Festival of the Arts 2017

Ongoing Events
| Wednesday, April 5  |  Thursday, April 6 |  Friday, April 7  |  Saturday, April 8 |  Sunday Funday

Ongoing Events

Annual Student Awards Exhibition
Robert Else Gallery, Kadema Hall
Mondays - Fridays, Noon-4:30 p.m.

Art Exhibit: Recent Work by Jamilah Muhammad
R.W. Witt Gallery, Kadema Hall
Mondays - Fridays, Noon-4:30 p.m.
Reception to be announced

"From John James Audubon to Thomas Moran" 
An Exhibition Drawn from the Collections of the California State Library 
Feb. 17- May 19, Tuesdays-Sundays, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.
This exhibition shows the evolution in printing technology from the beginning of the 19th century when plates for illustrated books were laboriously colored by hand until the close of the century when they were printed in multiple colors via chromolithography.

James and the Giant Peach logoJames and the Giant Peach
University Theatre, Shasta Hall
April 5-16
Written by Roald Dahl. Adapted by Richard R. George. Directed by Richard Bay.
A lonely boy living with two cruel aunts finds an escape in the most unexpected place in James and the Giant Peach. This peachy tale will incorporate actors, large scale puppets, dancers and Roald Dahl’s fantastical words to tell this scrumdiddlyumtious story to children and adults alike 
Tickets: $12 general, $10 students/seniors/SARTA, $8 children (ages 2-12). Tickets may be purchased through Hornet Ticket Office or in person at the box office.

Sacramento Dance Sampler
Dancespace (Solano Hall 1010)
April 8-9, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Join us for the seventh annual Sacramento Dance SamplerThis dynamic concert features a diverse group of professional dance companies from across the Sacramento area. 
Tickets: $12 general admission. Tickets may be purchased through Hornet Ticket Office or in person at the box office.

Wednesday, April 5

Guest Artist: Jessica Gomula
9 a.m. | Mariposa Hall 1007
Jessica Gomula, professor of video and time-based media at Stanislaus State, will present a lecture and demo/workshop. Due to limited seating, this event is only open to students of the Department of Art.
Sponsored by the Department of Art 

Nammour Symposium: Day One
12:30-5 p.m. | Hinde Auditorium, University Union
The theme of this year's Nammour Symposium is immigration. The first day of the Symposium kicks off Wednesday with a film screening, to be followed by a student essay competition and poster exhibition.
Sponsored by the Department of Philosophy 

Firing Kilns Demonstration
5-6 p.m. | Contact Department of Art (dpt-art@csus.edu) for Location
Sacramento State professor Scott Parady will lead a panel discussion with ceramicists Mitch Iburg, Shasta Krueger and HP Bloomer. They will discuss post-graduate experience opportunities and their experiences as residents of prominent residence studios across the country. Print the ePermit for free parking!
Sponsored by the Department of Art 

Guest Speaker: Roxanne Varzi
5-6:45 p.m. | Folsom Hall 1050
Dr. Roxanne Varzi joins us for a reading and signing of Last Scene Underground: An Ethnographic Novel of Iran, about a group of young Tehranis, who navigate their way through politics, art, and the meaning of home and in the process learn hard lessons about censorship, creativity and love. Dr. Varzi is a professor of anthropology and visual studies at the University of California, Irvine. Born in Tehran, she left the country with her family after the Revolution. In 2000, she was awarded the first Fulbright fellowship since the Islamic Revolution for research in Iran.
Sponsored by the Department of Humanities & Religious Studies 

Guest Speaker: Trami Nguyen Cron
5:30-7:30 p.m. | Hinde Auditorium, University Union
Trami Nguyen Cron joins us for a Q&A and book signing for VietnamEazy, a novel about mothers, daughters and food. She is passionate about the emergence of the VietNow culture in America. As a Vietnamese-American, she created Chopsticks Alley as a platform for the younger Vietnamese generation to have a space to express their point of views about news, business, art, food and culture. She hopes this platform will also help to unite the Vietnamese Community all over the world.
Sponsored by the Department of History 

Finding Cleveland posterFinding Cleveland Experience 
6-8 p.m. | Redwood Room, University Union
Join us for the Finding Cleveland experience, an evening of film, music and discussion featuring Baldwin Chiu (producer) and Larissa Lam (director and music composer). Finding Cleveland is a documentary short film that follows Charles Chiu and his family on an emotional journey as they take a trip to Cleveland, Mississippi to visit the gravesite of Charles’ father, KC Lou. In less than 48 hours, Charles has many surprising encounters with the local townspeople, who help fill in some blanks about the father he never knew. 

Baldwin Chiu is a speaker and rapper also known by his stage name, Only Won. He is a spokesperson for the White House/Intel campaign, "Stay with It," promoting careers in science and engineering. Baldwin is a proud mechanical engineering alumnus of Sacramento State and won the Rising Star Award in 2010.

