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Live Musical Performances Set Holiday Tone

Elliot Margolies - December 21, 2018

The third annual MC Studio Session Christmas Celebration 2018 featured musical performances by the EPACenter Arts youth choir and jazz band and the Potential Jazz Ensemble. Starting off the hour-long music session, the six-member youth choir backed by jazz band sang the hopeful “Seasons of Love,” and melancholic “Autumn Leaves.” Next up the EPACenter Arts Read More…

50 Objects / Stories of the American Japanese Incarceration

Elliot Margolies - February 21, 2018

50 Objects / Stories of the American Japanese Incarceration – has launched its gripping web site this week – with the story of Gene Sogioka. Gene was a former Disney artist who documented what he saw at Poston between 1942 and 1943. He created 134 outstanding, often provocative, watercolor works that were uncensored and depicted Read More…

Understanding Islam

Elliot Margolies - July 11, 2017

A 3-part series. Moderated by Santa Clara County Supervisor, Joe Simitian. What does it mean to be a Muslim……the basics. Simitian: “We’re lucky to live in one of the most diverse places in the country,” said Simitian. “But without understanding the diverse cultures around us, misconceptions abound. Our goal is simple: to create a better Read More…

Messengers of Peace (Gallery Talk)

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Foothill photography professor Ron Herman journeyed to Senegal to study the people and culture through photojournalism on a Fulbright Scholarship. Ron shares his experiences living among the most generous and tolerant people he has ever met. Their peaceful culture flies in the face of current messaging in America regarding Muslims. (produced by Becky Sanders, Toni Read More…

Reading Bonanza Spelling Bee

Elliot Margolies - July 7, 2017

Media Center trained youth provided video coverage of the 2017 Reading Bonanza Spelling Bee in East Palo Alto.

The Drifters Experience

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The Studio Sessions are music shows that have community producers, but are supported heavily by Media Center Staff. We have had a series of musical shows as part of the Studio Sessions over the years -featuring local artists. Vintage R&B/Doo-Wop classics from the oh-so-romantic, dreamy repertoire of KB’s Drifter Experience–the tribute trio of Eric D. Read More…

“Walk of DREAMers” 2017

Elliot Margolies - June 29, 2017

Here are poignant life stories from five DREAMers who grew up undocumented and persevered to build a meaningful and productive life. The special storytelling project was made possible with support from Cal Humanities, Survey Monkey, and the Acton Family Fund. It took place at the Midpen Media Center on April 23, 2017. The Full Event: Read More…

Local Heroes Award Winner Profiles 2016

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The Media Center’s Local Hero Awards series recognized five people from the Mid-Peninsula in 2016 for making outstanding contributions to the community or overcoming significant hardship. The videos tell their inspiring stories. Here are all five profiles. They are: Ashley McIntyre, Virginia Anderson, Michael Jones, Roger Vernon Smith, and Tamar Sofer-Geri.

“Walk of DREAMers” Video 2016

Elliot Margolies - July 13, 2016

Here’s the video for the “Walk of DREAMers: An Evening of Stories” event from June 29th – cosponsored by the Midpen Media Center and the Palo Alto City Library. Francisco Jimenez was emcee and 6 DREAMers shared a poignant story about a life – undocumented.

Local Heroes Award Winners’ Profiles 2015

Elliot Margolies - October 19, 2015

The Media Center’s Local Hero Awards series has recognized five people from the Mid-Peninsula in 2015 for making outstanding contributions to the community or overcoming significant hardship.  The videos tell their inspiring stories. They will air on cable TV . Alternatively, you can click on each hero’s name below and watch individual profiles right now. MARIBEE Read More…