Fall 2012

  • Sep 24 Mon

    MCC Annual Kickoff!

    • Versa-Style
    7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

    Discovery Days

    Dance Performance / MCC Courtyard

    The MultiCultural Center will kick off the year with our 1st MCC Annual Kickoff! Versa-Style, a hip hop dance ensemble of young, committed, and conscientious artists from L.A., will amaze you with their highly energetic moves and even teach you some. Versa-Style aims to instill the roots, history, and social and political issues surrounding the art of our generation. Arrive early and get a free MCC T-shirt!

                  
  • Oct-Dec 10-14 Wed-Fri

    The Black Sheep Art Collective: From Chic to Sheep Averian Chee, Jeff Slim and Cy Wagoner

    • The Black Sheep Art Collective
    12:00 AM

    American Indian Heritage Month Art Exhibit

    Exhibition / MCC Lounge

    As members of the Black Sheep Art Collective, Avarian Chee (Diné), Jeff Slim (Diné), and Cy Wagoner (Diné) have promoted local talent through summer youth programs around the Navajo reservation with mural workshops and assembling art shows. Their work is filled with memories of stories read, heard, and experienced; stories of beauty and strength that come inspired by youth; and memories of childhood, authors, and father figures.
    Co-sponsored by the EOP American Indian Cultural Resource Center; American Indian Graduate Student Alliance; the American Indian Science and Engineering Society; and the American Indian Students Association.

  • Oct 10 Wed

    Re-GENERATION

    • Re-GENERATION
    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Cup of Culture

    Film Screening / MCC Theater

    This award-winning documentary explores the galvanizing forces behind the Occupy Movement; how today’s generation approaches activism; how it is impacted by technology; our disconnection with nature and history; our consumer culture; and the economic factors holding many of us back from becoming more active participants in our communities. Phillip Montgomery, 81 min., English, 2011, USA. 

  • Oct 12 Fri

    Sammilan: A Confluence of Indian Folk and Classical Music Maestro Shashank and Friends

    • Maestro Shashank and Friends
    8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    Music Performance / MCC Theater

    Maestro Shashank’s reposeful flute combines with the rustic and folksy flavor of traditional Rajasthani Folk music by the Manganiar vocalist Anwar Khan, known for his powerful vocalization of the Krishna geet; the sublime sounds of the sitar by Maestro Purbayan Chatterjee; and two virtuoso percussionists Patri Satish Kumar playing the mridangam and Firoze Khan Manganiar playing the dholak. This concert is unique in its integration of Indian cultures and traditions. Co-sponsored by Raagmala.
    Tickets $5 UCSB students and children under 12/$15 general. Contact the A.S Ticket Office at 805-893-2064 or click here for general admission tickets on-line.
    Limited seating. 

  • Oct 16 Tue

    Samurai among Panthers: Richard Aoki, Asian American Activism, and the Black Panther Party

    • Richard Aoki
    6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

    Discussion / MCC Theater

    Diane Fujino discusses her new book on Richard Aoki, the most prominent non-Black in the Black Panther Party and a leader of the Third World strike and Asian American Movement of the 1960s. Professors Douglas Daniels and George Lipsitz provide commentary. Diane Fujino is professor and chair of the Department of Asian American Studies at UCSB. Her books include: Heartbeat of the Struggle on Yuri Kochiyama and Wicked Theory, Naked Practice on Fred Ho. Co-sponsored by the Asian American Studies Department; the Black Studies Department; and the Center for Black Studies Research. 

  • Oct 17 Wed

    The Naked Option: The Last Resort

    • The Naked Option
    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Cup of Culture - Meet the Filmmaker

    Film Screening / MCC Theater

    This film reveals the inspiring story of an organized group of Nigerian women who use the threat of stripping naked in public, a serious cultural taboo, to make their voices heard in their perilous struggle to hold multinational oil companies accountable to the communities in which they operate. Discussion with the filmmaker following the screening before. Candace Schermerhorn, 75 min., English, 2011, USA. 

  • Oct 18 Thu

    An Evening of Spoken Word with Sean Hill

    • Sean Hill
    8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    MCC in IV

    Open Mic / Biko Garage - 6612 Sueño Rd., Isla Vista

    Actor, spoken word artist, and co-host of Soapbox Super Show in L.A. Sean Hill will take you through an evening of fun, love, and sincere deepness. Be prepared to come on stage and share your talents in this safe space for a night of “edutainment.”      

