Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture

Art for the Community

The hood of an old truck painted with neon roses. A woven Maidu basket pulled from the museum’s archives. Visitors drawing, stamping and conversing...

Narratives of Change

Personal narratives express experiences with police brutality, Asian American stereotypes and environmental racism. Two people from different cultures come face to face at the...

Challenging Machismo

Forty years ago, Luis Valdez created “Zoot Suit” to draw attention to Chicano culture in mainstream media. Now, Luis Valdez’s son, director Kinan Valdez,...

Slugs in Stilettos

Ornamented with stiletto heels, leotards and shimmering highlighter, the UC Santa Cruz queer community celebrated the annual Drag Ball — a brave space for...

Unspoken Narratives: Bringing Race Into Discussion

Peripeteia. A sudden change in circumstances. The turn in your stomach when watching footage of police brutality toward Black people — Alton Sterling, Sandra Bland,...

Exploring Gender Identity Through Traditional Asian Theater

Drama, Masks & Gender Fluidity “He or she — love is love,” said Panji, a colorfully clad character played by Naomi Grunst, surrounded by...

Confronting Racism and Gentrification

Alejandro “Alex” Nieto, a 28-year-old security guard and devout Buddhist, was eating a burrito on the top of Bernal Heights Park when four police...

Looking to the Future, Recalling the Past

The Temptations are blasting from an eight-track and a raised, black fist is painted on the wall. It’s 1967 in Detroit, Michigan and Motown...

Overcoming Borders

Borderlands — borders in identities, memories, psyches and dreams ­— are where contradicting elements within religion or gender identity lie. Naima Shalhoub said it...

Getting “Word Drunk” for the First Time

Everyone was getting word drunk. Eleven poets took the stage to compete at last Wednesday’s poetry slam. It only took about an hour for...


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