Fall 2015

Past Events

  • Sep 21 Mon

    La Misa Negra

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    7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

    Discovery Days

    MUSIC PERFORMANCE / MCC COURTYARD

    La Misa Negra is a 9-piece band from Oakland, California that plays a unique blend of 1950's and 60's style cumbia and high energy Afro-Colombian dance music. Powered by horn and accordion-driven riffs, a fierce rhythm section, and a vintage Colombian sound, La Misa Negra delivers an electrifying performance that explodes with infectious dance grooves and punk rock energy.

    Music: Cumbia, Porro y Gaita

  • Oct-Dec 01-11 Thu-Fri

    Salma Arastu: Songs of the Soul (Exhibit)

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    Art Exhibit

    ART EXHIBITION / MCC LOUNGE

    A native of India, Salma Arastu has been exhibiting her work internationally since 1974. Distinguished by an elegant and continuous lyrical line, her work speaks of human universalities. Born into the Hindu tradition, Arastu later embraced Islam; both world views inform her work. At birth, she was given the challenge of a left hand without fingers; she has transcended barriers of religion, culture, and limiting perceptions of handicaps. Arastu came to the U.S. in 1987 and currently lives in Berkeley. 

    There will be an opening reception on Tuesday, October 20th at 6pm in the MCC Lounge. FREE FOOD!

  • Sep 30 Wed

    Golden Gate Girls

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    6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

    Cup of Culture

    FILM SCREENING + MEET THE FILMMAKER / MCC Theater

    Author S. Louisa Wei’s Golden Gate Girls goes behind the camera to reveal the untold story of Esther Eng, one of the first female Chinese American directors in the U.S. A San Francisco native and out lesbian, the slick-haired Eng drew her inspiration from the traditional Chinese opera, directing and producing her first films by the age of 19. Her contribution to film history is sadly overlooked—her 11 feature films mostly lost. Wei’s documentary paints a fascinating picture of how Eng’s career in filmmaking broke through gender and racial boundaries in Hollywood and Hong Kong, a time when opportunities for Chinese women were few and far between. With captivating archive of newly discovered images and interviews with those who knew her, Wei uncovers a rich chapter of film history that challenges both gender hierarchies and national narratives. 90 min., English, 2013.

    View: Trailer

  • Oct 07 Wed

    Cartel Land

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    6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

    Cup of Culture

    FILM SCREENING / MCC THEATER

    Hailed by The New York Times as “urgent and unnerving,” Cartel Land is a chilling meditation on the breakdown of order. Jose Mireles, a Michoacán physician known as "El Doctor," leads the Autodefensas, a citizen uprising against the Knights Templar drug cartel that has wreaked havoc on the region. Across the border, U.S. vet Tim "Nailer" Foley heads Arizona Border Recon, a paramilitary group determined to keep cartel activity out of the U.S. Filmmaker Matthew Heineman embeds himself in the heart of darkness as Nailer, El Doctor, and the cartel vie to impose their own brands of justice where social institutions have failed. (98 min, English and Spanish w/ subtitles, 2015)

    View: Trailer

  • Oct 13 Tue

    Weapons of the [Not So] Weak: Immigrant Mass Mobilization in the U.S. South

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    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Race Matters Series

    LECTURE / MCC LOUNGE

    Research shows that foreign-born Latino/as are among those least likely to participate in political activism. Yet during the spring of 2006, up to five million immigrants and their allies took part in a historic national protest wave. Utilizing the case of Fort Myers, Florida, this presentation examines why and how anti-immigrant legislation can motivate unconventional protest participants (soccer players, nannies, agricultural workers) to take action and utilize pre-existing community resources for the purpose of mass mobilization. Dr. Chris Zepeda-Millán is Professor of Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley.

