“Is There Life After Birth?” AND “Oceans & Flames”

Examining difficult subjects in girls’ and women’s lives through new work, this show begins with UCI MFA director candidate Melissa Livingston and UCI actor Monica Minix about their play “Is There Life After Birth?” This production focuses on the lives of teenage mother, and draws, in part, on the director’s own experiences. The play will run from Nov. 17- Nov 18, on and off campus respectively. Information about these performances is available at: http://illuminations.uci.edu/events/2017_11_17_Life_After_Birth.html.

In the second segment, (min 31:00) Dania Alkhouli, Syrian-American writer, poet, and spoken word artist presents her collection of poems entitled “Oceans & Flames.” Her self-published anthology, highlighting work she created amidst her experience dealing with domestic abuse, is illustrated by Syrian American artist Sama Wareh, and designed by Syrian Artist Dima Arabi Katbi. Follow Dania on social media as “Lady Narrator” for information about buying her book and meeting her.

In addition information, for the UCI 11-16-17 benefit for Refugee Students Scholarship Program, information is available at: http://www.accesscal.org/refugee-students-scholarship-program/.

The Present is Plastics AND Irvine’s General Plan Update

Two brand new enterprises known as BottleRocket and Closed Loop Plastics are stepping up and paring down the waste stream of those polymers that most of you use without even thinking. These titans are recent UCI graduates: CEO Will Amos of Closed Loop Plastics, and Brian Leung COO of BottleRocket.  See whether your city is on the BottleRocket map, among other information at: https://www.bottlerocketrecycle.com/ Scheduled to be launched in January is: http://www.closedloopplastics.com/

In the second segment (min 23:00), Irvine City Principal Planner Bill Jacobs presents the update on Irvine’s city’s General Plan – what goes in the ground where you live, matters folks. We cover selected elements, talk trends, kick the tires of a few urban planning assumptions, and offer some ways of registering public comments before the deadline on Monday November 20, 2017. Take the survey at: https://www.peakdemocracy.com/p/185 or call 949-724-6581.