WORDS AND MUSIC: a benefit for UNICEF Syria

Please join us on Sunday, September 22nd at 7pm for a special evening of music and readings to benefit UNICEF Syria.

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All proceeds will go to the US Fund for UNICEF, earmarked for UNICEF Syria. Your contribution is tax-deductible. If you want to write a check, please make it out to US Fund for UNICEF and in the memo put “UNICEF Syria”.

Performers include:

Kenneth Wong is the author of “A Prayer for Burma” (Santa Monica Press, 2003), a travelogue and memoir. His short stories and essays have appeared in Grain, AGNI, and San Francisco Chronicle magazines. He is a frequent contributor to LinkAsia, a weekly TV news program. He is one of the narrators for They Call It Myanmar: Lifting the Curtain, a documentary film by Robert H. Lieberman. Wong has an unhealthy addiction to tealeaf salad, a traditional Burmese dish.

Christine Baniewicz is a writer, youth worker and associate artist with the Los Angeles-based traveling theatre arts org, ImaginAction. Christine has led theatre and creative writing workshops in the US, Northern Ireland and occupied Palestine and is currently writing a book-length memoir that tracks her time at The Freedom Theatre in Jenin Refugee camp. You can find her work online at NewClearVision, TruthOut, This Week in Palestine and The Rumpus. Christine lives in Oakland.

And the world premiere of “Sonata for Syria” by poet Heather Bourbeau and cellist Devon McClive.

10-02-hcr-syria-refsHeather Bourbeau is a writer based in Berkeley, California. She was a finalist for the Randall Jarrell Prize, and the winner of the Pisk! Poetry Slam. Her journalism has appeared in The Economist, The Financial Times, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, and The New York Times. She was a contributing writer to The New York Times bestseller, Not on Our Watch: A Mission to End Genocide in Darfur and Beyond with Don Cheadle and John Prendergast. Her first collection of poetry came out last year: Daily Palm Castings, profiles of people in overlooked professions.

Devon McClive combines classical cello playing with a modern improvisational approach. Using electronics to effect the sound of the cello; she creates different textures and layered melodies. Trained by Ellinor Benedict from the Boston Symphony, she studied privately have has played with the Salisbury State Symphony, among many other collaborations. She currently plays cello in a touring folk band, writes music for several projects, has released 3 albums of her own music and teaches classical cello lessons from her home in Berkeley, CA.

WORDS AND MUSIC: a benefit for UNICEF Syria
Sunday September 22nd 2013. 6:30 pm doors, 7 pm show.
The Emerald Tablet, 80 Fresno St, San Francisco, CA 94133 (map)
$10-30 suggested donation, sliding scale, with all proceeds directly to the US Fund for UNICEF.
Delicious complimentary food. Drinks by donation.

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