Spring 2009

  • Apr 07 Tue

    It Was All of Us: Dr. Shirley Kennedy, The Life of an Activist

    • Dr. Shirley Kennedy
    4:00 PM - 5:00 PM


    For more than 30 years, Dr. Shirley Kennedy worked tirelessly to support Santa Barbara’s African-American community, increase diversity in the arts, and create closer connections between UCSB and the community. This documentary tells the story of an extraordinary life of dedicated service and great impact, as a way of honoring the struggles of the past and inspiring the activism of the future. Anita David and Frederick Backman, 60 min, English, 2009, USA.

  • Apr 08 Wed

    The Laramie Project

    • The Laramie Project
    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM


    Based on a theater play by Moisés Kaufman, The Laramie Project illustrates the aftermath of the 1998 murder of gay youth Matthew Shepard in Laramie, Wyoming. It follows the chronology of Shepherd's visit to a local bar, his kidnap and beating, the discovery of him tied to a fence, the vigil at the hospital, his death and funeral, and the trial of his killers. Moisés Kaufman, 97 min, English, 2002, USA.

  • Apr 09 Thu

    I AM: The Story of Us

    5:00 PM - 6:00 PM



    This quarter’s student art exhibit, I AM, asks students to answer the question, How do you identify? Combining elements of photography, prose, and poetry, MCC student users tell stories of there personal and collective identity.

  • Apr 10 Fri


    • SOARSloganheadup1
    7:00 PM - 8:00 PM


    SOARS is an inspiring performance about one woman’s journey to reclaim her body, sexuality, spirituality, and self esteem after being sexual assaulted in college. Performed by a diverse cast of women, and featuring photographs taken by her sister during the recovery process, SOARS uses modern dance, spoken-word, and music to educate the public about sexual violence, and to ease the shame, guilt, and self blame that rape survivors too often feel.

  • Apr 15 Wed

    The Gift of Diabetes

    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM


    After Brion Whitford was diagnosed with diabetes, he felt that Western medicine wasn't helping with his symptoms, and was reinforcing his feelings of inadequacy, hopelessness, and despair. By going back to his Native American healing traditions, Brion regained his health, and, in the process, rediscovered his cultural identity. This moving documentary explores how cultural identity shapes and reshapes us, and how we can redefine medicine by taking control of our own healing process. Brion Whitford, 58 minutes, English, 2005, Canada.

  • Apr 16 Thu

    Justus- Communicating More With Less: Addressing Today's Social Issues Through Comic Art

    6:30 PM - 7:30 PM


    Reginald Butler will introduce and analyze his comic strip- Justus. Justus is a comic that views the unjust world in a comical and subtle, yet in your face, way. This workshop delves into how to communicate racial and social concerns with the artful tool of "less is more". There will be open and in-depth discussions as well as a "Make Your Own Comic" segment.

  • Apr 18 Sat

    Richárd Bernard's OY!Stars

    • Richard Bernard
    8:00 PM - 9:00 PM


    It's Eastern but Western- It laughs while it weeps. It's KLEZMER, the lively Yiddish jazz with an upbeat tempo and inherent humor. One of the nation's premiere Klezmer bands, Richárd Bernard's OY!Stars perform authentic Yiddish turn-of-the-century dance music and hits from the Golden Era of New York's Second Avenue Yiddish Theatre. Tickets $5 students / $15 general. Contact the A.S. Ticket Office at 805-893-2064.

  • Apr 22 Wed

    Hijos de la Guerra

    • Hijos de la Guerra
    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM


    Hijos de la Guerra ("Children of War") is a multi-award feature-length documentary film about the world’s largest street gang: the Mara Salvatrucha, also known as MS-13. It addresses the circumstances (i.e. civil war, transnational migration, social exclusion) that have fueled the rise of this street gang as well as individual motivations behind gang membership. Alexandre Fuchs, Samantha Belmont, 90 min, Spanish/English, 2007, USA.

  • Apr 23 Thu

    Poetronigirl Performs Live

    • Poetronigirl Performs Live
    8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    MCC in I.V.


    Roni Walter aka poetronigirl has been a trailblazer in the spoken word industry for the past twelve years. She is the founder of "poetronigirl Gear" and "roni'z Bakstreeet Poetri." She has performed in countless venues to standing room only crowds. Join us in I.V. for a live performance and open mic hosted by poetronigirl. Giovanni’s Isla Vista is located at 6583 Pardall Road.

