annual Festival of the Arts at California State University, Sacramento,
March 23 to April 3, will feature visionary art, stirring music and
excellence on stage and screen.
Opening this year's
festival will be a presentation by CSUS president Alexander Gonzalez. His talk,
"The Role of the Arts in a Democratic Society," at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday,
March 23 in the University Union's Hinde Auditorium, will be a timely discussion
of the value of the arts in creating well-rounded citizens. A reception in the
University Union's Forest Suite will follow.
President Gonzalez' lecture launches what has become a leading regional arts
extravaganza that attracts thousands to the CSUS campus. Parking on campus is
free in student, faculty and staff spaces an hour before, during and after all
festival events. All events are free unless otherwise indicated.
The visual arts play a role of particular importance in the festival this year.
Works by forward-thinking California artists, many of whom were stalked by tragedy
and whose artistic talent went undiscovered for years, will be on display beginning
March 26 in the University's Library Gallery. Titled "The Eyes Have It,"
the show features works by nearly 20 visionary "outsiders" in the
art field including Jim Bauer, A.G. Rizzoli, Jon Serl and Donald Walker.
Filmmaker Trinh Minh-ha will screen her film Night Passage, a spiritual
tale of a young woman's journey from death back to life told through the metaphor
of a trip on a night train. The discussion and showing will start at 7 p.m.,
March 27, in the University Union Hinde Auditorium. A reception with Trinh will
Pioneering graphic designer April Greiman will speak at 7 p.m., April 1 in the
University Union Hinde Auditorium, and a show of her work will run through April
2 in the Design Gallery in Mariposa Hall 5000. Greiman was an early user of
computers for graphic design, applying techniques she developed to produce radical
imagery blending science, symbol and myth. Her clients include AOL Time Warner,
Amgen, Esprit, Sears and the U.S. Postal Service.
From 1 to 5 p.m., March 27, in Mendocino Hall 1003, CSUS will present "Vision-Re-Vision,"
an art history symposium. "What I l Learned About Art History from Frida
Kahlo," by San Francisco State University professor Whitney Chadwick, will
be the keynote address. Talks by several other experts, including "Art
History Now: Reckoning with the World" by CSUS professor Elaine O'Brien,
will also be given.
Performances set for the festival are a showcase of University talent. Dance,
theatre, music and poetry will grace the stage.
CSUS professor Dale Scholl and her Dale Scholl Dance/Art company will present
Between The Lines, an all-original dance performance based on contemporary
short stories and novels. Festival performances are at 8 p.m., March 25 to 27
in Solano Hall 1010. The show's five pieces were inspired by the stories of
author and illustrator Edward Gorey, best known for creating the opening animation
for the PBS series Mystery!, Arthur S. Golden's novel Memoirs of
a Geisha and Tom Robbins' book Skinny Legs and All. Tickets are
$18 general, $16 for students and seniors, $15 for CSUS students and $8 for
children 12 and younger.
Crazy for You, a modern treatment of the George and Ira Gershwin musical
Girl Crazy, will be staged for the festival at 8 p.m. on weekdays and
Saturdays, 2 p.m. on Sundays, from March 25 to 28 in the University Theatre.
The show boasts 20 Gershwin tunes including "Bidin' My Time," "Embraceable
You," "I Got Rhythm," "But Not for Me," "Someone
to Watch Over Me," and "Naughty Baby." Tickets are $18 general,
$11 for students and seniors.
Olga Broumas, a native of Greece and poet in residence at Brandeis University,
will read from her work at 7 p.m., March 29, in the University Union Hinde Auditorium.
Poets Lorna de Cervantes and Eugene Redmond will kickoff the annual Flor
y Canto poetry festival sponsored by the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission
with a reading that is also part of the Festival of the Arts at 5 p.m., April
1 in the University Union Ballroom. The Flor y Canto festival will
continue at CSUS on April 2 with a poetry reading by Simon Ortiz at 3 p.m. in
the University Library Lobby.
The University's music department also will be well represented in the festival.
The music offerings start with a percussion recital by CSUS professor Dan Kennedy
at 8 p.m., March 24 in Capistrano Hall 151. CSUS professor and clarinetist Deborah
Pittman will also present a recital at 8 p.m., March 1 in Capistrano Hall 151.
Tickets for each recital are $8 general, $5 for students and seniors. The CSUS
Symphonic Wind Ensemble will perform works by Schwantner, Tchaikovsky, Grantham
and Whitacre at 7:30 p.m., March 29 in the Music Recital Hall in Capistrano
Hall. The concert a preview of the group’s April 13 Carnegie Hall concert
at The New York Wind Band Festival. Tickets are $8 general, $5 for students
Other performances include a free concert by the Liberace Woodwind Quintet at
4 p.m., March 25 in Capistrano Hall 151 and a performance by the CSUS Jazz Ensemble
with guest saxophonist Bob Mintzer at 8 p.m., March 25 in the Music Recital
Hall in Capistrano Hall. Tickets are $10 general, $8 for students and seniors.
A complete schedule of events can be found here.
For ticketed festival events, contact the CSUS Ticket Office at (916) 278-4323
or see Tickets.com. For more information about the festival, contact the CSUS
School of the Arts at (916) 278-ARTS. Media assistance is available from public
affairs at (916) 278-6156.
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