July 28, 2018


Top Ten Records July Summer Concert IV

•Magga 4tet
•Tejana Còsmica
•Chris Curiel+Kevin Butler

Performance starts 8pm sharp.
$10 suggested donation, no one turned away from lack of funds.

MAGGA 4tet
a musical vehicle for Gerard Bendiks’ compositions and arrangements. GB (drums, directions), Matthew Frerck (bass), Neil Coburn (guitar), Nigel Newton (keyboards).

This is the beginning of an experimental performance with Latina poets from the Dallas area. We are trying our hands at interweaving our stories in poetic form to learn more about ourselves, each other and the ground on which we stand. In doing so we hope to present a more rich and realized version of the varied Tejana experience.

Tamitha Curiel is a writer, actor and educator. Her work has appeared in the White Rock Zine Machine, Inverse/Looped, Mad Swirl, Decolonize Dallas and she is currently co-hosting Pleasant Groove, a poetry open mic with Priscilla Rice and her husband, Chris Curiel. She is in post-production for two short, experimental films, Weren’t We and Dreamgirl and is in the pre-production stage for a short documentary about the neighborhood where she grew up, Pleasant Grove, Dallas.

Opalina Salas is a poet, a former Oak Cliff bookstore owner, an editor of the femme lit zine, Let It Bleed, and creator and host of Poets on X+ reading series held in her beloved home of Oak Cliff, TX. She is a host and co- conspirator for ATTACK OF THE POETS, an annual multi-day festival—hosting poets from around the US, bridging the gaps between various literary communities far and wide. She has been writing and performing in and around the DFW area for 20 years with her comrade, partner and fellow poet, Carlos Salas, and got her start at the legendary Club Clearview Dallas Poetry Slam.

Amy Zapien explores the relationships of time travel, catharsis, magic, and personal narrative to healing. She experiments with visual and performing arts, rituals, soundscapes, installations, lighting, and illustration to excavate the ways in which stories are shared. Her alias Cocoatlicue artistic process is inspired by her B.A in Anthropology from UNT, rooting her poetry and performance in ethnographic documentation. She is currently collaborating with the Espinas Collective, and in the past has displayed work at The Houston Lawndale Art Center, The Oak Cliff Cultural Center, and Casa De Locos.

Priscilla Rice is a Dallas-based poet, storyteller and actor. Some of the shows she has performed in include: “Crystal City 1969,” “The House on Mango Street”, “Milagritos”, “The Dreamers Part 1: A Bloodline,” “Real Women Have Curves,” “Zoot Suit,” “Where Earth Meets the Sky”” and “Yana Wana’s Legend of the Bluebonnet”. She co-founded “Verse & Rhythm” with B. Randall and Rafael Tamayo, and is currently involved in several projects in her Pleasant Grove neighborhood, including “Voices of Pleasant Grove,” a free Summer Program for teens, and “Pleasant Groove,” an open mic founded by Tamitha Curiel.

A debut collaboration: Tuba, Trumpet, Loops, Beats, Buttons, Pedals, etc.

Kevin Butler, a Dallas based tuba player that covers many styles from trad jazz to electric punk funk electrifying his instrument to create new sounds. His group Hirsute has recently been a real treat for the creative listener.

Chris Curiel is a Dallas based trumpeter that has been part of the creative music scene for over 20 years. Also, as a working musician in jazz, rock, funk and blues his style has become a fusion of his own. His group Swirve where he uses effects on his horn has been a Dallas staple in the avant/improv scene for over 16 years.