The patron saint of Red Poppy Art House is Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, a “materialist, who never believed / in any promised heaven in the sky” but always believed in the profound power of poetry to raise social conscience. Such conviction stands at the root of Red Poppy, and so, of course, Neruda's birthday must be met with a fete. The first Pablo Neruda Festival, held on the centennial of Neruda's birth, set a high bar with a week-long celebration that featured Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Robert Hass who, along with Red Poppy's Mark Eisner, are responsible for publishing the bestselling collection of Neruda's work in the U.S. This year's one-night fiesta offers an ample outpouring of inspiration, love, and verse from the likes of Adrián Arias, a prize-winning American-Peruvian poet who creates installation-poems, and 2012 Pen winner Michael Warr, among others. Clips from the Eisner's upcoming documentary Pablo Neruda: The Poet's Calling are shown, followed by Quijeremá, an Oakland-based performing arts ensemble whose fusion of modern composition and deep-rooted musical tradition forms the doc's soundtrack.
Thu., July 10, 7:30 p.m., 2014