Winter 2016

Upcoming Events

Past Events

  • Jan-Mar 05-18 Tue-Fri

    Malik Seneferu: From the Hill and Beyond

    • Malik Seneferu: From the Hill and Beyond

    Art Exhibition

    Exhibit / MCC Lounge

    Malik Seneferu is an American conceptual artist and painter whose work explores race, identity, politics, spirituality, and adolescence. Employing intense color, he engages in magical realism with other works from the visual arts, literature, and history, as well as his own life. From the Hill and Beyond draws on Seneferu’s experience of leaving San Francisco’s Bayview-Hunters Point community where he began his career, and his travels in Kenya where he explored his roots among the Kamba people of Machakos.

    There will also be an Opening Reception for the artist in MCC Lounge: Tues, Feb 2, 6 pm. Open to all. 

  • Jan 13 Wed

    Shake the Dust

    • Film Screening: Shake the Dust
    6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

    Cup of Culture

    Film Screening / MCC Theater

    From executive producer and rapper Nasir “Nas” Jones and director Adam Sjöberg, Shake the Dust chronicles the influence of breakdancing, exploring how it strikes a resonant chord in the slums, favelas and ghettos of the world and far beyond. Showcasing some of the most jaw-dropping breakdancing moves ever committed to film, Shake the Dust is an inspiring tribute to the uplifting power of music and movement. Associate Professor of English, Stephanie Batiste, will lead a post-film discussion. UCSBreakin’ dance group will perform following the film. (84 min, English, 2015)

    Watch the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dXaLLP6GJx4

  • Jan 19 Tue

    An Evening of Spoken Word: Bex Kwan

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    7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

    The MCC in Santa Barbara

    Performance / Coffee Cat, 1201 Anacapa St, Santa Barbara

    Bex Kwan is a queer/trans chinese-singaporean multimedia artist who works in words, food, installation, image, and movement. Their creative practice asks questions about family, faith, domestic labor, race, migration, and tenderness. Bex uses performance as an intervention on political and personal complicity, creating gentle moments where people direct their attention inward and consider the heaviness that they have been trying not to carry. Bex has been invited to present at theaters/galleries/universities in Singapore and the US, and is based out of Brooklyn, New York.

  • Jan 20 Wed

    Meet the Patels

    • Meet the Patels
    6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

    Cup of Culture

    Film Screening / MCC Theater

    "A lively and engaging universal story made with an unmistakable sense of fun. ” – Los Angeles Times

    This laugh-out-loud real life romantic comedy about Ravi Patel, an almost-30-year-old Indian-American who enters a love triangle between the woman of his dreams and his parents, began as a documentary and ended up a hilarious and heartwarming film that reveals how love is a family affair. (88 min, English, 2014)

    Watch the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7litSYXbpRs

  • Jan 23 Sat

    West African Song & Dance with Live Drumming

    • West African Song & Dance
    3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

    Children of All Ages

    Performance / Music Department’s Music Bowl

    If you can talk, you can sing; if you can walk, you can dance! Children of all ages are invited to join Leida Tolentino and drummers for a lively experience of West African music and dance. We will learn children's songs and movements along with the language of the drums and other traditional instruments. Wear comfortable clothing, bring water, and expect to sweat and have a lot of fun!

  • Jan 26 Tue

    Brown Skins, White Avatars: Racebending and Straightwashing in Digital Games

    • Edmond Chang
    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Race Matters Series

    Lecture / MCC Lounge

    Given recent critiques of the lack of diversity in digital games, this presentation examines the many ways games are stereotypical and normative in regarding race, gender, and sexuality. How are we to unpack the ways characters of color are often rendered as either lighter-skinned protagonists or darker-skinned enemies? Or how might we understand how game design problematically constrains gender and sexuality? Edmond Chang is a visiting Assistant Professor of Women's and Gender Studies at the University of Oregon.

  • Jan 27 Wed

    Homeland: Four Portraits of Native Action

    • Homeland 09
    6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

    Cup of Culture

    Film Screening & Discussion / MCC Theater

    Nearly all Indian lands in the U.S. face grave environmental threats – toxic waste, strip mining, oil drilling and nuclear contamination. Homeland tells the stories of five remarkable Native American activists in four communities who are fighting back government agencies and powerful energy companies, to protect the environment against disastrous environmental hazards. Dr. David N. Pellow, Endowed Chair and Dehlsen Professor of Environmental Studies at UCSB, will lead a post-film discussion. (88 min, English, 2005)

    Watch the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wppwutXf5lU

  • Jan 29 Fri

    An Evening of Balkan Music: Inspector Gadje Balkan Brass Band with Ismail Lumanovski

    • Inspector Gadje
    8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

    Music Performance / The Hub

    "This was rip roaring mad Balkan brass bedlam!" – Stephen Kent, Internationally Acclaimed Composer

    With up to 14 musicians, Bay Area-based Inspector Gadje pays homage to Romani culture and community. The band is a joyful collective of fiery musicians who bring a big sound to the beautiful and bumpin’ brass band music of Southeast Europe’s Balkan Peninsula. The driving, tight grooves with soaring melodies incite joy and dance from the very first downbeat. Ismail Lumanovski is a widely esteemed Macedonian/Turkish clarinetist, and perhaps the first Roma (gyspy) clarinet player to graduate from the renowned Julliard School of Music in NYC.