  • Apr 27 Mon

    EPCA Workshop: Gender, Race, and Sexuality

    5:00 PM - 6:00 PM


    This workshop focuses on the influence of culture on gender, race, and sexuality. Participants are invited to participate in interactive discussions and exercises to explore their own understanding of identity, social roles, and use of labels. Through this process, participants will be challenged to better understand how their language and behavior impacts the creation of an inclusive safe space for the campus community.

  • Apr 29 Wed

    Films on Foreclosure

    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM


    Join us for an enlightening evening of film shorts on housing foreclosure. The first film, Primetime: Fighting Back Against Foreclosure, weaves together the stories of two NYC women who have been pummeled by the foreclosure tsunami. The film brings to light the disproportionate impact of the foreclosure crisis on communities of color. The second film of the evening, Here to Stay, Illustrates the effects of gentrification in Manhattan’s Chinatown as an elderly man and fellow tenants in endangered single-room occupancy building await the results of an anti-eviction lawsuit.

  • Apr 30 Thu

    Queer Hip Hop Event

    • Queer Hip Hop Event
    8:00 PM - 9:00 PM


    The Queer Hip Hop scene in Los Angeles is becoming a thriving force. Last Offence and Julie Potter are two emcees that are blazing paths in Los Angeles. Last Offence is a gay male rapper that has received significant critical acclaim since his 2008 debut. Julie Potter is the Bay to LA transplant who has been blessing the mic with her lyrical and comedic skills since 2004. After their performances, join Last and JFP for a conversation about the Homohop movement, their careers, and the state of the Hip Hop generation. Part of QSU Pride celebration.

  • May 02 Sat

    Children’s Mural Day

    1:00 PM - 2:00 PM


    Murals are huge color paintings on walls or ceilings. They are a very important part of history and often tell stories about our families and culture. Join us for a quick lesson on the history of murals and help us make one of our own. Wear comfy clothes and be ready to have lots of fun!

  • May 05 Tue

    Domestic Abuse and Communities of Color

    6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

    Race Matters Series


    Recent disputes between young Hollywood power couple Chris Brown and Rihanna have pushed the issue of domestic abuse into front page news. Join us for a discussion on what role domestic violence plays in communities of color.

  • May 06 Wed

    Nollywood Lady

    • Nollywood Lady
    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM


    Peace Anyiam-Fibresima of Lagos, Nigeria is an impresario of showbiz and an impassioned spokeswoman for the thriving and innovative African film industry. She is "Nollywood Lady," an ex-lawyer, producer, filmmaker, and the founder and CEO of the influential African Academy of Motion Pictures. Sharing her vision for transforming preconceptions about Africa and African images, Anyiam-Fibresima takes viewers on an all-access tour to film locations, markets, and sit-downs with Nollywood professionals in the vibrant production hub of Lagos. Dorothee Wenner, 52 min, English, 2008, Germany/Nigera.

  • May 07 Thu

    Flavors of the Trade Winds by Gérard Georges Pigeon

    4:00 PM - 5:00 PM


    The story of Doux Papa is a meditation on the Pigeon family's travels along the arms of a twentieth century triangular route between the Caribbean, Africa, and Europe. This account of his childhood incorporates not only personal memories, but also important elements of social history. It forms part of a strong new current in Caribbean writing striving to convey to the reader different and overlooked facets of Caribbean identity. Gérard Georges Pigeon will read passages from this book and participate in a Q & A.

  • May 08 Fri


    • SambaDá
    8:00 PM - 9:00 PM


    Performing a mix of samba, capoeira music, funk, reggae, and hip hop, SambaDá is one of the hottest emerging groups on the West Coast music scene. With one foot firmly rooted in California, and another in the deep cultural traditions of Brazil, SambaDá serves up non-stop percussion driven dance music that leaves people dripping with sweat and calling for more. Tickets $5 students / $15 general. Contact the A.S. Ticket Office at 805-893-2064.

  • May 12 Tue

    Guest Lecture: Keta Miranda

    • Keta Miranda
    4:00 PM - 5:00 PM


    Dr. Marie "Keta" Miranda is assistant professor of Mexican-American Studies at the University of Texas, San Antonio in the Bilingual/Bicultural Studies. In this lecture Kita Miranda will be speaking about community building among people of color within the academic setting, and the development of identity, as well as how to develop a transdisciplinary research agenda.

  • May 13 Wed

    Vincent Who?

    • Vincent Who?
    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM


    In 1982, Vincent Chin was brutally murdered in Detroit at the height of anti-Japanese sentiment. In a travesty of justice, the judge ruled it a case of manslaughter and the two killers, both autoworkers, never served a day in jail. In this new documentary, VINCENT WHO?, we take a quick look back at the case and examine the effects the case had on the leading community activists of today and the future leaders of tomorrow. Discussion with co-director Curtis Chin following film screening. Tony Lam, 45 min, English, 2008, USA.

