The Next Installment of...
The Last Supper Party
An Evening of Poetry and Music with Shizue Seigel, Tureeda Mikel & Cadence Myles
Curated by Kimi Sugioka
At Medicine for Nightmares Bookstore
Open Microphone to Follow
Date(s) & Time(s): Wed. Nov 15, 7:00pm
Duration: 120 minutes w/ intermission
Location: 3036 24th St, SF, CA 94110
Entry Free - Donations accepted.
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The Last Supper Party Performance Series
The Last Supper Party is a spoken word and performance series inspired by Fe Bongolan’s landmark painting of the same name; a 200 sq. ft. canvas that defines our Sutter Street office and live arts venue.
The Last Supper Party presents the voices of diverse artists and writers who call out the myriad injustices and impacts of corruption, unchecked power and greed.
We invite our audience to share ideas and bread and find inspiration in the thoughts and words of artists whose perspectives are drawn from a kaleidoscope of cultures. But who are united by compassion and a common desire to seek justice, equity and truth.
The Story of The Last Supper Party Painting
“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 artist’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.
Thirty six years later, with all that has changed and not changed, it is painfully unsurprising that this painting still shouts.”
~ Fe Bongolan
About the Artists
Shizue Seigel is a writer, performer, educator and activist. Her work explores complex intersections of history, culture and spirituality through prose, poetry and visual art. The child of Japanese American incarcerates, she grew up in Baltimore, Occupied Japan, California farm labor camps and skid rows. She draws on lived experience as an Army brat, the Haight-Ashbury, Indian ashrams, corporate advertising, HIV prevention and the activist arts community. Through her arts organization Write Now! SF Bay, Shizue supports writers and artists of color through workshops, events and anthologies. Her eight books include five Write Now! Uncommon Ground: BIPOC Journeys to Creative Activism and several anthologies.
Tureeda Mikel (aka Ture Ade’ or Story Medicine Woman) is an award winning poet with her work published in four languages. Tureeda has also been variously referred to as an activist for holism, Djele Musa, Woman of Truths, Black Panther Alum, and word magician. Her publications include, Synchronicity, The Oracle of Sun Medicine; nominated for the 2020 California Book Award, the Patrice Lumumba Anthology (in collaboration with East-Side Arts Alliance, 2021). Tureeda is a Bay Area Writing Project Teacher Consultant at UC Berkeley where she has published 72 anthologies with CA Poets in the Schools for at-risk youth. She has also been the Eth-Noh-Tec Nu Wa Delegate storyteller in Beijing and the Museum of African Diaspora 2022, poet in residence.
Oakland based multi-instrumentalist, singer and song-writer, Cadence Myles was born to make music. She combines the styles and influences of Alicia Keys, Michael Jackson, Jill Scott, 311, Prince and Usher and channels them into one human being. In addition to performing her own work, Cadence co-hosts the Oakland QT Open Mic and The Brown Low.
Kimi Sugioka (Curator)
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.
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.