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Fall 2014

All events are free unless otherwise noted

Discovery Days

MCC Annual Kickoff!

Monday, September 29, 7:30 pm

Music Performance/MCC Courtyard

Join the MultiCultural Center for our Annual Kickoff party! Voted Austin’s best world music band for the past six years, Atash (“fire” in Farsi), combines master musicians from around the globe to create a powerful, worldly original sound that inspires people of all ages and from all walks of life to dance and commune in a celebration of life!

Art Exhibit

Arte Intimo, Arte Público: Spirit, Vision and Form | The Art of Judy Baca

Wednesday, October 8—Friday, December 19

MCC Lounge

Judy Baca is a world-renowned painter and muralist, community arts pioneer, scholar and educator. Currently a professor of Chicano/a Studies and World Arts and Cultures at UCLA, she was the founder of the first City of Los Angeles Mural Program in 1974, which evolved into a community arts organization known as the Social and Public Art Resource Center (SPARC). Baca’s murals and public artworks reflect the lives and concerns of populations that have been historically disenfranchised, including women, the working poor, youth, the elderly and immigrant communities. She is one of the most remarkable public artists for social transformation in modern American history. Co-sponsored by UCSB Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies; Office of the Associate Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity and Academic Policy; Office of Equal Opportunity & Sexual Harassment/Title IX Compliance; UCSB Chicano Studies Institute

Cup of Culture

Forbidden Voices: How to Start a Revolution with a Computer

Wednesday, October 8, 6 pm

Film Screening/MCC Theater

Their voices are suppressed, prohibited and censored. But world-famous bloggers Yoani Sánchez, Zeng Jinyan and Farnaz Seifi are unafraid of their dictatorial regimes. This award-winning film accompanies these brave women on their perilous journeys in Cuba, China and Iran while their blogs shake the foundations of the state information monopoly, putting their lives at great risk Barbara Miller, 96 min., English, 2012, Switzerland.

Religious Literacy Series: Buddhism ABC’s

Thursday, October 9, 6pm

Panel Discussion / MCC Theater

The first installment of a religious literacy series aiming to demystify underrepresented religions and people of faith by providing facilitated discussions on the basic tenets of several religions. This panel will provide an analysis of Buddhism in a political context while also debunking popular myths that are associated with it. Panelists include UCSB professors of Religious Studies Kathleen Moore (Chair) and Vesna Wallace. Co-sponsored by UCSB Department of Religious Studies; URC Interfaith Fund

Race Matters Series

The Challenges of Mass Violence in a Culture of Colorblindness and Post-Feminism: Learning from the I.V. Tragedy

Tuesday, October 14, 6 pm

Panel Discussion/MCC Theater

Xenophobia and misogyny are deeply connected. Recent events in our collective history urge us to understand the relationship between sexism, homophobia, and racism, and to organize against them. This forum seeks to learn from the experiences and analyses of those activists and agents (local and historical) who have offered us ways of examining the exercise of unearned suffering frequented on vulnerable communities, and have provided us with invaluable resources for challenging the exercise of power. Shifting our attentions to developing insights about, awareness of, and strategies against racist and sexist domination create for us spaces of healing, hope, and transformation. Panel discussion facilitated by Felice Blake, UCSB assistant professor of English. Co-sponsored by Antiracism Inc.

Cup of Culture

Up Heartbreak Hill

Wednesday, October 15, 6 pm

Film Screening/MCC Theater

For Thomas Martinez, a statewide high school cross-country and track star, and Tamara Hardy, an academic as well as athletic star, growing up on the Navajo reservation in New Mexico has heightened the tensions inherent to high school graduation, in ways particular to Native American history and contemporary reservation life. This film chronicles one fateful year in the lives of two talented kids who must figure out not only how to become young adults, but what it means to be both Native and modern. Erica Scharf, 60 min., English, 2012, USA. Co-sponsored by El Congreso

Diversity Lecture

Arte Intimo, Arte Público: Spirit, Vision and Form | The Art of Judy Baca

Thursday, October 16, 5 pm

Lecture/MCC Theater

Distinguished UCLA professor Judy Baca offers an intimate look into a universe of visual discourse through artworks that have maintained a historic and contextual dialogue with her monumental mural projects for over thirty-five years. Judy Baca is professor of Chicano/a Studies and World Arts and Cultures at UCLA. She is the co-founder and artistic director of the Social and Public Art Resource Center (SPARC), a community arts center in Venice, CA.

