Gathering the Embers: A Día de los Muertos Tribute Show

What: Gathering the Embers: A Día de los Muertos Tribute Show

When: Saturday, October 20, 7–9:30pm

Where: 934 Brannan St. (between 8th & 9th)

How Much: $8 in advance, $10 at the door


What Else: Guests may arrive early to visit the exhibition Calling on the Spirits to Face the Future: Dia de los Muertos 2012

In Gathering the Embers: A Dia de los Muertos Tribute Show, a 2nd annual performance showcase, sisters Natalia and Amanda Vigil gather emerging and established writers, interdisciplinary performing artists, media makers and musicians to pay tribute to love, life, loss and resiliency.

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Guests may arrive early to visit the exhibition Calling on the Spirits to Face the Future: Dia de los Muertos 2012; exhibition hours have been extended to 6:30pm to allow for viewing by guests of Gathering the Embers.

Faith Adiele, the lone Nigerian-Nordic-American girl in her rural community, won a scholarship to Harvard, flunked out, shaved her head, and moved into the forest, becoming Thailand’s first black Buddhist nun.Meeting Faith (W.W. Norton), about this experience, won the PEN Beyond Margins Award for Best Memoir. A trip to Nigeria to find her father and siblings inspired the PBS documentary, My Journey Home. She co-edited the international anthology, Coming of Age Around the World (New Press), and her writings on spirituality, travel, and culture have been widely anthologized. Adiele has taught writing on 5 continents, and been featured on NPR; in a pilot for a new reality show; on the Tavis Smiley show; in a national television ad; and in a 2-page center spread in Pink Magazine. Currently the Distinguished Visiting Writer at Mills College and Associate Professor at CCA, she is completing an epic memoir; visit

BAAITS (Bay Area American Indian Two Spirit) is a community-based volunteer organization offering culturally relevant activities to LGBTIQ Native Americans, their families and friends. BAAITS exists to restore and recover the role of Two-Spirit people by creating a forum for our spiritual, cultural and artistic expression. We offer a variety of cultural programming including: Community Gatherings, Drag Performances, Traditional Arts, Drumming, Educational Events and Pride Activities.

Tina Bartolome is a SF native and daughter of immigrants from the Philippines and Switzerland. She writes for the page, stage and screen and her work is included in the anthology “Walang Hiya: Literature Taking Risks Toward Liberatory Practice” (Carayan Press). Her solidarity with people’s struggles for self-determination has taken her to the Philippines, Cuba and Guåhan (Guam) with a steady commitment to return to the Bay to facilitate radical spaces for young people of color to raise their skills and voices for making social change.  She currently works at the School of Unity and Liberation (SOUL) in Oakland and is equal parts dialectic materialist, astrologist and dancehall crasher. Visit her blog at

Christopher Davis was born in Hope, Arkansas and has sung since he was 5 yrs old. He got his start in the church where he and his family played a very big part. Christopher views music as a life line to the world. A wise man once said, “every situation in life can be expressed through a song” and he lives that each and every day of his life by expressing love with his voice.

Cara Rose DeFabio is an interdisciplinary creative who believes her community is her greatest asset. She enjoys collaborating across fields and is comfortably wired to the local queer performance scene, ace journalists, foodies, twitterati, and homegrown heroes in her native San Francisco. She has been an Artist-in-Residence at Guapamacataro, Mexico, has staged participatory theater at historical landmarks with We Players, enjoys improvising with SQUART, and is a proud conspirator on Longshot Magazine. Her most recent stage work, She was a Computer, debuted at Counterpulse this summer. The performance uses cell phones, old radio recordings and physical comedy to investigate the psycho-social impact of technology through generations of women. Learn more at

Dorian Faust, also known as “Burlesque’s Basquiat”, “El Camino Diablo”, and “El Corazon” is a dynamic creatrix, explosive performance artist, and inspired pop-culture icon. She is a classically trained dancer, actress, and vocalist. She made her Burlesque debut in New Orleans in the winter of 2008, and it was there that she graced the stages of the Royal Sonesta Hotel, The Howlin’ Wolf, and The Marigny Theatre. In the fall of 2009, she became the first Burlesque performer to ever rock the stage of the Afro-Punk Tour with Saul Williams, CX Kidtronik, and Tchaka Diallo. She is producer of Livid Cult Burlesque Theatre, “The Bay Area’s most subversively sexy indie Burlesque show”. As “The Queen of Indie Burlesque”, she is revolutionizing the Burlesque scene of today and creating a new scene for tomorrow.

Bill Gong is a failed novelist in San Francisco, CA.  He has previously participated in Kearny Street Workshop and Intersection for the Arts’ Intergenerational Writers Lab and Litquake.

Olivia is a queer, Chicana, self-determined dancer and movement artist based in Oakland. She synthesizes her early life experiences growing up in the seedy underbelly of Baja California into tangible movements that feel as true in freeway underpasses as on stage. By the kinetic display of her fat, brown, queer body on stage she strives to honor the legacy of the hookers, junkies, hustlers and other street prophets by whom she was raised. Olivia has performed at queer community events and benefits such as Rally the Troops, CUAV’s Safetyfest, The Hubba Hubba Review and the San Francisco Sex Worker Film & Arts Festival.

T. Rain is an experienced photographer and street-artist with a commitment to serving her American Indian/native people. She was a photography teacher at School For the Arts Lodi, California , Lodi Boys and Girls Club, and Lodi Middle School. Her art has been exhibited at Traditions In Motion in White River South Dakota, The Empire Theatre Stockton, and other small venues around the Bay Area. One of her pieces prompted an anonymous donor to contribute to the purchase of the rights to the first set of images to be used in Through the Eyes. She is also on the verge of launching Activist Daughter, an interview and photography site documenting the lives of the daughters of activists.

Amelia Vigil is a San Franciscan, pun-loving, intuitive, analytical, playful, queer, Chicana,  outdoor recreation educating, performance artist, poet, identical twin, sister, bear. She has a BA in Literature with an emphasis in creative writing from Mills College, an Associate Degree in Outdoor Recreational Leadership from Feather River, and is a certified rock climbing instructor.

Amanda Vigil is a Xicana filmmaker, educator, performance/ installation artist from San Francisco CA (born & raised in the BAYBABY!!!) Amanda’s Video/Installation & performance work has been seen internationally and locally in San Francisco, Los Angeles and Berlin, Germany. She got her start as an Video artist at the age of 17 with the  Young Artist At Work program (YBCA) and now holds a BFA in Film/Video from the California Institute of the Arts (CALARTS). She was faculty in the Film/Video program at the California State Summer School of the Arts (Innerspark) for 5 years. She currently works as a Video Production Educator at the June Jordan School for Equity and Out of Site: where art inspires action & she  LOVES every minute of it!

Yosmay is a queer Latina poet from Oakland. When not at the page she is identifying plants, powwow drumming or attempting installations. She’s got mad love for the VONA Voices and Mills MFA community who pushed her creative growth. Yosmay’s work has appeared in Breadcrumb Scabs, Painted Bride Quarterly and Troubling the Line.