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Spring 2014

All events are free unless otherwise noted

Chalk Art Exhibit

Chalking for Justice
Delphine Louie Anaya

April working dates: April 15, 16, & 17 5-7:30 pm; April 19 all day. Estimated date of completion May 2

MCC Meeting Room

Concept artist Delphine Louie Anaya will conduct a live exhibit using the MCCs chalk wall as a canvas. A veteran of I Madonnari, Italian street painting festival, Anaya hopes to create an image that embodies the MCCs mission. Everyone is welcome to watch her work (and even contribute to the piece). She will begin working on April 7th and will complete her work in early May. Anaya is a Digital and Visual Arts Teacher at Laguna Blanca School in Santa Barbara. Curated by Lauren O’Brien and Liglin Lopez. Co-sponsored by: the Museum of Art, Design & Architecture and the National Science Foundation: Partnership in International Research and Education in Electron Chemistry and Catalysis at Interfaces

Race Matters Series

Deconstructing Images of African Americans in the Media
Byron Hurt

Tuesday, April 15, 6pm

Discussion/MCC Lounge

Award-winning filmmaker, Byron Hurt, will discuss how he uses film to deconstruct, critique, and raise awareness about the images of African Americans in the media. Hurt will show clips from his films Hip Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes, Barack & Curtis, and Soul Food Junkies to analyze gender and class representations as well as health and wellness as it relates to African Americans.
Co-sponsored by American Cultures & Global Contexts; AntiRacism, Inc.; the Black Student Union; and the Center for Black Studies Research.

Cup of Culture

No Look Pass

Wednesday, April 16, 6pm

Film Screening/MCC Theater

This film follows Emily Tay’s transition into adulthood between her senior year at Harvard into her first year playing professional basketball in Europe. Although Emily is expected to comply with an arranged marriage, she must follow her own Dream, which means moving to Germany and falling in love with a U.S. servicewoman living under Don't Ask Don't Tell. Melissa Johnson, 88 min., English, 2011, USA.

Art Exhibit

Between the Stripes
Doris Bittar

Wednesday, April 9-Friday, June 13

Opening Reception/Conversation with the Artist

Thursday, April 17, 6:30pm

MCC Lounge

Interdisciplinary artist Doris Bittar's paintings, photos, and interactive installations explore the intersection between the decorative arts and history. Marrying seemingly oppositional icons, the paintings probe the concepts of loyalty, identity, nationalism, and power. The installation addresses multiculturalism and heritage, which are continually redefined within the discourse of social anxieties. Bittar has shown in several exhibits in Europe, the Middle East and the United States, and her art is in several public collections. Bittar graduated from the University of California San Diego with a Masters of Fine Arts and participated at the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program. She is a curator, writer, and teaches at California State University, San Marcos.
Co-sponsored by the Center for Middle East Studies and EOP-Middle Eastern Resource Center.

Cup of Culture

Rescue in the Philippines: Refuge from the Holocaust

Wednesday, April 23, 6pm

Film Screening/MCC Theater

Narrated by Liev Schrieber, Rescue in the Philippines is the untold story of how the five Frieder brothers, together with Manuel Quezon (first president of the Philippines), Paul McNutt (US High Commissioner and former governor of Indiana), and ambitious Army Colonel, Dwight Eisenhower, helped 1200 Jews escape the Nazis and immigrate to the Philippines. 3 Roads Communications, 56 min., English, 2013, USA.


Friday, April 25, 8pm

Music Performance/MCC Theater

Terakaft ("caravan" in Tamasheq) is a band that must be seen live! They are the perfect embodiment of all that is wild and free in desert blues today. The perfect mix of two rhythm guitars and the deep tones of the bass will send you on a journey to the deepest heart of the desert, from which you’ll never want to return. The heavy, pulsating heartbeat of the percussion holds everyone together and completes the sound of Terakaft. Tickets $5 UCSB Students and Children under 12/$15 general. Contact the A.S. Ticket Office at 805-893-2064 or buy online at (extra fees apply). Limited Seating. Co-sponsored by KCSB-91.9FM.

Children’s Event

Middle Eastern Drumming and Dance
with Sue Rudnicki

Saturday, April 26, 1pm

Workshop/MCC Lounge

Join us for an exciting afternoon of Middle Eastern drumming and dance! UCSB lecturer Sue Rudnicki will teach children of all ages in this hands-on workshop. In addition to learning how to play the drums, kids will be taught dabke (Middle Eastern line dancing). Sue is widely known and praised for her ability to teach beginners with clarity and infectious enthusiasm! Co-sponsored by the Center for Middle East Studies and UCSB Early Childhood Care & Education Services.

