Shift Long Beach Presents “Change Of Ages,” A Multimedia Event, December 20

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Despite all the sensationalization in the media, it’s unlikely the world is going to end on December 21st, 2012. Doomsday prophecies have come and gone, but rather than marking the end of the world, the conclusion of the long-count calendar actually designates a shift into a new era.

The end of the Mayan calendar is a launching point for discussion about globalization, localization, transition and adaptation. Anyone interested in exploring the idea of a “Change of Ages” in a welcoming, eye-opening environment is invited to the Bungalow Art Center on 7th and Pine on December 20th for an evening of fresh ideas, moving speakers, innovative art and exceptional music to celebrate the possibilities of exciting new ways of being.

Evo Morales, President of Bolivia, had this to say at the UN General Assembly 67th session: “According to the Mayan Calendar the 21st of December marks the end of the non-time and the beginning of time. It is the end of the Macha & the beginning of the Pacha. It is the end of selfishness & the beginning of brotherhood. It is the end of individualism & the beginning of collectivism…

The scientists know very well that this marks the end of an anthropocentric life and the beginning of a biocentric life. It is the end of hatred & the beginning of love. The end of lies & the beginning of truth. It is the end of sadness & the beginning of joy. It is the end of division & the beginning of unity. This is a theme to be developed…”

To elaborate on the theme of a consciousness shift rather than an apocalypse, non-profit organization presents a multimedia, interactive art, music and film event called “Change of Ages” happening one day before the end of the 26,000 year old Mayan calendar.

FILM: The event will feature the documentary film “For The Next 7 Generations,” which chronicles thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers from all over the globe. Moved by a concern for our planet, they came together to form an alliance: The International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers. This is their story. Four years in-the-making and shot on location in the Amazon rainforest, the mountains of Mexico, North America, and at a private meeting with the Dalai Lama in India, “For the Next 7 Generations” follows what happens when these wise women unite. Facing a world in crisis, they share with us their visions of healing and a call for change now.
For more information, visit http://www.forthenext7generations.com/

MUSIC:
Local musician Martin Espino will engage the audience in an interactive performance with the sounds of ancient Mexico. Since the 1980’s, Martin has been a pioneer of interactive performance, using the culture and musical instruments of Ancient Mexico as a vehicle for educating, enlightening, motivating, and encouraging all people of all ages to gain more self/cultural awareness. He is a highly respected, highly experienced performer, scholar and educator in the music of the “ANCIENT AMERICAS.”
To sample his style, visit www.martinespino.com

Closing out the night, DJ Omid Walizadeh will wow the crowd with live world beats. Inspired by the fertile underground Hip Hop movement in the early-mid 90′s, Omid (aka OD) made the “Beneath the Surface” compilation, features over 30 MC’s, mainly from the Los Angeles underground Hip Hop scene. Since, Omid has produced many projects, and his current work focuses on sampling rare Iranian vinyl that had been banned after the revolution of 1979, combining these sounds with modern synthesizers.
To listen, go to http://www.discogs.com/

ART:
This visionary art show takes the idea of “opening new doors” to a whole new level. This pop-up gallery will treat unhinged doors as canvasses for the imaginations of visual artists from all over L.A. county, with unique art installations that may surprise guests with themes of environmental change, technology shifts and community collaboration. “Change of Ages” will also provide an artistic opportunity for every attendee to leave their mark on the show.

Where the ancient and the modern meet – this is the playground for “Change of Ages.”

The event is free to the public, and will take place on Thursday, December 20th, 2012 at 727/737 from 6 to 10 p.m.

Shift Long Beach’s mission is to create positive social change and in Long Beach through educational, interactive events that empower local communities. We aim to provide a platform for
artistic expression, promote sustainable living options, and creating space for discussion of diverse perspectives on issues that affect the quality of life in Long Beach. Our events include multiple forms of
expression—from live art to local music, film screenings to discussion circles. To learn more, go to http://www.evolvernetwork.org/long-beach/

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