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Posted: January 26, 2000


Annual Festival Offers Array of Artists


PIXAR animator Bobby Podesta, painter Gregory Kondos, the Julliard String Quartet, Chicano playwright Luis Valdez, sculptor William Wareham and the Joe Goode Performance Group are among the dozens of revered artists who will converge at California State University, Sacramento during the Festival of the Arts, April 2 - 9.

Marking its eighth year, the festival 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. It brings a newfound energy to University art programs and the Sacramento art scene.

Visual art festival highlights will include exhibits by Wareham, Kondos and Podesta. Wareham, of Oakland, creates large sculptures that defy their weight. He will develop pieces and interact with the public during his week-long CSUS residency and exhibit. Kondos, a CSUS alumnus and Sacramento resident noted for painting regions close to his heart, will exhibit new work. Disney and PIXAR animator Podesta, who worked on Toy Story 2 winner of best picture, musical or comedy at the recent Golden Globes, and A Bug's Life, will speak as well as give 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 effects communities in the show Deeply There.

Other stage events include the CSUS department of theatre and dance presentation of the British 1920s musical spoof The Boyfriend. Sacramento's leading regional dance companies Dale Scholl Dance Art, Sacramento Black Art of Dance and Linda Bair Dance will showcase their program Rep & More. And CSUS alumni will gather to give a dance workshop.

Musical highlights include the Julliard String Quartet and guitarist Hopkinson Smith, a New York native who now lives in Switzerland, the CSUS Concert Band and the CSUS Instrumental Jazz Ensemble. Also appearing will be vocalist Carl Anderson with the CSUS Vocal Jazz Ensemble. Anderson, currently on tour in Italy, is often remembered for his portrayal of Judas in Andrew Lloyd-Webber's Jesus Christ Superstar.

The Meet the Music Family Concert Series will showcase its second presentation of Niam: Portrait of a Gnome. The theatrical presentation 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."

Essayist Amy Blackmarr, a Kansas resident, the author of Going to Ground, will speak. Poetry readings will be given by Puschcart Prize-winning and Bay Area poets Gillian Conoley and Brenda Hillman, and by CSUS alumni and Sacramento-area poets Dennis Hock, Pearl Selinsky and Lisa Abraham.

A talk by 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).

More information is available at the public affairs office at (916) 278-6156. See attached schedule for performance details and ticket prices.



CSUS Festival of the Arts Schedule
April 2 - 9

Sunday, April 2

2 p.m., The Boyfriend, spoof of 1920s musical comedy, University Theatre, Shasta Hall.
$13/$9 CSUS students/$8 group. Tickets at Central Ticket Office, 278-4323, or at BASS. Continues April 6 - 9.

Monday, April 3

10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m, "New Work" by Gregory Kondos, University Union Exhibit Lounge. Continues to April 7. Reception 6 - 8 p.m., Wednesday, April 5, University Union Ballroom.

noon - 5 p.m., artist-in-residence, William Wareham, metal sculpture, exhibit and demonstration, Robert Else Gallery, Kadema Hall. Demonstration continues to April 7. Exhibit continues to April 28. Reception 5 - 7 p.m., Thursday, April 6, Robert Else Gallery.

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

Time to be announced. Cook Family art donation, Sculptures of Michael Todd and William Wareham,
currently on loan, will be donated to the University.


Tuesday, April 4

10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., "New Work," Gregory Kondos, University Union Exhibit Lounge. Continues to April 7. Reception 6 - 8 p.m., Wednesday, April 5, University Union Ballroom.

noon - 5 p.m., artist-in-residence, William Wareham, metal sculpture, exhibit and demonstration, Robert Else Gallery, Kadema Hall. Demonstration continues to April 7. Exhibit continues to April 28. Reception 5 - 7 p.m., Thursday, April 6, Robert Else Gallery.

8 p.m., Joe Goode Performance Group, University Theatre, Shasta Hall. $15/$12 students and seniors/$8
children 12 and under. Tickets at Central Ticket Office, 278-4323, or at BASS.

8 p.m., Hopkinson Smith, guitar, Music Recital Hall, Capistrano Hall. $10/$5 student and seniors. Tickets at Central Ticket Office, 278-4323, or at BASS.


Wednesday, April 5

10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., "New Work," Gregory Kondos, University Union Exhibit Lounge. Continues to April 7.

noon - 5 p.m., artist-in-residence, William Wareham, metal sculpture, exhibit and demonstration, Robert Else Gallery, Kadema Hall. Demonstration continues to April 7. Exhibit continues to April 28. Reception 5 - 7 p.m., Thursday, April 6, Robert Else Gallery.