Cup of Culture-Meet the Filmmaker

Queer China, Comrade China
With Director Cui Zi’en

Wednesday, April 30, 6pm

Film Screening/MCC Theater

China’s most prolific homosexual filmmaker presents a historical account of the queer movement in modern China. This film documents the changes and developments in LGBT culture that have taken place in China over the last 80 years and explores the historical milestones and ongoing advocacy efforts of the Chinese LGBT community. The film culminates with the submission of Dr. Li Yinhe’s Same-sex Marriage Bill to the Legislative Affairs Commission of the National People’s Congress in 2003, a major landmark event in the ongoing struggle for acceptance of queer identity in China. Discussion with Director Cui Zi’en will follow the screening. Cui Zi’en, 60 min., Mandarin with English subtitles, 2009, China. Co-sponsored by the Department of East Asian Languages & Cultures; the Department of Feminist Studies; the Department of Film and Media Studies; the East Asia Center-ISBER; The Mellichamp Fund; the National Science Foundation: Partnership in International Research and Education in Electron Chemistry and Catalysis at Interfaces; and the Resource Center for Sexual & Gender Diversity.

Roger Guenveur Smith’s Rodney King

Thursday, May 1, 7pm

Performance/MCC Theater

History, poetry and tragedy collide when Obie Award-winning actor, writer, and director Roger Guenveur Smith tackles the thorny odyssey of Rodney King—deemed "the first reality TV star"—from the harsh initial glare of the national spotlight as the victim of police brutality to his involuntary martyrdom that ignited the L.A. riots to his lonely death at the bottom of a swimming pool. Smith's solo performance seamlessly fuses facts and friction, motion and emotion into a gripping narrative that poses impossible questions while illuminating his subject with grace and empathy. Co-sponsored by American Cultures & Global Contexts; AntiRacism, Inc.; the Black Student Union; and Hemispheric South/s Research Initiative.

Arthur Adams

Friday, May 2, 8pm

Music Performance/MCC Theater

Known as "Mr. Rhythm of the Blues," Arthur Adams returns this spring to deliver an energetic and soulful performance of blues music. Born in Tennessee, Adams has performed throughout the US, recording with such talents as B.B. King, Quincy Jones, James Brown, James Taylor, and Bonnie Raitt. Tickets $5 UCSB Students and Children under 12/$15 general. Contact the A.S. Ticket Office at 805-893-2064 or buy online at (extra fees apply). Limited Seating. Co-sponsored by the Santa Barbara Blues Society

Diversity Lecture

My Brother’s Keeper? The Intracommunal Practice of Love and the Redefinition of Diversity
Felice Blake

Tuesday, May 6, 5pm

Lecture/MCC Theater

There is a limited range of ideas and actions in our current definition of diversity. If the vision of diversity attempted to include people of color in the institutions that excluded them historically, such inclusion did not (and perhaps never intended to) dismantle the structure of racial power in the U.S. Nonetheless, we live in a moment of social and political unraveling in which we witness, disavow, or simply live with unearned advantage or undeserved suffering. We need to reconfigure the work and politics of diversity. Our ideas about, and our practices, and commitments to diversity need to ask and answer the questions that are valuable to communities of color. These questions are formed, debated, and answered in struggle. Paying attention to intracommunal practices of revolutionary love, care, and support enable us to seek new meanings and values of diversity based on the collective consciousness towards social justice that these very communities envision. Felice Blake is Assistant Professor in the Department of English and Director of American Cultures & Global Contexts at UCSB. Co-sponsored by American Cultures & Global Contexts; AntiRacism, Inc.; the Office of the Associate Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity and Academic Policy; and the Office of Equal Opportuniry & Sexual Harrassment/Title IX Compliance.

Cup of Culture-Fun at the MCC

Good Hair

Wednesday, May 7, 6pm

Film Screening/MCC Theater

An exposé of comic proportions that only Chris Rock could pull off, this film visits beauty salons, hairstyling battles, scientific laboratories, and Indian temples to explore the way hairstyles impact the activities, pocketbooks, sexual relationships, and self-esteem of the black community. Hair care professionals, beauty shop patrons, as well as celebrities including Ice-T, Dr. Maya Angelou, Eve and Reverend Al Sharpton all candidly offer their stories and observations to Rock. Co-sponsored by the Black Student Union and the Center for Black Studies Research. Jeff Stilson, 95 min., English, USA.


