The official title of Sunday's show at Golden West College is Bands and Bellies VIII.
To a scorekeeper, though, it's more like Bands and Bellies 1, Community 7.
Over the last two years, producers Alec C. Marken and Sarah "al Nour" Baxter have hosted seven Bands and Bellies shows, which bring together musicians, dancers and other artists. Of those shows, only one was a for-profit endeavor. The rest of the time, Marken and Baxter have diverted all of their net proceeds to nonprofits or charitable causes.
Sunday at Golden West, that will be the case again. The profits from Bands and Bellies VIII will go to Living Ubuntu, a Newport Beach-based nonprofit that offers trauma-prevention workshops and raises awareness about humanitarian crises around the world.
"I've always taken an interest in mixing activism and art," said Marken, who teaches swing and ballroom dancing for a living.
The lineup for Sunday's show includes two bands — Deep Stirrings, a folk-rock ensemble led by Baxter and Marken, and the alternative punk group the Channeling — along with solo acoustic rocker Shafi Rajput, seven belly-dancing acts and one hoop-dancing act. The event also includes face-painting, body art, vendor booths and vegetarian food.