Author and illustrator of The Listener graphic novel, David Lester reads at San Francisco Public Library’s RADAR Reading Series, part of LitQuake, October 10, 2012. Host Michelle Tea gives the introduction.
March 7 – May 25, 2014: Mecca Normal guitarist David Lester‘s poster of Malachi Ritscher (18 x 28″) was included in the 2014 Whitney Biennial in New York City. The exhibition also included a recording from a live set performed by underground rock duo Mecca Normal, and both sides of the cover designed by Jean Smith of the Mecca Normal 7″ record that includes the song “Malachi” about war protester Malachi Ritscher. These artifacts are all part of Public Collectors: Malachi Ritscher – an exhibit curated by Chicago’s Marc Fischer about American activist and music documentarian Malachi Ritscher (1954 – 2006) who self-immolated on a freeway median outside of Chicago to protest the war in Iraq. Ritscher made a video of this action that was not widely seen.
Autumn, 2014: MECCA NORMAL recorded an album in late 2012 in Miami with KRAMER as producer and was released on M’Lad’y Records in Autumn 2014.
January 29, 2013: David Lester and Jean Smith (Mecca Normal) presented their writing and music at Kevin Chong‘s creative writing class at the University of British Columbia.
Feb. 2013: Jean Smith (Mecca Normal) performed at the International Noise Festival in Miami.
September, 2012: The Black Dot Museum of Political Art pops up at Northern All Ages in Olympia, Washington for the month of September. The exhibition will feature art by David Lester, Jean Smith and characters from Jean’s recently completed novel by the same name. Opening TBA.
Olympia – Saturday, October 6, 8:00 p.m. Olympia Timberland Library. 313 8th Ave SE, Olympia, WA. (360) 352-0595. This Mecca Normal performance event, presents The Listener graphic novel by guitar-player turned author-illustrator David Lester.
Portland – Sunday, October 7, 7:00 p.m. Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center, 5340 N Interstate Ave, Portland, OR with Amenta Abioto and Rebecca Gates.
Salem – Monday, October 8. Willamette University, 900 State St., Salem, OR. “How Art & Music Can Change the World”.
San Francisco – Wednesday, October 10, 6:00 p.m. RADAR Reading Series / LitQuake. San Francisco Public Library, Latino Reading Room, 100 Larkin. San Francisco, CA. Jean Smith and David Lester will both be reading. Free.
San Francisco – Wednesday, October 10. Cafe Du Nord, 2170 Market St, San Francisco, CA. Mecca Normal (9:30 p.m.) opening for The Corin Tucker Band.
Los Angeles – Saturday, October 13, 3:00 p.m. Echo Park Film Center lecture. 1200 North Alvarado Street Los Angeles, CA 90026
Los Angeles – Saturday, October 13. HRLA, 410 Cottage Home St, Los Angeles, CA. Mecca Normal performance.
Los Angeles – Monday, October 15, 4:00 p.m. Loyola Marymount University, 1 LMU Drive , LA, CA. “How Art & Music Can Change the World”
Olympia – Friday, October 19. Evergreen State College, 2700 Evergreen Parkway NW, Olympia, WA. “How Art & Music Can Change the World”
Miami – Thursday, November 8. Churchill’s Pub, 5501 Northeast 2nd Avenue Miami, FL
Ft. Lauderdale – Friday, November 9. Radio Active Records in-store, 845 N. Federal Highway, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Vancouver – Saturday, November 17. Real Vancouver Writers Series / CanZine West. Jean Smith reads. W2, Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC
February 4th, 2012, 6:30 pm, 2012: Mecca Normal will perform at the magazine launch of the Global Educator and the celebration of the 25th anniversary of PAGE (BC) at Eternal Abundance, 1025 Commercial Drive, Vancouver, BC.
January 24, 2012, 7 pm (Vancouver): David Lester will be reading and showing art from his graphic novel THE LISTENER as part of the W2 Real Vancouver Writers’ & Culture Series. W2’s Media Cafe, 111 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC, V6B 1H4. Also reading will be Angie Abdou, Zsuzsi Gartner, Ayelet Tsabari, and Jen Neale.
November 12, 2011, 10:15 am – 11:30 am: Jean and David will prersent THE LISTENER as part of an event called “Visionary Struggles in the 20th Century & Why They Matter Today”. Sponsored by the World Peace Forum Society. Langara College, Vancouver, BC.
November 13, 2011, 1-7 pm: THE LISTENER and The Black Dot Museum of Political Art will have a table at Canzine West: Zine Fair and Festival of Alternative Culture. Ukrainian Hall, Vancouver, BC
October 21, 2011, 1-2:30 pm: Jean and David will present THE LISTENER as part of a workshop called “Art & Political Engaement” at the event called “Education is Not Indoctrination: A practical Approach to Learning in the 21st Century”. Sponsored by BC Teachers for Peace and Global Education. Surrey, BC.
September 2011: Word On The Street in Vancouver, Noon to 1 pm, Sunday, September 25, 2011. The Listener performance adaptation by Jean Smith, including Mecca Normal. In the session room called Word Talks (Alma Van Dusen Room) in the lower level of the Vancouver Public Library. 350 West Georgia St., Vancouver, B.C. V6B 6B1. David will also be signing his book all day at Word Under The Street.
July 2011: Mecca Normal, What the Heck Fest, July 16, Anacortes, WA.
JUNE 7, 2011: Book signing, WINNIPEG MacNally-Robinson
JUNE 8, 2011: Live to air, WINNIPEG on UMFM, 2:00 p.m. Central Time 25 minute interview / 3 song Mecca Normal performance. Listen ONLINE
JUNE 8: Book launch, WINNIPEG: Mondragon at 7:30 p.m. Performance adaptation of The Listener by Jean Smith includes Mecca Normal.
JUNE 10, 2011: Book launch, TORONTO: Type Books. Sponsored by Broken Pencil Magazine. Q&A with the author by Hal Niedzviecki. Performance adaptation of The Listener by Jean Smith includes Mecca Normal. 6-8 p.m. 883 Queen St. West, Toronto 416-366-8973. FREE.
JUNE 11, 2011: Book launch, MONTREAL: Casa Del Popolo, 3:00 p.m. Performance adaptation of The Listener by Jean Smith includes Mecca Normal.
JUNE 12, 2011: Tape interview, MONTREAL: CKUT interview for The Kitchen Bang Bang Law to air Tuesday, June 14 noon to 2 pm. Listen ONLINE
JUNE 13, 2011: Book launch, OTTAWA: Ottawa Public Library, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Performance adaptation of The Listener by Jean Smith includes Mecca Normal. 120 Metcalfe Street, Ottawa, ON, K1P 5M2. FREE.
JUNE 14, 2011: Book launch, TORONTO: North York Central Library, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Performance adaptation of The Listener by Jean Smith includes Mecca Normal. program Room 1. 5120 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M2N 5N9. FREE.