These events are free and open to the public!
Friday Night Opening Reception
Mignon Geli was born in San Francisco, California, of Filipino, Spanish, Maya ancestry, and currently living in the California Sierra Foothills by Coloma, in Nisenan-Maidu country, for the past 17 years. Thirteen years ago, her son gifted her with a native wood flute. She is self-taught, plays by ear, and a couple years later added native drums to her repertoire. She can flute along in many genres of music from traditional native to contemporary native, to folk, rock, jazz, funk, soul, etc. She is a member of the Neena McNair Family Singers, a multi-cultural women’s native traditional Drum group.
Mood Area 52 plays Americana influenced by latin, world, and instrumental art music. Area 52 started in 1998 as a Piazzola inspired neo-tango and silent film score ensemble. Since then the group has morphed into an ensemble defined more by instrumentation and mood than genre. Their most recent releases, Company Town and 1952 Philanski House, blend roots rock, instrumental tango, jazz, blues, Balkan influences, ranchera, and American folk, country, Brechtian cabaret, and classical music.
Journey through 21 years of resistance on behalf of the last of wild buffalo through archival footage, personal stories and music. The Buffalo Field Campaign is the only group working both in the field and in the policy arenas to stop the harassment and slaughter of America’s last wild buffalo. Formalized as a 501(c)(3) non profit in 1994, they also protect the natural habitat of wild free-roaming bison and other native wildlife, and stand with First Nations to honor the sacredness of wild buffalo. The primary goal is to create permanent year-round protection for bison and the ecosystem they depend on–including respect for the migratory needs of this long-exploited and clearly endangered species.