Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Artists "occupying" GALA Theatre, April 13 and 14

This sounds interesting. A group of musicians, writers, and artists are occupying the GALA Theatre, including the sidewalk outside and the roof of the Giant parking lot, on April 13th and 14th. Here's part of the press release, and the full press release is here, along with more on each artist.


Artists Respond to Current Political and Social Realities

Washington, D.C. – GALA Hispanic Theatre presents OCCUPY GALA, a dynamic artistic response to the political and social realities of our times by DC-grown artists, both young and old.OCCUPY GALA will take place on Friday, April 13 at 8 pm and Saturday, April 14 at 8 pm. The artists will make organic use of all levels of the space, from the sidewalk in front of the theater to the lobby, the theater auditorium, and the Giant parking lot roof. Located at 3333 14th Street, NW in Tivoli Square, GALA is long recognized for serving as a home and incubator for local community artists. These two evenings of reggae, rock, hip-hop, poetry and visual arts exhibitions will be set against a dynamic soundscape provided by popular local DJ artists. 

Quique Avilés, as Don Ama “El Canuto del Roc” (the Salvadoran peasant turned disc jockey) will emcee performances by E. Ethelbert MillerCarlos ParadaKenneth CarrollSilvana Strawand B Stanley; the music groups MachetresLos NayasAnexo Social; and singer Luci Murphy. The performance artists and poets featured are Matthew VakyElana, and Ruth Young & Marguax Delott-Bent. Other musical acts to participate in the presentation are Henry MillsArdamusEric David and legendary Latin percussionists Iván NavasBenito LópezRobertico, and Alfredito Mojica. There will also be a special performance by the acclaimed Latin American folk group Rumisonko, who first performed at GALA on 18th Street in 1976.

This multi-ethnic, multi-generational artistic occupation of GALA Theatre will also include photography, graffiti art, paintings, digital print, stencil art and political banners by local visual artists, including  Juan PinedaIván MendizibalJuan LópezMauricio LópezAlfredo Herrera, Puppet Underground, Ronald ChacónBarbara Quintard, and Alberto Roblest.

OCCUPY GALA performances will be preceded each evening by music, puppets and drumming on the sidewalk at the entrance to the theater. Come and be part of the movement!



General Admission Tickets to OCCUPY GALA are $15. For tickets, call (202) 234-7174(800) 494-8497 or visit  

Parking is available at a discount behind the theater in the Giant garage on Park Road, NW. Additional parking is available at the Target garage also on Park Road, between 14th and 16th Streets.The theater is also easily accessible from the Columbia Heights Metro station on the Yellow and Green lines

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