Open Access

Don't Look Away

Will Calhoun, Danez Smith, Monica Sok, Julian Talamantez Brolaski, and Friends

Friday, February 23, 2018, 7PM

Free for Montalvo members: Call 408-961-5849 or email Chris Wilcox to RSVP.

VENUE: Carriage House Theatre

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This event is presented as part of Montalvo Arts Center’s program series, Open Access—your opportunity to connect with Artists Fellows and Guest Artists at the Lucas Artists Program. This program is designed to offer audiences a behind the scenes view into how artists generate ideas, as well as showcase works in process and fully realized new work. Open Access offerings include conversations, performances, screenings, and culinary events. It also has a virtual presence as an online blog and archive. Find out more at

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Join us for a vibrant and inspiring evening of poetry and performance with two-time Grammy winning musician and co-founding member of the genre-busting rock band Living Colour, Will Calhoun, acclaimed poets and performers Danez Smith, Monica Sok, and Julian Talamantez Brolaski. Together we will experience how these artists use words and music to break boundaries and erase stereotypes; express painful histories and contemporary injustices; and shape new ways for us to see and be seen in the world.

The evening will begin with Smith, Sok, and Brolansky reading powerful poetry. Next, Calhoun will present an improvisational performance with live drums, ambient electronics, photo images, loops, and indigenous flutes; displaying a unique approach to storytelling.