Thursday, December 11, 2008

Upcoming at La Peña Cultural Center's Immigration Series in Berkeley: "Mi Bandera Es La Tierra" & "The Throwdown"

La Peña Immigration Series Presents:

“Mi Bandera Es Mi Tierra” & “The Throwdown”




Nicolas Valdez & Maria Ibarra

“Mi Bandera Es La Tierra”

Friday, December 12, 2008

$10 adv. $12 door. – 8pm


For advance tickets click here.


A poetic journey through a seasonal landscape of vivid dreams & nightmares. Written and performed by Nicolas Valdez and Maria Ibarra. Mi Bandera es la Tierra is a project born out of La Peña's Hecho en Califas Festival of 2006. Originally a 20 minute collaboration between long-time friends and creative partners, Maria Ibarra and Nicolas Valdez, Mi Bandera has taken on a life all it's own.


As a multi-disciplinary work its themes cover a wide range of political, cultural, and social issues that ebb and flow with the natural rhythms of the four elements (Earth, Air, Fire, Water) that bind it together. An experiment in "organic creative process, Mi Bandera pushes the boundaries of contemporary “Latino” Theater by skillfully weaving together contemporary issues with universal themes of balance and wellbeing


Rooted in the age-old traditions of storytelling, Mi Bandera follows the journey of two characters as they attempt to connect with the Great Spirit and bridge the gap of the historical disconnect between the masculine and feminine while simultaneously addressing current issues of globalization, environmental racism, immigration, and health.


Told through poetic dialogue, indigenous chanting, live instrumentation, choreographed movement, and projected imagery, Mi Bandera resonates with an intoxicating compassion creating a shared emotional frequency that will surely move your heart and inspire you to proclaim Mi Bandera es la Tierra!


Special guest performances by

Arnoldo Garcia and Adriana Garcia








Saturday December 20, 2008

$5  – 8pm


Since our inception, headRush has been campaigning for the People for President. Now with the election of Barack Obama, we are a little closer to that goal.


Join us for a night of celebration and forward movement as we present the Throwdown (the piece we just toured through the Southwest) for the final time.


If you've never seen the Throwdown, this is your chance to play the role of the people and stand up against the madness. If you have seen the Throwdown, please come see the final version and participate as we film the piece and interview folks for a curriculum on people power for social change. For more on headRush, visit:






La Peña Cultural Center

3105 Shattuck Avenue

Berkeley, CA 94705 USA




Arnoldo Garcia

National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights

Red Nacional Pro Derechos Inmigrantes y Refugiados

310 8th Street Suite 303

Oakland, CA 94607

Tel (510) 465-1984 ext. 305

Fax (510) 465-1885


Join HURRICANE: the human rights immigrant community action network -- help build community power for justice & human rights!

Unete al HURACAN: la red de accion de comunidades inmigrantes para los derechos humanos -- construyendo el poder de las comunidades por la justicia y los derechos humanos!

Click here for Hurricane/Haga click para info sobre el Huracan:


Get a copy of Over-Raided, Under Siege, NNIRR’s new human rights report!



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