The 40th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s speech to the campus community will be commemorated on Oct. 16.
A tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the 30th anniversary of one of the nation’s leading American music festivals and art exhibitions exploring feminism and the borders of private and public space are part of the upcoming fall season of events, exhibitions and performances at Sacramento State.
On Oct. 16, 1967, King held a convocation at Sacramento State's football stadium. The 40th anniversary will be observed with a series of events at the University Union including keynote speeches by King historian Dr. Clayborne Carson and reporter and author Juan Williams, gospel music, and a performance by Sacramento Black Art of Dance. For more information, visit www.csus.edu/union/mlk.
King won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 and, on Friday, Sept. 21, another Nobel laureate will visit the campus. Dr. Wangari Maathai won the Peace Prize in 2004 for her work on behalf of the environment and women’s rights in Kenya.
She will speak at 11 a.m. in the University Union’s Redwood Room.
The Department of Theatre and Dance has a variety of productions featuring multi-talented University students.
The Theatre and Dance Department’s first production of the school year is North Star, a collaboration between the University and California Musical Theatre, the professional theater group behind Music Circus and Broadway Sacramento.
North Star focuses on the events surrounding Aurelia Taylor, an 11-year-old African-American girl growing up in North Carolina during the 1960 lunch counter sit-ins. Written by Gloria Bond Clunie and directed by Theatre and Dance professor Melinda Wilson, North Star will run Oct. 11-21 in the University Theatre at Shasta Hall.
Next is S/BAD, Sacramento Black Art of Dance. The modern dance company will stage its fall performance, Nubian Visions in Movement, Oct. 25 – Nov. 4 in Room 1010 of Solano Hall under the direction of Theatre and Dance chair Linda Goodrich. The performance highlights the black aesthetic presented in the movement styles of the African Diaspora and the African-American tradition of concert dance.
Loose Knit opens Nov. 8 and runs through Nov. 18. It’s an edgy, humorous portrayal of five diverse women who are in a weekly knitting group. They develop a bond while metaphorically and literally “stitching” their way through getting older, finding love and discovering happiness. Loose Knit was written by Theresa Rebeck and will be directed by Michelle Felten at the Playwright’s Theatre in Shasta Hall.
Lorelei Bayne will direct Dance Sites: Faculty Dance Concert, the performance that features eclectic works choreographed by the department’s faculty. Dance Sites runs Nov. 29 – Dec. 9 at the University Theatre.
The department’s fall season concludes with The Afghan Women, by William Mastrosimone and directed by Karen Nylund at the Playwright’s Theatre in Shasta Hall. It’s a modern-day tale involving an Afghan-American doctor in post-Taliban Afghanistan who oversees an orphanage while confronting an Afghan warlord. The play runs Dec. 6-16.
Tickets are available at the Sacramento State Ticket office at (916) 278-4323 or www.tickets.com. Visit www.csus.edu/dram for a list of all performance dates and times.
The performance of a Van Cliburn winner and a big anniversary for Sacramento State’s premier new music celebration top this fall’s music offerings.
The Festival of New American Music celebrates its 30th anniversary with a stellar line-up of musical performers Nov. 1-11. Pauline Oliveros, an accordionist and composer, kicks off the celebration with a keynote address at noon, Nov. 1, and a gala performance at 8 p.m. The event also features Sara Cahill on piano and Nancy Zeltsman on marimba.
A 30th anniversary gala reception with Masonic and MarsBassMan will immediately follow the opening night gala performance. Other performers throughout the festival’s run include Earplay, guitarist David Tanenbaum, newEar, and Scott Whitfield and Ginger Berglund with the Sacramento State Jazz Ensemble. Performances are free. For a schedule, visit the festival website at www.csus.edu/music/fenam.
Jon Nakamatsu tops the list of artists in this fall’s Piano Series. The Van Cliburn Gold Medalist, named “Debut Artist of the Year” in 1997 by National Public Radio, will perform in concert Thursday, Dec. 6. The Piano Series kicks off with a performance by James Nalley on Saturday, Oct. 13, followed by Milica Jelaca Jovanovic on Saturday, Nov. 17. Concerts are 7:30 p.m. in the Music Recital Hall.
World music fans will have five performances to enjoy this autumn. Violinist T.N. Krishnan will perform South Indian music on Saturday, Sept. 15; Satish Vyas will perform North Indian music on the santoor on Saturday, Sept. 22; ILGI presents folk-rock music from Latvia on Friday, Sept. 28; traditional East European Jewish klezmer music will be featured by Veretski Pass on Sunday, Oct. 7; and world fusion group Ancient Future closes the fall series on Friday, Nov. 30. Performances are 8 p.m in the Music Recital Hall.
Tickets for performances hosted by the Music Department are available at the Sacramento State Ticket office at (916) 278-4323 or at www.tickets.com. For more information on all Music Department offerings, visit www.csus.edu/music.
“Off Center” is one of the many thought-provoking exhibits on display at the University this fall.
This autumn’s fine art line-up has an international flavor, launching today, Sept. 4, in the Else Gallery at Kadema Hall with “Off Center Femininities: Regards from Serbia and Montenegro,” a collection of pieces by eight female artists. Guest curated by New York-based art historian Jovana Stokic, the exhibition offers tough and funny visions of what it means to be a young woman today. It runs through Oct. 12 and is not for children or those easily shocked.
Two exhibits open Sept. 4 in the library galleries.
“Area: Blurring the Lines” is in the library’s main gallery. Five artists will each map out each their own area in the gallery, and create their work in front of the public during the exhibit with help from students and faculty. The exhibit runs through Nov. 17.
Next door in the annex gallery, the annual “Heart Gallery” will bring children looking to be adopted together with potential parents through the art of photography. Photos of the children and teenagers will be on display, with short biographies and information on how to adopt them. The “Heart Gallery” will run through Sept. 22.
Subsequent exhibits in the library include work by artists from China, India, Korea and Vietnam.
Back at Kadema Hall, future exhibits include a memorial display of Ricardo Favela’s work in the Witt Gallery Oct. 29 – Nov. 2, in an exhibition titled, “Calacalandia: Somewhere Between Aztlán and Mictlán.” There also will be shows by Sacramento State undergraduates and graduate students.
For a look at everything the Art Department has to offer this fall, visit www.csus.edu/art.
UNIQUE, the volunteer group that brings entertainment to the campus, mixes music, comedy and movies for the enjoyment of students and the public. A free comedy show featuring Ant, from Last Comic Standing, will be held at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 13, in the University Union Ballroom. Seven days later, the San Francisco International Standup Comedy Competition will hold its preliminary rounds of the annual competition at Serna Plaza or the University Union Ballroom at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 20. There is no charge. Free entertainment continues with UNIQUE’s regular Wednesday “Nooners”—live concerts by groups such as Radio Astronomy, Yung Mars and Tha Baysix and Inflight Nymphs. Most of the concerts are held at Serna Plaza or in the University Union.