Monday Funday: #santacruzlife

Fiddler on the Roof at Cabrillo Stage

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My neighbor plays violin in the orchestra and hooked me up with some preview tickets last Thursday. (Thanks, SD!) I have to admit that I had no clue what this award-winning musical was about whatsoever. So I was pleasantly surprised when not only was the story pretty solid but so were all the performances. I even knew some of the songs never realizing before that they were from this piece.

I have to say it was pretty crazy to see how some of the same themes like racism, sexism, and discrimination being depicted in 1905 Easter Europe are still so prominent in today’s modern society. Despite the somber and abrupt ending, I highly recommend checking it out before it closes on August 14. Mazel Tov! Cabrillo Stage Summer Music Festival’s Fiddler on the Roof.

Kimbap at Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History (MAH)

I was stoked to see this event on the MAH Instagram. It’s not everyday in Santa Cruz that an Asian themed event pops up right downtown. Let alone, a food related one. I knew I had to go even though I was still on the cleanse and couldn’t actually eat any of it.

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Current MAH Artist in Residence Abigail Han invited friend and Los Angeles-based Korean American artist Hannah Naomi Varamini to show us how to make Kimbap, a Korean seaweed rice roll.

As we collectively assembled the rolls, both artists shared their appreciation for food, especially as it relates to art, politics, and culture. We discussed the adage, “you are what you eat”, and examined how powerful food can really be. The strength to break barriers and borders, bring people together to build communities, and teach us about our pasts in order to create our futures. This concept was portrayed in the nori, or seaweed, we used to wrap the Kimbap that was laser cut with excerpts from a Korean poem about the end of the Korean War.

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I later chatted more with Artist in Residence Abigail Han, originally from Singapore and currently living in Los Angeles. She is at the MAH until the end of August and interested in creating community recipes in her museum installed kitchen. How do we take the food of the past and modernize it to create something new? By the end of her residency, Han hopes to have enough footage of the community making food together and create a motion picture. Feel free to visit her at the museum during their regular hours. She’d be psyched to “break bread” with you. I told her I’d come back when I could eat again so we could cook Filipino pancit (noodles) and lumpia (eggrolls) with a modern twist. Yummy!

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