Fall 2017

Upcoming Events

All events are open to the public and free, unless stated otherwise. We look forward to seeing you at our Center. Enjoy!

  • Oct 20 Fri

    A Musical Journey: From Africa to the Americas

    • RL Hair Raise
    7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

    Ricardo Lemvo and Makina Loca

    Music Performance / MCC Lounge

    “A blend of Cuban and Central African traditions that is seamless and organic- and infectious.” The Los Angeles Times

    Ricardo Lemvo’s innovative blend of Afro-Cuban rhythms and Pan-Africa styles (soukous, Angolan semba and kizomba) are infectious. Lemvo is the embodiment of the Afro-Latin Diaspora which connects back to Mother Africa via the Cuban clave rhythm. 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. 

    Buy tickets online or at the door!

  • Oct 24 Tue

    Dat Black Mermaid/Healing & Transformation Through Art An Evening with Sharon Bridgforth

    • Sharon Bridgforth
    7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    Reading & Lecture / MCC Theater

    Love is the core of Joy and our struggles for personal and global peace. Sharon Bridgforth will discuss the writing and performance elements that generate and reflect this Love by sharing her own artistic process in the development of her latest work—dat Black Mermaid Man Lady/Performance Installation. She will share video documentation, music, oracle readings and stories from the dat Black Mermaid Man Lady/Performance Installation development process - with the intention of invoking conversations on Living with Resilient Love.

  • Oct 25 Wed

    I Am Not Your Negro

    • I Am Not Your Negro
    6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

    Cup of Culture

    Film Screening / MCC Theater

    In 1979, James Baldwin wrote a letter to his literary agent describing his next project. The book was to be a revolutionary, personal account of the lives and successive assassinations of three of his close friends—Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. In his incendiary new documentary, master filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished. The result is a radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race in America, using Baldwin’s original words and flood of rich archival material. 95 min.

  • Oct 27 Fri

    An Evening of Electronic Powwow Beats

    • A Tribe Called Red
    7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

    A Tribe Called Red

    Music Performance / MCC Theater

    A Tribe Called Red, composed of DJ NDN, Bear Witness, and 2oolman, mix traditional pow-wow vocals and drumming with cutting edge-electronic music. This fusion has been hailed as the natural progression of the powwow, and has collaborated with artists like Mos Def/Yassin Bey, Narcy, Saul Williams, and Das Racist. The highly awarded Canadian band has become the face of urban Native youth renaissance since 2010, championing their heritage and speaking out on aboriginal issues through music, fashion, and art. The concert will feature traditional dancers of the Halluci Nation. 


  • Oct 28 Sat

    Ballet Folklorio and Facepaint

    • Ballet Folklorio
    12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

    Children’s Event

    Workshop & Facepaint / Music Department Bowl

    Join Ballet Folklorio Alma de Mexico for a dance workshop featuring Mexican folkloric dance. Get ready to move and groove to traditional Mexican beats ahead of one of the most sacred holidays of the region, Dia de los Muertos. Children will also have the opportunity to learn about the cultural significance behind sugar skull face paint and have their face painted like a calavera for the day! Children of all ages welcome! 

  • Nov 01 Wed


    • STEP
    6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

    Cup of Culture

    Film Screening / MCC Theater

    STEP is the true-life story of a girls’ high-school step team in Baltimore. These young women love and thrive – on and off the stage – even when the world seems to work against them. They chase their ultimate dreams: to win a step championship and to be accepted into college. Deeply insightful and emotionally inspiring, STEP embodies the true meaning of sisterhood through a story of courageous young women worth cheering for. 83 min.

  • Nov 02 Thu

    Difficult Conversations

    2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

    Social Justice Workshop

    Workshop / MCC Lounge

    How do we approach the challenging conversations in our lives, whether it’s about confederate flags, cultural appropriation, diverse aspects of personal sexual and gender identity, or even just racism and racial justice in general? Join facilitators from the Bay Area based, White Noise Collective, to support students who will be reuniting with family, old friends and different communities for the winter holidays. This workshop will feature skill-building tools, scenarios, role-plays and techniques from the Theater of the Oppressed. Trust us, there is never enough time to fully practice ahead of some difficult conversations, but these approaches might allow you to see tough communication blocks in a new light.

    Mandatory Registration: http://tinyurl.com/y726w89v

  • Nov 02 Thu

    Intersectionality and Incommensurability: Third World Feminism and Asian Decolonization with Grace Hong

    • Grace Hong
    6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

    Race Matters Series

    Lecture / MCC Lounge

    The Third World Women’s Alliance is an organization that brought together women of color in socialist anti-imperialist solidarity projects. In examining the role of Asian women within this early women’s organization, Dr. Hong will discuss how the TWWA grew out of and was a part of a Black radical internationalist tradition. She will use feminist analysis to demand a complex and contradictory definition of solidarity that might be helpful for us to remember today. This lecture examines activist engagements with Asian American communities, and highlights the importance of the figure of the Asian woman freedom fighter. Grace Kyungwon Hong is Professor of Gender Studies and American Studies at UCLA.

