March is Women’s History Month; here’s a list of events to check out, both on-campus and virtual.

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Julie Dole, Pirate staff writer. March 11, 2019

March is Women’s History Month; here’s a list of events to check out, both on-campus and virtual.

SMC Festival events – Main Campus

SMC formally celebrates Women’s History Month from Tuesday, March 12th through Thursday, 14 on the SMC main campus Quad; events are scheduled from 11:15a.m. – 12:35 p.m.; entertainment to be announced.

Poetry

Also on March 12th, check out slam poetry honoring Women’s Empowerment Month. Poet Terisa Siagatonu, an MD and Marriage and Family Therapist, will emcee the event. Over the last ten years, publications including The Huffington Post, CNN, and Everyday Feminism have featured Dr. Siagatonu’s poetry, which often focus on the themes of youth advocacy, climate change, LGBTQIA rights, Pacific Islander/ Indigenous rights, and gender-based violence. Dr. Siagatonu’s has appeared at events ranging from national student conferences to the White House (during the Obama administration), as well as the UN Conference on Climate Change. The poetry slam will be held on the Main Stage of the Theater Arts Building, SMC Main Campus, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:45 pm., March 12th.

Sports

In sports, come cheer the Corsairs on Thursday, March 14th, as SMC’s Women’s Tennis plays Glendale Community College. The match starts at 1:00 p.m., at the Corsair Field on SMC’s Main campus. For more information, see: www.smccorsairs.com/sports/wten/2018-19/schedule

Comic and arts conversation, off-campus

Photo of Matthew Aucoin and Megan Amran courtesy of the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA.

On Thursday Mar 21, comedy writer and performer Megan Amram joins composer, pianist, and writer Mathew Aucoin onstage at the Hammer Museum in Westwood. The event is free.

A comedian and screenwriter who rose to fame via her hilarious tweets online, Amram currently writes on The Good Place; she has also written for the television series Transparent, Silicon Valley, Parks and Recreation, and The Simpsons. Also known for her writing in the New Yorker and McSweeney’s publications, in 2018, Amram produced a YouTube comedy-reality show in a bid to win an Emmy, simply called “An Emmy for Meghan.”

Best known for his operas, Aucoin is the Los Angeles Opera’s first artist-in-residence and has been commissioned by the Metropolitan Opera, Carnegie Hall, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and NPR’s This American Life.

Co-presented with LA Opera, the event is free, but tickets are required – the free tickets are available at the Box Office one hour before the program. One ticket per person; first come, first served.

The Hammer is located at the corner of Westwood and Wilshire boulevards in Westwood Village, three blocks east of the 405 freeway’s Wilshire exit.

Dance

Dancer Ching Ching Wong; Photo courtesy of SMC

On Thursday, March 28, dancer Ching Ching Wong will lead a master class as part of SMC’s Masters of Dance series. The class will explore creative dance tools ranging from physicality, theatrical components, and choices, to sensations and partnering.

Named in 2017 by Dance Magazine in its “25 to Watch,” and winner of the 2015 Princess Grace Award in Dance, Wong received her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance Performance from the University of California, Irvine, where she studied with legendary choreographer Donald McKayle.

Born in Manila and raised in southern California, Wong began her dance training at Allegria Dance Theater under Dr. Alia Harlan Kaneaiakala, danced seven seasons with Northwest Dance Project, and performed on season 15 of “So You Think You Can Dance.”

Founder of The Experience, an international dance workshop series, as well as Project Salamat, a global outreach program, Wong toured the U.S. and Asia in 2017 with violinist-looper Joe Kye for his album “Migrants,” and restaged work for Swiss choreographer Ihsan Rustem.

Wong’s master class will be held on Thursday, March 28, at 10:15 a.m., rooms 304 & 308 of the Core Performance Center, SMC Main Campus. The event is free. Spectators as well as dancers may attend; If participating, wear appropriate black on black dancewear.

Free online films

Want to celebrate women while you Netflix and chill? The Los Angeles Public Library has got your back. This month, Kanopy, the LAPL’s free, streaming film service features a Women’s History Month Collection, showcasing a selection of films dedicated to social transformation, women’s history, and women in film. The service is also offering new releases of award-winning films as well; Kanopy is free to anyone with a Los Angeles Public Library card, and focuses on independent, international, classic, and documentary films. For more information, see:
https://lapl.kanopy.com/category/tags/womens-history-month

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