Project that I found that road.”

Rhodessa Jones
Rhodessa Jones is Co-Artistic Director of the acclaimed San Francisco performance company Cultural Odyssey. She is an actress, teacher, director, and writer. Rhodessa is also the Director of the award winning Medea Project: Theater for Incarcerated Women and HIV Circle, which is a performance workshop designed to achieve personal and social transformation with incarcerated women and women living with HIV. Rhodessa was the Festival’s artistic director in 2007.

Jason Bayani
Jason Bayani is the author of the Northern California Book Award nominated Locus (Omnidawn Publishing 2019) and Amulet (Write Bloody Publishing 2013), and creator of the solo theater show Locus of Control. He’s also the artistic director of Kearny Street Workshop in San Francisco, the oldest multi-disciplinary Asian Pacific American arts organization in the country.

Kimi Sugioka
Kimi Sugioka is a poet, songwriter, and educator. She is the current Poet Laureate for the City of Alameda, a post that includes creating platforms for the presentation of a diverse variety of poets and spoken-word artists. Kimi also performs her own work frequently throughout the Bay Area. Born in Chapel Hill, North Carolina and raised in Berkeley, California, Kimi has worked in public education for decades, and earned her BA from San Francisco State University and MFA from the Naropa Institute in Boulder, Colorado.

San Francisco International Arts Festival
Phone Number: 415-399-9554 | Email: [email protected]
1222 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94109