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Beyond the Grave: Spoken Word Performances

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Saturday, April 24, 2021,
4pm - 5pm

Evergreen Cemetery
261 Evergreen Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

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Early Bird $18 General & $10 MAH Members

Join the MAH's new series of multidisciplinary performances at Evergreen Cemetery as artists connect Santa Cruz County's past with the present moment.

Artists and performers introduce new, site-specific work for this series of intimate performances. Inspired by the stories and landscape of the historic Evergreen Cemetery, dancers, spoken word artists, and musicians reimagine the space with new commissions.

April 24th - 25th | Spoken Word Performances

In the second weekend of Beyond the Grave, poets and spoken word artists Jamey Williams (Jamey the Poet), Bene’t Benton, and Jasmine Schlaftke (Queen Jasmeen) will present newly commissioned work inspired by historic Evergreen Cemetery and the people buried there. Each artist will perform two new pieces, and share the inspiration for their work. From unmarked tombstones to present racial injustices, this powerful event will inspire and connect us to the people – past and present – of Santa Cruz County.

Performing Artists

Support for the MAH's performing arts programming is provided by the William & Flora Hewlett Foundation.

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Jamey Williams

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Bene’t Benton

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Jasmine Schlaftke

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Performance Details

Jamey Williams

  • Jamey will be speaking to the Black Lives Matter Movement and the ongoing police brutality Black Americans face. He wishes to acknowledge and celebrate the fact that our ancestors are always with us.

Bene’t Benton

  • Bene’t's piece points to the power found in repurposing a space for community connection. Celebrating life in a space that is normally used for mourning, Bene't hopes that changing our association of cemeteries like Evergreen will lead to a deeper appreciation of life after being and living through a pandemic.

Jasmine Schlaftke

  • Jasmine has prepared a poem about one of the few black people buried in the cemetery, George Chester. Sharing his story in connection to the "American Dream" that exists for people of color. She will also speak to Evergreen's Chinese family section share a poem about Asian erasure in our history and in Santa Cruz.
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Event FAQ

Early Bird Pricing is on sale now until Sunday, April 11th at 12am – $18 for general admission and $10 MAH Members.

Then, beginning Monday, April 12th tickets will increase to $20 General Admission and $12 MAH Members.

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Yes, to maintain social distancing we will have seats grouped together by party. If you hope to sit near friends or family, we recommend purchasing your tickets under one name through one transaction. We are happy to make reasonable accommodations if you reach out to Learning & Engagement Manager, Jamie Keil -jamie@santacruzmah.org prior to the event. Get in touch early to reserve your seating arrangement.

For questions, concerns, or requests regarding a disability-related accommodation please contact Learning & Engagement Manager, Jamie Keil -jamie@santacruzmah.org.

Let's continue to care for another as we enjoy this outdoor event. We will have hand sanitizer readily available, a no-contact check-in process, and masks will be required on-site.

To maintain social distancing during the event seats will be grouped by your Eventbrite reservation and spaced 6ft apart from other groups.

No, but there is a public restroom about a 5 minute walk from the event at Harvey West Park.

No, in the case of rain we will reschedule the event for May 22nd & 23rd. You will be contacted prior to the event if a weather delay occurs.