San Francisco Solo Performance Series – free tickets available for this Sunday night’s spoken word show


The producers of the Solo Sundays/Words First series, a critically acclaimed showcase of the San Francisco Bay Area’s best solo spoken word performers, are offering a limited number of free tickets to this Sunday night’s performance at StageWerx Theatre.

Solo Sundays performers blend original humor with poignant, thoughtful commentary on modern life. Topics explored include race and intergenerational relations, coming of age or facing midlife crises in an unsettling economy, and coming to terms with one’s spiritual and/or cultural background.

Each of the solo spoken word actors brings an incredible level of energy and dedication to his or her piece, and develops his/her writing within a supportive professional community geared towards helping emerging artists to perfect their craft. You may find yourself re-thinking your values and attitudes while laughing and having fun. I’ve (Cristina Deptula – your Synchronized Chaos Creative Facilitator) had the privilege of attending several of these multi-layered, complex presentations and remember nodding with recognition and relief at several moments because someone out there actually understood my thoughts and experiences…even while watching the actors play characters from cultural backgrounds very different from my own.  At other times the humane, insightful storytelling provoked me to reconsider and challenge my assumptions about various types of people.

Solo Sundays’ producers invite Synchronized Chaos readers and contributors to experience for free the joy, creativity, passion and wisdom of their productions.

If you are 100% CERTAIN you can attend this Sunday night’s show, please copy and paste these four items into an email to :

1. Solo Sundays  at StageWerx Theatre
2. Sunday, September 27 at 7:00
3. Your FIRST and LAST name
4. Whether you’d like one or two tickets (additional tickets are just $5 each)

We will confirm all reservations. Again, only respond if you are 100% certain you can attend. Thank you very much, and we look forward to welcoming you to the show!

Solo Sundays
Sunday, September 27 at 7:00
StageWerx Theater
533 Sutter (at Powell)
San Francisco

Sun Gallery in Hayward accepting submissions of visual art related to October/Day of the Dead

Day of the Dead- Dearly Beloved

Call of Art deadline Sept 30. Submission Fee $65 (includes membership to Sun Gallery).
Up to 6 works, or a space no larger than 5′ wide x 5′ deep.

Reception Nov 7, Saturday, 5-9pm

2 workshops for families Nov 14 and 21 School Field Trips can be scheduled for a fee of $125 up to 30 kids.

10/30/09 — 11/21/09

Curated by Orlando Somozo


Link to their webpage for more information on this opportunity and the gallery in general:

Reed Magazine open to writing submissions, prose and poetry!


One of the oldest, most respected literary journals west of the Mississippi River (in the United States.) Now seeking submissions of all types, please email them in to the address provided before November 1st for publication in the Spring 2010 issue.

The link says no previously published material – I spoke with some of the editors today for clarification and they said you may submit anything so long as you have the permission of the previous publication. Synchronized Chaos Magazine extends permission for any and all of our contributors to also submit pieces to Reed or any other magazine/newspaper, including contributions we have already published.

About Reed Magazine:

Reed Magazine is sponsored by San Jose State University. Reed is produced annually in the spring. We welcome submissions of fiction, poetry, and non-fiction. Please do not submit any pornographic material, science fiction, fantasy, or children’s literature. We do not publish translations or previously published material.

Website for Reed Magazine (to read the latest issue)

Link to submit to Reed Magazine: – follow the procedure, fill out the form provided, use compatible (not docx files) and select non-contest entries.

News and Notices, Mid-September


San Francisco Artist Network Professional Development Seminars for Visual Artists, covers topics such as Presentation: Preparing Your Artist Statement and Packet, Promotion: Creative Venues to Show Your Artwork, and Networking Online and Offline.

Several seminars, reasonably priced from $15-30 for an evening with Dr. Stephen C. Wagner, professional artist and art educator.

Located at venues around San Francisco and Oakland and a few in Marin County. Link for directions and more information here:

Global Affairs – a Spanish online journal for international relations graduate students and professors covering highlights, features, and perspectives on world affairs – at – seeks a Spanish/English translator. If you are interested please email (si tenga interes por favor escriba a) Eva Diez at

From Robert Brewer, editor of the Writer’s Market online version:

I’m looking for “publishing experts” to interview for If you’re a publishing expert who’s interested in being featured on the site, then please send me an e-mail with the subject line “I’m a publishing expert.”

What qualifies as a publishing expert?
* Published author of books (fiction, nonfiction, children’s, or poetry)
* Freelance writer who gets regular work with multiple magazines
* Staff writer (magazines, websites, or newspapers)
* Freelance or salaried editors
* Freelance copy writers, technical writers, etc.
* Playwrights (who’ve had their work performed)
* Screenwriters (who’ve sold or optioned scripts)
* Agents (literary or script)
* Book publicists
* Artistic directors at theaters
* Producers
* Conference or Contest directors

Bottom line: Make a case for being a publishing professional, and we’ll go from there as far as the interview. (Note: I don’t want writers who wish to someday be publishing experts; I’m not interested in that slant, though I’m sure I’ll still get a few who pitch that angle to me.)

