MYUNG MI KIM AT UC’S DOE LIBRARY
Myung Mi Kim will read from her work at the Morrison Library (inside Doe Library) at noon Thursday as part of UC Berkeley’s Lunch Poems series. Born in Seoul, Korea, Kim goes to the root of language, connecting speech and culture in a rich web of immaculate phrases. She strips words to the bone, using fragments and white space to enhance her themes of dislocation and first language loss. She is the author of four books of poetry, including Under Flag, winner of the 1991 Multicultural Publishers Book Award, and Commons (2002). http://lunchpoems.berkeley.edu.
ARAB-AMERICAN POETRY AND MUSIC
Elmaz Abinader and Suheir Hammad will present an evening of Arab-American spoken word, with music by Tony Khalife and Kamal Ghammache-Mansour, at 7:30 p.m. at La Peña. Mills College professor Abinader is an Arab American author, playwright and poet and was the recipient of the 2002 Goldies Award for Literature. Her poetry collection In the Country of My Dreams... won the 2000 Josephine Miles/ Pen Oakland Award. $12. 3105 Shattuck Ave. 849-2568, www.lapena.org or www.elmazabinader.com.
‘THE ART OF LIVING BLACK’
A self-guided art tour of The Art of Living Black, featuring the work of local black artists, takes place this Saturday and Sunday (March 3-4). The show includes the work of over 90 emerging and established artists in a group exhibition (through March 16) at the Richmond Art Center. Additional work is featured by the 2006 Jan Hart-Schuyers Artistic Achievement Award recipients: Aaron Carter, Patricia Patterson and Roosevelt Washington. 2540 Barrett Ave., Richmond. Open noon-5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. 620-6772.