Maria Allocco graced the airwaves of Mutiny Radio last May 2013. She appeared on Latenite Bubbles with Bernadette, and she read a piece about her birth. It was all a lead up to The Bloom: Yes & No hosted by Phiroozeh Romer held on May 9 at Progressive Grounds.
Well...The Bloom is BACK! And Phi is back in the curators seat. She closed out Season 4 and now she opens Season 5.
With her comes an incredible line up of writers, including the ever talented Maria Allocco. So...to get you in the mood, and hopefully back into The Bloom's seats, here is Maria's reading from last May on Latenite Bubbles with Bernadette.
And check out the whole Latenite Bubbles show, including an interview with Maria, here.
THE BLOOM: Joy & Sorrow
THURSDAY, September 12 | 7 to 9:30PM
The Box Factory
865 Florida Street
San Francisco, CA
hosted by: Phiroozeh Romer
It's almost here!! AC & the Vega and Viola Booth Group take to the Progressive Grounds stage THIS SUNDAY at 7PM. And I can't wait!
I am thrilled to be hosting these two talented bands as part of our closing to the 14 Black Poppies Spring 2013 Season. I met Anne Carol Mitchell when AC & the Vega performed as part of OutLook Theater Project's Reviving Spirits in December 2012. The evening was a magical one filled with looped soundscapes and lyrical inspiration.
Now, AC & the Vega take center stage along with Viola Booth Group for an evening of FREE LIVE MUSIC.
This is our THIRD to last event of the Spring 2013 Season. And it is NOT TO BE MISSED. As an added incentive to attend (but really why do you need an added incentive? I mean this event is going to be fantabulous!), I am throwing a HUGE HOUSE PARTY in June. Attending one of our final events is the ONLY WAY TO RECEIVE AN INVITE.
Still not sure about AC & the Vega or Viola Booth Group? Well....check em out ahead of time by listening below! Anne Carol Mitchell, Louis Vega, and Viola Booth all took to the Mutiny Radio airwaves on Sunday, April 21st as part of Latenite Bubbles with Bernadette. Listen to an interview with them as well as two songs below. You can check out the whole podcast here.
Lisa D. Gray, who inhales life, stopped by Common Thread Collective on Mutiny Radio last Friday, April 5 to promote The Bloom: Death + Taxes and read a piece that will be published in 10th and Mission, the literary magazine from the California Institute of Integral Studies.
As she put it, "...it's a little racy. I'm not sure it's ready for radio."
Host Diamond Dave responded, "Well this is internet radio. This is free speech sister."
"Alright," replied Lisa.
To which Diamond Dave said, "So race on down."
Here is Lisa D. Gray reading her racy story.
Continue listening to Lisa's story and hear the entire Common Thread Collective podcast here.
Scott Andrew James took to the Common Thread Collective waves on Friday, April 5th to chat about The Bloom: Death + Taxes and to read some poetry and the opening to his book Sidewalk Ritual.
Listen below to his interview and his poem "You've Got Mail". And catch him at THE BLOOM on THURSDAY, April 11 from 7pm to 9:30pm at Progressive Grounds (2301 Bryant Street, SF).
Catch the entire Common Thread Collective show, including the opening paragraph of Scott's novel Sidewalk Ritual by clicking here.
John Radogno is a regular customer at Progressive Grounds, the cafe in which I work and produce cultural events. Last fall, we started chatting about the upcoming season, and he mentioned the The Buck Tavern, owned by San Francisco troublemaker and advocate Chris Daley, was closing.
John is part of RADICAL ACOUSTIC, a monthly acoustic music open mic featuring radicals and union songs. It was held at The Buck, and with its closing they were looking for a new home. As he loves Progressive Grounds, he asked if they could move on over to our cozy corner on Bryant and 21st Streets here in San Francisco.
I loved the idea as it tugged on my activist heart strings. As 14 Black Poppies presents everything at Progressive Grounds, I also offered to help create a flyer for the event and help find ways to get the story of Radical Acoustic out to as many folks as possible.
