Not Our Children, Not Their Children - Drawing by Mark Vallen Not Our Children, Not Their Children - Drawing by Mark Vallen
Not Our Children, Not Their Children - Drawing by Mark Vallen Not Our Children, Not Their Children - Drawing by Mark Vallen
"Not Our Children, Not Their Children" - Drawing by Mark Vallen

Artists Examine the Post 9-11 World

Iraq War 3rd Anniversary Special Events
Performance - Poetry - Slideshows

March 18th marked the Third Anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq. During the exhibit, Carlotta's Passion sponsored numerous events related to the war's anniversary and to human rights and social justice.

Readings from Marcielle Brandler and Carolina Rivera
Friday, March 10th, 8:00 pm

Marcielle Brandler's poetry has admirers all over the world. Some say her poetry is like that of Leonard Cohen (who has written of his admiration of her poetry), William Blake, Joni Mitchell, and Eduardo Galeano. She can be wise and silly. Hers is a rare gift, a unique voice using images to explain the complexities of life that are sexual, reverent, delicious, horrific, satirical, and sometimes ambiguous. She appears in Who's Who in the World 2004.

Former singer/songwriter, Marcielle Brandler obtained her Master's Degree in Professional Writing and Poetry in 1994. Her poems have been translated into Czech, French, Arabic, and Spanish, and have been published internationally. While in Buenos Aires, Argentina, she finished her book of poems, The Breathing House and read her work there. Her poem, Eden won First Place in Mt. San Antonio College's 1997 Writers' Day Festival. Her poem, The Civilian, The Siege, was praised by the LA Weekly's Evelyn McDonnell, as one of the best in the CD anthology called Disclosure.

She has been entertainment writer for Sierra Madre Vista and the Creative Line Magazine. She was a featured poet at Universita Karlova and Radost in Prague, Czech Republic. She has shared the stage with Dwight Yoakum, David Lee Roth, James Ragan, Wanda Coleman, and many others. In 1994 and 1995, she helped organize and host International PEN's Celebration of Banned Books. Marcielle was Associate Producer on the film The Last Weekend with the American Film Institute, which aired on Lifetime Television. She was a judge in the Poetry Competition in 2001 at Los Angeles City College. Her artwork of social commentary appears in the September 11th Photo Project, which is on tour around the country. She has been organizing poetry events and workshops since the early eighties to benefit various organizations.

Carolina Rivera was born in El Salvador. She writes fiction in English and Spanish. Carolina completed her undergraduate degree in English Literature with an emphasis in Creative Writing at UCLA. One of her short stories, “...after...” was published in analecta24, the student arts journal of the University of Texas at Austin. In 2002, she worked on the completion of her first book of short stories as a Fellow in the Pen Center USA Rosenthal Foundation Emerging Voices Program. Those short stories were woven into a novel called "…after…"

Currently, Carolina works as a part-time LAUSD mentor, continues to write, and is working on a documentary about a Salvadoran writer. Carolina has lived a remarkable life. After six years of living in the midst of war, Carolina was granted Canadian political asylum. As Carolina says, "It is after I become a mature self-conscious revolutionary at the ripe age of eighteen that I find I have the power to speak up for others." She has an exceptional message to convey, of past and present, which she relates with elegant, articulate, flowing prose. She writes of the devastating impact that the 1980s revolution has on her family members, of contending with neighborhood spies, of her friends and family who are raped, tortured, and murdered by death squads. "


Nightwing with Hector Aristizábal, Accompanied by Enzo Fina
Saturday, March 11, 8:00 pm.

Where does a terrorist come from? Where do your tax dollars go? In a harrowing solo performance, Hector Aristizábal reenacts his arrest and torture by the US-supported military in Colombia and explores where the resulting emotions may lead. Accompanied onstage by Enzo Fina who provided a live soundscore.


Francisco Letelier Performed
Saturday, March 18th, 8:00 pm.

Francisco Letelier is an artist, poet, and human rights activist. Born in Santiago, Chile, Francisco's family left Chile in the wake of the military overthrow of the democratically elected Salvador Allende government. His father, Orlando, was assassinated by a car bomb in Washington, D.C., in 1976.