  • Oct 14 Wed

    Out in the Night

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    6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

    Cup of Culture

    FILM SCREENING / MCC THEATER

    In 2006, seven African-American lesbians were violently threatened by a man on the street in a gay-friendly New York City neighborhood. After defending themselves, four of the women were convicted in the courts and branded by the media as a “Gang of Killer Lesbians.” blair dorosh-walther’s award-winning documentary examines the sensational case and the women's uphill battle, revealing the roles that race, gender identity, and sexuality play in our criminal justice system. (82 min, English, 2013)

  • Oct 15 Thu

    Race, Rap, and Redemption: The Role of Art in Promoting Racial Justice

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    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Race Matters Series

    LECTURE / MCC LOUNGE

    Art in general, and so-called gangster rap in particular, speak to some core concerns of the Black Lives Matter movement such as police brutality, racial profiling, and mass incarceration. Can art and popular culture build empathy for and political solidarity with marginalized Blacks at the same time they entertain listeners? Is there a special relationship between law and rap, and, if so, what is it? Dr. Jody David Armour is a USC School of Law professor.

  • Oct 16 Fri

    An Evening of East African Retro-Pop: Alsarah & The Nubatones

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    8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

    MUSIC PERFORMANCE / MCC THEATER

    "…powerful voice and eclectic mix of north and east African tunes, as well as Arabic sounds and traditions” – The Guardian

    Sudan-born and Yemen-raised, Alsarah is a singer, songwriter, and ethnomusicologist who gives voice to a narrative of displacement that encompasses her Sudanese musical canon. Based in Brooklyn, The Nubatones blend a selection of Nubian “songs of return” with original material and traditional music of central Sudan, and – with a distinctly urban sensibility – create a musical journey through diaspora and migration.

    Tickets: $5 UCSB Students and Children Under 12 / $15 General. Buy tickets here.

    Music: Habibi Taal / Soukura

  • Oct 17 Sat

    Baila Baila Band

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    1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

    Children of All Ages

    PERFORMANCE / MUSIC DEPARTMENT'S MUSIC BOWL

    Baila Baila concerts are amazing, energy-filled interactive shows that reinforce Spanish-speaking skills. Lead singer Isa plays her guitar and rocks out with her band, enticing everybody to dance and have fun with contagious rock & roll, reggae, and Latin rhythms. The show is tailored to kids of all ages and languages.

    View: Baila Baila

  • Oct 20 Tue

    Salma Arastu: Songs of the Soul (Reception)

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    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Art Exhibit

    OPENING RECEPTION / MCC LOUNGE

    This is an opening reception for our fall exhibition! Meet the artist, Salma Arastu! There will be free food. :)

    A native of India, Salma Arastu has been exhibiting her work internationally since 1974. Distinguished by an elegant and continuous lyrical line, her work speaks of human universalities. Born into the Hindu tradition, Arastu later embraced Islam; both world views inform her work. At birth, she was given the challenge of a left hand without fingers; she has transcended barriers of religion, culture, and limiting perceptions of handicaps. Arastu came to the U.S. in 1987 and currently lives in Berkeley. 

  • Oct 21 Wed

    4 Little Girls

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    6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

    Cup of Culture

    FILM SCREENING + DISCUSSION / MCC THEATER

    Spike Lee’s documentary recounts events surrounding one of the most infamous hate-crimes of the Civil Rights Movement: the 1963 bombing of the 16th Street Church in Birmingham, Alabama. In that attack, four African-American girls lost their lives and the nation was simultaneously horrified, angered, and galvanized to advance the fight for racial equality and justice. Anna Everett, Professor of Film & Media Studies, will lead a post-film discussion. (102 min, English, 1997)

  • Oct 22 Thu

    Asian American Panethnicity

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    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Race Matters Series

    LECTURE / MCC LOUNGE

    Tracing the evolution of an “Asian American” identity, Dr. Dina Okamoto examines the social conditions that encouraged Asian ethnic groups to develop a panethnic political identity during the post-Civil Rights era. She will explore panethnicity as a deliberate social achievement negotiated by group members and illustrate ways in which ethnic and immigrant groups create new forms of community, identity, and challenges to racial categories. Dr. Okamoto is a Professor of Sociology at Indiana University.

