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The showpiece of Sac State’s spring is the annual Festival of the Arts, a celebration of all things arts, running April 13-17.

Last year’s popular U-Create! street faire in downtown Sacramento will return, filling selected art galleries and side streets with terrific artworks, interactive experiences, and plenty of music. The free soiree will run 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 14, in the area of Seventh and S streets.

The Sac State campus once again will become a giant playground for children and adults alike with Sunday Funday, a play day that offers attractions and events for the entire family from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 17.

Filmmaker, writer, and composer Trinh Minh-Ha will screen her new film, Forgetting Vietnam, exploring the issues of trauma in relation to war and homeland. It was made in commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War. The movie will be shown from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, April 16, and will include a question-and-answer session.

Brian Crane, creator of the popular comic strip Pickles, will give a talk from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 15, in Mariposa 1000, followed by a reception in Mariposa 4000.

The 2016 Dance Sampler will offer dance works from professional dance companies throughout the region. This year’s concert will be an “unplugged” version at 2 and 7 p.m. April 16-17 in Solano Hall Dancespace.

All that is in addition to the many other arts and entertainment events such as The Producers, a Library Gallery lecture by exhibitor Bidou Yamaguchi, a traditional Japanese tea ceremony, and great classical music by renowned pianist Misuzu Tannaka.

– Craig Koscho

Full 2016 Schedule 

U-Create! | Sunday Funday

Looking back at Festival of the Arts 2015

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