Spring 2014

  • Apr-Jun 09-13 Wed-Fri

    Between the Stripes Doris Bittar

    • bittar
    12:00 AM

    Art Exhibit

    Opening Reception / Conversation with the Artist

    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.

  • Apr 15-17 Tue-Thu

    Chalking for Justice Delphine Louie Anaya

    • Louie Anaya
    5:00 PM - 7:30 PM

    Chalk Art Exhibit

    Live Exhibit / 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

    • Spring 2014
  • Apr 15 Tue

    Deconstructing Images of African Americans in the Media Byron Hurt

    • Byron Hurt
    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Race Matters Series

    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.

  • Apr 16 Wed

    No Look Pass

    • No Look Pass
    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Cup of Culture

    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.

  • Apr 17 Thu

    Between the Stripes Doris Bittar

    • Doris Bittar
    6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

    Art Exhibit

    Conversation with the Artist / 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.

  • Apr 23 Wed

    Rescue in the Philippines: Refuge from the Holocaust

    • Philippines
    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Cup of Culture

    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.

  • Apr 25 Fri

    Terakaft

    • Terakaft
    8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    Performance

    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 www.mcc.ucsb.edu (extra fees apply). Limited Seating. Co-sponsored by KCSB-91.9FM.

  • Apr 26 Sat

    Middle Eastern Drumming and Dance with Sue Rudnicki

    • Sue Rudnicki
    1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

    Children’s Event

    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.

  • Apr 30 Wed

    Queer China, Comrade China With Director Cui Zi’en

    • Director Cui Zi’en
    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Cup of Culture-Meet the Filmmaker

    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

  • May 01 Thu

    Roger Guenveur Smith’s Rodney King

    • Rodney King
    7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

    Performance

    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.

  • May 02 Fri

    Arthur Adams

    • Arthur Adams
    8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    Performance

    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 www.mcc.ucsb.edu (extra fees apply). Limited Seating. Co-sponsored by the Santa Barbara Blues Society

  • May 06 Tue

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

    • Felice Blake
    5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

    Diversity Lecture

    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. 

  • May 07 Wed

    Good Hair

    • Good Hair
    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Cup of Culture-Fun at the MCC

    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.

  • May 08 Thu

    An Evening of Spoken Word

    • Yosimar Reyes
    7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

    MCC in IV

    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".

  • May 13 Tue

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

    • Falu Bakrania
    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Race Matters Series

    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

  • May 14 Wed

    Just Like Us

    • Just Like Us
    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Cup of Culture-Fun at the MCC

    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.

  • May 15 Thu

    ¡Gay Tino! Dan Guerrero

    • Dan Guerrero
    8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    Performance

    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.

  • May 16 Fri

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

    • Briseyda Zárate
    8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    Performance

    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 mcc.sa.ucsb.edu (extra fees apply). Limited Seating. Co-sponsored by the Education Abroad Program and the Flamenco Arts Festival.

  • May 20 Tue

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

    • Kelly Lytle Hernandez
    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Race Matters Series

    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.

  • May 21 Wed

    TransVisible: Bamby Salcedo’s Story

    • TransVisible
    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Cup of Culture-Meet the Filmmaker

    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.

  • May 22-23 Thu-Fri

    An Evening of Spoken Word with Ryan Yamamoto

    • Ryan Yamamoto
    7:30 PM - 6:30 PM

    The UCSB MultiCultural Center in Santa Barbara

    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. 

  • May 28 Wed

    Narco Cultura With Introduction by Steven Osuna

    • Narco Cultura
    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Cup of Culture

    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.