Examine the Post 9-11 World
War 3rd Anniversary Special Events
- Poetry - Slideshows
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
from Marcielle Brandler and Carolina Rivera
Friday, March 10th, 8:00 pm
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.
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.
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
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
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. "
with Hector Aristizábal, Accompanied by Enzo Fina
Saturday, March 11, 8:00 pm.
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.
Saturday, March 18th, 8:00 pm.
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.
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
Armoudian & Dennis Davis Performance
Friday, March 24th, 8:00 pm.
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.
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.
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.
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 Salon.com, 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.
in a special performance
Saturday, March 25th, 8:00 pm.
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.
view and print-out a beautiful full color promotional flyer for
this exciting event, click
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