the future of american fiction

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The San Fernando Valley in film 

Back To The Future (1985) - 535 N. Victory Blvd, Burbank 

The Karate Kid (1984) - 19223 Saticoy St. Reseda 

American Beauty (1999) - 20105 Saticoy St. Winnetka “Mr. Smiley’s” 

The Bad News Bears (1976) - 10500 Mason Ave. Chatsworth

Boogie Nights (1997) - 12036 Ventura Blvd. Studio City

Pulp Fiction (1994) - 20933 Roscoe Blvd. Canoga Park

Superbad (2007) - 1700 Victory Blvd. Glendale

Clueless (1995) - 5600 Vineland Avenue, North Hollywood

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This event happened 4.13.14 on a Sunday afternoon.

MOONDANCE : A Night In The AfroFuture

Afrofuturism, a term first used by Mark Dery in his essay Black to the Future, addresses African American themes within the context of science fiction, techno-culture and sci-fi aesthetics. The history of African Americans is reflected sharply within the core concepts of speculative fiction, which frequently explore notions of the Other and of abducted peoples facing intolerance and violence by oppressors in an alien land. From Sun Ra’s Omniverse Arkestra to Funkadelic, Octavia Butler to Kwodo Eshun and Jean-Michael Basquiat to Wangechi Mutu, African American artists and musicians continue to look to futuristic technology and iconography in their work, imagining an Afrofuture from within the fractured world.

MOONDANCE is a celebration of Afrofuturism within contemporary culture. The journey is in three parts featuring lecture, dance and live music, each of which highlights the depth to which our popular culture is indebted to the ideas of a black alter destiny. King Britt, a key figure within the sonic movement of Afrofuturism, presents a program featuring artists and thinkers who represent the continued influence of an Afrofuturistic aesthetic and mythology within our cultural and academic institutions.

Speakers, Ytasha Womack, Dr Alondra Nelson and Hank Shocklee, discuss the true definition of the word, afrofuturism, and its major influences on pop culture.

Interdisciplinary choreographer D. Sabela Grimes gives a truly unique performance on the influences of afrofuturism in dance.

Live music performances by Shabazz Palaces, Fhloston Paradigm featuring Pia Ercole, Ursula Rucker, HPrizm and Ras G, complete the journey. Visuals provided by Mike Todd.

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