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Posts published in November 2018

Transgender Day of Remembrance at Central

The 20th of November marks the International Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR), a moment balanced at the end of the year amidst several of the most major of holidays, as the light slides into darkness and a general air of reflectiveness settles onto our collective consciousness.  The holidays, for many…

Review of PNB’s The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker has a certain magic to it no matter how impressive the production and no matter what the quality of the dancers or musicians is. There’s just something to it that feels like gentle warmth from a fireplace, or a soothing mug of tea. However, Pacific Northwest Ballet’s production…

Bernardo Bertolucci: A Filmmaker’s Legacy

On November 26, 2018, one of the world’s greatest filmmaking pioneers passed away. Director Bernardo Bertolucci was born in Parma, Emilia-Romagna, Italy in 1941, and started his career as an assistant director. Bertolucci attended Rome University, where he also became well known for his poetry. Bertolucci helmed many films, his…

Danez Smith at Seattle Central

This Monday evening, Seattle Arts and Lectures opened the first event of their poetry series at Seattle Central’s Broadway performance hall. It was a sold-out gig studded with the stars of the Seattle poetry world that began with several short performances inspired by the works of award-winning poet and performer…

Culture Shock

Whether we call it Cross-Cultural Adaptation Stress, Intercultural Adjustment Disorientation, Displacement Anxiety, or Culture Shock, it remains as a genuine part of almost everyone’s sojourn abroad. We might have our own perspectives and definitions of culture shock, through the variations of our “shocking” experiences, but there is a widely used…

Self Defense for Mental Health

When I watched my first UFC match on TV, I honestly had no idea what was going on. I can’t remember who was in the Octagon, but I know it was at least two years before Connor McGregor would become a global household name. I had just started boxing, so…

Native Music Showcase

Indigenous culture is rooted firmly in traditions, land, people, song and visual art. There have been forces attempting to erase this culture, as well as wildly successful and diverse resistance to that erasure for the last 500 years. This refusal to be erased was clear at the Contemporary Native American…

Tales of a Non-Traditional Student

Community colleges across the country have long been a welcome home for non-traditional students. Typically, non-traditional students are defined as someone who is over the age of 25 and who has significant responsibilities in work and life. A study conducted by the National Center for Education Statistics from 1995 to…

Troubling News from South Seattle College

On Tuesday, November 14, an ex-teacher and administrator at South Seattle College was arrested on charges of voyeurism. Gene Baker, the now ex-director of international marketing and outreach at South, rented out several rooms in his house to exchange students, all of whom were Asian women. According to one of…

Stan Lee: Remembering A Legend

On Monday, November 12, 2018, we lost one of our greatest pop culture icons. Marvel comics writer and chairman Stan Lee, who passed away at the age of 95 in Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, was a leading pioneer in the comic book world. Lee, along with the late Jack…