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A Special Juneteenth Installment of...
The Last Supper Party

An Evening of Poetry and Music in collaboration with the Speakeasy Storytellers featuring Abdul Kenyatta, Allen Jordan, Idrissa Lattier, Kevin Dublin, Mia Pixley and Thomas Laymon
Curated by Kimi Sugioka & Abdul Kenyatta
At Medicine for Nightmares Bookstore & Gallery
Open Microphone to Follow

Date(s) & Time(s): Wed. Jun 19, 7:00pm
Duration: 90 minutes w/ intermission
Location: 3036 24th St, SF, CA 94110

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Inaugural Last Supper Party


Full Interview with Fe Bongolan

 

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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 the SFIAF Sutter Street office.

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

Abdul Kenyatta
Abdul Kenyatta is the Executive Director of the Speakeasy Storyteller Series. He is an award-winning storyteller and spoken word champion, including the Dirty Haiku Champion at Tourette’s Without Regrets and the 2017 Bay Area Liars Competition. He writes for NPR and Snap Judgment, in addition to singing jazz and blues. “Have Stories, Will Travel.”

Idrissa Lattier
Idrissa Lattier is a StorySlam Oakland Star and president of Bright Futures Growth and Development Center, a nonprofit growth and development center serving students from pre-kindergarten through young adulthood.

Kevin Dublin
Kevin Dublin, a San Francisco-based poet and writer, is doing everything he can to keep the city’s literary culture alive. He leads a number of writing programs, including the Elder Writing Project, which brings creative writing classes to retirement communities across the Bay Area. He also hosts a community-building reading series, mentors under-resourced kids, spends his summers teaching writing at various youth camps and dreams of founding his own writing youth camp in San Francisco.

Mia Pixley, PH.D
Mia Pixley is a clinical psychologist, composer, performer, conservationist, mother, and avid distance swimmer, who explores the resonance between ourselves, the natural world, and the underworld. She has performed on GRAMMY award winning albums and alongside GRAMMY award winning artists on stage.

Thomas Laymon
Thomas Laymon, resides in Oakland by way of Detroit, is a lifelong learner and educator, and storyteller. While he’s new to the performing arts, Thomas aims to find the extra in the ordinary, to note the unnoted, and to mark the unremarked by sharing his “true story” life experiences. with whoever will lend their ears.

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 (Creator of The Last Supper Party Painting)
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.


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

 

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