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Mattilda: That's Revolting! Queer Strategies for Resisting Assimilation

On February 3, 2005, Mattilda, a.k.a. Matt Bernstein Sycamore, spoke at Bookshop Santa Cruz. Mattilda is the editor of a 37 author anthology called,"That’s Revolting! Queer Strategies for Resisting Assimilation."

Mattilda spoke on a variety of topics, including gay marriage and assimilation, challenging power, and the rejection of queer youth from established gay districts such as the Castro in San Francisco. I began recording as Mattilda was talking about a recent book reading in Atlanta, Georgia.

Audio: Listen to the Stream or Download the mp3 (length 31:41 / 14.5 MB)

[ Mattilda I Gay Shame SF I Gay Shame - A Radical Alternative; by Mattilda ]

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News :: Alternative Media : Arts & Culture : Government & Elections

Movie Producer Penny Little Comes to Santa Cruz to Finalize Filming of 'Electile Dysfunction'

On February 4th at 7:30 P.M. in the Veterans Memorial Building in downtown Santa Cruz (846 Front Street), Penny Little, the producer and director of the movie “Electile Dysfunction? will be at the Open Voting Consortium’s fundraiser event, camera in hand, to film activists, organizers, and members of the general public about the problems with the voting machines used in the last presidential election and alternative systems that can be adopted in the future. Speaking at the event will be activists Emily Levy, Project Coordinator of the Richard Hayes Philips project which discovered many election anomalies in Ohio, and Maureen Smith, long-time peace and social justice activist. Alan Dechert, president and founder of the Open Voting Consortium, will speak at the event to educate the public about the Consortium’s open voting system. The event will also feature showings of clips from the movies “Votergate? and Little’s most recent version of her film “Electile Dysfunction,? live music from the political rock band Ms. Information and the Santa Cruz Jazz Society, and a dance performance by the Federal Dancing Authority. Activists from as far as San Francisco and Berkeley will be attending the event, including Gary Hewlett, one of the organizers of the Mainstreet Moms Operation Blue (formerly known as Mainstreet Moms Oppose Bush).


News :: Alternative Media : Arts & Culture

A Night at the Rio to Benefit Free Radio Santa Cruz

In response to the FCC raiding Free Radio Santa Cruz on 9/29/04, Utah Phillips called up FRSC with the idea of a benefit concert to help get our pirate station sailing the airwaves again. Many people throughout the Santa Cruz area donated their time and resources to organize a fantastic musical benefit on December 10, 2004.

A commenter writes: Great pictures from a fantastic evening! Initially, I wasn't excited about going to see folk music, but the show completely overwhelmed me. ALL of the performers were AMAZING (including Faith Petric, the 89-year-old Wonder Woman, who sang the most honest song about the male-dominated priesthood I have ever heard!). I left the show energized, feeling more connected with *all* generations of progressive people. (I think it was *the* thing that finally shook off my month-long Post-Election Hangover, too. Thanks.) Did I hear talk about this becoming an annual event???? ;-)

Photos from the Benefit: A Night at the Rio with FRSC and Friends
Audio: FRSC Live Music Benifit at the Rio

[ Free Radio Santa Cruz I Donate to FRSC I FRSC Schedule ]


News :: Arts & Culture : Globalization & Capitalism : Poverty & Urban Development

Seema Weatherwax and Jason Weston: A Photographic Lineage

the 24Upon Entering Special Collections I first focused on "Cactus Forest", an image that brought to mind the openness and depth of Ansel Adams. No Surprise. In the Glass case behind me was a copy of Ansel Adam's "Making a Photograph" from 1935, inscribed by the author to Edward Weston, who wrote the forward.

Focusing Through Time: a unique story of
Friendship, Photography, and Collaboration

McHenry Library Special Collections, UCSC
January 3 - March 18, 2005


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Announcement :: Arts & Culture

Tsunami Benefit Concert

Recording artist and producer Sista Monica Parker is spearheading a community charitable musical event. It’s a Tsunami Disaster Relief Benefit Concert on Sunday, January 23, at 6pm (doors open at 5pm) in Santa Cruz, CA at First Congregational Church. Joining her will be Grammy award nominee Linda Tillery from the Bay Area. Singer Valerie Fiddmont, Watsonville Taiko Drummers, Rev. David Grishaw Jones, Rev. Deborah Johnson, artist Carol Bowie and many other community members all volunteering to “Singing In The Spirit?.

This benefit concert is in support of disaster relief for the victims of the Tsunami/Earthquake. There will be singing, meditation and individual performances to create and unite in the spirit of community and charity.

All proceeds go to the victims of the catastrophic earthquake and tsunami via Oxfam International, Save The Children, United Church of Christ and Habitat for Humanity International.

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LOCAL Announcement :: Arts & Culture : Resistance & Tactics

Last Night Santa Cruz Un-Planning Meeting (12/5)

Okay, enough hemming and hawing. It's time you sprung into action. Stop yer waitin' and seein'. The world's gonna pass you by and you'll be bummed.

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Commentary :: Arts & Culture

Rosario se fundo en Arroyo Seco

Octubre de 1925: los festejos del supuesto bicentenario de la ciudad. Una eficaz operación de construcción de legitimidad de la burguesía rosarina.

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LOCAL Commentary :: Arts & Culture

Happy Buy Nothing Day!

It's Buy Nothing Day in Santa Cruz and all around the world. In celebration today, go out and enjoy the surf on this stormy day; check out Big Basin State Park; go kayaking in Elkhorn Slough; or, if it's raining, go see the Long Marine Lab. Above all, avoid those bastions of brazen corporate culture cookie-cutting, such as Capitola Mall. IF you do go, however, be sure to let em know that it IS Buy Nothing Day and that they need to be delivered from American Shopping Sleeping Sickness!

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LOCAL Announcement :: Arts & Culture : Education & Youth : Resistance & Tactics

Last Night Un-Planning Meeting this Saturday

We come with different but similar hopes - blowing minds, revolution, political involvement, DIY culture, community, self-reliance, great music, bone-shaking percussion, and a rollicking good time.

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Commentary :: Arts & Culture

en fins (clichy sous bois): zone d’injustices ?" dbl the giver dub

" ... Well, I had a very eerie feeling of déjà vu. And you'll forgive me, Amy, for being haunted by the first page of Black Boy, my father wrote, when at four years old he felt left out, and they were poor, and he was hungry, and nobody was paying attention to his brother and him. And he wandered listlessly about the room. And he stood before the shimmering embers, fascinated by the quivering coals. And a new idea of a game grew and took root in his mind. Why not throw something into the fire and watch it burn? ..." -- julia wright

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