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I come to tell you about the Peña Musical, night of song and food.
A peña is a gathering of musicians and artists come to share their work and to play together. Though it exists through the Spanish-speaking world, it came into fashion in Latin America in the 1960s, with the Nueva Trova musical movement that ran in tandem with the revolutions of the day.
In some places the term 'tertulia' is used, where in English we don't have an equivalent word. (Open Mic implies a certain formality and performance that doesn't quite fit this atmosphere.)
Green Chile and Songs of Love & Protest
Saturday, May 14, 2011, 7:00 p.m. It's Peña time again, the great Latin American tradition of music & rebellion, with your friends Sergio Reyes, Mea Johnson, Rafael Medina, and Simon Rios will host the singer/poet circle. Manuel Santos and Julian Carabajal will also be present, as well as other special guests.
Bring your songs, bring your verse, in whatever language on whatever instrument.
The Peña is a tradition dating back to the times of revolution in Latin America and continuing through those of today. Over the 5 years of our community space, it has become a tradition at 33 Harrison to accompany our events with live music and ample nylon-string guitars.
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Friday, September 10, 2010, 7:00 p.m. The Community and Resistance Tour seeks to communicate about current struggles for justice and liberation, from the current BP Oil Drilling Disaster devastating the Gulf Coast to nooses hung in the northern Louisiana town of Jena. From women organizing inside prisons to cultural resistance. The tour also seeks to connect communities of liberation, and to build relationships between grassroots activists and independent media. This tour is for anyone interested in issues of health care, education, criminal justice, housing, or the ways in which systems of racism, patriarchy and other forms of oppression intersect with these struggles.
Saturday, April 3, 2010, 6:30 p.m. Labor organizers, musicians and friends come together for a night of music and activism to support a local youth contingent to the 2010 Labor Notes Conference.
6:30-7:30: Labor Notes Co-Director, Mark Brenner about the conference and this year’s themes: Defending Jobs and the Public Sector, Holding the Line, Organizing and Building our Unions, Examining Labor’s Political Agenda, the Next Generation, Making Sense of Our Movements, and Connecting Our Fights
Music 7:30-11pm: Pat Keaney, Jake & The Infernal Machine, and Labor Power
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Friday, March 5, 2010, 8:00 p.m. [Updated flyers attached] Join Paul Baker Hernandez (from Nicaragua), Sergio Reyes, Dave Scandurra & The Excited People, The Grass Gypsys.
Paul Baker Hernandez - Eco-Minstrel performing Songs of Loveliness and Courage
Paul has invaded Queen Elizabeth II’s private castle heading a posse of bishops and other church leaders protesting nuclear weapons, confronted popes with protest songs for global justice, joined Hollywood stars on Central American picket lines in Los Angeles, and helped fight off death squads attacking Salvadoran exiles right in the heart of the USA.
He now lives in Nicaragua where he has founded Echoes of Silence, a network of “artists with broken nails” who support community health, education, ecological and cultural projects, and with whom he continues to write irreverent songs about cell phones, dictators, Starbucks, and more.
Video by Mark Quevillon of PeaceOps.net
Friday, November 13, 2009, 7:00 p.m. An analysis of the events and the future of Honduras after the signing of the Guaymuras Accord of Tegucigalpa/San Jose for national reconciliation and the strengthening of democracy. Featuring: Rodolfo F. Pastor, Visiting Prof. of History -Faculty of Arts and Science, Harvard University and former Minister of Culture of Honduras under President Manuel Zelaya and Simon Rios, founding member of the Committee in Solidarity with Honduras and musician. Sponsored by the Commitee in Solidarity with the Honduran Resistance
Saturday, November 7, 2009, 6:30 p.m. Mexico-US Solidarity Network invites you to join us for a discussion of popular education in Zapatista indigenous communities and the role of urban academics as resources in constructing an autonomous education system.
Patricia Hernández, a sociologist specializing in education & gender, has worked since 2001 with indigenous communities to develop their primary and secondary schools, following a model of "autonomous education." She worked intensively with indigenous teachers—called "education promoters" (promoter@s)—to develop the secondary school for indigenous children living in the Zona Selva Tzeltal. Local leaders, who oversaw the project, wanted the community's demands for land, food, peace, justice and democracy to serve as the content for classes on history, language and mathematics.
Friday, August 14, 2009, 7:00 p.m. Come hear reportbacks & updates from eyewitnesses of the Honduran coup. A fundraiser for groups fighting the business/military dictatorship, we will have food, dance, & drink, plus live musical performances to be announced. Visit Honduras Resists! for latest the news and updates.
The Music of Social Struggle from Latin America
Saturday, June 6, 2009, 7:00 p.m. Capping off events and actions on Bolivia, Chiapas, Colombia, El Salvador, and Venezuela, and organizing to mark May Day 2009, we will be enjoying the music of Latin America with Sergio Reyes, Simon Rios and many others.
Friday, February 27, 2009, 8:00 p.m. This is a benefit for a CISPES delegation to El Salvador in March to monitor the presidential elections. Visit the CISPES website for more information about the elections. The Grass Gypsys, Gary Backstrom, Dean Stevens, Chris Eastburn, Mary Casiello, Avi Jacobs, Joseph Ziemba, and more … Download the flyer and the media advisory.
Friday, December 12, 2008, 8:00 p.m. Inviting women of all ages to come celebrate the last full moon of 2008 with Live Music, Art, Story-telling, Dance, Potluck and much more.
Friday, November 14, 2008, 6:00 p.m. The third Social Forum of Americas took place in Guatemala City during October. Gabriel Camacho, Saulo Araujo and Sergio Reyes attended this event to take part in the hemispheric strategizing for migrant worker rights. This report back will take place in both English & Spanish and provide translation into English, Spanish and Portuguese.