  • Nov 08 Wed

    Community Discussion

    6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

    Resilient Love: Living the Life of Resilient Love Series

    Community Discussion / Corwin Pavilion

    Exactly a year after the controversial 2016 presidential elections, the country remains deeply polarized along ideological lines.  Conversations about political matters is quite challenging, but much needed. People of color, women, queer folks, immigrants, and people with disabilities have experienced violence and systematic oppression as a direct result of ongoing rhetoric. In starting a new school year, we want to learn from you and ask not only how you’ve experienced this past year, but more importantly, how you’ve maintained your spirit of activism and resiliency. We want to showcase and learn from each-others radical resiliency. Join us for a community call-in as we touch base and strategize.

  • Nov 08 Wed


    6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

    Cup of Culture

    Film Screening and Post-Film Discussion with the RCSGD / MCC Theater

    MAJOR! explores the life of Miss Major Griffin-Gracy, a formerly incarcerated Black transgender elder and activist who has been fighting for the rights of trans women of color for over 40 years. Miss Major is a veteran of the Stonewall Rebellion and a survivor of Attica State Prison, a former sex worker, and human rights activist. MAJOR! is an investigation into critical issues of how the Prison Industrial Complex represents a wide-spread and systematic civil rights violation, as well as a historical portrait of diverse LGBT communities. 95 min.

  • Nov 14 Tue

    Xicana Indigenous Perspectives on Art Practice: Cuento, Codex y Cuerpo

    • Celia Herrera
    • Cherríe Moraga
    6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

    Diversity Lecture

    Lecture / MCC Theater

    Artivists Cherríe Moraga (Professor of English at UCSB) and Celia Herrera Rodríguez (Professor of Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley), explore indigenous conceptualizations of art and literary expression from the point of view of Xicanas. The Indigenous codex is highlighted in their presentation, the medium par excellence through which word and image is artistically and beautifully rendered to communicate with the world around them and beyond.

  • Nov 15 Wed

    Breathin’: The Eddie Zheng Story

    • Eddie Zheng
    6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

    Cup of Culture

    Film Screening and Q&A / MCC Theater

    This is a documentary about a Chinese immigrant who became the youngest prisoner at San Quentin State Prison at the age of 18. While in prison, he was sent to solitary confinement for nearly a year. Despite being released from immigration custody in 2007, Eddy awaits a final court decision in deportation hearings. With the looming possibility of deportation, Eddy must negotiate what it means to “live freely”—attempting to rebuild a family, reconcile with his victims, and make a lasting change in society at large. Live Q&A with Director/Producer and Eddy to follow the screening. 58 min.

  • Nov 16 Thu

    Cultura Cura: Creative Writing Workshops through Wellness

    2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

    Creative Writing Workshop

    Workshop / MCC

    In this workshop, Felicia "Fe" Montes, founding director of Mujeres de Maiz, leads participants on a journey that embraces poetry as healing and empowering. The workshops consists of different writing prompts and exercises based on the themes of wellness and health -- mental, emotional and physical -- and will focus on varied cultural traditions and wellness ways as inspiration for the writing.

    Mandatory Registration: http://tinyurl.com/ybhq4etq

  • Nov 16 Thu

    Ten Fe: Sage, Stage and Artivist Bills with Felicia ‘Fe’ Montes

    • Felicia Montes
    7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

    MCC in SB

    An Evening of Spoken Word / Santa Barbara Community Arts, 631 Garden St, Santa Barbara

    A Xicana Indigena platica and performance journey with and by Felicia 'Fe' Montes from Red Diaper Baby to Holistic Artivist Brujx. From the page to the stage, academy to abuelita knowledge, her ways to hierbaes. A performance prayer braiding poetry, floetry, flor y canto and spiritual ARTivism. Join Felicia Montes, founding director of Mujeres de Maiz, for an evening of Spoken Word at 7:30 PM at El Centro, 629 Coronel Place, Santa Barbara. As parking is limited, carpool and public transportation is encouraged. Fe is hosting a creative writing workshop earlier in the day, details on back of calendar.

  • Nov 28 Tue

    Judaism and Social Justice with Rabbi Brant Rosen

    • Rabbi Brant Rosen
    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Race and Religion

    Lecture / MCC Lounge

    What is the history of the Jewish commitment to social justice? Is it an inherent part of Jewish tradition or is it largely a cultural/political phenomenon rooted in the social experience of the Jewish people? This presentation will explore the historical intersection of Judaism and the struggle for social justice, with special attention to how it is changing in the current 21st century context. Brant Rosen is the Midwest Regional Director of the American Friends Service Committee, and is the founder and Rabbi of Tzedek Chicago.

  • Nov 29 Wed

    Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World

    • The Indians Who Rocked the World
    6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

    Cup of Culture

    Film Screening / MCC Theater

    This a documentary about the role of Native Americans in popular music history. It tells the story of a profound, essential, and, until now, missing chapter in the history of American music: the Indigenous influence. Featuring music icons Charley Patton, Mildred Bailey, Jimi Hendrix, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Randy Castillo, and others, RUMBLE shows how these talented Native musicians helped shape the soundtracks of our lives. Rezolution Pictures International is an Aboriginal-owned film and television production company. 103 min.

  • Nov 30 Thu

    An Evening of Self Expression

    • Open Mic
    7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

    The MCC in IV

    Open Mic / BIKO Garage 6612 Sueno Rd, Isla Vista

    The MCC hosts a quarterly open mic for anyone to artistically express themselves using all creative outlets - including spoken word, poetry, hip hop, music and dance. This quarter’s MC is ¡Alas!, poet, artist, and activist who braids her lived experience as an undocumented mujer subsisting on stolen land with the theories of rebellious decolonization.

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