Larissa Lam makes her directorial debut in Finding Cleveland and is an award-winning singer and songwriter. She is a native of Diamond Bar, CA and graduated from UCLA with a degree in business economics.

The first 20 attendees will receive commemorative gift! Free parking is available with ePermit.
Sponsored by the College of Arts & Letters, Alumni Association and College of Engineering & Computer Science

Photography Spring Salon
6-8 p.m. | Kadema Hall 264
A one-night only exhibit! Featuring work by Sacramento State photography students.
Sponsored by the Department of Design

New Millennium Series: Faculty, Friends, and Alumni Gala
7:30 p.m. | Capistrano Concert Hall
This year's Faculty, Alumni, and Friends Gala will include performances by alumnus Jia-mo Chen, cello, and vibrant young french hornist Sadie Glass. Stellar pianist Eric Zivian will team up with faculty members Anna Presler, violinist, and Andrew Luchansky, cellist, for a performance of Felix Mendelssohn's powerful masterpiece, the Trio in D minor, Op. 49.
Tickets: $20 general, $15 seniors, $10 students. Tickets may be purchased through Hornet Ticket Office or in person at the box office.
Sponsored by the School of Music


Thursday, April 6

Japanese Tea Gathering
Noon-1:15 p.m. | University Library (Lower Library)
In addition to serving as a classroom, the Tea Room and Garden acts as a perfect setting for cultural programs, lectures and special events. The eight tatami chashitsu (tea room) is complete with mizuya (preparation room) and roji (pathway or entrance) and provides an ideal interactive learning environment. An exhibit area and seating for up to 40 participants form part of the interior space. Reserve your space by contacting Sally at hitchcoc@saclink.csus.edu.

Nammour Symposium: Day Two
12:30-5 p.m. | The WELL - Terrace Suite
The Department of Philosophy will host a guest speaker panel and discussion on immigration. Guest speakers will present a short talk on their research and then engage in moderated discussion among themselves and with the audience. Guest speaker panelists include:

  • Peter K. Wong, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of California, San Diego, and an advisor to the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (WHIAPPI).
  • Amagda Perez, J.D., Co-Director of the Immigration Clinic and Lecturer at UC Davis School of Law, and attorney with California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation.
  • Shelley Wilcox, Ph.D., Professor of Philosophy, California State University, San Francisco, who has written on immigration, global justice, feminist philosophy.
  • Zachary Gochenour, Visiting Assistant Professor of Economics at Western Carolina University, who has written on the history and economics of immigration policy.

Sponsored by the Department of Philosophy

Guest Author: William T. Vollmann
1:30 p.m. | Library Gallery (1st Floor North)
Vollmann is the author of many novels and works of nonfiction. His literary awards include the 2005 National Book Award for Europe Central, the PEN Center West Award for fiction for The Atlas, the 1989 Shiva Naipaul Memorial Award, and the 1988 Whiting Award for You Bright and Risen Angels. His articles have appeared in The New Yorker, Esquire, Spin, The New York Times Book Review, Granta, Outside Magazine, and many other national and international magazines and newspapers.
Sponsored by the Department of English

"The Art of Executions and the Spectacle of Empire": Presented by Dr. Kim Wagner, Queen Mary University of London
3-4:30 p.m. | International Programs & Global Engagement, Library 1001
During the election of 2016, Donald Trump told a story of how the Americans used bullets dipped in pig's blood to effectively fight Muslims in the Philippines a little more than a century ago - a story suggesting that the key to fighting radical Islam in the twenty-first century may be found in the lessons of America’s early imperial experience. While historians have been quick to dismiss the anecdote as fictitious, it is in fact more accurate than most would be prepared to acknowledge. At the turn of the twentieth century, the Americans did engage in a type of cultural warfare and the most surprising thing is that they had learnt it from the British and from British executions and practices of colonial violence in South Asia. This talk unravels the many layers of Trump’s story, and shows how cultural knowledge has in the past been weaponized within the British and American empires – to deadly, though perhaps not exemplary, effect.
Sponsored by the Department of History

5-9 p.m. | Downtown Sacramento (7th & S)
The third annual U-Create! street faire in downtown Sacramento will return, filling selected art galleries and side streets with terrific artworks, interactive experiences and plenty of music. The free soiree will run 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 6, in the area of Seventh and S streets. Full details are available here.
Sponsored by the College of Arts & Letters

“Interior-scapes”: Guest Lecture by Lois Weinthal
6 p.m. | Verge Center for the Arts 
Lois Weinthal is Chair and Professor at the Ryerson School of Interior Design in Toronto. In her work and teaching she explores the relationship between architecture, interiors, clothing and objects. She has published several significant books, including Toward a New Interior: An Anthology of Interior Design Theory (2011), After Taste: Expanded Practice in Interior Design (2011) and The Interior Design Handbook (2013).
Sponsored by the Department of Design 


Friday, April 7

“Manipulating Media: A Brief History of Mediated Performance including Puppets, Videogames, & Virtual Reality” 
Guest Lecture presented by Dr. Sarah Bay-Cheng, Bowdin College
10 a.m. | Playwrights Theatre
This lecture coincides with the Department of Theatre and Dance’s production of James and the Giant Peach and traces early uses of masks and puppets in a variety of performance genres through contemporary video games and virtual reality as a form of contemporary puppetry.