           
  • Oct 19 Fri

    LABYRINTH: An Evening of Original Compositions and Traditional Music from Greece featuring Ross Daly and Kelly Thoma (from Crete), KITKA Women’s Vocal Ensemble, and TESLIM

    • Ross Daly and Kelly Thoma
    8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    Music Performance / MCC Theater

    A mesmerizing evening of vocal and instrumental music inspired by the modes and odes of Greece. Ethnic string instrument virtuosos Ross Daly, Kelly Thoma, Kaila Flexer, and Gari Hegedus draw inspiration from melodies and rhythms rooted in the musical traditions of the Mediterranean and Near East. Kitka has earned international acclaim for their fresh perspective on centuries-old harmony singing traditions of the Balkans. Kitka's unique and emotive sonority is like a "bliss in a minor key." –The Oregonian. Free. Limited seating. In collaboration with the Classics Department and the Ethnomusicology Program.
    Generously supported by the Argyropoulous Endowment in Hellenic Studies.
    For free tickets, go to the UCSB MultiCultural Center in person by Wednesday, October 17 at 5 pm (for directions, check this page). To redeem the tickets, you must arrive at the concert by 7:30 pm that evening. Limited seating. For more information call 805-893-8411.

                  
  • Oct 22 Mon

    Becoming Mexipino: Multiethnic Identities and Communities in San Diego Rudy P. Guevarra, Jr.

    • Becoming Mexipino
    4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

    Pilipino American Heritage Month

    Lecture / MCC Lounge

    Becoming Mexipino is a social-historical interpretation of two ethnic groups, one Mexican, the other Filipino, whose shared experiences with colonialism, racial discrimination, labor organizing, and familial ties fostered multiple generations of multiethnic Mexipinos. Using San Diego as a focal point, Guevarra shows how these historical connections paved the way for the Mexipino experience in California and other areas of the U.S. and Mexico. Guevarra, a UCSB alum, is an assistant professor of Asian Pacific American Studies at Arizona State University. Co-sponsored by the Asian American Studies Department; the History Department; and Kapatirang Pilipino. 

  • Oct 23 Tue

    Title IX: How One Mother Changed the World for Her Daughter and Other Women Gwendolyn Mink

    • Gwendolyn Mink
    5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

    Diversity Lecture Series

    Lecture / MCC Theater

    Gwendolyn Mink will explore the history and future of Title IX. She will discuss her mother's role in the legislative origins of Title IX and in related legislative struggles for gender equity in education; consider the impacts and limitations of Title IX; and suggest ways to strengthen Title IX and advance its mission. Now an independent scholar, Professor Mink taught at
    UC Santa Cruz for twenty years and at Smith College for five years. She writes and teaches about gender and poverty in law and social policy.

    Co-sponsored by the Office of the Associate Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity and Academic Policy; the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor; and the Office of Equal Opportunity & Sexual Harassment/Title IX Compliance.

     
  • Oct 24 Wed

    California Indian

    • California Indian
    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    American Indian Heritage Month - Cup of Culture

    Film Screening / MCC Theater

    Nick Thomas, a Pomo Indian and a successful Los Angeles radio host, is forced back to the reservation to help his brother and tribal leader lead the Tule Lake Rancheria out of danger from a seedy casino investor, ultimately claiming sovereignty of their Native American rights. Discussion with the director following the screening. Timothy Andrew Ramos, 97 min., English, 2011, USA. Co-sponsored by the EOP American Indian Cultural Resource Center; American Indian Graduate Student Alliance; American Indian Students Association; and the American Indian Science and Engineering Society.

  • Oct 25 Thu

    MASKS

    • MASKS
    7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

    Performance / MCC Theater

    A psycho-social buddy dramedy about the thirty-year life journey of two men growing up in the juvenile justice system, struggling to make it into manhood, battling with their past to shed their masks. Winner of the NAACP THEATRE AWARD FOR BEST PLAYWRIGHT.Co-sponsored by the Chicano Studies Institute and the Black Studies Department; the Center for Black Studies Research. 

