FrankenRead Programs & Events 

All programs are free unless otherwise noted. FrankenRead 2018: Santa Ana Reads Frankenstein is a project of Makara Center for the Arts, a Santa Ana 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. The mission of Makara Center for the Arts is to provide access to arts & culture to Santa Ana residents. Founded in Jan. 2016, Makara's primary program is a free lending library and art center. 

12:00 PM12:00

Mary Shelley: Presentation

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Experience the fascinating life of Frankenstein's creator: Mary Shelley!

This in-depth presentation will explore Mary's unique upbringing, scandalous relationships, heartbreaks and tragedies, and the scientific discoveries that informed the creation of her masterpiece. Presented by Diana Giovinazzo Tierney.

Through her blog, Creating Herstory, Diana Giovinazzo Tierney explores women’s history and historical fiction. One half of the literary podcasting duo at Wine, Women and Words, she interviews authors over a glass of wine. Diana is currently a board member with the Los Angeles chapter of the Women’s National Book Association.

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10:00 AM10:00

FrankenStitch: Reuse, Repair, Repurpose


Bring your battered up jeans, holey sweaters, and torn tees to Makara's FrankenStitch! This beginners workshop will teach you the basics of mending your clothes and finding beauty in imperfection. 

Hand sewn repairs:

  • Patching
  • Darning small holes in socks/sweaters
  • Sashiko inspired mending

FREE! Open to the public. Please bring a garment you would like to work on. Fabric swatches will also be available. 

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4:30 PM16:30

Creating Frankenstein! All Female Art Exhibition

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"BEWARE; I am fearless, and therefore powerful.” ― Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, Frankenstein

March is Women's History Month and what better way to wrap up the month than to pay homage to Mary Shelley and her science fiction novel Frankenstein through Frankenstein inspired art. This year is also the 200th anniversary of Frankenstein's release!
So please join us on March 31st, 2018 at Makara Center for the Arts for an evening of art inspired by Frankenstein. You don't want to miss out on this all female art show featuring many local Santa Ana artists! 

Artists include: 

🥀Rosa Celestino
🥀Jamela Gonzalez
🥀Marlene Gutierrez
🥀Rita Leon
🥀Shannon Lynch
🥀Celeste Muñoz
🥀Dianna Najar
🥀Beverly Salas

Art show curated by Rosa Celestino.

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7:00 PM19:00

Free Screening - Prophets of Science Fiction: Mary Shelley

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The 2011-2012 documentary series "Prophets of Science Fiction" from filmmaker Ridley Scott (Alien, Blade Runner) covered the life and work of leading sci-fi authors of the last couple centuries. It depicts how they predicted and influenced the development of scientific advancements, inspiring readers to help transform futuristic visions into everyday reality.

Join us at Makara for a screening of the series' debut episode on "Frankenstein" author Mary Shelley, which explores her inspirations, the novel itself, and their continuing influence on literature, film, science, culture, and more.

Light refreshments available for purchase. 
You are welcome to bring your own food!

Coin metered street parking available on Main Street and side streets

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1:00 PM13:00

California Screamin' - Anthology Release and Horror Writing Panel

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San Diego Horror Writers Association members share stories from their latest fiction anthology and discuss the craft of horror writing.

Copies of the anthology California Screamin' will be available for sale. 

1:00pm - 2:30pm - FREE

Street parking available on Main St and side residential streets. Meters only accept coins.

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6:00 PM18:00

FrankenRead 2018 KICK-OFF!

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Join Makara Center for the Arts & Santa Ana readers in celebrating the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley's iconic novel Frankenstein with science & art programs throughout the year!

FrankenRead Kick-Off Event - Wed. January 17, 2018

 6 p.m - 7:30 p.m

Santa Ana Senior Center

424 W 3rd St, Santa Ana, CA 92701


Presentation, art activity, refreshments, and book giveaways!

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