  • May 14 Thu

    Diversity Lecture - Rethinking the Meaning of Afro-Asian Solidarities and Liberation in the Age of Obama- Diane Fujino

    4:00 PM - 5:00 PM


    What does Obama's victory tell us about the meaning of race and cross-cultural alliances? Is today's multiculturalism the fulfillment of the 1960s struggles for justice and liberation, or a departure from that vision? Diane Fujino's study of the Asian American Movement and Afro-Asian solidarities in the 1960s-70s adds a new dimension to the thinking about today's multicultural politics and the multiracial body.

  • May 15 Fri

    Brooklyn Beats to Beirut Streets

    • Brooklyn Beats to Beirut Streets
    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Race Matters Series


    Poet and Educator Mark Gonzales (an Alaskan-born Mexican-American) and hip hop artists Nizar Wattad and Omar Chakaki (hailing from Palestine and Syria, respectively), offer a unique examination of identity, pop culture, and growing up an ‘other’ in the United States. Brooklyn Beats to Beruit Streets Traces the artists development alongside the birth and growth of hip-hop, then invites audience members to participate in a discussion.

  • May 16 Sat

    "What are you… Deaf?" Performed by CJ Jones

    •  CJ Jones
    7:00 PM - 8:00 PM


    In WHAT ARE YOU…DEAF?, CJ Jones blends his unique style of visual imagery and storytelling. Combining voice, American Sign Language (ASL) and mime, along with recorded music and multi-media projections, Jones paints colorful, riveting pictures of his life experiences, revealing what it was like to grow up in a tough St. Louis neighborhood, in the shadow of his deaf Golden Gloves champion boxer dad and on through the challenges faced during his quest to make it as a comedian and actor in Hollywood. Language interpreter will be available for hearing audience.

  • May 19 Tue

    The Cooking Show con Karimi & Comrades: A Live Cooking Performance for Your Heart, Mind, Stomach & Funny Bone

    • The Cooking Show con Karimi & Comrades
    8:00 PM - 9:00 PM


    Savor a tasty theatrical experience with revolutionary chef Mero Cocinero Karimi and his culinary comrades as they dish up Iranian-Guatemalan-Filipino food, cultural consciousness, and humor. Chef Mero creates revolutionary recipes live onstage, serving up stories, healthy political discussion combined with delicious culinary samples, guaranteeing every audience member their own satisfying taste. Admission at the door: Students Free / $5 General

  • May 20 Wed

    The Sari Soldiers

    • The Sari Soldiers
    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM


    Filmed over three years during the most historic and pivotal time in Nepal’s modern history, The Sari Soldiers is an extraordinary story of six women’s courageous efforts to shape Nepal’s future in the midst of an escalating civil war against Maoist insurgents, and the King’s crackdown on civil liberties. When Devi, mother of a 15-year-old girl, witnesses her niece being tortured and murdered by the Royal Nepal Army, she speaks publicly about the atrocity. The army abducts her daughter in retaliation, and Devi embarks on a three-year struggle to uncover her daughter’s fate and see justice done. Julie Bridgham, 90 min, Nepali/English, 2008, US/Nepal.

  • May 23 Sat

    An Evening of Classical Indian Music and Dance

    • Classical Indian Music and Dance
    8:00 PM - 9:00 PM


    Raagmala and the MCC set out yet again to enthrall audiences this May.

    This time, we have a classical Indian music-dance combo with exciting heights of caliber. On the Mohan Veena (a highly modified archtop guitar) we have Grammy Award Winner Pt.Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, the prime disciple of Pt.Ravi Shankar. Accompanying him on the Tabla will be Pt.Samir Chatterjee. Samarpita Bajpai, an accomplished dancer in the 'Kuchipudi' style will be matching the duo's tunes and rhythm. Tickets $5 students / $15 general. Contact the A.S. Ticket Office at 805-893-2064.

  • May 27 Wed

    Birthright: Mothering Across Difference

    • Birthright: Mothering Across Difference
    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM


    BIRTHRIGHT represents one of the most underrepresented phenomena in contemporary gendered experiences: the transformation of womanhood through the experience of mothering. The film shows that while motherhood is differently experienced across social, racial and classed locations, women share gender constraints in their lives. The audience is anyone interested in mothers and mothering. The film will especially address the needs of multicultural, women and mothers, including nontraditional mothers. Celine Parreñas Shimizu, 75 min, English, 2009, USA.