September 1, 2004

Fall filled with arts events

The 300 acres of California State University, Sacramento will play host to a world of arts events this fall. The eclectic mix of exhibits, performances and presentations include displays of contemporary American Indian and Mexican religious art, music from the islands of Indonesia, the banks of the Ganges, and the steppes of Siberia and a theatrical nod to England’s bard.

Photo: Sabjilar
Sabjilar

The “Images of Identity” exhibit in the University Library Gallery will launch the season Sept. 3 with paintings, photos and sculpture from 12 artists: Dugan Aguilar, Rick Bartow, Frank Day, Harry Fonseca, Bob Haozous, George Longfish, Judith Lowry, Fritz Scholder, Brian Tripp, Hulleah Tsinhnahjinnie and Frank Tuttle along with Sacramento State professor emeritus Frank LaPena. LaPena is also co-curating the exhibition with Sacramento State professor Terri Castaneda. The opening reception, 5 to 8 p.m., Friday, Sept. 3, will feature traditional American Indian music and dance. The free show runs to Nov. 18.

On Dec. 3, the University Library Gallery will open “Retablo,” an exhibition of Mexican miniature religious paintings. The show’s stunning examples of this traditional art form will come from the collection of Paul Thiebaud.

Other exhibits include works by architect Sam Davis Sept. 8 to 20 in the Design Gallery in Mariposa Hall 4000 and a series of graduate student shows in the Robert Else Gallery in Kadema Hall.

The “Perspectives in Contemporary Art” lecture series will offer four talks by prominent artists this fall. The lectures will provide unfiltered insight into the experiences, inspirations and creative processes of the artists, along with insider commentary on the current state of the art world. The free lectures begin at 6 p.m. and are followed with a reception with the artist in the University Library Gallery. Painter Mark Flood is first in line with a talk set for Thursday, Sept. 9 in Mariposa Hall 1001.

World music takes a local turn with the premier of Sacramento State’s own Indonesian orchestra, Gamelan Suara Shanti. The percussion group will perform in a concert with the renowned Gamenlan Sekar Jaya of Bali in a show that includes traditional Balinese dance at 3 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 24, in the Music Recital Hall in Capistrano Hall. Other world music events include a North Indian classical concert by Pandit Sudhir Phadke and Pandit Suresh Talkalkar, at 8 p.m. Sept. 17 in the Music Recital Hall, followed by the Chinese Moon Festival Concert featuring Chiffon and Ensemble at 3 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 19 also in the Music Recital Hall. The ever-popular, ethereal sounds of throat singing will return to the University this year when the Siberian group Sabjilar performs 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 16 in the Music Recital Hall.

Closer to home, Sacramento State professor and soprano Robin Fisher will perform at 7 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 2 in the Music Recital Hall, the Sacramento State Opera Theatre will perform at 8 p.m., Saturday Nov. 20 in the Music Recital Hall, and the traditional Christmas “Procession of Carols” choir performances are set for 8 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 4 and 2 and 7 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 5 at Sacred Heart Church at 39th and J Streets.

The Festival of New American Music, the University’s main musical event for fall, will open with a gala concert Nov. 3 featuring guitarist Elliot Fisk and composer Bernard Rands and run through Nov. 14 with a comprehensive lineup of free performances and lectures in venues campuswide.

On-stage offerings this fall include a modern twist on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and Othello: Ann-Marie MacDonald’s Goodnight, Desdemona (Good Morning, Juliet) directed by Sacramento State professor Gina Kaufmann opening 8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 15 in Playwrights' Theatre and continuing Oct. 16, 17 and 21 to 24 and Henrik Ibsen’s The Lady from the Sea directed by Sacramento State professor Paul Besaw opening at 8 p.m., Friday Nov. 5 and continuing Nov. 6, 7 and 11 to 14. The University’s Sacramento Black Art of Dance, under the direction of Sacramento State professor Linda Goodrich, will present Quilts: Diasporic Tapestries opening at 8 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 21 with performances continuing Oct. 22 to 24 and 27 to 31.

Tickets for events are available through the CSUS Ticket Office at (916) 278-4323 or at Tickets.com. A complete listing of University events is available at www.csus.edu/events. Media assistance is available from public affairs at (916) 278-6156.

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