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 currently displayed in our Sutter Street office.
The Last Supper Party is curated by Alameda Poet Laureate, Kimi Sugioka. The series 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.
Because we outgrew our venerable office space, the 2023-24 season of The Last Supper Party will take place at the larger and even more venerable, Medicine for Nightmares bookstore at 3036 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110. The series will run on the third Wednesday of the month from October - April at 7:00pm. For artist biographies, to RSVP for a performance and more details on the Last Supper Party painting, click on the highlighted dates below.
Genny Lim, M.K. Chavez, Nathaniel Vincent
Shizue Siegel, Tureeda, Milkell, Cadence Myles
Susan Dambroff, Chris Kammler, Jeff DeMark
Emily Zisman and members of The Colossus Collective (Tony Aldarondo, Richard Loranger, Mary Magagna, Rooja Mohassessy, Shizue Seigel and Norma Smith)
Ayo Khensu-Ra, Kevin Dublin, Cadence Myles
Alan Chazaro, Anna Allen, Tommi Avocoli Mecca
Ryan Nakano, Lia Le-Ngyuen, Katherine Park
There will be a Last Supper Party during the Festival on Wednesday May 8 and a special season finale on Wednesday June 19 to celebrate Juneteenth. Lineups for these dates are to be announced.
To see past individual web pages and the full line-ups of the first two seasons of The Last Supper Party go to THIS LINK.
To watch videos of past performances at The Last Supper Party go to THIS LINK.
Poets, Spoken Word Artists and Singer-Songwriters interested in presenting their work at The Last Supper Party, send an email to [email protected].
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
Kimi Sugioka (Series 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.