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BOCA DE ORO: “Cultural Revolution: Supporting Community with Creativity” Panel Discussion + FREE SCREENING of BREAKIN’ 2: ELECTRIC BOOGALOO
March 4 @ 6:00 pm
On Saturday, March 4, from 2pm to 10pm, venues throughout Downtown Santa Ana come alive with literature, culture, and the arts with the arrival of the first BOCA DE ORO Art & Lit Fringe Fest! Free and open to all ages, Boca de Oro will present published authors, poets, musicians and youth workshops for a full day of interactive panels, workshops! Click here for a list of authors and speakers, and click here for a full schedule of the day’s events!
At 6pm, The Frida Cinema is participating by hosting a panel called CULTURAL REVOLUTION: SUPPORTING COMMUNITY WITH CREATIVITY, moderated by journalist and arts writer Evan Senn, and featuring panelists Logan Crow, Kevin Staniec, and Ryan Gattis. This special discussion with examine the panelist’s varying experiences, challenges, and successes building diverse and creative cultural spaces within their communities for lovers of art, books, and film. Attendance is FREE, but we do ask guests to register as seating is first-come first-served, and pre-registered guests will be given priority seating. Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cultural-revolution-supporting-community-with-creativity-tickets-31985522559.
Following the panel, at approximately 8pm (or slightly later), we will present a FREE screening of the 1984 classic BREAKIN’ 2: ELECTRIC BOOGALOO, a film that the panelists feel well represents the spirit of a cultural center’s importance, and of the importance of communities supporting and defending those centers. Breakin’ 2 stars Lucinda Dickey as jazz dancer Kelly, a talented dreamer who is tired of the chorus line routine. After befriending street dancers Ozone (Adolfo “Shabba-Doo” Quinones) and Turbo (Michael “Boogaloo Shrimp” Chambers), she is pressured by her disapproving father to pursue a more “prestigious” opportunity to perform in Paris, rather than continue her exploration of break dancing culture. Ignoring his wishes, Kelly teams up with her friends for a break-dancing benefit show to save an endangered community center.
About the Panelists
Logan Crow is an avid and lifelong enthusiast of the art of cinema. He has applied this passion to the formation of two institutions – the non-profit Santa Ana-based independent art house theater The Frida Cinema, which offers eclectic cinematic and live event fare year-round, and the Long Beach-based organization Long Beach Cinematheque, which programs a series of outdoor classic film screenings at historic Sunnyside Cemetery. In 2012 Logan was heralded as one of Long Beach’s “40 Under 40”. In 2014, The Frida Cinema was honored as OC Weekly Reader’s Choice Winner for Best Indie Movie Theater in Orange County.
Kevin Staniec is an arts advocate, author, and publisher. He is the Founder of 1888, a regional catalyst for the preservation, presentation, and promotion of cultural heritage and literary arts. In 2015, Kevin was selected by the OC Register as one of the Most Influential People in Orange County and honored in OC Weekly’s People Issue celebrating the Most Fascinating People in Orange County. In 2016, Modern Luxury Orange County featured Kevin as one of six forward-thinking entrepreneurs for their Innovators Issue.
Ryan Gattis is a writer & educator. His most recent book, All Involved: A Novel of the 1992 L.A. Riots, is grounded in 2.5 years of research & background spent with former Latino gang members, firefighters, nurses, & other L.A. citizens who lived through it. Its film rights have been acquired by HBO. Having received his M.A. in Creative Writing (Prose) from the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England, Gattis spent 9.5 years at Chapman University in Orange, California, as an adjunct professor.
Evan Senn is both a journalist and arts writer, as the Editor-in-Chief for Culture Magazine and Inland Empire Weekly, a Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art History at Laguna College of Art and Design, an Assistant Editor for Yay! LA Magazine, among many other practices her vast recognition of the field of Arts and culture makes her the perfect moderator to discuss the Spaces of Art and Culture in the OC. Evan recognizes the dilemmas artists’ face on a regular basis. Her strong background in fine art and interest in art institutions drives her to not only help artists, but to document their struggles and their progress as a way of exposing the paradoxes within the contemporary art world. She aims to shed light on the reality of being an artist as a way of both creating a “how to” guide for emerging artists and educating the public on contemporary practices and lesser known “rules” of the art world, hoping that the more people understand about the art world, the more they will value and support the arts.