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Featured Organization: Cantíl

2018-06-20T03:05:03+00:00June 20th, 2018|Categories: Inspiration, News|Tags: |

Van Dellz performing at Qilombo as part of the Cantíl reading series, October 2016. When was Cantíl founded, and why? Claire Grossman: Cantíl was founded in 2015 by Elana Chavez and Tatiana Luboviski-Acosta. They met after a reading at Scott Nanos’ Books for Days, which was then called Temporary Bookstore at Rise Above, a print [...]

Coda: Reporter’s Notebook

2018-06-19T03:05:22+00:00June 19th, 2018|Categories: Inspiration, News|Tags: |

Photo: Stephanie Lister. Rap in Public While I was writing this piece, California gang injunctions reappeared in the news. In March, as the LA Times reported, a federal judge sided with the American Civil Liberties Union in its argument that individuals targeted in Los Angeles gang injunctions suffered due process violations, blocking enforcement of the [...]

Faggot Gossip

2018-06-15T03:05:19+00:00June 15th, 2018|Categories: Inspiration, News|Tags: |

A drawing by Allyn Amundson in Sebastian Quill No. 2, 1971. Courtesy Ithuriel’s Spear Press; all images from the author’s personal collection. Dancing uphill to that fabulous bar on Grant Street, The Capri, you’re tweaked out of your mind. You shoulder your way into the crowd around the bar’s only table, working into the center [...]

Mundane Travels

2018-06-14T03:05:10+00:00June 14th, 2018|Categories: Inspiration, News|Tags: |

Dumile Feni, The Prisoner, 1986 With each return to The Mundane Afrofuturist Manifesto, I reconsider the “bonfire of the Stupidities” Martine Syms proposes. Syms holds the notion of interstellar travel to task, limiting this particular Stupidity “within the solar system.” To reach further would be too time consuming, even as she and her co-conspirators in [...]

The Light Fantastic: Nathaniel Dorsky’s Arboretum Cycle

2018-06-06T03:05:06+00:00June 6th, 2018|Categories: Inspiration, News|Tags: |

From Elohim. I am not interested in photographing nature, but I need subject matter. — Nathaniel Dorsky Am I not partly leaves and vegetable mould myself? — Henry David Thoreau   Elohim Since Triste (1996), Nathaniel Dorsky’s subject has been light: natural light bouncing off a car hood or mitigated through a screen of variegated [...]

Culture Cash, Part 1: Oakland’s Struggle to Support the Arts

2018-06-05T03:05:07+00:00June 5th, 2018|Categories: Inspiration, News|Tags: |

All photos: Stephanie Lister. This is the first half of a two-part story; the second half will appear next Monday, June 11. — Eds.   For more than a decade, Rock Paper Scissors was a flagship storefront of the Uptown district in Oakland. The windows, resplendent with the accretion particular to open-door creative resources, formed [...]