The Next Installment of...
The Last Supper Party
An Evening of Poetry and Music with Ryan Nakano, Lia Le-Ngyuen and Katherine Park
Curated by Kimi Sugioka
At Medicine for Nightmares Bookstore & Gallery
Open Microphone to Follow
Date(s) & Time(s): Wed. Apr 17, 7:00pm
Duration: 90 minutes w/ intermission
Location: 3036 24th St, SF, CA 94110
Entry Free - Donations accepted.
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Inaugural Last Supper Party
Full Interview with Fe Bongolan
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
Ryan Nakano is an Okinawan/Japanese American poet and journalist living in Huchiun, on the unceded lands of the Lisjan Ohlone (Oakland, CA) with his wonderful partner and cat. His poems have been published in Riksha Magazine as well as Voicemail Poems. His debut chapbook, I Am Minor came out in February 2023 initially published by Nomadic Press. The book is currently available through Black Lawrence Press.
Lia Le-Nguyen is a writer based in Fremont, California. In 2023, Lia was on the shortlist for Youth Poet Laureate of Alameda County. She has been a writer ever since she made homemade hardcovers out of cardboard in the first grade. Lia believes in the power of poetry to enact social change.
Bi-racial Korean/Scottish/Irish/Welsh/British American singer and actor, Katherine Park grew up near Boston, Massachusetts eating blueberries with chopsticks and drinking hot chocolate for breakfast. She cut her teeth as lead singer of indie bands before releasing her solo EP Sonatine Dream and joining Pandan Leaf Collective. Photo of Katherine by Douglas Despres.
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.