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University of the Pacific gears up for Black History Month celebration

University of the Pacific gears up for Black History Month celebration

University of the Pacific’s annual Black History Month celebration includes activities that honor the history and heritage of African-Americans and the African Diaspora. Throughout the month of February, students, faculty and staff put on numerous events, including a keynote speaker, gospel concert, poetry reading, roundtable discussions and various guest lecturers.

Activists Dr. Melba Beals and Dr. Angela Davis, gospel legends The Clark Sisters, and nationally recognized poet Rowan Ricardo Phillips will be featured as University of the Pacific celebrates Black History Month in February. The theme for this year’s celebration is “A Century of Black Life, History and Culture.” 

Delta College Jazz Festival - Saturday, December 6 ALL DAY!

Delta College Jazz Festival - Saturday, December 6 ALL DAY!
The Pacific Mambo Orchestra (PMO) will cap off Delta’s annual "50 Jazz Band" Jazz Festival, Saturday, December 6, 8 p.m. in Atherton Auditorium. PMO won the 2014 Grammy for "Best Tropical Latin Album.” This dynamic 19 piece Latin Big Band from San Francisco plays Salsa, Mambo, Latin Jazz, and Cha Cha. PMO is called “The sound of the new Mambo!” http://www.pacificmambo.com/ 

PMO Tickets: $20 Adults; $15 Students

Delta College Center for the Arts & L.H. Horton Jr. Gallery presents documentary photography

Delta College Center for the Arts & L.H. Horton Jr. Gallery presents documentary photography

Delta College Center for the Arts & L.H. Horton Jr. Gallery Presents  
                                         Documentary Photography

Utility Box Design Contest 2

Utility Box Design Contest 2

The Downtown Utility Box Design Contest has returned. The theme is, "Artistic Illusions - Art Reflects Life" requesting designs that create an optical illusion of objects in 3-D. The contest is open to Stockton high school and college students.  Deadline for submission is Monday, November 17 at midnight.  Link here for details.

Highlighted Utility Box Design Contest Past Winner

Deanna Medek started art at a young age.  She developed her skills by drawing her favorite characters. Deanna knew if she wanted to get better she had to take classes so she began formal art instruction in middle school.

October Observances Part 2

October Observances Part 2

I celebrated Filipino American History Month this October watching three films by Marissa Aroy at Delta College – The Recipe; Little Manila, Filipinos In California’s Heartland and The Delano Manongs, Forgotten Heroes Of The United Farm Workers which detailed Larry Itliong’s involvement.  The films were followed by a panel discussion and Q & A with filmmaker Marissa Aroy, Professors James Sobredo and Debra Louie, Johnny Itliong (son of Larry Itliong), moderated by Journalist Emil Guillermo.

During the discussion several points were made – We have to tell our own story and we need to learn from the past or it will be repeated.  My take away is all voices must be heard for the complete picture to emerge.

October Observances Part 1

October Observances Part 1

I thought October was only for celebrating Halloween but the month has many observances including Domestic Violence Awareness Month and Filipino American History Month.

Jen Primous, the founder of P.U.M.P.S. FOR WOMEN, INC. a women’s society whose focus is on women’s empowerment and women’s issues, took the stage at the Domestic Violence Awareness Day held at the Podesto Teen Impact Center on October 11. She introduced the event as more than entertainment or something meant to discourage.

Music On The Mile

Music On The Mile

It is hard to believe that it was last October that I attended the Tuleburg Press Launch Party at Mile Wine, a new restaurant on the Miracle Mile. On October 4th of this year, Mile Wine celebrated its 1st anniversary with a restaurant packed with well wishers including my husband and I.  Music was provided by Wendi Maxwell and the Tres Hot Jazz Band. Congratulations to owners Paul and Cindi Marsh!!!