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A Heart Misshapen (A LACE Valentine’s Extravaganza)
Special performance by Carmina Escobar
DJ set by Sonido del Valle
February 14, 2024, 7–10 PM
Garibaldina MB Society, 4533 N Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90065
No-host bar / Free limited parking
RSVP here, free ticket, suggested donation $10
LACE’s infamous Valentine’s Day bash is back with A Heart Misshapen! Join LACE at the Garibaldina Society in Highland Park for a Valentine Extravaganza! This will be the ultimate Valentine’s date night, with cabaret, music, dancing, libations, and a free raffle!
A Heart Misshapen premieres La Cantadora Shamana de Cabaret, an experimental sonic performance by extreme vocalist, sound, and intermedia artist Carmina Escobar. The night will culminate with a dance party extravaganza with a DJ set from Sonido del Valle.
About La Cantadora Shamana de Cabaret
How does terror shape itself? How does the body free itself from a history that deforms the erotic of its descendants? What sexual love arises from a heart misshapen by the seed of oppressor and the egg of the oppressed? In Cantadora, Shamana de Cabaret, Carmina Escobar creates a performative ritual; part opera, part incantation, and part comedic examination of her life as an erotic export—a woman-creature, bird-spirit, in whose veins boils the antagonist sex of oppressor and oppressed product of the clashing mixing of the mestizo heritage.
Creating sonic feather costumes that dress her as a bird, a showgirl, and a shaman, Escobar performs a score derived from her own familial and erotic history as it entwines with a fantasy of her namesake Iris Chacon, a Latin American cabaret performer, and the archetype of The Horrifying Mother on the prehispanic cosmogony.
Photos by Ray Barrera
About the Artist
Experimental vocalist Carmina Escobar is a creative performer, interpreter of contemporary music, improviser, sound and intermedia artist from Mexico City. Her work focuses primarily on sound, the voice, the body and their interrelations to physical, social and memory spaces. She has intensely explored the capacities of her voice developing a wide range of vocal techniques that she applies not only to her performance and creative practice but also to investigate radical ideas and concepts regarding the voice.
Collaborators: Asher Hartman, Fernando Vigueras
Costume Designs: Beck+Col, Liz Goetz, Jerónimo García Naranjo
Sonido Del Valle has been the only record store in Boyle Heights since 2016. They specialize in Latin LPs, CDs, and Cassettes, and stock most other genres including Jazz, Soul, Rock, Freestyle, House, Hip Hop and MORE. Sonido Del Valle house DJs spin your favorite tunes.
A Heart Misshapen is supported by the National Performance Network.