The Social and Public Art Resource Center (SPARC) of Venice will present this year’s seventh installment of the “Planet Siqueiros Pe“a” series Saturday, October 24th, an evening of spoken word by Salvadorian poet Karina Oliva.
The event is scheduled from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at SPARC, 685 Venice Blvd., Venice.
Oliva will be reading from her newly released book of poems, “Transverse, Altar de Tierra Altar de Sol,” published this year by Izote Press.
Oliva was born in El Salvador and has lived in the United States for most of her life. Having earned a doctorate from the University of California-Berkeley in ethnic studies, her creative work reflects her academic focus on the literary and cultural production by Central Americans born or raised in the United States.
She has read at UC Berkeley’s Lunch Poems established by Robert Hass, Intersection for the Arts in San Francisco, Corazon del Pueblo in Oakland, as well as at other college campuses, and community organizations throughout the country.—Oliva writes from the overlapping sites of the sacred, of motherhood, healing, community, memory, and liberation.
The October 24th event will open with two poets, Francisco Letelier and Gustavo Adolfo Guerra Vasquez.
Born in Chile, Letelier weaves together history and contemporary experiences and Guerra V·squez is a multi-disciplinary artist who was born in Guatemala City and raised both there and in Los Angeles. Guerra Vasquez believes in social change as an art form as well art as a tool for social change.
Also performing at the event is Huayucaltia (why—you—call—TEE-ah), an innovative Latin American folk-jazz fusion band. The name of the group means “kinship and unity” in the ancient language of the Aztecs. This unique ensemble creates an original musical sound by using hundreds of traditional instruments from Latin America, blending haunting and organic sounds with contemporary instruments and musical forms.
Salvadorian pupusas, empanadas and drinks will be available before and during intermission.
A $10 suggested donation for admission will benefit the Save LA Murals campaign (savelamurals.org/). For reservations, firstname.lastname@example.org/.
For more information, www.sparcmurals.org/, or (310) 822-9560 ext. 15.