“I want to produce artwork that has meaning beyond simple decorative values. I hope to use public space to create public voice, and consciousness about the presence of people who are often the majority of the population but who may not be represented in any visual way. By telling their stories we are giving voice to the voiceless and visualizing the whole of the American story while creating sites of public memory.” Judy Baca Co-sponsored by Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies; Office of the Associate Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity and Academic Policy; Office of Equal Opportunity & Sexual Harassment/Title IX Compliance; Chicano Studies Institute

SALAR SYSTEM featuring "The Sounds and Rhythms of Afghanistan”

Saturday, October 18, 8 pm

Music Performance/MCC Theater

Salar System will take you on a sonic voyage through the ancient traditions of Afghanistan. You are invited to join the celebration of the Mystical, Mahali, Sufi, Kabuli Classical, and Folk traditions that have been forgotten in modern times. SALAR NADER- Tabla, dhol, percussion; AJMAL SUBAT- Vocals and harmonium; QAIS ESSAR- Rubab and dilruba. 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 UCSB Ethnomusicology Program; India Association of Santa Barbara

Cup of Culture

Band Baaja Baaraat (Bands Horns and Revelry)

Wednesday, October 22, 6 pm

Film Screening/MCC Theater

Starring Ranveer Singh and Anushka Sharma, this film is a love story of two wedding planners in Delhi, Shruti and Bittoo. While Shruti is a savvy business oriented girl who aspires to become the best wedding planner in India, Bitoo is the happy-go-lucky character who takes life as it comes. Despite their contrasting personalities, when both of them set up their own wedding planning company, the plot moves through entertaining twists and turns. The film is replete with colorful dances that showcase the lavishness, celebration, and enjoyment in Indian weddings. Maneesh Sharma, 140 min., Hindi with English subtitles, 2010, USA. Co-sponsored by India Association; UCSB Art, Design & Architecture Museum; Film and Media Studies Department

The UCSB MultiCultural Center in Santa Barbara

Liberation Shows Up!: Ableism & Disability Justice

Thursday, October 23, 2-4 pm

MCC Lounge

This workshop dares us to understand and adore our whole selves. Being Disabled, Sick, Chronically Ill, Deaf, and/or being Brilliant/Crazy are often understood as flaws. Participants will discuss avenues of critical intersections as brown, poor, trans, immigrant, disabled, other. Everyone is encouraged to participate, but priority will be offered to those who live with SDQ (Sick & Disabled Queer/Transgender Indigenous or People of Color) experiences. Participants are asked to please bring their journals and/or writing materials.

The UCSB MultiCultural Center in Santa Barbara

Love & Ruckus: A Night Of Trans & Disabled Performance By Acclaimed Activist & Poet Kay Ulanday Barrett

Thursday, October 23, 7:30 pm

Coffee Cat - 1201 Anacapa St, Santa Barbara

A Campus PRIDE hot list artist, Kay Ulanday Barrett is a spoken word performer, poet, and educator. Kay connects life as a pilipin@/pin@y-amerikan transgender queer navigating struggle, resistance, and laughter in the U.S. Currently based in New York, with roots in Chicago, Kay’s work is the perfect mix of gritty city flex and Midwest open sky in homeland soil. Co-sponsored by Resource Center for Sexual & Gender Diversity

“Hello World!” Isla Vista Concert

Saturday, October 25, 7 pm

FREE Music Performance/ Anisq'Oyo' Park in Isla Vista (I.V. Theater in case of rain)

Join the MCC and KCSB – FM in welcoming students back for the fall with an exciting evening of outdoor performances by Chicano Batman, Los Macuanos, and mexico68! Uniquely crafting a modern take on Latin music with a conscious political message, Chicano Batman’s sound features a mix of funk, R&B, Latin soul, bossa nova, psychedelia and pop. mexico68 Afrobeat Orchestra, is a thirteen-piece afrobeat band based out of Los Angeles, California’s Eastside. Heavily influenced by the polyrhythmic sounds of Nigerian Recording Artist, Fela Anikulapo Kuti and Africa 70, mexico68 juxtaposes Chicano funk with the body-moving and illuminating vibes of afrobeat. Los Macuanos' productions echo the hedonism of Tijuana's lost rave scene, with other influences ranging from minimal techno and bass music, to more experimental styles like glitch, noise and no wave. You do not want to miss this! Co-sponsored by KCSB - FM

