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CREATIVE WILDFIRE f/ Invincible & Las Bomberas de la Bahia, Climbing Poetree, Marc Bamuthi Joseph, Favianna Rodriguez, Kristina Wong, Daniel French, & More!
Sweet's Ballroom
Oakland, CA
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CREATIVE WILDFIRE f/ Invincible & Las Bomberas de la Bahia, Climbing Poetree, Marc Bamuthi Joseph, Favianna Rodriguez, Kristina Wong, Daniel French, & More!
Movement Generation and Culture Strike present...


Music, Comedy, & Spoken Word
Sparking the Radical Imagination for Climate Justice

Sunday, October 19

Sweet's Ballroom
1933 Broadway
Oakland, CA

$15 / $20 day of show

All ages!

hosted by Josh Healey and Favianna Rodriguez
with DJ Davey D


Invincible and Las Bomberas de la Bahia [Detroit / Bay Area]
Climbing Poetree [NYC]
Marc Bamuthi Joseph [Oakland]
Daniel French of Las Cafeteras [LA]
Kristina Wong [LA]
Dhaya Lakshminarayanan [SF]
Sonia GuiƱansaca [NYC]
Donte Clark of RAW Talent [Richmond]

Art of Resistance visual gallery curated by Culture Strike


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Performer Bios:

INVINCIBLE is an emcee and activist out of Detroit. Their spitfire wordplay has received acclaim from fans all across the world, while their active involvement in progressive social change has taken their music beyond entertainment toward actualizing the change they wish to see. As a co-founder of EMERGENCE Media, they released their debut album ShapeShifters (2008) and produced award winning videos like The Revival (2009) about women in hip-hop, and Locusts (2008) exploring displacement and gentrification in Detroit. In addition to their work as a performing artist, for the last decade Invincible has worked with Detroit Summer, a multi-racial, inter-generational collective in Detroit that is transforming communities through youth facilitative leadership, creativity and collective action. Invincible is currently working with renowned producer Waajeed and visual artist Wesley Taylor on Complex Movements, an interactive multimedia installation based hip-hop collective exploring the relationship between complex sciences and social justice movements.

LAS BOMBERAS DE LA BAHIA bringing the heat of the Caribbean to La MisiĆ³n on Carnaval weekend. One of only a handful of all-women's Bomba groups to ever exist internationally, Las Bomberas take Afro-Puerto Rican Bomba music to the next level. Born in SF's Mission district with a passion and commitment to social justice, Las Bomberas strive to use the cultural arts to lift the voices of marginalized communities while holding a deep love of Afro-Puerto Rican traditions. The group was founded in November 2007 and is composed of San Francisco Bay Area artists, educators, and activists, under the direction of Sarazeta Ragazzi and Denise Solis. Come celebrate love, life, and liberation with the intoxicating rhythms of Puerto Rico and Las Bomberas de la Bahia!

CLIMBING POETREE is the combined force of two boundary-breaking soul-sisters who have sharpened their art as a tool for popular education, community organizing, and personal transformation. Poets, performance artists, print makers, video and graphic designers, muralists, and new media architects, Alixa and Naima create compelling works at the service of their vision for a more just and livable world.Climbing PoeTree's award-winning performance is composed of dual-voice spoken word poetry, hip hop, and multi-media theatre that challenges its audiences to remember their humanity, dissolves apathy with hope, exposes injustice, and helps heal our inner trauma so that we may begin to cope with the issues facing our communities. They are currently developing a multimedia curriculum based of their latest production, Hurricane Season, that employs art and culture to help learners analyze systems of oppression and resistance, and build new leadership essential for fundamental social change.

MARC BAMUTHI JOSEPH is one of America's vital voices in performance, arts education, and artistic curation. He is the artistic director of the 7-part HBO documentary "Russell Simmons presents Brave New Voices" and an inaugural recipient of the United States Artists Rockefeller Fellowship. After appearing on Broadway as a young actor, Joseph has developed several poetically based works for the stage that have toured across the U.S., Europe, and Africa. These include Word Becomes Flesh, Scourge, and the break/s. Bamuthi's most recent work is red, black & GREEN: a blues(rbGb), a full- length, multimedia performance work designed to jumpstart a conversation about environmental justice, social ecology, and collective responsibility in the climate change era. The play is an outgrowth of Life is Living, co-founded by Bamuthi, which is a national series of one day festivals designed to activate under-resourced parks and affirm peaceful urban life through hip hop arts and focused environmental action. He is currently the Director of Performing Arts at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) in San Francisco.

DANIEL FRENCH is a member of LAS CAFETERAS, a 7-piece band that creates a vibrant musical fusion with a unique East LA sound and a community-focused political message. Their Afro-Mexican rhythms, zapateado, and inspiring lyrics tell stories of a community who is looking for love and fights for justice in the concrete jungle of Los Angeles. Their debut studio album "It's Time" has received great reviews across the country and has featured on BBC, NPR, and the LA Times. Daniel hails from the San Gabriel Valley (east of East LA), & is very proud of his Chicano, Mexican, Fronterizo, Mohawk, German, Italian, French, English & beyond backgrounds. He lives by the motto, "Risk everything to live your dreams & know that mysterious forces will come to your aid."