Film Screening: Night Will Fall
2-4 p.m. | Eureka Hall 104
Night Will Fall tells the story of the liberation of the German concentration camps. Using remarkable archive footage and testimony from both survivors and liberators, it tells of the efforts made to document the almost unbelievable scenes that the allies encountered on liberation. The film explores how a team of top filmmakers, including Sidney Bernstein, Richard Crossman and Alfred Hitchcock, came together to make a film to provide undeniable evidence of what the Allies found, but the film was stopped in its tracks by the British Government and only now 70 years on, has it been completed. Each new generation deserves access to this evidence.
Sponsored by the Department of History

Guest Lecture: Gary Kurutz
3 p.m. | Library Gallery
Gary Kurutz is the curator for "The Golden Age of Book Illustration," the current exhibition in the Library Gallery. Kurutz is the principal librarian ermitus of the Special Collections at the California State Library.
Sponsored by the Library Gallery

"Are We Gon’ Be Alright?": Race in the Trump Era. Jeff Chang in Conversation with Professor Michael G. Vann
5:30 p.m. | Hinde Auditorium, University Union
Jeff Chang currently serves as the executive director of the Institute for Diversity in the Arts at Stanford University. He is known for his extensive work on culture, politics, the arts and music. Learn more
Sponsored by the Department of History

Vocal Jazz Ensembles
7 p.m. | Capistrano Concert Hall
This program will feature our award-winning vocal jazz ensembles, under the direction of Gaw Vang-Williams. 
Tickets: $10 general, $7 seniors, $5 students. Tickets may be purchased through Hornet Ticket Office or in person at the box office.
Sponsored by the School of Music

Saturday, April 8

Alumni Readings: Jamil Kochai and Emmanuel Sigauke 
1-2 p.m. | Library Gallery (1st Floor North)
Jamil Kochai was born in 1992 in Peshawar, Pakistan, though his family originally hails from Logar, Afghanistan. He speaks Pakhto, English, a butchered version of Farsi, and is a practicing Muslim. He has lived for the past 15 years in West Sacramento, California, and he studies at UC Davis as a part of the Masters in Creative Writing Program. Currently, he is at work on the manuscript for his first novel, 99 Nights in Logar, an excerpt of which has been published in 25th issue of A Public Space magazine.

Emmanuel Sigauke teaches English at Cosumnes River College. He grew up in Zimbabwe where he graduated with a degree in English from the University of Zimbabwe. He then attended Sacramento State and graduated with a master's in English. He has published poetry and short fiction. He is also the founding editor of Munyori Literary Journal and is on the boards of the Sacramento Poetry Center and Writers International Network Zimbabwe. He has edited African Roar, an anthology of African fiction, and has co-edited publication for Writivism, a program to promote African writers continent-wide. He is currently working on a novel and blogs at Wealth of Ideas.

Art History Symposium
1-2:30 p.m | Mendocino Hall 1005
The 13th Annual Art History Symposium will feature Rachel Teagle, founding director of the an Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art at the University of California, Davis, and Lawrence Rinder, director and chief curator at Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive since 2008. Print the ePermit for free parking!
Sponsored by the Department of Art

Guest Author: Tia Blassingame
2:30-4 p.m. | Special Collections Room, University Library (1st Floor South)
Tia Blassingame is a book artist and printmaker exploring the intersection of race, history and perception. Utilizing printmaking and book arts techniques, she renders racially-charged images and histories for a nuanced discussion on issues of race and racism. Blassingame holds a B.A. from Princeton University, M.A. from Corcoran College of Art + Design, and M.F.A. in Printmaking from Rhode Island School of Design. She has been an artist-in-residence at Yaddo and MacDowell Colony. Her artist’s books can be found in library and museum collections around the world including Harvard University, Library of Congress, State Library of Queensland, and Tate Britain. Blassingame teaches book arts at Scripps College and is the director of the Scripps College Press.
Sponsored by the Department of English

Film Screening: Tony Natsoulas: A face in the crowd
4:30-6:30 p.m. | Mendocino Hall 1005
This includes the film screening and discussion with the artist, Tony Natsoulas
Sponsored by the Department of Art

Sunday, April 9

Sunday Funday 
11 a.m. - 3 p.m. | Sacramento State Campus
The grand finale of the Festival of the Arts invites students, staff, faculty, alumni and their families to campus for a day of family events to experience the arts and the letters at Sac State. Campus will be filled with adventure, including games and activities from the countries of Japan, France and Italy.

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