Arts & Lectures Opens with Johnny5 and Turfinc

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Arts & Lectures, a longstanding event series at California State University San Marcos, kicks off its fall lineup with “Back to School Dance Battle with Johnny5 and TURFinc” on Sept. 20.This season boasts a diverse selection of five events as the University hosts renowned guest speakers and performances. Attendees can purchase or reserve tickets online via the Arts & Lectures website beginning Aug. 27.

Back to School Dance Battle with Johnny5 and TURFinc

6 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 20

Arts Building 111

Join us for a back-to-school hip-hop dance battle in which dancers face off and try to outperform one another using their best tricks, flips and breaks. A dance battle is inclusive so that during a battle anyone can sign up to compete, which means in addition to watching the battle you can face off with the TURFinc dancers.

TURFinc is an Oakland-based dance company that specialize in a style called “turfing.” The dance form originated in the boogaloo movement in Oakland. Turfing is a social critique and recognition of lost African American lives, police brutality and race relations in Oakland.

Resistance is Life, Film and Q&A with the Director

6 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 25

University Student Union Ballroom

From a refugee camp on the Turkish-Syria border, “Resistance is Life” features the story of 8-year-old Evlin, a Kurdish refugee who embodies the resilience of her community and hometown of Kobane against the occupation of ISIS militants. Told from her perspective, this feature-length, award-winning documentary introduces the many faces of resistance over the course of eight months on both sides of the Turkish-Syrian border and provides an inside look at the extraordinary spirit behind the first major victory against ISIS militants.

Director Apo Bazidi, whose films underscore the importance of global cultural interactions, presents the film in person and will host a Q&A.

From Forgiveness to Peace and Restorative Justice

6 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 27

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