  • Oct 30 Tue

    Articulate While Black: Barack Obama, Language, and Race in the U.S. H. Samy Alim

    • H. Samy Alim
    6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

    Race Matters Series

    Discussion / MCC Theater

    Through an insightful examination of President Barack Obama's language use — and America's response to it — Alim, a renowned scholar of Black Language, reveals how major debates about language, race, and educational inequality erupt into moments of racial crisis in America. In his groundbreaking work, he shows how deeply "language matters" to the national conversation on race — and in our daily lives. H. Samy Alim is Associate Professor of Education and (by courtesy) Anthropology and Linguistics at Stanford University, where he directs the Center for Race, Ethnicity, and Language (CREAL) and the Institute for Diversity in the Arts (IDA). Co-sponsored by the Black Studies Department and the Center for Black Studies Research. 

  • Nov 01 Thu

    The Black Sheep Art Collective: A Conversation with the Artists

    • The Black Sheep Art Collective
    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    American Indian Heritage Month Art Exhibit

    Exhibition / MCC Lounge

    As members of the Black Sheep Art Collective, Avarian Chee (Diné), Jeff Slim (Diné), and Cy Wagoner (Diné) have promoted local talent through summer youth programs around the Navajo reservation with mural workshops and assembling art shows. Their work is filled with memories of stories read, heard, and experienced; stories of beauty and strength that come inspired by youth; and memories of childhood, authors, and father figures.
    Co-sponsored by the EOP American Indian Cultural Resource Center; American Indian Graduate Student Alliance; the American Indian Science and Engineering Society; and the American Indian Students Association.

  • Nov 03 Sat

    An Evening of Sacred Music and Dances from Japan Kagura Ensemble of Chichibu Shrine

    • Japan Kagura Ensemble of Chichibu Shrine
    8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

    Dance and Music Performance / MCC Theater

    A unique opportunity to experience Kagura (sacred music and ritual dances) from Chichibu, an important Shinto mountain shrine near Tokyo, in the first and only US performance of the shrine’s Kagura troupe. Chichibu Kagura, dating back to approximately the seventeenth century, with a repertory based on ancient myths, has been designated by the government as an Important Formless Folkloric Cultural Property. Organized by the East Asia Center; East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies; the International Shinto Foundation Chair in Shinto Studies, UCSB; the International Shinto Foundation, New York; and Shinto Kokusai Gakkai. Tickets $5 UCSB students/$15 general.
    Contact the A.S Ticket Office at 805-893-2064 or click here for general admission tickets on-line. Limited seating.

  • Nov 06 Tue

    Asian American Cultural Production Via the Internet L.S. Kim

    • L.S. Kim
    6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

    Race Matters Series

    DISCUSSION / MCC THEATER

    Among the top 100 YouTube channels, a stunningly high number of YouTube celebrities are not who you might expect them to be: Asian American. What makes on-line environments, both in terms of production and consumption, a distinctly different realm for racial discourse? It is no coincidence that alternative media forms and more directly, counter-hegemonic perspectives, are being created, fed, circulated, grown by performers of color via the Internet. At the same time, how is the border between margin and center not "crossed" but rather dis/integrated by producer-artists who manage their on-line status, forging a different – and successful – system of fandom and stardom? In what ways can on-line self-production enable new terms for race and racial representation? L.S. Kim is a Visiting Associate Professor from the Department of Film and Digital Media at 
    UC Santa Cruz; her book, Maid for Television: Race, Class, and Gender on the Small Screen is being published by NYU Press in 2013. Co-sponsored by the Asian American Studies Department.

  • Nov 07 Wed

    The Mosque in Morgantown

    • The Mosque
    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Cup of Culture

    FILM SCREENING / MCC THEATER

    This riveting Emmy Award nominated documentary follows one woman’s campaign for change against extremism in her West Virginia mosque, throwing the community into turmoil and raising questions that cut to the heart of American Islam. Discussion following the screening. Brittany Huckabee, 54 min., 2009, USA. 
    Co-sponosored by the Center for Middle East Studies.

