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Cherrie Moraga and Adelina Anthony this Saturday

January 29, 2010

Adelina is my most favorite performer of all time. Smart, sexy, politically conscious and a master improviser. I love performers who are so present in each performance no matter how crafted and polished manage to make you feel that every word was crafted just for your time and place. She makes it all look easy. She’ll have you eating out of the palm of her hand by the end. Like really, she might invite you up on stage to eat a tamale out of her hand. Depends what kind of show she wants it to be. Because, of course, she is in charge. And then there’s la famosa pero elusive Cherrie. She seems real low key from the times I have seen her read and the few times I have met her. Maybe she just prefers to write and create than put herself out there, you know, not a lot of flash… but then again she doesn’t need it. She is the editor  and author of seminal Chicana works such as This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color and Loving in the War Years: Lo Que Nunca Pasó Por Sus Labios as well as many plays, poems and essays. I hear she is an amazing mentor and teacher too. She doesn’t let you get away with any writerly bullshit and really cares about helping other people of color succeed. I hope to one day take a class from her or even better yet work with her.

So go this Saturday.

You will not regret it.

LA RED XICANA INDÍGENA presents… A Night of Queer Women of Color Performance* featuring Cherríe Moraga & Adelina Anthony

ONE NIGHT ONLY! SATURDAY, JANUARY 30 @7:30PM Multicultural Community Center, Martin Luther King Student Union, UC-Berkeley (corner of Bancroft & Telegraph) Suggested donation: $10 – $25 or more.

ADELINA ANTHONY, performing “Zen Ranchera” and excerpts from “La Chismosa” (directed by D’Lo)

CHERRÍE MORAGA, reading from new works, including an excerpt from her play, “Who Killed Yolanda Salívar”

PLUS MUSIC by LAS BOMBERAS DE LA BAHIA * SOLIROSE

*Some material may not be suitable for children under 16.

La Red Xicana Indígena, which originated in 1997, is a network of Xicanas Indígenas who are actively involved in political, educational and cultural work that serves to raise indigenous consciousness among our own communities and supports the social justice struggles of people of indigenous origins of this continent North and South, especially the human and civil rights campaign of undocumented migrant peoples and their children in the U.S.

If you cannot attend but would like to make a tax deductible donation, please write checks to: “Citliliztli” for “La Red” c/o J. Luna. 22167 Montgomery St. Hayward, CA 94541. If you have “In Kind” donations for this event or for La Red Xicana Indígena, please contact Elisa Huerta at UC Berkeley Multicultural Center 510-642-6528 or elisahuerta@berkeley.edu. See flyer for details.

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