The Guild Theater2828 35th Street
Sacramento, California 95817
MôD Artists--Maquette Kuper, flute, Omari Tau, baritone voice, and Deborah Pittman, clarinet, and friends--will present the premiere of Convergence II on Sunday, February 18 at 3:00 p.m. at the Brickhouse Gallery, 2837 36th St., Sacramento. The Sacramento Region Community Foundation awarded a “Transforming the Creative Economy” grant to the non-profit group VITA Academy, which enlisted MôD to oversee the project. Convergence II is an artistic, socially dynamic, event-based project that reveals the history of Oak Park through original music, art, dance, oral histories, and film. MôD Artists and film director Mark Herzig will present three events, each depicting a different era in Oak Park. Each event will include a short documentary film as well as live music. This first event, Genesis, depicts the origins of the neighborhood from the 1860s to the 1950s
MôD Artists, a group of musicians based in Sacramento and Davis, wrote and recorded original music inspired by the history of one of the capital city’s most fascinating neighborhoods, Oak Park. It was Sacramento’s first suburb before it was annexed in 1911. It has the kind of history that has inspired celebration and study. At the turn of the 20th century, it’s a spirited, growing place, in flux, shifting in the rapid waters of social and economic change, boasting a boom of an integrated, solid middle-class neighborhood. “White flight” of the ‘60s and ‘70s left a ghetto behind. It is once again shifting rapidly, in a current renaissance through urban renewal. It has provoked consternation and controversy. Just as its map depicts roads that cut and arrive at odd angles, its varied stories collide, weaving a tale that must be told.
Future events will be The Spirit, on April 8 at the Brickhouse Gallery, and Convergence/Hello on June 3 at the Guild Theater. Oral histories captured by Mark Herzig tell the stories and offer eyewitness accounts. MôD’s music, both recorded and live, will capture the moods of the times.
Events are open to the public. Suggested donation, $10.00, at the door. (916) 475-1240