    Listen to Inspector Gadge Balkan Brass Band music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Mx2u-RdW5Q

    Tickets: $5 UCSB Students and Children Under 12 / $15 general. Purchase tickets at A.S. Ticket Office or online here.

  • Feb 02 Tue

    Malik Seneferu: From the Hill and Beyond

    • Malik Seneferu: From the Hill and Beyond
    6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

    Art Exhibition Opening Reception

    Exhibit / MCC Lounge

    Please join the MCC for an Opening Reception to welcome our artist of the quarter, Malik Seneferu! Free food.

    Malik Seneferu is an American conceptual artist and painter whose work explores race, identity, politics, spirituality, and adolescence. Employing intense color, he engages in magical realism with other works from the visual arts, literature, and history, as well as his own life. From the Hill and Beyond draws on Seneferu’s experience of leaving San Francisco’s Bayview-Hunters Point community where he began his career, and his travels in Kenya where he explored his roots among the Kamba people of Machakos.

  • Feb 03 Wed

    The Homestretch

    • The Homestretch
    6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

    Cup of Culture

    Film Screening / MCC Theater

    "An amazing and important film with the potential to change the way we think about the problem of youth homelessness." – Alex Kotlowitz

    The Homestretch follows three homeless teens as they fight to stay in school, graduate, and build a future. Each of these smart, ambitious teenagers – Roque, Kasey, and Anthony – working to complete their education while facing the trauma of being alone and abandoned, will surprise, inspire, and challenge audiences to rethink stereotypes of homelessness. While told through a personal perspective, their stories connect with larger issues of poverty, race, juvenile justice, immigration, foster care, and LGBTQ rights. (90 min, English, 2014)

    Watch the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gMoCevdGQPs

  • Feb 04 Thu

    Standing on the Place Where Langston’s Ashes Reside: An Evening with Poet Laureate Sojourner Kincaid Rolle

    • Sojourner
    6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

    Lecture & Reception / MCC Lounge

    Sojourner Kincaid Rolle, current Poet Laureate of Santa Barbara, will read from her latest manuscript, Black Street II : The Outsider Poems. Her presentation will include a reflection on the work of Langston Hughes and his influence in her life. Rolle's poetry books include Black Street, and Common Ancestry and she has written six plays—most spawned from the Black Experience. Widely known as a cultural activist, Rolle hosts a monthly poetry event, The Poetry Zone, and for the past 13 years has organized an annual tribute to Langston Hughes. A reception with live jazz music will follow.

  • Feb 05 Fri

    An Evening of Afro-Brazilian Samba & Funk: SambaDá

    • SambaDa
    8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

    Dance & Music Performance / MCC Theater

    Are you ready for Carnival? Based in the rich musical traditions of Brazil, SambaDá also draws from percussion-based styles of South and Central America, and blends it with the good old funk and reggae back beat so familiar to North American audiences. Brazilian natives Papiba Godinho and Dandha da Hora possess a profound knowledge of Brazilian music, and musically unite the Americas.

    Listen to SambaDá music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YnI7XeK1f9w

    Tickets: $5 UCSB Students and Children Under 12 / $15 general. Purchase tickets at A.S. Ticket Office or online here.

  • Feb 09 Tue

    Second Class Feminists?: The Changing Role of Women in Faith Communities

    • Faithfully Feminist
    6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

    Religious Literacy Series

    Panel Discussion & Reception / MCC Theater

    Feminism and religion...an oxymoron? These women don't think so. While conversations about feminism are all the rage in pop culture, more and more women and men today are bringing their feminist ideologies into their faith communities to work for positive social change. This panel will explore why feminism is important in both mainstream and religious communities and will discuss why the feminist movement remains critical in the 21st century.

    Panelists include contributors to the Faithfully Feminist book: Dr. Gina Messina-Dysert (Dean of the School of Graduate and Professional Studies at Ursuline College), Nia Malika Dixon (author, filmmaker, and founder of Audaz Entertainment, an independent production company), and Rabbi Tamara Cohen (Director of Innovation at Moving Traditions). A reception with panelists will follow in the lounge.