Race Matters Series

Crack in Los Angeles: Policing the Crisis and the War on Drugs
Donna Murch

Tuesday, October 28, 6 pm

Discussion/MCC Lounge

This talk will explore the racial politics of the War on Drugs in Los Angeles, and reflect on how the state mobilized the "crack crisis" to justify new and profoundly militarized forms of correctional control. Special attention will be given to the politics of racial backlash and the effects of the War on Drugs on communities of color in L.A. Dr. Murch is associate professor of History at Rutgers University and currently a Bunche Center Visiting Scholar at UCLA. Co-sponsored by UCSB Department of Chicana/o Studies

Cup of Culture


Wednesday, October 29, 6 pm

Film Screening/MCC Theater

An entire country watched transfixed as a poised African-American woman in a blue dress sat before a Senate committee of 14 white men and with a clear, unwavering voice recounted the repeated acts of sexual harassment she had endured while working with U.S. Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas. Against a backdrop of sex, politics, and race, Anita Hill courageously speaks openly and intimately for the first time about her experiences that led her to testify before the Senate and the obstacles she faced in simply telling the truth. She also candidly discusses what happened to her life and work in the 22 years since. Freida Mock, 77 min., English, 2014, USA. Co-sponsored by UCSB Center for Black Studies Research

Cup of Culture

The Last Song Before the War

Wednesday, November 5, 6 pm

Film Screening/MCC Theater

The Last Song Before the War captures the inspiring rise and uncertain future of Mali’s annual Festival in the Desert. Against the backdrop of stunning musical performances, the film subtly reveals the challenges and triumphs of creating an artistic event in dire economic and political circumstances. In 2012, the Festival in the Desert came to a halt when separatist rebels and Islamic militants seized control of Northern Mali. This award-winning documentary chronicles the 2011 Festival,—arguably the last edition that still captured its original goals—a global display of peace, reconciliation, and the healing power of music. Kiley Kraskouskas, 74 min., French with English subtitles, 2013, USA, Mali.

The Story of Salsa

Thursday, November 6

Panel Discussion 6-7:30 pm/ MCC Theater

An all-star panel discussion on the origin, cultural meaning, and current global boom of salsa music, hosted by UCSB professor of sociology William I. Robinson and featuring: in person, salsa legend Angel Lebron, the New York-based Puerto Rican salsa superstar; UCI social sciences professor and former Smithsonian Institute curator of Latin Jazz Raul Fernandez; and ethnomusicologist and curator of the Smithsonian traveling exhibit American Sabor: Latinos in US Popular Music, Marisol Berrios Miranda Co-sponsored by UCSB Sociology Department

The Story of Salsa

Thursday, November 6

An Evening of Salsa Dancing with live band, Angel Lebron y su Sabor Latino: 8 pm-1 am/ The Hub

Legendary salsa musician and his amazing 12-piece band will bring to life the sounds of the Caribbean and New York City's Latino barrios in this unforgettable evening of Latin song and dance. Lebron has played with some of the greatest names in Afro-Caribbean music, among them mambo king Machito, Johnny and Tito Rodriguez, Eddie Palmiere, Willy Colon, and La India. The dance and concert will feature performances by two of Southern California’s most popular dance troupes, Diana Tere and Sensual Emotion, and Oswaldo y Sabor Latino. Free salsa lessons prior to live band by Santa Barbara’s own Hector Sanchez. Tickets $5 UCSB Students/$10 general. Contact the A.S. Ticket Office at 805-893-2064 or buy online at (extra fees apply).


Opening Night of OUTRAGEOUS, Santa Barbara’s LGBTQ Film Festival

Thursday, November 6, 8:30 pm

Film Screening/MCC Theater

Screening of film Drunktown's Finest. Through a trio of interwoven narratives, including a transgender beauty queen, a reluctant father-to-be and an adopted college student struggle to balance traditional culture with the assimilationist ideals of contemporary America., The trio work out their destinies with stubborn grace and authenticity.
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Directed by Sydney Freeland / 2013, USA, 93 min. English and Navajo with English subtitles. Co-sponsored by Sponsored by the UCSB Multicultural Center. Preceded by trailers of movies from the 23rd Outrageous Film Festival.

