Nationally acclaimed poet and spoken-word artist Yosimar Reyes expands his repertoire to include a full-length solo performance. Prieto is an autobiographical one-man show that follows Yosimar’s journey growing up queer and undocumented in the hoods of Eastside San Jose. While his grandmother and grandfather recycle bottles and cans to pay for the rent, the boys on his block constantly tease him for acting like a girl. As a young boy, Yosimar struggles to understand and wrap his head around manhood, until he wraps his mouth around it. Find out how Bell Hooks f’s with his money, how James Baldwin helps him embrace his queerness, and how The Color Purple saves his life. Because no matter how hard things get, he knows he has it better than Celie.
Something special is happening each night of the performance.
June 16: The staged reading will be followed by a conversation with the lead artists.
June 17: The staged reading will be followed by a conversation about what it means to be undocumented today, including a panel of service providers, artists, and activists.
June 18: The staged reading will be followed by Yosimar's Putería Pride Kick-Off Party.
Yosimar Reyes is a nationally acclaimed poet, educator, performance artist and public speaker. Born in Guerrero, Mexico and raised in Eastside San Jose, Reyes explores the themes of migration and sexuality in his work. His first collection of poetry, “For Colored Boys Who Speak Softly…” was self published after a collaboration with the legendary Carlos Santana. He was featured in the Documentary, 2nd Verse: The Rebirth of Poetry.
Yes - even just his partial bio is sexy as hell. But wait until you see him perform. His unabashed and unapologetic critique and deconstruction of patriarchy is not only heart-wrenching, but also truly ball-busting. Watching Yosimar perform is an experience some may refer to as a "boxer/brief dropper." And yes - a few panties dropped along the way, in select instances.
Founded in 1970, the Galería is a non-profit community-based arts organization whose mission is to foster public awareness and appreciation of Chicano/Latino art and serve as a laboratory where artists can both explore contemporary issues in art, culture and civic society, and advance intercultural dialogue. To implement our mission, the Galería supports Latino artists in the visual, literary, media and performing art fields whose works explore new aesthetic possibilities for socially committed art.
Taller Bombalele strives to promote our Afro Puerto Rican roots music and dance tradition of Bomba, by teaching its history, dance, music, and songs through classes, lectures, workshops, and Bombazos to continue to preserve and expand this form of expression in community. Taller Bombalele is also proud to be part of a diverse community in the SF Bay Area and is therefore committed to teaching, learning, and collaboration and in reflection of this community, we welcome our community of different cultural experiences and intergenerational participation. We strive to continually learn, grow and support each other in our learning.
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