Pocha Catalana Adventures in the Mission – With Podcast

I wrote earlier about my excitement and anticipation in meeting poet and performance artist Rakel Delgado. Rakel hails from Spain but considers herself a Chicana and presents her own unique brand of Chicana poetry, identity, and aesthetics. Needless to say this challenging identity piqued my curiosity very quickly and when I found out she was coming to San Francisco to perform I jumped at the opportunity to meet her.

I had many great adventures with Rakel and gave her the official pocho tour of the Mission District. On her first day in the city my homegirl Robynn Takayama arranged for me to interview Rakel for the San Francisco Arts Commission’s official podcast. To read more about Rakel’s performance at the Mission Cultural Center CLICK HERE. Listen to the podcast episode below; not only does it include my interview with Rakel but a hilarious performance by Guillermo Gomez-Peña as well.

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At the Floricanto event I shot a video of Rakel performing her Chicana poetry. Check it out below.

It was a fascinating pleasure to hang out with Rakel Delgado in San Francisco and hope she can make it back here soon. From one Chicano to another, homegirl is legit in my book. Watcha!

Peace,

Rio

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