Francisco and his brother José, along with Chilean painter René Castro, formed Brigada Orlando Letelier, painting murals in 12 American cities and traveling to Nicaragua in 1980 to paint five more as part of a national literacy campaign. Now based in Venice, Letelier has worked on public art works, performances, installations, publications, and exhibitions in the United States and internationally. He writes, teaches, and lectures, and has worked with people of all ages creating collective and individual works, such as portable murals, banners, flags, books, medicine wheels, and earth mounds. In spring 1998, he traveled to Belfast, Ireland, to paint a mural of reconciliation with Protestant and Catholic community groups. For more information about Francisco, please see Tom Hayden's An Exiled Son of Santiago at:


Maria Armoudian & Dennis Davis Performance
Friday, March 24th, 8:00 pm.

Dennis Davis is a multi-talented videographer, editor, musician, composer, songwriter. He's at home behind the camera, at the editing console, and as a singer-songwriter, composer, and instrumentalist. Dennis was the cinematographer, editor, and composer for Beyond Babylon, a documentary short about the true cost of war that weaves the past with the present as it moves from neighborhood anti-war protests in Hollywood, CA to the white crosses of Arlington West where a father mourns the death of soldiers in Iraq.

Currently Dennis is finishing principal photography on a feature-length documentary, When The Cheering Stops: Voices of Female Gulf War Veterans. Fourteen years later, the war isn't over for these female veterans as they battle crippling Gulf War illnesses and a hostile government in their struggle to keep their families together and help other sick and dying veterans. He is also editor, composer, and sound designer for the project.

Dennis has worked as an instrumentalist, composer, songwriter, and producer with various local groups, including The Towels and Mortal Outrage. A bass player extraordinaire, he also plays keyboards and guitar. Recently, he's been writing and performing acoustic songs that reflect the turmoil of war and yearning for peace. His most recent song Regret To Inform You has been selected by the Academy Award winning documentarian Barbara Trent (Panama Deception) to be part of the soundtrack of her new documentary Soldiers Speak Out. He's played his emotional Ode To Peace at various events featuring speakers such as Tom Hayden and Ed Begley, Jr. He also joins other musicians who can be found every Friday night Playing In Traffic, a weekly Friday night peace vigil on Ventura Blvd., sponsored by Neighbors For Peace and Justice, San Fernando Valley. Dennis will be performing selections from his upcoming CD, Ode to Peace.

Maria Armoudian is a journalist, singer/songwriter, legislative consultant and board member of KPFK, the Pacifica Foundation, the Los Angeles League of Conservation Voters and the Southern California Americans for Democratic Action. She worked for the California Legislature for over seven years with a specialty in the corporate reform, environmental protection, government accountability and civil rights. Her articles have been syndicated by both the New York Times Syndicate and the Los Angeles Times Syndicate and she has written for, Daily Variety, Billboard, the Progressive and Business Week, among others. She also hosts The Insighters on KPFK 90.7 FM every Thursday at 4:30 p.m. Maria performed selections from her newly released CD, Life in the New World.


Huayucaltio in a special performance
Saturday, March 25th, 8:00 pm.

Mari Riddle & Carlotta's Passion Fine Art invited the public to an evening of World Music performance by the fabulous, Huayucaltia. Founded in 1985 in Los Angeles, California, the group plays indigenous and contemporary instruments, with their musical style being rooted in the ideals of the Latin American New Song (Nueva Cancion) movement of the 1970's. Huayucaltia's energetic sound is a fusion of Andean, Afro-Peruvian, jazz, rock and classical influences. In 2001 and 2002 the LA Weekly Best of Los Angeles Music Awards nominated the group for best World Music/Recombinant band. Huayucaltia's name (pronounced: why-you-call-tia) is derived from the Nahuatl word meaning "kinship" - a sentiment you will certainly feel after hearing them perform. Held in conjunction with The New Normalcy exhibit, the appearance of Huayucaltia was a benefit for The World Can't Wait - Drive Out The Bush Regime. Saturday, March 25th, 2006.

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