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Posted: March 28, 2000


Arts Fest Draws Something for Everyone


There's something for everyone at the CSUS Festival of the Arts, Saturday, April 1 through Sunday, April 9.

Artist Gregory Kondos, the Juilliard String Quartet, Chicano playwright Luis Valdez, sculptor William Wareham, the Joe Goode Performance Group and Pixar Animations Studios' animator Bobby Podesta are among the dozens of revered artists who will share their talents at CSUS. Many will share the stage with the University's own student and faculty performers.

Marking its eighth year, the Festival of Arts gives Capital Region audiences a diverse sample of the literary, visual and performing arts.

Since 1993, the Festival of the Arts has brought artists from around the world to Sacramento. This year, along with artistic presentations, the festival will debut the University's new School of the Arts. The new School combines the disciplines of art, design, music, theatre and dance and brings a newfound energy to University art programs and the Sacramento art scene.

Visual art festival highlights will include traditional works by Kondos and Wareham and the new technologies in film animation by Podesta. Kondos, a CSUS alumnus and Sacramento resident is noted for painting regions close to his heart. Wareham, of Oakland, creates large sculptures that defy their weight. He will develop pieces and interact with the public during his weeklong CSUS residency. Podesta, who worked on Toy Story 2 - winner of best musical or comedy at the recent Golden Globes - and A Bug's Life, will give a free talk as well as a visual presentation.

Stage presentations include the Joe Goode Performance Group. The San Francisco-based contemporary dance company received accolades from The New York Times dance review column for its touching yet humorous interpretation of how AIDS affects communities in the show Deeply There. Joe Goode, a Bessie Award-winning dancer and choreographer will give a free master class. Other stage events include the British 1920s musical spoof The Boyfriend presented by the CSUS department of theatre and dance. And leading regional dance companies Dale Scholl Dance/Art, Sacramento Black Art of Dance and Linda Bair Dance will showcase their program Rep & More.

Musical highlights include a performance by the Juilliard String Quartet, guitarist Hopkinson Smith, noted for his work with historic stringed instruments, the CSUS Concert Band with conductor Robert Halseth, the CSUS Vocal Jazz Ensemble with guest artist Carl Anderson, and the CSUS Instrumental Jazz Ensemble with guest alto saxophonist Eric Marienthal.

The Meet the Music Family Concert Series will showcase its second presentation of Niam: Portrait of a Gnome. The free theatrical event features Sacramento Black Art of Dance, Richard Bay Puppets and narration by CSUS professor Claudia Kitka. The 70-piece CSUS Symphony Orchestra accompanies the story with a performance of Modest Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition."

Literary art presentations in the University Union Auditorium will begin with essayist Amy Blackmarr, author of Going to Ground. Poetry readings will be given by Puschcart Prize-winning and Bay Area poets Gillian Conoley and Brenda Hillman. CSUS alumni and Sacramento-area poets Lisa Abraham, Dennis Hock and Pearl Selinsky will return to the University for talks and poetry readings.

Chicano playwright Luis Valdez will wrap up the festival. Valdez, a resident of San Juan Bautista, directed the movie La Bamba and founded El Teatro Campesino (Farmworkers' Theater). Valdez is also the third lecturer in the University's "Leaders and Legends" 1999-2000 series.

Media information on the Festival of the Arts is available from the CSUS public affairs office at (916) 278-6156. Please see attached schedule for performance times, dates and locations.

Photographs of festival performers are available by e-mail and can be requested by calling Robyn Slagle-Eifertsen in the CSUS public affairs office at (916) 278-6156 or e-mailing eifertsenr@csus.edu.



CSUS Festival of the Arts Schedule
April 1 - 9

All events are free unless otherwise noted.
Tickets are available from the CSUS Central Ticket Office at (916) 278-4323.
More information is available from the CSUS public affairs office at (916) 278-6156.

Saturday, April 1

The Boyfriend, 8 p.m., University Theatre in Shasta Hall. $13 general/$9 students/$8 group (10 or more). (916) 278-4323

Monday, April 3

Dance Master Class with Bessie Award-winning dancer and choreographer Joe Goode, 11 a.m., DanceSpace in Solano Hall 1010.

"A Passion for the Land," recent works by artist Gregory Kondos, 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday - Friday and 5 - 8 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday, University Union Exhibit Lounge. Exhibit continues to May 5.

William Wareham, sculptor, artist-in-residence, noon - 5 p.m., Robert Else Gallery in Kadema Hall. Exhibit continues to April 28.

Amy Blackmarr, essayist, 3 p.m., University Union Hinde Auditorium.

Tuesday, April 4

"A Passion for the Land," recent works by artist Gregory Kondos, 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday - Friday and 5 - 8 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday, University Union Exhibit Lounge. Exhibit continues to May 5.