Cup of Culture


Wednesday, November 12, 6 pm

Film Screening/MCC Theater

In 2011, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas outed himself as an undocumented immigrant in an essay published in the New York Times Magazine. Documented chronicles his journey to America from the Philippines as a child; his journey through America as an immigration reform activist; and his journey inward as he re-connects with his mother, whom he hasn't seen in person in over 20 years. Jose Antonio Vargas, Ann Raffaela Lupo, 89 min., English, Tagalog, and Spanish, 2013, USA, Philippines. Co-sponsored by UCSB Undocumented Student Services

MCC in I.V.

An Evening of Self Expression

Thursday, November 13, 7:30 pm

Open Mic/Crushcakes- 6533 Trigo Rd., Isla Vista

Calling all conscious artists to the stage! The MCC is creating an open mic for anyone to artistically express themselves while educating others on current issues affecting students of color, women, differently abled people, queers, and allies. Come, enjoy and share talents in this safe space for a night of “edutainment.”

A Journey Through Brazil and Haiti with Alafia Dance Ensemble

Friday, November 14, 8 pm

Music Performance/MCC Theater

Alafia Dance Ensemble (ADE) delivers a powerful program of music and dance from Brazil and Haiti, showcasing the rich culture and deep African roots of both traditions. Live percussion and capturing vocals accompany the vibrant choreographies portraying the realm of the Orishas and beyond. 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 UCSB Center for Black Studies Research

Children’s Event

The Tree & The Donkey Who Loved to Sing AKA “El Árbol"
with Cascada de Flores

Saturday, November 15, 1 pm

Performance/MCC Theater

Children of all ages and their families are invited to sing, dance and play with Cascada de Flores in this bilingual, participatory program telling the story of traditional music and dance inspired by the trio's journey to Veracruz, Mexico. The stories explode with rhyme, poly-rhythms, musical instruments and sweet characters -- you might meet the donkey and its jawbone, the abuelito and the vulture, the marimbol, the dance box, and the little "mosquito" guitar. Co-sponsored by UCSB Children’s Center

Race Matters Series

Queer of Color Critique and the Failures of Citizenship
Chandan Reddy

Monday, November 17, 6 pm

Discussion/MCC Lounge

In this talk, Chandan Reddy argues for viewing U.S. gay and lesbian politics, such as the movement for gay marriage, as expressing a key tension within contemporary neoliberalism, namely the dual movements to develop more elaborate forms of social recognition through the expansion of rights while restructuring and restricting the role of the political state. Reddy argues that queer of color social practices constitute alternatives to the diminishing horizon of democracy created by this historical moment, not as appeals to the political sphere but as examples of new understandings of violence and publicity. Dr. Reddy is associate professor of English at the University of Washington. Co-sponsored by UCSB Center for New Racial Studies

Cup of Culture

In the Name of the Family Honor Killings in North America

Wednesday, November 19, 6 pm

Film Screening/MCC Theater

Schoolgirl Aqsa Parvez, sisters Amina and Sarah Said, and college student Fauzia Muhammad were all North American teenagers—and victims of premeditated, murderous attacks by male family members. Only Muhammad survived. Emmy® winner Shelley Saywell examines each case in depth in this riveting investigation of "honor killings" of girls in Muslim immigrant families. With consummate documentary skills and a passion for human rights, Saywell puts a much needed human face on a subject that is all too often silenced or sensationalized in post-9/11 North America. Shelley Saywell, 60 min., English, 2010, Canada.

Cup of Culture

Reflections Unheard: Black Women in Civil Rights

Wednesday, December 3, 6 pm

Film Screening/MCC Theater

Where do black women activists fit into the epochal struggles for equality and liberation during the 1960s and 70s? Through archival footage and in-depth interviews with former members of the Black Panther Party, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and other organizations, this documentary unearths the story of black women’s political marginalization—between the male-dominated Black Power movement and second wave feminism, which was largely white and middle class—showing how each failed to recognize black women’s overlapping racial and gender identities. Nevline Nnaji, 81 min., English, 2013, USA. Co-sponsored by UCSB Sociology Department