“Capitalism will fall, then we will have a ball,” striking teachers chanted in Oakland earlier this year. The slogan inspired local artists to envision what such a celebration would be like, so organizer Martabel Wasserman and friends are holding their own Post-Capitalism Ball. Saluting “the queer spirit of turning melancholy and mourning into fantastical resistance and reimaginings of the world,” the ball is described as a kind of “post-apocalyptic performance-art fashion show” that includes speculative readings and performances by local writers and artists. A highlight will be Xiaowei Wang’s Land + Sea nail salon, which is intended to evoke “the intimate, confessional qualities of a nail salon to facilitate grounded conversations about climate change in a safe space.”

Pieter Performance Space, 420 W. Avenue 33, Lincoln Heights; Sun., Sept. 22, 7-10 p.m. (747) 888-2728, facebook.com/events/472952166892072. 

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