A Sense of Place

Much can happen close to home. I found myself spending time in Riverside, CA as part of Between the Tables,  at the Riverside Art Museum, and March for Our Lives.

The 5th year iteration of Between the Tables produced by Sue Roginski comprised of local poets and dance artists including: Cindy Rinne, Cynthia Young, Micah Tasaka, Stephen Tanner, Tracy Tom-Hoon, Ariel Green-Hill, Aisha Shauntel and Sue Rogenski. A wonderful event hosted by Back to the Grind.

This was my second time to participate. Dance, music, art, and poetry can happen between the tables of the coffee shop. The focus this time was poetry, dance, and performance art. I enjoyed the wonderful audience and the variety of voices and movement. I read poems about dance and tea to fit the day. The end was a wonderful performance called, “Marielle Present.” (Image of Tracy Tom-Hoon below)

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I wanted to hold the precious relics from “Uncovering Ancient Mexico: The Mystery of Tlatilco” at the Riverside Art Museum (RAM). These artifacts are from an ancient civilization which is now Mexico City. Jaime Guerrero exhibited the stunning “Contemporary Relics: A Tribute to the Makers.” Both exhibits are up through Dec. 30, 2018. Guerrero states: “I believe that these objects can transmit valuable knowledge about the first cultures of this continent. They offer insights to the world view and belief system of our Mesoamerican ancestors.” His work is made of molten glass to look like stone (see below).

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My newest novel in verse “Moon of Many Petals” is a story based in Manzanar and Sendai. It was fascinating to see “Wendy Maruyama: E.O. 9066” where she had an installation called¬†The Tag Project of all incarcerated and stunning wall-mounted cabinets and sculptures capturing the living conditions in the camps.

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Upstairs contained “The 52/52+ Project” with my friends Mary Melcher and Gwen Melby and others and “Una Noche Chicana: Novelas, Peliculas, Chocolate, y Avena” featuring lithographic prints, video installation, and stitched goods.

The High School Students from Riverside County organized MARCH FOR OUR LIVES, RIVERSIDE. I loved hearing the speeches of the young adults, marching with my church, Redlands United Church of Christ, meeting strangers who quickly felt like friends, and supporting the next generation. Chants, tears, hugs, posters, and song filled the streets.

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~ by fiberverse on March 28, 2018.

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