William Wareham, sculptor, artist-in-residence, noon - 5 p.m., Robert Else Gallery in Kadema Hall.

Hopkinson Smith, guitar, 8 p.m., CSUS Music Recital Hall in Capistrano Hall. $10 general, $5 students/seniors. (916) 278-4323.

Joe Goode Performance Group, 8 p.m., University Theatre. $15 general, $12 students, $12 seniors, $8 children 12 and under. (916) 278-4323.

Wednesday, April 5

"A Passion for the Land," recent works by artist Gregory Kondos, 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday - Friday and 5 - 8 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday, University Union Exhibit Lounge. Exhibit continues to May 5.

William Wareham, sculptor, artist-in-residence, noon - 5 p.m., Robert Else Gallery in Kadema Hall. Exhibit continues to April 28.

Reception for artist Gregory Kondos, 6 - 8 p.m., University Union Ballroom.

Gillian Conoley, poet, 7:30 p.m., University Union Hinde Auditorium.

CSUS Concert Band, program will include Bach, Grainer, Jager and Saint-Saens, Robert Halseth, conductor, guest performance by the Granite Bay High School Band, 7:30 p.m., CSUS Music Recital Hall in Capistrano Hall. $6 general, $4 students/seniors. (916) 278-4323.

Thursday, April 6

"A Passion for the Land," recent works by artist Gregory Kondos, 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday - Friday and 5 - 8 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday, University Union Exhibit Lounge. Exhibit continues to May 5.

William Wareham, sculptor, artist-in-residence, noon - 5 p.m., Robert Else Gallery in Kadema Hall. Exhibit continues to April 28.

Reception for sculptor William Wareham, 5 - 7 p.m., Robert Else Gallery in Kadema Hall.

A talk with sculptor William Wareham, 7 p.m., Kadema Hall 145.

Brenda Hillman, poet, 7:30 p.m., University Union Hinde Auditorium.

The Boyfriend, 8 p.m., University Theatre. $13 general, $9 students, $8 group (10 or more). (916) 278-4323.

CSUS Vocal Jazz Ensemble, with guest artist Carl Anderson, 8 p.m., CSUS Music Recital Hall in Capistrano Hall, $15 general, $12 students/seniors. (916) 278-4323.

Rep and More, Dale Scholl Dance/Art, Sacramento Black Art of Dance, Linda Bair Dance Company, 8 p.m., Dancespace, Solano Hall 1010. $12 general, $10 students, $6 children 12 and under. (916) 278-4323.

Friday, April 7

"A Passion for the Land," recent works by artist Gregory Kondos, 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday - Friday and 5 - 8 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday, University Union Exhibit Lounge. Exhibit continues to May 5.

William Wareham, sculptor, artist-in-residence, noon - 5 p.m., Robert Else Gallery in Kadema Hall. Exhibit continues to April 28.

"A Pixar Animator's Life," Bobby Podesta, animator with Pixar Animation Studios, 7:30 p.m., University Union Hinde Auditorium.

The Boyfriend, 8 p.m., University Theatre. $13 general, $9 students, $8 group (10 or more). (916) 278-4323.

Rep and More, Dale Scholl Dance/Art, Sacramento Black Art of Dance, Linda Bair Dance Company, 8 p.m., Dancespace, Solano Hall 1010. $12 general, $10 students, $6 children 12 and under. (916) 278-4323.

Juilliard String Quartet, 8 p.m., CSUS Music Recital Hall in Capistrano Hall. $25 all tickets. (916) 278-4323.

Saturday, April 8

7:30 p.m., Alumni Poetry Reading, Lisa Abraham, Dennis Hock and Pearl Selinsky, University Union Hinde Auditorium.

Alumni Association Night at the Theatre, 6 p.m., light buffet and silent auction, 8 p.m. The Boyfriend, 10 p.m. cabaret gala, University Theatre. $25. Tickets at Central Ticket Office, 278-4323.

CSUS Instrumental Jazz Ensemble, with guest alto saxophone artist Eric Marienthal, 8 p.m., CSUS Music Recital Hall in Capistrano Hall. $10 general, $5 students/seniors. (916) 278-4323.

Rep and More, Dale Scholl Dance/Art, Sacramento Black Art of Dance, Linda Bair Dance Company, 8 p.m., Dancespace, Solano Hall 1010. $12 general, $10 students, $6 children 12 and under. (916) 278-4323.

Sunday, April 9

Niam: Portrait of a Gnome, with Richard Bay puppets and the CSUS Symphony Orchestra, 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., CSUS Music Recital Hall in Capistrano Hall.

The Boyfriend, 2 p.m., University Theatre. $13 general, $9 students, $8 group (10 or more). (916) 278-4323.

Playwright Luis Valdez, 7:30 p.m., University Union Ballroom. $10 general, $5 students. (916) 278-4323.



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