The Great Morgani, fantasy, myth, or legend? Frank Lima, aka The Great Morgani has been a Santa Cruz performance art fixture for the past 25 years. He will be turning 79 this year. The Great Morgani sports more than 150 costumes and has played at least 42 accordions, which Frank Lima has designed and played as well. Morgani can be seen on most weekends outside the Rittenhouse building on Pacific Avenue in downtown Santa Cruz. The Great Morgani says he eschews politics, but his alter ego Frank Lima has always been knee deep in the controversies and social chronicles that still make Surf City an interesting nook along the California coast. Join us for a wide-ranging conversation about the art of the possible, “The Great Morgani Reflects on Santa Cruz History.”
In the second half of the show, we will delve into the political, social and spiritual entrepreneurship of one Timm Mayo. Mayo is a proud native Black American whose personal travels, passions, and business opportunities have taken him to Brazil, Nigeria, Mexico and the Caribbean. Mayo is a “legacy-decendent” of the Greenwood section of Tulsa, Oklahoma, the Black Wall Street of it’s time. Greenwood was razed by white racists in late May of 1921. It was a shocking and egregious act of enormous hate, which is only now becoming known to a wider audience of Americans. Mayo was raised in Berkeley and received his MBA from the Kelley School of Business at the University of Indiana. Now living and working in California’s Central Valley, he once owned the Green Station on Ocean Street in Santa Cruz. For many years he sold bio-diesel and promoted green energy alternatives from that corner. In the time he spent here he has seen the racist and non-racist sides of this community. Come and take a listen to Timm Mayo’s reflections and meditations on a show we’ve titled: “Black Meets White, Where the Surf Meets Some Rocky Turf.”
That’s on Talk of the Bay this Tuesday at 5pm with your host Chris Krohn of the Santa Cruz Political Report.