On Wednesday October 17, the Myth Salon will feature Amanda Yates Garcia, whom I know many have been looking forward to her Myth Salon night with much anticipation. In anticipation of the Autumnal Equinox (Saturday, September 22), Amanda’s presentation is entitled “Allies & Initiations: Introductory Practices of the Art Witch.” In witchcraft, she reminds us, there are no spectators. All witches are participants. At Allies & Initiations, art witch Amanda Yates Garcia invites you to participate in a hybrid salon – part workshop, part lecture, part ceremony, part spell – to conjure your artistic allies and initiate yourself into the cult of the art witch. Using the power of the imagination, participants will travel into the liminal territories where the subjects of art, magic, healing, witchcraft, feminism, power, authority, imagination and care dance in a circle of evocation.
Amanda Yates Garcia is an artist, writer, witch, healer and the Oracle of Los Angeles. Recent performance rituals include Capitalism Exorcism at Human Resources and Devouring Patriarchy at the Women’s Center for Creative Work. Her work has also been featured at the Getty Villa, Side Street Projects, the Hammer Museum, REDCAT, Public Fiction, ESMOA, Highways Performance Space, San Diego Art Institute, and the Laband and Ben Maltz galleries among others. Yates Garcia hosted the Oracle Hour for three years on KCHUNG radio; teaches the Magical Praxis monthly mystery school; has lectured on witchcraft at UCLA, Cal State Pomona, and UC Irvine; and performs private rites of healing and empowerment at her magical studio in West Adams. Her writing has been featured in publications such as CARLA, Black Clock, the Rough Magick anthology, Entropy, Synema Publikationen, and WITCH. Her book, Initiated: The Wayward Girl’s Guide to Becoming a Witch, will be released in 2019, published by Grand Central Books.