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The Last Supper Party
An Evening of Poetry and Music with Anna Alan, Alan Chazaro and Tommi Avocolli Mecca
Curated by Kimi Sugioka
At Medicine for Nightmares Bookstore & Gallery
Open Microphone to Follow
Date(s) & Time(s): Wed. Mar 20, 7:00pm
Duration: 90 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
Alan Chazaro is the author of This Is Not a Frank Ocean Cover Album (Black Lawrence Press, 2019), Piñata Theory (Black Lawrence Press, 2020) and Notes from the Eastern Span of the Bay Bridge (Ghost City Press, 2021). He is a graduate of June Jordan’s Poetry for the People program at UC Berkeley and a former Lawrence Ferlinghetti Poetry Fellow at the University of San Francisco. He was proudly raised by Mexican immigrants in the Bay Area and is currently a staff writer for KQED Arts and Culture.
Anna Allen is a performance poet; she was born in Stockton and currently lives in Oakland. Anna has been published in online mags, such as Little Death Lit and published her first book, I’ve Titled This Poem With Your Name, through Nomadic Press. She is currently attending classes and working on her second book, Hello I Love You.
Tommi Avicolli Mecca
Tommi Avicolli Mecca is a south Philly-born, southern Italian/American queer artist and writer whose works have appeared on stage and in print since the 1970s. He’s also written and performed original songs, both at cafes and at protests. Music has been a passion since 1969 when he got his first guitar as a graduation present from his brother who turned him on to Coltrane, Miles, Billie and other jazz greats. During COVID, he spent his time teaching himself jazz chords and putting together original jazz-influenced ballads.
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.