What: Feast of Words: A Literary Potluck
When: Tuesday, October 18, 7PM (house opens at 6:30PM)
Where: 934 Brannan St. (Between 8th & 9th)
How Much: $10 in advance, $12 at the door, $5 with a potluck dish, cash bar.
What Else: This month’s theme is is “Illuminations”
Feast of Words is a monthly potluck hosted by Irina Zadov and Lex Leifheit where writers and foodies come together on the 3rd Tuesday of each month to eat, write, and share.
Ron Ragin will read from his upcoming memoir, which traces the history of his family’s ancestral home. Oakland-based performer, choreographer, and chef Amara Tabor-Smith, whose performance Our Daily Bread celebrates what we eat and illuminates the cultures that underlie our eating practices, will contribute her culinary skills as featured chef. As always, audience guest members are also encouraged to contribute to the potluck!
This month’s Feast of Words is inspired by Illuminations: Dia de los Muertos 2011, community-based exploration of life and death curated by René and Rio Yañez. Foodies and writers are encouraged to arrive early to visit the exhibition, which closes at 7PM.
Following the meal and reading, there will be a creative competition of on-the-spot writing inspired by the theme. House opens at 6:30pm on Tuesday, October 18th, and space is limited. Please consider purchasing tickets in advance!
ABOUT RON RAGIN
Ron Ragin (pictured above) is a composer, vocalist, and writer living and working in the San Francisco Bay Area. You may have seen and/or heard him walking the streets of San Francisco or Oakland singing at the top of his lungs. He does this always.
Ron is from Perry, Georgia and is obsessed with his families’ histories. His artistic interests include music of the African Diaspora, ritual music, queer spirituality and aesthetics, and collaborative-improvisational creative processes.
He is currently working on his first collection of poems and a project to document contemporary performance of spirituals. Ron misses his grandmama’s collard greens, has a knack for baking red velvet cakes, and would be happy to serenade you upon request or not.
ABOUT AMARA TABOR-SMITH
Amara Tabor-Smith (pictured below) is an Oakland based performer/choreographer. She is the artistic director of Deep Waters Dance Theater and co artistic director of Headmistress, an international dance collaboration with movement artist, Sherwood Chen.
Her company Deep Waters Dance Theater most recently finished a successful 2 week run at CountePULSE of Our Daily Bread, a dance theater piece focused on food, cultural identity and sustainability.
She holds monthly food parties focused on breaking bread together and dialogues about food traditions and sustainable eating. For more info visit her website.
ABOUT THE SOMARTS STUDIO SERIES
The SOMArts (South of Market Arts, Resources, Technology, and Services) Studio Series is an informal assemblage of arts classes and events designed to encourage the production of contemporary work by artists of all ages and skill levels in San Francisco.