John recently took to the Mutiny airwaves to share a song and promote Radical Acoustic, which is coming up on SATURDAY, MARCH 2 from 4PM to 6PM. He was featured on the Common Thread Collective hosted by Diamond Dave, Valerie Ibarra, and Douglass.
Take a listen to his radio spot below!
And listen to the ENTIRE Common Thread Collective show featuring another radical song by John Radogno HERE.
Christine performs at Local Vocals
This is turning out to be an incredible season of talent, intersections, and community. I can't even begin understanding exactly how it all is coming together so seemlessly. Yes, it is partly me. That's not the whole picture. Even the photo to the left of this text doesn't tell the whole tale.
The tale does start, though, with YOU. That's correct, YOU. The one who is currently reading this post wondering if I am really writing to YOU. Yes, I am.
It starts with YOU visiting this blog, reading the stories, and discovering talent.
It continues with YOU clicking links and knowing that the links will take YOU to artists, healers, scientists, performers, musicians, producers, writers, curators, filmmakers whose intention is connecting with community.
As YOU explore this growing network of links, YOU find moments of intersection, where your interests or passions or talents meet those of another artist, performer, healer....
In that moment, YOU know there is someone with whom YOU can engage, inquire, and connect.
And YOU know that it is simply an email or event away.
This, to me, is what makes 14 Black Poppies thrive, and why this season is so remarkable: it is simply about people connecting and sharing talent.
It manifest itself this past week on Friday, February 16 in the form of the Common Thread Collective show on Mutiny Radio and the Local Vocals Variety Show. The Common Thread Collective is a weekly radio show and open mic hosted by Diamond Dave, Valerie Ibarra, and Douglass from 3PM to 6PM. The Local Vocals Variety Show is our bi-monthly open mic (7PM to 9PM) at Progressive Grounds (2301 Bryant St, SF) hosted by Brian Vocalist.
During the Common Thread Collective show, many musicians that have upcoming 14 Black Poppies' shows at Progressive Grounds performed on air, such as Star Amerasu (Rising Stars), Matthew Tyler Smith (Soup & Sounds), and John Radogno (Radical Acoustic). Then, Christine, a featured musician on the Common Thread Collective from St. George, Utah, performed at the Local Vocals Variety Show. After a few of her own songs, she paired her incredible, compelling voice with other musicians to create moments of musical magic.
These kinds of intersections don't "just happen". They are facilitated, cultivated, and strengthened by the actions of individuals, like YOU.
So take a moment to click a link, come to an event, discover new talent, make a connection. Who knows what YOU'll uncover. YOU may even make a new friend.
Take a listen to Christine on Common Thread Collective. AND...She'll be back for the Local Vocals Variety Show on Friday, March 1st at 7PM at Progressive Grounds (2301 Bryant St, SF).
Listen to more of Christine's performance on the Common Thread Collective by clicking here.
I was recently invited on to the show Common Thread Collective hosted by Diamond Dave on Mutiny Radio here in The Mission District in San Francisco to chat about upcoming events produced by 14 Black Poppies at Progressive Grounds. Progressive Grounds is less than half a block away from Mutiny Radio, and we are all working towards solidifying the corner of 21st and Bryant streets a cultural corridor. Specifically, it is a cultural corridor where all are welcome and all see themselves represented in the programming.
After a brief chat about The Local Vocals Variety Show, Rising Stars, and The Bloom, I was invited to read my short piece titled, "Blowing through Conifers". I wrote "Blowing through Conifers" during the inaugural season of The Bloom. The theme was "In the Mist", and I sat at Land's End writing with the fog thick around me. Heck, it was summer in San Francisco, so fog is inevitable.
I clipped the story into its audio file below. Take a listen. It's rough. But I think its roughness captures the beauty of the piece. I hope you enjoy the reading, and I hope you discover not what has been or what may be, but what will be.
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The 14 Black Poppies Blog is the place to find creative works, personal reflections, articles and various arts and wellness sundries that either inspire or are created by co-founders Jason Wyman and Margaret Bacon Schulze.