  • Feb 10 Wed

    Tangerine

    • Tangerine
    6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

    Cup of Culture

    Film Screening / MCC Theater

    “Gritty and groundbreaking.” – The Rolling Stone

    It's Christmas Eve in Tinseltown and Sin-Dee Rella, a transgender sex worker, is back on the block. Upon hearing that her pimp boyfriend hasn't been faithful during the 28 days she was locked up, Sin-Dee and her best friend, Alexandra, embark on a mission to get to the bottom of the scandalous rumor. Shot with an iPhone camera, their rip-roaring odyssey leads them through various subcultures of Los Angeles. Dr. Mireille Miller-Young, Associate Professor of Feminist Studies, will lead a post-film discussion. (88 min, English, 2015)

    Watch the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ALSwWTb88ZU

  • Feb 11 Thu

    Black Citymakers: “How the Philadelphia Negro Changed Urban America”

    • Dr. Marcus Hunt
    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Race Matters Series

    Lecture / MCC Lounge

    Black Citymakers revisits the Seventh Ward immortalized in W.E.B. DuBois’s The Philadelphia Negro. In his book, Dr. Marcus Hunter follows the transformation of the neighborhood from predominately black at the beginning of the 20th Century into the largely white upper middle class and commercial neighborhood it exists as today. Dr. Hunter is Assistant Professor in UCLA’s Department of Sociology, and a faculty affiliate at Yale University.

  • Feb 16 Tue

    Farm Worker Futurism: Speculative Technologies of Resistance

    • Dr. Curtis Marez
    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Race Matters Series

    Lecture / MCC Lounge

    Farm workers, usually viewed by their corporate counterparts as backwards and primitive, have actually been in the forefront of visionary thinking about the future. Dr. Curtis Marez looks at how the appropriation of photography, film, video, and other technologies expressed a “farm worker futurism,” a set of farm worker social formations that faced off against corporate capitalism and government policies. He shows how working-class people of color have often been early adopters and imaginative users of new media. In doing so, he presents an analysis of speculative fiction’s engagements with the farm worker movement in ways that illuminate both. Dr. Marez is Associate Professor and Chair of Ethnic Studies at UC San Diego.

  • Feb 17 Wed

    Straight Outta Compton

    • Straight Outta Compton
    6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

    Cup of Culture

    Film Screening / MCC Theater

    “…an electrifying piece of hip-hop history that speaks urgently to right now.” – The Rolling Stone

    In 1987, the streets of South Los Angeles were some of the most dangerous in the U.S. When five young men translated their experiences growing up into brutally honest music that rebelled against abusive authority, they gave an explosive voice to a silenced generation. Straight Outta Compton follows the rise and fall of N.W.A. as they used the most dangerous weapon around, their music, to expose the world to the truth about life in the hood and ignite a cultural revolution. (147 min, English, 2015)

    Watch the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rsbWEF1Sju0

  • Feb 19 Fri

    An Evening of Afro-Latin Funk: Jungle Fire

    • Jungle Fire
    8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

    Music Performance / MCC Theater

    The Jungle Fire sound digs deep into Afro-Latin Funk (or TropiFunk) with an approach that is authentic and highly explosive. Jungle Fire pulls its influences from music of legends such as Irakere, Ray Barretto, James Brown, Fela Kuti, and Manu Dibango while creating a melting pot of Afro-Caribbean and West African rhythms with a heavy break beat funk aesthetic. The result is musical cocktail ready and able to ignite any dance floor!

    Listen to Jungle Fire music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z_w3wqMYLpE

    Tickets: $5 UCSB Students and Children Under 12 / $15 general. Purchase tickets at A.S. Ticket Office or online here.

  • Feb 23 Tue

    Is Culture a Fashion Statement? What is Cultural Appropriation?

    • Cultural Appropriation
    6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

    Race Matters Series

    Panel, Community Forum & Fashion Show / MCC Lounge & Theater

    Can something as simple as your outfit perpetuate legacies of oppression? Amongst heightened pushback surrounding racist and identity-erasing costumes or fashion statements often seen in themed parties, music videos and the run-way, it’s difficult to know where the boundaries are. This faculty- led panel will examine and explore the nuances surrounding cultural appropriation, appreciation and assimilation through an anti-racist and historical lens. The academic panel will be followed by a fashion show displaying culturally honored representations of self through outfits.

  • Feb 24 Wed

    Very Young Girls

    • VeryYoungGirlsPoster
    6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

    Cup of Culture

    Film Screening / MCC Theater

    Addressing the sexual exploitation of girls in NYC, this sobering documentary details the stories of barely adolescent girls sold on the street by pimps, but treated as adult criminals by the police. Gender and race are not only risk factors for trafficking, but correlate with how victims are treated. This bold exposé identifies hope for girls in the organization GEMS (Girls Educational and Mentoring Services), a recovery agency founded and run by a survivor of commercial sexual exploitation. GEMS helped ensure the passage of NY’s Safe Harbour for Sexually Exploited Children Act, which in 2008 became the first law in the nation to protect and not punish trafficked and exploited youth. (83 min, English, 2007)

    Watch the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7fX6EaHuRCg