  • Oct 23 Fri

    An Evening of Afro-Cuban Soukous Music: Ricardo Lemvo & Makina Loca

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    8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

    MUSIC PERFORMANCE / MCC THEATER

    "Whether they're kicking out Cuban jams or taking afro-pop to the bridge, Lemvo and company will make you sweat." – Time-Out New York

    Ricardo Lemvo's innovative blend of Afro-Cuban rhythms and Pan-African styles have been described by The Los Angeles Times as “seamless and infectious.” Since forming Makina Loca in 1990, Lemvo has refined his craft and vision, performed songs that celebrate life, and inspired audiences to dance away their worries.

    Tickets: $5 UCSB Students and Children Under 12 / $15 General. Buy tickets here.

    Music: Samba Luku Samba / Le Rendez Vous

  • Oct 28 Wed

    The Hand That Feeds

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    6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

    Cup of Culture

    FILM SCREENING + Q&A SKYPE SESSION / MCC THEATER

    Behind the scenes in New York City’s eateries, undocumented immigrant workers confront sub-legal wages, dangerous machinery, and abusive managers. Previously uninterested in politics, sandwich-maker Mahoma López led a group of co-workers in a fight against these workplace conditions in January 2012. The ensuing power struggle turned a city block into a battlefield in America’s new wage wars. A Skype Q&A session with filmmakers Robin Blotnik and Rachel Lears will follow this “captivating David and Goliath story” (Indiewire). (88 min, English, 2014)

    View: Trailer

  • Oct 29 Thu

    Beyond the Black Messiah: Black Lives & the Limits of Heroism

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    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Race & Religion

    LECTURE / MCC LOUNGE

    Dr. Neal explores the messianic legacies of the Civil Rights and Black Power eras and connects their historical lessons to the Black Lives Matter movement. One of the profound lessons taught by each movement is the significant reach of messianic heroism that, as a singular political morality, has also been limited in addressing the depths of race matters. This talk aims to unite contemporary political concerns with resources and insights from the not too distant past. Dr. Ronald B. Neal is Professor of Religion and Chair of the Black Cultures and the Study of Religion Committee at Wake Forest University.

  • Nov 04 Wed

    By Blood

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    6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

    Cup of Culture

    FILM SCREENING / MCC THEATER

    By Blood chronicles American Indians of African descent as they battle to regain tribal citizenship. Exploring the impact of this struggle which has developed into a broader conflict about race, identity, and the sovereign rights of indigenous people, the film addresses both sides of the issue, its shared emotional impact, and the rising urgency of the debate: a Native American and African American history has been overlooked, and a tribal body feels as though its sovereignty is under siege. (90 min, English, 2013)

    View: Trailer

  • Nov 05 Thu

    An Evening of Spoken Word: Paul S. Flores

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    7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

    The MCC Goes Downtown

    PERFORMANCE / REDS BIN 211, 211 HELENA AVE, SANTA BARBARA, CA

    Poet, playwright, and spoken word artist Paul Flores explores the intersections of urban culture, hip-hop, and transnational identity. His performance projects have taken him from HBO’s “Def Poetry” to Cuba, Mexico, and El Salvador. San Francisco Weekly named him “Best Politically Active Hip-Hop Performance Artist” and KQED honored him as a “Latino Heritage Local Hero” for his work in theater and youth development. Recently named a 2015 Doris Duke Artist, Flores is a Theater professor at the University of San Francisco.

  • Nov 07 Sat

    Dirty Paki Lingerie

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    8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

    PERFORMANCE + Q&A SESSION / MCC THEATER

    “Breaks down stereotypes of Muslim women in America.” – The Wall Street Journal

    A one-woman theater piece set in post-9/11 America, Dirty Paki Lingerie tells the stories of six Pakistani‐American Muslim women at the chaotic juncture of two different cultures. Written and performed by Aizzah Fatima, the play moves and entertains audiences with a unique and universal appeal that transcends boundaries of culture, religion, and gender; a “must-see” production has played to sold‐out houses across the globe. Q&A session with the performer will follow.

    Tickets: $5 UCSB Students and Children Under 12 / $15 General. Buy tickets here.

