Open Access, Artists Connect, and more

Added THU, JAN 19TH 2017

Montalvo Arts Center Weekly Newsletter
Engage with Artists at Open Access
Open Access

Our new theme for Open Access in 2017 is Talking Back: Artists Chat About Change. At these monthly events -- presented by our Lucas Artists Residency Program (LAP) -- filmmakers, performance artists, composers, visual artists, and writers will share art works that shine a light on intolerance and disenfranchisement in contemporary society and serve as platforms for critical reflection, advocacy, collaboration, and public dialogue.

Friday, January 27, 7pm: LAP Fellow Christy Chan and actors Gail Jones and Catherine Lerza present a live performance of Chan’s The Long Distance Call. In the piece, Chan, whose family was targeted by the Ku Klux Klan when she was growing up, re-creates a series of phone calls she had with a KKK seamstress in order to obtain a costume for a film. A Q&A will follow, as will presentations by artist Simón Adinia Hanukai and LAP Fellow Kim Beck.

Friday, February 24, 7pm: Performance artist Margaret Laurena Kemp discusses An Untitled Project involving Bodies, Dirt, and Space -- an ongoing exploration of the racialized body as text in the American landscape -- and present a new experimental video that continues her investigations of these themes. LAP Fellow Eric Moe will also share new musical work.

Friday, March 31, 7pm: LAP Fellow Cassils presents a screening of their haunting short film 103 Shots (pictured above), made in response to the Orlando shootings at Pulse Nightclub in 2016 and filmed in Dolores Park during SF Pride with the help of over 200 volunteers. In addition, hip-hop artist/actor/poet/educator Dahlak Brathwaite will join us to discuss his latest projects, and LAP Fellow Rebecca Chesney will present her past work and describe a new project she is developing.

Wednesday, June 14, 7pm: Join LAP Fellow Gregory Sale and artist Dee Hibbert-Jones as they examine the US criminal justice system and the challenges of creating platforms for social critique, dialogue, and action. The conversation will be followed by a screening of the animated documentary film Last Day of Freedom, co-directed by Hibbert-Jones and Nomi Talisman.

April and May events will also be announced soon. Tickets are just $10 (free for Montalvo members by RSVPing through Chris Wilcox); purchase yours today by clicking the button below or calling the Box Office
 at 408-961-5858, Monday-Friday, 10am-4pm. 


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Artists Connect Examines Education's Future
Artists Connect

Education policy has been in the news lately. With a sense of uncertainty about what's in store under the new administration, parents and educators have a lot of questions. Our next Artists Connect event on Monday, February 13, at 4pm, will offer an opportunity to talk about these issues, express ideas, and voice concerns. 

Over a glass of wine and light appetizers, join us as we touch on topics ranging from the role of the arts in classrooms under our new Secretary of Education to the direction of education policy as a whole on national, state, and county levels.

Please RSVP by clicking below, and notify your friends and colleagues by joining our Facebook event and inviting anyone who might be interested in this important discussion.

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On March 5, It's Your Very Merry Un-Birthday!
Mad Hatter's Tea Party

We hope you can join us in the historic Villa for our fun and fabulous Mad Hatter's Tea Party on Sunday, March 5, at 2:30pm -- in celebration of your "very merry UN-birthday!"

At this delightful Alice In Wonderland-themed gathering, you're invited to put on your fanciest hat, best beret, most fascinating fascinator, and cutest cloche. You'll enjoy all kinds of tempting goodies, from tea sandwiches to savory and sweet treats, champagne, coffee, and (of course) tea.


Reservations must be made by February 27, so don't be late for this very important date! Click the button below or call the Box Office at 408-961-5858 Monday-Friday, 10am-4pm.


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Recommended: Steinway Society Concerts
Klara Frei, Temirzhan Yerzanov, and Alessio Bax

Our friends at the Steinway Society present two upcoming concerts for fans of classical music: first, enjoy the beauiful sounds of Klara Frei and Temirzhan Yerzhanov, performing a program of Romantic-era composures on Saturday, January 21. Then, take in a recital by Italian virtuoso Alessio Bax, dubbed one of "the most remarkable young pianists now before the public," by Gramophone Magazine, on Sunday, February 5

Both performances are at the Trianon Theatre in San Jose and include a pre-concert lecture and a post-concert meet-and-greet. Click the button below or visit for more information and to purchase tickets.


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Upcoming Events at a Glance:

Sat, Jan 21, 8pm: Judy Collins SOLD OUT! 
Wed, Jan 23, 11:30am: 
Karen Joy Fowler SOLD OUT!
Thu, Jan 26, 7:30pm: 
Fri, Jan 27, 7pm: 
Open Access: Christy Chan
Sat, Jan 28 - Sat, Feb 25:
Docent Training Classes
Thu, Feb 2, 9:30am & 11:30am: 
Fri, Feb 3, 8pm:
The English Beat SOLD OUT!
Sat, Feb 4, 8pm: 
Jimmy Webb
By Appointment: 
Docent-Guided Villa & Grounds Tours

Photo Credits: NZ / Cassils, frame from 103 Shots / Stefanie Sylvester / Courtesy Steinway Society

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