Monthly archives: July, 2019

Memory of Musician Poet and Healer Mamacoatl to be Honored at Brava

first_imgPoetry, art, speakers and music will commemorate Parra at the Brava Theater from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, January 24. For more information about the memorial fundraiser event on Sunday, click here.  “She was very generous with her personality, very open, very inclusive,” said San Francisco poet laureate Alejandro Murguía. Todd Brown, director of the Red Poppy Art House, said Parra played a vital part as a core organizer for the Mission Arts & Performance Project, at a time when the project’s future was uncertain. Brown said her enthusiasm and stoicism might have hidden from the public the fact that it took significant courage for her to step into that leadership role. “I got to see a more delicate and vulnerable side of Silvia then, because she was so nervous about that responsibility!” Brown recalled. “It surprised me, you know, because it conflicted with that warrior image I had of her.”Parra arrived in San Francisco as an undocumented immigrant, and after several years, work drew her back to Central America.“Although she wasn’t here in San Francisco a super long time, I think she definitely left a lasting impression with the community, and certainty among the community’s artist and poets,” said Murguía.During her time locally, Parra forged ahead with her healing practice and her art despite, at times, financial duress and uncertainty. These contrasting traits were reflected also in how she presented herself to the world – delicate and beautiful, but bold and expressive in spite of underlying vulnerability.“She was physically very beautiful. But it was the kind of beauty that wasn’t just a well formed mouth and nose and eyes and her slenderness, but the intelligence that lit her face, and the taste with which this economically impoverished single mom would come up with these beautiful outfits that enhanced her form,” said poet and radio producer Nina Serrano.Serrano also remembered Parra’s “quick and graceful movements” and her razor-sharp mind, coupled with enormous empathy.“She was never trying to impress you, and quite humble,” Serrano said.The artist-activist’s relationships with other artists often cultivated creative work that took on political and social injustices.Together with Serrano, Parra would coordinate weeks-long stretches of advocacy and direct action to promote women’s rights that began every year with November 25, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and culminated in the U.N. Human Rights day on Dec. 10.Arias wrote that Parra pushed then-mayor Gavin Newsom to acknowledge the day to end violence against women. She inspired a more irreverent, unabashed feminism in her already vocal collaborators.“She was always pulling me forward and making me be what I didn’t know I could be,” Serrano said.With Arias, she would also work internationally.“Once I went to Cuernavaca and Mexico City, to make a video clip and help her in the production of Sweep Mexican Corruption, where she literally swept the streets of Mexico City, beginning in the main square, to the house of the president of Mexico,” Arias wrote. “It was very emotional, and real.”Parra’s mystic wisdom and artistic leadership are reflected in her chosen moniker, Mamacoatl.“Coatl, of course, means serpent – kind of as an elder, a leader of the community because the serpent in pre-Columbian times symbolizes knowledge,” Murguía explained. “I thought it was very unique in how she was presenting herself.”“I will never forget her laughter,” Brown wrote. “I can still hear it ring out across the room, as bright and raspy as her song.”Mission Local had an opportunity to interview Parra three years ago: Tags: arts • obituary • poetry Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% 0% Silvia “Mamacoatl” Parra tried to heal the world with her music, art, spiritual work and activism. Over the span of several years in the Mission, Parra touched countless lives and pushed back against global injustices with art and community collaboration.On December 13, 2015, Parra died in Mexico of stomach cancer. She will be honored tomorrow at a memorial and fundraiser for her daughter, Paloma McGlothin, at the Brava Theater.Friends and collaborators remembered Parra as a capable organizer and outspoken advocate despite being, at her core, gentle and sensitive.“Silvia was intense, really focusing when meeting someone, and then was very calm and tender,” wrote visual poet Adrian Arias.last_img read more