  • Nov 08 Thu

    OUTrageous! Opening Night SB Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Film Festival

    • OUTrageous!
    8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    FILM SCREENING / MCC THEATER

    The MCC is excited to present the first screening of the 21st Annual Santa Barbara Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Film Festival. The film shorts presented on this night will feature the latest and greatest in film by and for queer communities throughout the United States. Co-sponsored by the Santa Barbara Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Film Festival.

  • Nov 13 Tue

    Quiet is the New Loud: Art for Social Change Ramiro Gomez

    • Ramiro Gomez
    6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

    Race Matters Series

    Discussion / MCC Lounge

    Los Angeles artist Ramiro Gomez Jr. is getting international attention for his cardboard cutouts of Latino gardeners and other domestic workers that he places on lawns in Beverly Hills and other well-off areas. Gomez will discuss the use of unconventional materials and social media for protests in creative, subtle ways to incite conversations rather than riots. This conversation will seek to find ways to move beyond anger with art as a tool to move beyond the marches and spark one-on-one dialogue. Co-sponosored by the Chicano Studies Institute. 

  • Nov 14 Wed

    Gun Hill Road

    • Gun Hill Road
    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Cup of Culture

    Film Screening / MCC Theater

    An ex-con returns home to the Bronx after three years in prison to discover his wife estranged and his teenage son exploring a sexual transformation that will put the fragile bonds of their family to the test. Rashaad Ernesto Green, 88 min., English, 2011, USA. Co-sponsored by the Chicano Studies Institute, La Familia de Colores and the Resource Center for Sexual & Gender Diversity. 

  • Nov 15 Thu

    China Heavyweight

    • China Heavyweight
    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Film Screening / MCC Theater

    In China Heavyweight, award-winning filmmaker Yung Chang (Up the Yangtze) returns to China for another riveting documentary on that country’s ever-changing economic landscape—this time through the lens of sports. Chang follows the charismatic Qi Moxiang, a former boxing star and state coach who recruits young fighting talent from the impoverished farms and villages across Sichuan province. Discussion following the screening. Co-sponsored by the Partnership in International Research and Education in Electron Chemistry and Catalysis at Interfaces (PIRECCI). Yung Chang, 89 min., Chinese and Sichuanese with English subtitles, 2012, Canada/China. 

  • Nov 17 Sat

    Proud to Be Me We Tell Stories

    • We Tell Stories
    1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

    Performance / MCC Theater

    Proud to be Me, an interactive collection of folktales that will take you around the world. These extraordinary stories will teach you to be proud of who you are, believe in yourself, respect others, and follow your dreams. We Tell Stories shows are “a hoot...filled with energy, lots of chuckles and frequently hilarious audience participation...This is the multicultural troupe at its creative, professional best.” —LYNNE HEFFLEY, The Los Angeles Times. Co-sponsored by the Isla Vista/UCSB Liaison and the UCSB Early Childhood Care & Education Services.

  • Nov 28 Wed

    Ai Weiwei Never Sorry

    • Ai Weiwei
    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Cup of Culture

    Film Screening / MCC Theater

    Ai Weiwei is China's most famous international artist and its most outspoken domestic critic. In response, Chinese authorities have shut down his blog, beat him up, bulldozed his newly built studio, and held him in secret detention This film is the inside story of a dissident for the digital age who inspires global audiences and blurs the boundaries of art and politics. Alison Klayman, 91 min., Chinese with English subtitles and English, 2012, USA. Co-sponsored by the Art, Design, & Architecture Museum UC Santa Barbara.

  • Nov 29 Thu

    The UCSB MultiCultural Center in Santa Barbara An Evening of Spoken Word Mayda del Valle

    • Mayda del Valle
    7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

    Performance  / Muddy Waters – 508 East Haley Street

    The UCSB MultiCultural Center is back in town with an evening of energizing DJ grooves and a captivating performance by internationally recognized spoken word artist Mayda Del Valle. A proud native of the South Side of Chicago, she has appeared on Russell Simmons Def Poetry Jam on HBO and was a contributing writer and original cast member of the Tony Award winning Def Poetry Jam on Broadway. She has appeared in Urban Latino, Latina Magazine, Mass Appeal, The Source, The New York Times and was named by Smithsonian Magazine as one of America’s Young Innovators in the Arts and Sciences. In May of 2009 she was invited to perform at the White House for President Obama and First Lady.