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The Last Supper Party
An Evening of Poetry and Music with Genny Lim, M.K. Chavez, Nathaniel Vincent & Christian Jimenez
Curated by Kimi Sugioka
At Medicine for Nightmares Bookstore
Open Microphone to Follow
Date(s) & Time(s): Wed. Oct 18, 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
San Francisco Jazz Poet Laureate emeritus, Genny Lim is the recipient of two life-time achievement awards from the City of Berkeley and PEN Oakland. Lim's award-winning play, Paper Angels, was the first Asian American play aired on PBS’s American Playhouse and has been performed throughout the U.S., Canada and China. She is author of five published poetry collections, including Poetry and History of Chinese Immigrants on Angel Island, which won the American Book Award. Lim has worked with Jazz legends Max Roach and Herbie Lewis as well as long-time collaborators, Jon Jang, John Santos, Francis Wong, Anthony Brown and Marshall Trammell. Her work with Trammell is titled Don’t Shoot! A Requiem in Black, dedicated to Sandra Bland and victims of police violence.
M.K. Chavez is an Afro-Latinx writer, educator, multi-disciplinary artist, and curator. Chavez co-directs Berkeley Poetry Festival and is co-founder/curator of Lyrics & Dirges reading series. Chavez's writing explores identity, social justice, environmental degradation, horror cinema, magic, and ritual and has been recognized with a Pen Oakland Josephine Miles award, San Francisco Foundation/Nomadic Press Literary Award, and is a 2023 YBCA 100 fellow. Chavez’s literary offerings include Dear Animal,Mothermorphosis, the lyric essay chapbook A Brief History of the Selfie, and Virgin Eyes. Recent work can be found among the trees in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park through the Voices of the Trees Project.
San Francisco resident, Nathaniel Vincent is a multi-instrumentalist and improviser. His primary focus is clarinet, but he is also proficient in other wind instruments and enjoys experimenting with new sounds and ideas.
San Francisco native, Christian Jimenez is a musician specializing in guitar and a budding actor. He attended Ruth Asawa School of the Arts and participates in local theatre productions regularly including the Creator’s Lab with the San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Company (BATCO). Christian also writes his own plays, which have been performed in various settings.
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.