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I’m performing this Saturday: Love is for Suckers in the Borderlands

March 26, 2010

Third Root presents a Saturday afternoon of solo theater performance in collaboration with Joyce Gordon Gallery’s Women’s History month installation, “For Colored Girls Only” in Oakland!

406 14th St

Oakland, CA


*Saturday, March 27th, 3-6pm*

3-4pm view the amazing art

4-6pm solo performances

Solo Performance Artists: Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner ~ “Iep Jeltok: Woman a Bountiful Basket”

Maya Chinchilla ~ Excerpt from “Love is for Suckers in the Borderlands: From emo tomboy to cha cha Chapina femme, an undercover romantic sings and dances her way through lovers, trying to avoid being all tragic and shit, meanwhile figuring out what to do with this bridge on her back.”

Lisa Marie Rollins ~ excerpt from “Ungrateful Daughter,” a story of one black girl’s experience being adopted into a white family… that aren’t celebrities.

Coke Tani Nakamoto ~ excerpt from “Soft Tissue”

$5-10 sliding scale donation as a part of: “For Colored Girls Only” A Celebration of all Women and a tribute to WOMENS History MONTH at Joyce Gordon Gallery Full Exhibition is February 12 – March 28, 2010 For Colored Girls only A celebration of women from all color, size, age, gender, local and international as a form of politics/non-politics & as a body of thought. Erasing the indistinct lines of class, gender and geography, and celebrating even the contradicting facets of womanhood. Group Exhibition Featuring : Addiam Tsehaye, Angela Angel & Robin David, Angela Silva, Ashley Eberlien, Atiba Sylvia Thomas, Barbara Aliza, Bethanie Hines, Clarisse Fulgado, Constance Terrel, Dimeng X. Brehmer, Elizabeth Carter, Hiroko To, Jeannie Dragon, Kameelah J. Rasheed, Katie Richardson, Kim Mason, Latisha Baker,Letitia Ntofon, Lisa Jean DeSoto, Maash Pascal, Maggie Yee, Marguerite Browne, Marilyn Lacy, Melissa Kreisa & Marilyn Lacey, Michele de Mendaire, Mildred Thompson, Favianna Rodriguez, Mina Marquette, Nicole Hsiang, Orlonda Uffre, Paula Craig Steel, Rosalyn Parhams, Rozita S. Folgeman, Sally Moore, Saska Smith, Shirlee Perlow, Susan Mathews, Talita Suassuna Brandao, Tomeekha Pitre, Jessica Seran,Viva H.VanAssen, Zahava Sherrez ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Solo Performer Bios:

Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner ~ Kathy Jetnil Kijiner is a poet, writer, and spoken word artist. Born in the Marshall Islands and raised in Hawaii, her work focuses on illuminating her people’s struggles and her own struggle as a young, feminist Marshall Islander. She represented Youthspeaks Hawaii in 2006, has been named Winner of the Mary Merritt Henry Undergraduate Poetry Contest in 2008 & 2009, and recently finished a summer at Voices of Our Nations Arts foundation (VONA) at UCSF. She is in her last semester at Mills College in Oakland, obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing. Simultaneously, she has been working as a Student Teacher Poet with Poetry for the People at UC Berkeley for the past two years. She recently finished her first chapbook, a collection of poetry entitled Iep Jeltok: Woman a Bountiful Basket.

Maya Chinchilla ~ Maya is a Central American/Guatemalan poet performer, video artist, and educator. A two-spirit humble diva, she is one third of the performance group Las Manas Tres, and a renaissance woman who has enjoyed organizing events and showcasing artists who investigate and celebrate the intersection of politics, media and art over the years. She founded and co-edited La Revista, Santa Cruz and has published her work in Las Girlfriends, Americas y Latinas, Mujeres de Maiz, Sinister Wisdom and the upcoming Turtle Island to Abya Yala: A Love Anthology of Art and Poetry by Native American and Latina Women. As well as directing ’MADE IN BRAZIL: Dreams at Work, she directed THE LAST WORD about Las Manas, a fierce women of color spoken word crew, and associate produced the award-winning documentary Reading Between the Rhymes, about the use of hip hop in education. She also produced, shot and edited the videos for the live theater show Amor Cubano: In a bottle, a tube and a small packet. Currently Maya is working on a book of poetic non-fiction, solo performance pieces, new writing with LM3 through a Oakland Arts Grant and an MFA in creative writing.

Coke Tani Nakamoto ~ COLLEEN “Coke” TANI NAKAMOTO is a dancer, writer and solo performer, curious about where words meet the body. Excerpts of her current project, “Soft Tissue” under the direction of W. Kamau Bell and the Solo Performance Workshop, featured locally at the 2008 New Year’s Eve Solo-Tacular, the 2009 San Francisco Theater Festival, Words First, and APICC/Eth-Noh-Tec’s Slam! Bam! Story Jam!. A 2003 PEN Rosenthal Emerging Voices Fellow, she is also delighted to be a member of the Wing It! Performance Ensemble. Her recent joy has been to join an all-API cast of The Vagina Monologues at the Herbst Theater (after being denied a similar opportunity in LA–where her vagina wasn’t celebrity enough!).

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