NEEDING a good performance to back up last weeks

first_imgNEEDING a good performance to back up last week’s victory over the “Auld Enemy” the Saints turned in a below par display to again lose in what has become a bit of a graveyard for the U19s over the years.Having said that they could, and arguably should, have won in the dying seconds – eventually being edged 20-16. Unfortunately Morgan Knowles was ruled offside in gathering Lewis Charnock’s chip over the defensive line before feeding Charnock for the score under the sticks which he could have converted blindfolded to give the Saints the win.In total contrast to yesterday’s sunny conditions the match started in a downpour and was played for the most part in the rain.However, the Saints started brightly taking the play to the home side and opened the scoring with a well taken try from Lewis Galbraith in the right corner.Dave Hewitt’s neat grubber had given the Saints a repeat set. The ball was spread to the right on the third tackle catching the defence on the hop and giving the winger just enough space to get on the outside of his opposite number. To avoid touch he grubbered forward and won the race to the touchdown.The conditions and some poor ball control and discipline then took over to pin the Saints deep in their own half for the remaining half hour.As hard as they tried, however, Rovers never looked like penetrating the resolute defensive line until the final minute of the half.Another repeat set after another careless penalty resulted in the hooker diving under the posts to level the scores at the break.The Saints found themselves right against the wall as Rovers scored two tries in the opening 15 minutes to open a ten point lead.On the hour André Savelio got the Saints back in it with a try in the right corner. Hewitt’s grubber and a good chase had earned a repeat set from which the ball was worked wide to Savelio who had too much for the cover.The big prop was held up over the line five minutes later as the Saints started to mount a charge but again poor play needed a try saving tackle from Galbraith to keep the Saints in touch.The home team again scored a try after a kick through beating some lethargic cover to the touch down.As time ran out the Saints finally got some ball in the Rovers half and started to look dangerous.Firstly Matty Fleming was held over the line and then big defence forced the knock on in the home 20 metre area. From the scrum quick hands found Ricky Bailey free on the left wing and he scooted in for the try.With time running out Savelio went on a trademark bullocking 40 metre run from his own half swatting defenders away without a care to put the Saints in position for a final hurrah. Unfortunately the officials saw it differently to the Saints bench and the game was gone.In truth this was a game that the Saints didn’t deserve to win. Defensively, especially in the first half, the Saints were great and rarely troubled but the attack struggled to find any fluency.Centres Fleming and Jake Spedding along with Matty Fozard, Olly Davies and Morgan Knowles all had their customary quietly efficient games but as a team the Saints didn’t come together.Match Summary:Hull KR:Tries: Alex Gilbey 2, Macca Duke, Elliott Bulmer.Goals: Connor Robinson 2.Saints:Tries: Ricky Bailey, Lewis Galbraith, André Savelio.Goals: Lewis Charnock, Dave Hewitt.Half Time: 6-6 Full Time: 16-20Teams:Hull KR:1. Josh Gudziek; 2. Corey Sanderson, 4. Alex Gilbey, 3. Macca Hallett, 2. Jack Stewart; 6. Matty Marsh, 7. Connor Robinson; 19. Chris Smith, 9. Macca Duke, 10. Ryan Devaney, 11. Aiden Armstrong, 12. Harry Aldous, 20. Kieran Moran. Subs: 8. Tom Sullivan, 15. Elliott Bulmer, 21. Liam Wake, 23. Will Jubb.Saints:1. Ricky Bailey; 5. Lewis Galbraith, 4. Matty Fleming, 3. Jake Spedding, 2. Adam Saunders; 6. Lewis Charnock, 7. Dave Hewitt; 8. Phil Atherton, 9. Aaron Smith, 15. Matty Fozard, 11. Liam Cooper, 12. Olly Davies, 13. Morgan Knowles. Subs: 10. André Savelio, 16. Chris Worrall, 17. Ross McCauley, 18. Danny Richardson.last_img read more

He donated four bags packed with toys and they wil

first_imgHe donated four bags packed with toys and they will be given to those that are less fortunate than us.We really appreciate Kevin’s gesture and it will make a big difference in our community.If you would like to donate to SCDF’s Christmas Appeal then you can do so by dropping off your toys or selection boxes at the main reception of the Totally Wicked Stadium during opening times throughout the week.Pictured is SCDF Finance Manager, Chris Chamberlain, with the toys.Find out more about Cleanhire UK by clicking here.,If you would like to donate to SCDF’s Christmas Appeal then you can do so by dropping off your toys or selection boxes at the main reception of the Totally Wicked Stadium during opening times throughout the week.Pictured is SCDF Finance Manager, Chris Chamberlain, with the toys.Find out more about Cleanhire UK by clicking here.last_img read more

Lifeguard services stand down for season at area beaches

first_imgCAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Labor Day marked the end of the Carolina Beach Ocean Rescue season.Beachgoers are urged to use caution while along area beaches. The lifeguard season runs from Memorial Day to Labor Day.- Advertisement – The town advises visitors to take precautions by reading the safety signage posted at our beach access areas. Rescue officials recommend you monitor weather and surf conditions prior to swimming, and you should never swim alone.Wrightsville Beach Ocean Rescue says they still have four stands, three ATVs, and two trucks patrolling through the end of September.last_img read more