An Evening of Spoken Word

Thursday, May 8, 7:30pm

Open Mic/Coffee Collaborative-6560 Pardall Rd., Isla Vista

Nationally acclaimed spoken word poet Yosimar Reyes will join us for an evening of powerful and moving poetry based on issues facing queer immigrant youth. The event will be hosted by Reyes and is an open mic for anyone to artistically express themselves while educating others on current issues. Be prepared to come up on stage and share your talents in this safe space for a night of "edutainment."

Race Matters Series

South Asian Youth Activism: Resisting Racism Through Fusion Music
Falu Bakrania

Tuesday, May 13, 6pm

Discussion/MCC Lounge

South Asian youth have long resisted racism through various forms of fusion music, including bhangra and Asian Underground. In this talk, Bakrania will trace the history of this resistance, examining music by a range of artists as well as the club-going practices of fans. She will also interrogate this history, illuminating entrenched forms of sexism and classism. Her goal is to broaden our understanding of resistance in youth culture and therefore of pathways to social justice. Falu Bakrania is Associate Professor of Race and Resistance Studies in the College of Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University. Books will be sold following the presentation. Falu Bakrania is the author of Bhangra and Asian Underground: South Asian Music and Politics of Belonging in Britain and is Associate Professor of Race and Resistance Studies in the College of Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University. Co-sponsored by the Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Music

Cup of Culture-Fun at the MCC

Just Like Us

Wednesday, May 14, 6pm

Film Screening/MCC Theater

Through a celebration of culture and comedy, this film uproots the widely held misconception that Arabs have no sense of humor - when in fact they are just like us. Featuring Egyptian American comedian Ahmed Ahmed, this film reintroduces socially relevant issues to the world in an effort to build cultural bridges in this age of greater tolerance, understanding, and acceptance. Ahmed Ahmed, 72 min., English & Arabic with English subtitles, 2010, USA.
Co-sponsored by the Center for Middle East Studies; the Education Abroad Program; and EOP-Middle Eastern Resource Center.

¡Gay Tino!
Dan Guerrero

Thursday, May 15, 8pm

Performance/MCC Theater

¡GAYTINO! is a remarkable life journey from 1950s East LA to New York’s Great White Way in the 60s and 70s and back to Hollywood. A gay Chicano moves from the back of the bus to the front of American pop culture in this autobiographical play with music. The solo piece is driven by Dan’s lifelong friendship with the late Chicano artist Carlos Almaraz and by Dan’s father, Chicano music legend, Lalo Guerrero. The 90-minute performance travels through decades of Mexican American history and the gay experience from a unique and personal perspective. Touching, provocative, hilarious and absolutely one-of-a-kind, Dan Guerrero brings his two fascinating worlds together in a riveting solo show. Co-sponsored by the UCSB Library, California Ethnic & Multicultural Archives (CEMA), Special Collections; the Chicano Studies Institute; the Department of Chicano Studies; the Department of Theater and Dance; El Congreso; La Familia de Colores; the Office of the Associate Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity and Academic Policy; the Office of Equal Opportunity and Sexual Harassment/Title IX Compliance; the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor; and the Resource Center for Sexual & Gender Diversity.

An Evening of Flamenco Music and Dance
With Briseyda Zárate Flamenco Company

Friday, May 16, 8 pm

Music & Dance Performance/MCC Theater

Briseyda Zárate Flamenco Company delivers an exciting and emotive rendition of the art of flamenco true to its roots and essence. Comprised of renowned artists (including Jesus Montoya, Gabriela Osuna, and Gerardo Morales), this world-class company takes their audiences on an exhilarating journey straight into the heart and soul of flamenco using the flamenco toque (guitar), cajon (percussion), cante (song), palmas (hand clapping), and baile (dance). Tickets $5 UCSB Students and Children under 12/$15 general. Contact the A.S. Ticket Office at 805-893-2064 or buy online at (extra fees apply). Limited Seating. Co-sponsored by the Education Abroad Program and the Flamenco Arts Festival.

