Thanks to multidisciplinary artists such as Tiffany "Hanan" Madera, belly dancing has become an unusually effective element in the city's bohemian culture, appearing in everything from spoken-word events to electro concerts and dance clubs. Madera creates her acclaimed projects, which range from her performance piece Habibi Remix to a Latin hip-hop film festival in March 2004, with money from a variety of sources, including grants and occasional benefits. Far from a dry wine-and-cheese affair, however, her latest fundraising bash should qualify as a great yet intimate party, with music from DJ Mr. Cisum, performances by Takada West African Drum Ensemble and the Deadly Venom Crew, a poetry slam, screenings of the films American Bellydancer and Cubamor, and more extroverted behavior than a classic episode of Saturday Night Live.
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