The Sunday Lounge Rumba has been going on at La Peña for the past 12 years and we want to see it continue. We highly encourage attendees to donate online to ensure that we keep this community event alive!
Folkloric Afro-Cuban Rhythm & Dance Every 1st & 3rd Sunday!
Come enjoy the Afro-Cuban folkloric drums, dances, and songs of rumba. Rumba is the word used for a group of related, community-oriented, music and dance styles in Cuba. Rumba developed in rural Cuba, with strong influences from African drumming and Spanish poetry and singing.
Sep 15, 3pm to 5pm, La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley
With the surrender of the Bataan Peninsula and the fortified island Corregidor in the Spring of 1942, all hope seemed lost. But, almost overnight, the Philippine underground resistance began to take shape. The women guerrillas of the resistance, or guerrilleras, are one such group who have received less attention in Pacific Theater histories. The names and faces of those Filipina guerrilla soldiers, who led their own units, conducted espionage, nursed the wounded, led raids, or raised armies, have nearly been forgotten. This book attempts to bring these stories to light so that the legacy of these unsung Filipina resistance fighters lives on.
The people of the Philippine Islands during the early half of the twentieth century experienced various waves of Western Imperialism and wars. Yet, they have received small subheadings in American histories. The Philippine guerrilla resistance consisted of a diverse cast of Filipino men and women, ethnic and indigenous minorities, American and European immigrants and soldiers, young and old, rich and poor. For four years, Filipino guerrillas faced battles on over fifteen islands that make up the 7000 islands of the Philippine Archipelago. With unrelenting hardiness and hope to end the Japanese occupation, the Filipino guerrillas made the Philippines the last Allied stronghold of the Pacific.
Free event, wheelchair accessible
Sep 15, 3pm to 4pm, Eastwind Books of Berkeley 2066 University Ave, Berkeley
SEPT 15th Sunday 5-8PM Laura Walker is the author of story (Apogee Press, 2016), Follow-Haswed (Apogee Press, 2012), bird book (Shearsman Books, 2011), rimertown/ an atlas (UC Press, 2008), and swarm lure (Battery Press, 2004).
She grew up in rural North Carolina and now lives in Berkeley, where she teaches creative writing. More information is available at laura-walker.com.
Here's a short section of a review of Laura's work:
As with any erasure project, the reader cannot help but wonder about the source text as they make their way through the book. This is especially and intentionally the case in Follow-Haswed, however. Walker's choice of a dictionary as a primary text may seem whimsical or even arbitrary, but it is in fact a very calculated setup for Follow-Haswed to perform its own illustration of a fundamental poetic principle: the ability of individual words to have a spectrum of connotations and implications depending on their context. A dictionary such as the OED shows this in an explicit and matter-of-fact way, and Follow-Haswed invokes that method continuously - but it also performs such spectral shifts itself. Individual stanzas or even lines of a poem may be thought of as possible context for the titular word they attenuate; word-titles are eventually repeated, some several times, as though new and different contexts and connotations for them had been thought of and duly noted. The reader is constantly considering the connection between words, between the title of a poem and its text, between the text of a poem and the OED entry it was culled from, and eventually, between the text of the poems and the agenda of the speaker they originate from. -Brenton Woodward, the VOLTA blog
Caroline Goodwin moved to California in 1999 from Sitka, Alaska to attend Stanford as a Wallace Stegner Fellow in poetry. Her books are Trapline (2013), Peregrine (2015), The Paper Tree (2017) and Custody of the Eyes (2019). She teaches at UC Berkeley Extension, CA College of the Arts and Stanford Continuing Studies.
Several poets from Goodwin's summer 2019 Poetry Workshop at UC Berkeley Extension will also read their original work.
This is from a review of my first book:
Though the title of Caroline Goodwin's most recent collection first brings to mind the definition of a trapline as a "series of animal traps," it is the other definition of "the ensnaring filament of a spider's web" that better describes the mood of this collection of poems. In a language that stealthily weaves between the threads of nature and of humans, Goodwin's Trapline instructs in stoicism, observation and patience as tools that may help one survive the webs that ensnare our dreams and desires. As readers we are invited, in the opening poem, "Invitation," to be like "an iris surrendering its pupil," to be voyeurs to a world that is neither unforgiving nor welcoming, a world less about comfort than endurance.- Lisa Cheby, The Rumpus
And a blurb from my first book:
"The poem of the natural world, like nature itself, is threatened by harsh forces: sentimentality, obviousness, easy identification. The difficulty in writing about nature only makes the achievement of Trapline that much more remarkable and provoking. Goodwin sees nature and ourselves as we are in all our manifestations, intertwined and inseparable." - Keith Ekiss
ALL Ages & Wheelchair Accessible
It's Pot Luck so you can bring Food Snacks and Beverages!!
Sep 15, 5pm to 8pm, Art House Gallery & Cultural Center 2905 Shattuck Ave. Berkeley