Race Matters Series

Caged Birds: The Rebirth of Mexican Incarceration in the United States
Kelly Lytle Hernandez

Tuesday, May 20, 6pm

Discussion/MCC Lounge

Statistics show that Blacks and Latinos comprise just over one half of the nation’s prison population. In California, Black and Brown men, mostly Mexicans and Mexican Americans, make up roughly 70% of the prison population. Thus, when scholars and activists discuss the story of race and mass incarceration in the United States today we often do so in terms of "Black and Brown." Historically speaking, however, we know relatively little about the rise of Mexican incarceration in the United States. Beginning in the years after the U.S.-Mexico War (1846-1848), when the project of conquest unfolded in the new Anglo-American West, white settlers pushed toward the Pacific Ocean. In pursuit of land and labor, they criminalized and incarcerated both indigenous persons and Mexicans living in the region. But this chapter of race and imprisonment came to a close as conquest seemed assured by the 1880s. It was not until the 1920s and 1930s when Mexican incarceration swelled again in the American West. Why and how Mexican incarceration was reborn during the 1920s and 1930s is the subject of "Caged Birds: The Rebirth of Mexican Incarceration." By tracking the carceral history that hangs between the days of conquest and the precipice of our present, "Caged Birds" illuminates one of the roads by which we arrived at "black and brown" imprisonment today. Professor Kelly Lytle Hernandez is associate professor of history at UCLA and director of the UCLA Public History Initiative. Co-sponsored by American Cultures & Global Contexts; AntiRacism, Inc.; and the Center for Black Studies Research.

Cup of Culture-Meet the Filmmaker

TransVisible: Bamby Salcedo’s Story

Wednesday, May 21, 6pm

Film Screening/MCC Theater

Turning her daunting personal challenges and barriers into the very basis of her activism, this film follows renowned Los Angeles-based Trans Latina Activist and leader Bamby Salcedo’s unlikely and transcendent rise into becoming the effective social advocate and role model that she is today. Her work is shown giving voice and visibility to not only the Transgender community, but also to the multiple, overlapping communities her life has touched (Latina, immigrant, HIV+, youth, and LGBT communities). Discussion with Dante Alencastre and Bamby Salcedo following the screening. Dante Alencastre, 60 min., English, 2013, USA. Co-sponsored by A.S. Finance Board; the Department of Chican@ Studies; the Department of Feminist Studies; Humyn Rights Board; La Familia de Colores; the Lambda Beta International Fraternity; Queer Commission; the Resource Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity; Sigma Alpha Zeta; Student Commission on Racial Equality; Take Back the Night; the Vice Chancellor Grant; and Womyn’s Commission.

The UCSB MultiCultural Center in Santa Barbara

An Evening of Spoken Word with Ryan Yamamoto

Thursday, May 22, 7:30 pm

Performance/Muddy Waters Café- 508 E. Haley St., Santa Barbara

The MCC is excited to feature spoken word artist, Ryan Yamamoto in our quarterly MCC in Santa Barbara poetry series. Ryan draws on daily observations and his mixed-race heritage to weave together poems that are empowering and heartfelt. The young poet has opened for a number of internationally acclaimed artists such as Rudy Francisco, Mayda Del Valle, and Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai and has performed at the Mixed Roots & Literacy Festival, Lab Art LA, and SoHo.

Cup of Culture

Narco Cultura
With Introduction by Steven Osuna

Wednesday, May 28, 6pm

Film Screening/MCC Theater

Narco-traffickers have become iconic outlaws, glorified by musicians who praise their new models of fame and success. They represent a pathway out of the ghetto, nurturing a new American dream fueled by an addiction to money, drugs, and violence. This is an explosive look at the drug cartels’ pop culture influence on both sides of the border as experienced by an LA narcocorrido singer dreaming of stardom and a Juarez crime scene investigator on the front line of Mexico’s Drug War. UCSB PhD candidate, Steven Osuna, will share his research on this new subculture and will introduce the film. Shaul Schwarz, 102 min., English & Spanish with English subtitles, 2013, USA/Mexico.

Photo Credits:

Byron Hurt: Christine Jean Chambers

Yosimar Reyes: Jean Melasaine; Steven Pavey

GayTino!: Luther Orrick Guzman

Briseyda Zarate Flamenco: Sari Makki-Phillips

Rodney King: Patti McGuire

Ryan Yamamoto: Ahjaleah Price

Arthur Adams: Andrea Lucero