WWAY OneDay Blitz was a success Thanks for your generosity

first_img This year there was a line of people out the door waiting to get some doughnuts after donating.“It has been an absolute record breaking day today,” said Maj. Mark Craddock with the Salvation Army. “We are just absolutely thrilled with the results, the generosity, the people, the attitude of everyone, the working together. It’s been a great day.”We don’t know exactly how many pounds of food was given to the Salvation Army but we know it was thousands! Krispy Kreme manager said more than 5,000 people redeemed their donut voucher today.Related Article: Sisters sell lemonade to help pay off classmates’ school lunch debtMaj. Craddock said the food collected Tuesday will last them at least until next summer.Thank you to everyone who participated! Thousands of pounds were collected during annual event. (Photo: Sarah Johnson/WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The annual One-Day Blitz to restock the Salvation Army’s food pantry wrapped up this evening after going on all day long.Thiusands of people came out to Krispy Kreme on South College Road to support the cause by donating non-perishable food items, and for every five items folks received a voucher for a dozen glazed donuts.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Man driving erratically arrested pantless during traffic stop

first_img The detective stopped the car and approached the driver 68-year-old James Eldred Buffkin. He was not wearing pants.Investigators say they found 30 oxycodone pills in the car.Buffkin was just arrested in December on drug charges and is on probation.Related Article: Man sentenced to 17 years behind bars for cocaine chargesHe now faces new charges. CHADBOURN, NC (WWAY) — A Columbus County man was caught with his pants down, literally. It happened during a traffic stop Thursday in Chadbourn.The Columbus County Sheriff’s Office says a detective saw a man driving erratically while leaving a known drug area.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Steakhouse coming to Leland

first_img It will take the space that used to be Mexico Viejo and Plaza Mariachi in the center of the shopping center between Wok & Roll and Computer Warriors.Christopher’s Steakhouse & Seafood opened its first location in 2015 in Elizabethtown. A second location opened in Lumberton in 2017.It plans to open the Leland location by fall. LELAND, NC (WWAY) — A new restaurant is coming to Leland taking the place of another eatery that closed.Weingarten Realty says Christopher’s Steakhouse & Seafood has leased space in Waterford Village near Harris Teeter off US 17.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Mayor of North Topsail Beach declares state of emergency

first_img A mandatory evacuation will begin Tuesday at 8:00 a.m.Due to the emerging town needs and movement of personnel, officials say townhallmay not be able to provide hurricane reentry passes after 12 p.m. on Tuesday.Town officials warn if you plan to stay, emergency services will likely not be able to help you. NORTH TOPSAIL BEACH, NC (WWAY) — The mayor of North Topsail Beach has declared a state of emergency for the town.Mayor Dan Tuman encourages residents to make preparations as soon as possible.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Investigators believe fire at popular Whiteville bakery was intentionally set

first_imgCrews fight fire at Darel’s Bakery and Sweets in Whiteville on Dec. 19, 2018. (Photo: Hal Lowder) WHITEVILLE, NC (WWAY) — We now know new details about a fire that happened at a bakery in Whiteville earlier this week.Officials are still investigating but they now say the fire was set intentionally. It happened at Darel’s Bakery & Sweets on Jefferson Street.- Advertisement – Hal Lowder with Emergency Services says someone spotted smoke coming from the roof around 6:15 Wednesday night.No one was inside at the time.Lowder said fire crews aggressively fought the flames, but there is still heat and smoke damage.Related Article: Police: Vandals defaced Confederate statue with KKK hoodsAccording to Lowder, the state fire marshal’s office and the SBI are assisting in the investigation.There are person of interest but no arrests have been made at this time.last_img read more

Castle Hayne mom battling cancer receives free HVAC unit

first_img 1 of 3 Helen Jordan receives new HVAC unit (Photo: ARS Rescue Rooter) NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A New Hanover County mother who is battling breast cancer needed a new HVAC system, but the cost of medical treatments made that a financial burden.But on Thursday morning, Helen Jordan received a new system. Helen Jordan receives new HVAC unit (Photo: ARS Rescue Rooter) Helen Jordan receives new HVAC unit (Photo: ARS Rescue Rooter) Tech installs new HVAC unit for Helen Jordan (Photo: ARS Rescue Rooter) – Advertisement – ARS Rescue Rooter found out about Jordan’s circumstances, after she was nominated for the ARS Cares Program.According to ARS, despite going through treatments and being physically ill, Helen is assisting her parents in their home renovation.“She would give the shirt off her back to someone who she thought needed it more,” said Brian Jordan, who nominated Helen. “Giving her this HVAC unit would allow her the comfort she deserves while battling cancer.”Related Article: J&J hammered by report it knew of asbestos in baby powderThe ARS Cares Program donates HVAC units to people in need in the community.last_img read more