Lunada ~ Fall 2016 Season

Lunada ~ Fall 2016 Season

Spoken Word * Música * Open Mic

Tuesday, December 13, 2016 | 7:30 pm

Featuring Rio Yañez‘s Night Time on the Internet, Norm Mattox‘s debut chapbook Get Home Safe! Poems for Crossing the Community Grid, and a report back from Standing Rock with images and stories by Cece Carpio and Nancy Pili. Open Mic sign-up at 7:15pm.

OPEN MIC: Sign-up at 7:15pm / 8 spots on the list / 5 min. each, featuring first-timers, veteranos, poets, musicians, emcees, storytellers, laureates, and troubadours in English, Spanish, Espanglish, and den sum, under the full moon. 


2857 24th Street, at Bryant
SF, CA 94110

Voted by the pueblo as BEST LITERARY NIGHT in the Bay Guardian’s 2016 Best of the Bay Awards, LUNADA is the Bay Area’s only full moon bilingual literary ritual & performance gathering devoted to spoken word, música, story and open mic. Located in the heart of the Mission District at Galería de la Raza, and guest curated by some of the Bay Area’s most dynamic word slingers and artists, each LUNADA features community poets, local legends, visiting mystics, and other mero meros of the stage.

About the Artists

RIO YAÑEZ: Born and raised in San Francisco’s Mission District, Rio Yañez is a curator and graphic artist. As a curator he is a frequent collaborator with his father, Rene Yañez, and the pair have been developing exhibits together since 2005. He has exhibited in cities ranging from San Francisco to Tokyo. Yañez is also a founding member of The Great Tortilla Conspiracy, the world’s most dangerous tortilla art collective.

Rio Yañez will share a presentation of his digital narrative, Night Time on the Internet – Each status update reflects a moment in time on the internet, a time capsule that reflects contemporary Chicano/Latino culture and our engagement with technology – juxtaposing intimate moments with our devices, cyber relationships, cultural symbols and iconography in the landscape of social media and the internet.

NORM MATTOX is a brother, from “The Bronx,” thriving for over thirty years in the Bay Area. He earned a BS from Cornell University and a MA from San Francisco State University in Math Education. Norm has been a bilingual educator in SFUSD – from paraprofessional to classroom teacher; and at SFSU from school site administration to adjunct math methods instruction. It was one of his first students that recognized the connection of his name and his favorite subject, ‘MathMattox’. Norm is currently teaching in the Mathematics Department at Willie Brown Middle School, in the Bayview-Hunters Point district in San Francisco. He has been writing in journals, notebooks, on the back of envelopes and torn off pieces of paper bags, forever and has just completed his first chapbook, Get Home Safe! Poems for Crossing the Community Grid. “Now, whenever the muse whispers at my ear window, I am inspired to document, write and speak my peace; the ever present iPhone has an app for that! it catches everything… sounds, words, images that choose me to communicate their dance… breathe, flow, trust, faith, no fear.”

CECE CARPIO: From the islands of the Philippines and now back in the Bay Area,Cece Carpio paints people and places working towards a more dignified existence. Using acrylic, ink, aerosol and installations, her work tells stories of immigration, ancestry, resistance and resilience. She documents evolving traditions by combining folkloric forms, bold portraits and natural elements with urban art techniques.

She has produced and exhibited work in the Philippines, Fiji Islands, Cuba, Mexico, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Italy, Norway and throughout the United States. She has previously been awarded the New York Foundation of the Art Immigrant Artist Fellowship, a teaching resideny at Café R.E.D & La Botica Espacio Cultural at Xela, Guetemala, and recently was awarded a residency with KulArts at SOMA San Francisco– the premier presenter of contemporary and tribal Pilipino arts in the United States–. She has also guest lecture at New School in New York, California College of the Arts in Oakland, and produced work for the Multicultural Community Center at UC Berkeley. Cece Carpio is currently working with Juana Alicia in the True Colors Mural Project at Berkeley City College sponsored by Earth Island Institute and teaching arts education at East Oakland School of the Arts.

She can often be found collaborating with her crew, Trust Your Struggle, teaching, and traveling around the world in pursuit of the perfect wall.