  • Nov 10 Tue

    An Evening of Self-Expression: MC Fong Tran

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    7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

    Open Mic

    The MCC in I.V. / Biko House, 6612 Sueno Road, Isla Vista, CA

    The MCC hosts an open mic for anyone to artistically express themselves through all creative outlets such as music, poetry, spoken word, and dance while educating others on current issues affecting students of color, women, and all marginalized groups. A second generation Vietnamese-American spoken word artist and poet, MC Fong Tran is driven by social justice, community liberation, and his mom.

  • Nov 12 Thu

    Sikhism

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    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Religious Literacy Series

    LECTURE / MCC LOUNGE

    Dr. Pashaura Singh will explore the social and religious processes through which Sikhism has evolved over the past five centuries. He will focus on teachings of the founder, Guru Nanak, and major doctrinal developments under subsequent Gurus. He will also explore Sikh traditions beyond the Indian subcontinent – particularly the Sikh presence in America – and address stereotypes held by many people unfamiliar with Sikhism. Dr. Singh is Professor of Sikh & Punjabi Studies at UC Riverside.

  • Nov 12 Thu

    OUTrageous! Santa Barbara LGBTQ Film Festival

    8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

    Opening Night

    Film Screening / MCC Theater

    The MCC is excited to present the first screening of the 24th Annual Santa Barbara Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Film Festival. The film shorts presented will feature the latest and greatest films by and for queer communities throughout the United States. This is a FREE event!

  • Nov 14 Sat

    Ancient Transformations: An Evening with Charya Burt Cambodian Dance

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    8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

    DANCE PERFORMANCE / MCC THEATER

    Charya Burt developed classical and folk dances, innovative works that push the boundaries of the traditional Cambodian form, both musically and thematically. These dances reflect her concerns and passions. Charya Burt Cambodian Dance was established in 1993 after Burt immigrated to Northern California from her native country of Cambodia. She is a traditional artist and a former dance faculty member at the Royal University of Fine Arts in Phnom Penh.

    Tickets: $5 UCSB Students and Children Under 12 / $15 General. Buy tickets here.

  • Nov 17 Tue

    An Evening with Tavis Smiley

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    7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

    DIVERSITY LECTURE

    LECTURE / CORWIN PAVILION

    “Smiley is one of the most important political voices of his generation.” – The Philadelphia Inquirer

    From his conversations with world figures to his work to inspire the next generation of leaders, broadcaster, author, advocate and philanthropist Tavis Smiley continues to be a voice for change. On PBS, he hosts his show Tavis Smiley and on Public Radio International, The Tavis Smiley Show. He has authored 18 books including Covenant with Black America that reached #1 on The New York Times bestseller list. Smiley is also the creative force behind America I AM: The African American Imprint—a traveling museum exhibition celebrating the impact of African American contributions to the world. In 2007, Smiley moderated two live presidential candidate forums, and in 2009, TIME magazine named him to their list of “The World’s 100 Most Influential People.”

    Tickets: $5 UCSB Students and Children Under 12 / $10 General. Buy tickets here.

    Watch: Hannity VS Tavis Smiley

  • Nov 18 Wed

    Valentino’s Ghost

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    6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

    Cup of Culture

    FILM SCREENING / MCC THEATER

    Hailed by the Village Voice as “both sobering and illuminating,” Michael Singh’s documentary exposes the ways America's foreign policy agenda in the Middle East drives the U.S. media's portrayals of Arabs and Muslims. This film exposes truths behind taboo subjects often avoided or treated as sound bites and challenges the media barrage of misinformation about our complex and vital relationship with the Middle East. Sherene Seikaly, Assistant Professor of History, will lead a post-film discussion. (93 min, English, 2012)

  • Dec 02 Wed

    The Search for General Tso

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    6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

    Cup of Culture

    FILM SCREENING / MCC THEATER

    Who was General Tso and why are we eating his chicken? This mouthwatering film travels the globe to unravel a captivating culinary mystery: the origins and ubiquity of Chinese-American food – in particular, an iconic sweet and spicy chicken dish. Told with the verve of a good detective story, Ian Cheney’s entertaining 2014 documentary is as much about the immigrant experience as it is about food. (71 min, English, 2014)