* Send an email to me at
* Have subject line read: I’m a publishing expert
* Include your name and a short paragraph or two qualifying you as a publishing expert
* If possible, include some areas that you would be especially skilled at discussing (For instance, publicists would be good at talking about things they do for authors to promote books. Remember: is slanted to the needs of writers trying to get published and/or paid for their writing efforts.)

Please feel free to forward this message as you see fit.


Robert Lee Brewer
Writer’s Market

Monterey Peninsula College Call for Fall Visual Art Submissions

Reprinted – call for submissions for Monterey Peninsula College’s art gallery.

MPC Monterey Peninsula College




Dear Potential Exhibitor,


The Monterey Peninsula College Art Department is accepting proposals for exhibitions in the Art Gallery. Please read our mission statement and submit the required materials by mail to the address below.


Mission Statement

The Monterey Peninsula Art Gallery exists as a resource for Monterey Peninsula College and the surrounding community, and in this role will strive to fulfill the following mandate: The MPC Art Gallery shall educate and inspire students in the methods, materials and issues of contemporary art. It shall initiate art exhibits that foster critical discussion of contemporary issues and exhibit the best student, faculty, regional and national art. The gallery will be an art environment conducive to discussion and examination of art in the twenty-first century, as well as a venue for art-related activities.


MPC staff and volunteers operate the Gallery under the advisement of the MPC Art Department faculty. The gallery staff and the Art Department faculty make curatorial and logistic decisions and are represented by a Selection Committee. This Selection Committee will make curatorial decisions based on the quality of the artwork, artistic merit and relationship to the gallery mission.


Please submit the following is the information for the Selection Committee:


A.  Cover Letter

(Stating your proposal for an exhibition in our gallery)


  1. Artist’s Resume

Typed on 81/2” by 11” paper. Abbreviated resumes of not more than 3 pages)


  1. Artist’s Statement (your philosophy)


  1. Published reviews or articles about your work. Please limit to 3 articles.


  1. Labeled slides or CDs of examples of work to be included in the show. Limit 10.


F.   An annotated slide or CD description sheet, with titles of each work, medium,

materials used, date completed, collaborators involved, location of piece,

and complete description of the work including size.


  1. A self-addressed stamped envelope for the return of your slides.


H. A check made out to the MPC Art Gallery Trust Fund for handling fee of $15.00.


Thank you for your interest in an exhibition at Monterey Peninsula College Art Gallery.


Melissa Pickford

(Gallery Director)


Monterey Peninsula College 980 Fremont Street Monterey, California 93940 Telephone (831) 646-3060

Hayward’s Sun Gallery art and dance fundraiser, support an emerging cultural scene!

Everyone, heads-up that we’re looking forward to one of the largest, most comprehensive, most inspirational, and most interesting Synchronized Chaos issues yet for October! So stay tuned…

Encouraging the development of a vibrant art scene and mentoring community in an ’emerging culture’ location:

You do not want to miss this event!
Fall Fiesta for the Arts
Friday, October 2, 5:30-8:30 
City Hall Rotunda 

Please mail $35 in advance to
Sun Gallery 
1015 E St
Hayward, CA 94541-5210
Or call (510) 581-4050
Wednesday-Saturday 11-5
Sun Gallery

“Today’s [American] Entrepreneurs: New Financial, Old Logistical Challenges, Yet Reasons for Optimism” – feature by Cristina Deptula (reprinted from May 2009.)


 (reprinted from May 2009 – San Jose State’s internal academic papers. Issues raised are still relevant today, though.)

“Today’s Entrepreneurs: New Financial, Old Logistical Challenges, Yet Reasons for Optimism”


Many Americans celebrate entrepreneurship as an alternate pathway to success for the especially innovative and talented. With the current economic downturn, though, more people, immigrants and native-born, are turning to entrepreneurship because they have trouble finding regular employment. For some, working for oneself becomes a survival strategy rather than a long-range dream.

Organizing and managing a business may prove harder for these new business owners, with less managerial experience and know-how, and often less money and lower credit scores, than the entrepreneurs of the past.

However, many experts who work with local organizations assisting small businesses believe entrepreneurship can still represent a viable way to earn a living and help rejuvenate our economy, even for the changing demographic of entrepreneurs.

You may finish the article here:

Cristina Deptula is a freelance journalist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She may be reached at and encourages everyone to try Paula Tejeda’s Chile Lindo restaurant!