6 - 8 p.m., reception, "New Work," Gregory Kondos, University Union Exhibit Lounge. Continues to April 7.

7:30 p.m., CSUS Concert Band, Robert Halseth conductor, Music Recital Hall, Capistrano Hall. $6/$4 students and seniors. Tickets at Central Ticket Office, 278-4323, or at BASS.

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


Thursday, April 6

10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., "New Work," Gregory Kondos, University Union Exhibit Lounge. Continues to April 7.

noon - 5 p.m., artist-in-residence William Wareham, metal sculpture, exhibit and demonstration, Robert Else Gallery, Kadema Hall. Demonstration continues to April 7. Exhibit continues to April 28.

5 - 7 p.m., reception, for artist-in-residence, William Wareham, metal sculpture Robert Else Gallery.

5 - 8 p.m., "New Work," Gregory Kondos, University Union Exhibit Lounge. Continues to April 7.

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

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

8 p.m., CSUS Vocal Jazz Ensemble, guest artist Carl Anderson, Music Recital Hall, Capistrano Hall. $10/$5 students seniors. Tickets at Central Ticket Office, 278-4323, or at BASS.

8 p.m., "Rep & More," Dale Scholl Dance Art, Sacramento Black Art of Dance, Linda Bair Dance Company, Dancespace, Solano Hall 1010.
$12/$10 students/$6 children 12 and under. Tickets at Central Ticket Office, 278-4323, or at BASS.

8 p.m., The Boyfriend, spoof of 1920s musical comedy, University Theatre, Shasta Hall.
$13/$9 CSUS students/$8 group. Tickets at Central Ticket Office, 278-4323, or at BASS. Continues to April 9.


Friday, April 7

10 a.m. - 1 p.m., dance workshop, classes with CSUS dance alumnae, Dancespace, Solano Hall 1010.

10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., "New Work," Gregory Kondos, University Union Exhibit Lounge.

noon - 5 p.m., artist-in-residence, William Wareham, metal sculpture, exhibit and demonstration, Robert Else Gallery, Kadema Hall. Exhibit continues to April 28.

7:30 p.m., Bobby Podesta, PIXAR animator who worked on Toy Story 2 and A Bug's Life, lecture and video presentation, University Union Auditorium.

8 p.m., Juilliard String Quartet, United States' "first family" of chamber music, Music Recital Hall, Capistrano Hall. Single tickets go on sale Feb. 21 at Central Ticket Office, 278-4323, or at BASS.

8 p.m., "Rep & More," Dale Scholl Dance Art, Sacramento Black Art of Dance, Linda Bair Dance Company, Dancespace, Solano Hall 1010. $12/$10 students/$6 children 12 and under. Tickets at Central Ticket Office,
278-4323, or at BASS.

8 p.m., The Boyfriend, spoof of 1920s musical comedy, University Theatre, Shasta Hall.
$13/$9 CSUS students/$8 group. Tickets at Central Ticket Office, 278-4323, or at BASS. Continues to April 9.


Saturday, April 8

7:30 p.m., alumni poetry reading, Dennis Hock, Pearl Selinsky and Lisa Abraham, University Union Auditorium.

8 p.m., CSUS Instrumental Jazz Ensemble, Music Recital Hall. $10/$5 students and seniors. Tickets at Central Ticket Office, 278-4323, or at BASS.

8 p.m., "Rep & More," Dale Scholl Dance Art, Sacramento Black Art of Dance, Linda Bair Dance Company, Dancespace, Solano Hall 1010. $12/$10 students/$6 children 12 and under. Tickets at Central Ticket Office,
278-4323, or at BASS.

8 p.m., The Boyfriend, spoof of 1920s musical comedy, University Theatre, Shasta Hall.
$13/$9 CSUS students/$8 group. Tickets at Central Ticket Office, 278-4323, or at BASS. Continues April 9.


Sunday, April 9

1 & 3 p.m., Niam: Portrait of a Gnome, Meet the Music family concert series, Music Recital Hall, Capistrano Hall. Free.

2 p.m., The Boyfriend, spoof of 1920s musical comedy, University Theatre, Shasta Hall. $13/$9 CSUS students/$8 group. Tickets at Central Ticket Office, 278-4323, or at BASS.

7:30 p.m., "An Evening with Luis Valdez," playwright of Zoot Suit and La Bamba director, University Union Ballroom. $10/$5 CSUS students. Tickets at Central Ticket Office, 278-4323, or at BASS.


Events listed without a ticket price are free. More information is available at the public affairs office at (916) 278-6156, or at the music department at (916) 278-6515.


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