The end of the Mayan calendar on Dec. 21 is often associated with Doomsday prophecy, but in Long Beach it is a launching point for discussion about globalization, localization, transition and adaptation.
To elaborate on the theme of a consciousness shift rather than an apocalypse, non-profit organization Shift Long Beach presents a multimedia, interactive art, music and film event called “Change of Ages,” taking place the day before the end of the 26,000-year-old Mayan calendar. This free event is open to the public and will take place on Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012 from 6pm to 10pm at 727/737 Pine Ave.
The event will feature the documentary film “For The Next 7 Generations,” which chronicles 13 indigenous grandmothers from all over the globe. Moved by a concern for the planet, they came together to form an alliance: “The International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers.” This is their story. Four years in-the-making and shot on location in the Amazon rainforest, the mountains of Mexico, North America, and at a private meeting with the Dalai Lama in India, “For the Next 7 Generations” follows what happens when these wise women unite. Facing a world in crisis, they share their visions of healing and a call for change.
For more information, visit forthenext7generations.com .
Also at the event, local musician Martin Espino will engage the audience in an interactive performance with the sounds of ancient Mexico. Since the 1980s, Martin has been a pioneer of interactive performance, using the culture and musical instruments of ancient Mexico as a vehicle for educating, enlightening, motivating and encouraging all people of all ages to gain more self/cultural awareness. Martin is a highly respected, highly experienced performer, scholar and educator in the music of the “Ancient Americas.”
For more information, visit martinespino.com .
Closing out the night, DJ Omid Walizadeh will perform live world beats. Inspired by the fertile underground hip-hop movement in the early mid-’90s, Omid (aka OD) made the “Beneath the Surface” compilation, featuring over 30 MCs, mainly from the Los Angeles underground hip-hop scene. Since, Omid has produced many projects, and his current work focuses on sampling rare Iranian vinyl that had been banned after the revolution of 1979 and combining these sounds with modern synthesizers.
For more information, visit discogs.com/artist/Omid?anv=Omid+Walizadeh&filter_anv=1 .
The event also features a visionary art show about “opening new doors.” This pop-up gallery will treat unhinged doors as canvasses for the imaginations of visual artists from all over Los Angeles County, with unique art installations that may surprise guests with themes of environmental change, technology shifts and community collaboration. “Change of Ages” will also provide an opportunity for every attendee to leave their artistic mark on the show.
Source: Shift Long Beach