KRISTINA WONG is a solo performer, comedic writer, and cultural commentator named "One of the Seven Funniest Eco-Comedians" by Mother Nature Network. She's created five solo shows and one ensemble play that have toured all over the world at places that include the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland, Contact Theater in Manchester, UK, BGWMC in London, the Public Theater, REDCAT, Center Theater Group, La MaMa ETC, the Comedy Central Stage among dozens of others. Her most notable touring show "Wong Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" looked at the high rates of depression and suicide among Asian American women and toured to over 40 venues since 2006. She's been a commentator for American Public Media's Marketplace, PBS, Jezebel, xoJane, Playgirl Magazine and a guest on FXX's "Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell," Al Jazeera's "The Stream" and Huffington Post Live. Her new show "The Wong Street Journal" looks at global poverty and premieres in 2015.

DHAYA LAKSHMINARAYANAN is a stand-up comic/public speaker/storyteller, television host, and proud nerd. Like a geek, she bullets her successes:
* Named Best Comedian in the SF Bay Guardian's Readers Poll 2013
* Grand Prize winner of the "Ultimate Comedy Challenge" on Comedy Central Asia
* Storyteller on the RISK podcast and on National NPR show "Snap Judgment"
* TV Host, "High School Quiz Show," on PBS, recipient of a New England Emmy
* Taught "Charm School" at M.I.T. where she graduated (twice)
* Worked in finance and tech before switching to a more comedic lifestyle

DONTE CLARK is a poet, emcee, educator, and activist from Richmond, California. As a founding member and artistic director of the RAW Talent Creative Arts Program, Donte wears many hats- coordinating shows and field trips, teaching poetry and theater workshops to low-income youth in his community and coaching his students to find their voices through performance and publication. Donte's primary focus is ending the violence that has plagued his community and impacted him deeply- he uses his art and curriculum as a call to action. In the last few years, Donte hosted a town hall on violence in Richmond and took the lead with planning and writing the majority of the script for "Te's Harmony". This year he wrote and directed a new play, "Po'Boys Kitchen", which premiered in March 2014.

SONIA GUINANSACA was born in Ecuador and at the age of five migrated to the United States to reunite with her parents in NY. Since 2007, Guinansaca has been public about her status as an undocumented immigrant. In 2008 she joined the New York State Youth Leadership Council (NYSYLC), the first undocumented youth led organization in NY, where she currently serves as a Board Member. The poet and activist has since participated in the second recorded civil disobedience action done by undocumented youth and has participated in a 10-day hunger strike for the Dream Act. In 2011, Guinansaca launched the Dreaming in Ink creative writing workshop for undocumented youth and performance spaces known as UndocuMic's. Most recently, she joined Culture Strike as coordinator of the UndocuWriting Project.

JOSH HEALEY is an award-winning writer, performer, filmmaker, and creative activist. Fusing his distinct storytelling style with a subversive humor and fiery love for justice, Healey is a regular performer on NPR's Snap Judgment. He has performed and led workshops at UC-Berkeley, Harvard, and over 200 colleges, high schools, and conferences across the country. As program director for Youth Speaks, Healey spearheaded spoken word and youth empowerment programs across the Bay Area and beyond. He is the author of Hammertime: Poems and Possibilities. A recipient of the Mario Savio Young Activist Award, Healey believes in free speech and practices it to the fullest. Sometimes this gets him in trouble. He currently directs the Culture Shift program with Movement Generation, producing comedic videos and creative storytelling around the intersection of race, justice, and ecology. Born and raised in Washington, DC, Healey lives in Oakland. He plays a mean game of spades.

FAVIANNA RODRIGUEZ is a transnational interdisciplinary artist and cultural organizer. Her art and collaborative projects deal with migration, global politics, economic injustice, patriarchy, and interdependence . Rodriguez lectures globally on the power of art, cultural organizing and technology to inspire social change, and leads art workshops at schools around the country. Favianna's mission is to create profound and lasting social change in the world. Through her bold and provocative art, she has already touched the hearts and minds of millions. In addition to her fine arts and community work, Rodriguez partners with social movement groups around the world to create art that's visionary, inspirational, radical and, most importantly, transformational. When Favianna is not making art, she is directing CultureStrike, a national arts organization that engages artists, writers and performers in migrant rights. In 2009, she co-founded Presente.org, a national online organizing network dedicated to the political empowerment of Latino communities.

DAVEY D is a nationally recognized journalist, adjunct professor, Hip Hop historian, syndicated talk show host, radio programmer, producer, deejay, media and community activist. Originally from the Bronx, NY, Davey D's been down with Hip Hop since since 1977 where he started out as an emcee for two crews TDK [Total Def Krew] out of Co- op City and the Avengers out of the Marble Hill Section of the Bronx. Davey D is the co- founder and host of Hard Knock Radio, an award-winning show focusing on Hip Hop culture and politics. One of the first of its kind, the show originated in 1999 on KPFA 94.1 FM in the San Francisco Bay Area, and now can be heard in Seattle, Atlanta, Portland, Fresno and is streamed live online, reaching close to a million listeners daily. He is the founder of Davey D's Hip Hop Corner, widely considered to be one of the oldest and largest Hip Hop sites on the web, www.daveyd.com.


Sweet's Ballroom (View)
1933 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94612
United States


Arts > Performance
Comedy > Stand Up
Music > Hip Hop & Rap

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


Owner: Movement Generation
On BPT Since: Sep 30, 2014
Movement Generation

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