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Summer 2024 Program

Celebrating Sacramento Diversity in Art, Music, Food and Theatre

Most presentations are free and will be held on Fridays at 10 am in Del Norte Room 1004, except for June 7 (see address below) and June 28 in Shasta Hall 113. Signups are on Eventbrite; you will find specific links for each week in its writeup. In addition to the presentations, various meals and tours will be added (some of those will have donations or payments required). If you have a parking pass for the last year, it is still good on campus until June 30. Then you must purchase a new one for 2024-25. That fee has increased to $41 plus a convenience fee of $1.09. Check UTAPS for more information.

June 7

June 7 at 10 am: Sojourner Truth African Heritage Museum. This FREE program is sponsored by The Renaissance Society of Sac State and is open to the community! Learn more about this wonderful local museum. The mission of the Sojourner Truth African Heritage Museum is to open minds and change lives through the exploration and celebration of African American history, experiences and culture through art education and outreach. This is an in-person event, with no Zoom or recording. THIS PROGRAM IS FULL (but check Eventbrite for last-minute cancellations)!

Sign up on Eventbrite here.

For more details about the museum, please check their website.

The museum is located on the corner of 24th and Florin inside the Florin Business Arts Complex. The address is 2251 Florin Rd. #126 Sacramento. Meet in the Obama Room. The capacity is 90. 


Following our tour we have organized an optional trip to Abyssinia Restaurant, 1346 Fulton Ave. in Sacramento, which features Ethiopian cuisine. We've arranged a no-host, $20 buffet lunch accompanied by the owner's explanation of food and culture in Ethiopia. To sign up by Wednesday morning at 10 am, contact Carolynn Washington.

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One of the many works of art in a fascinating museum.

June 14

June 14 at 9 to 9:45 am: Tour of Sac State Greenhouses with Daniel Pfarr. Meet at the patio area between the Greenhouse and Sequoia Hall, under the ginkgo bologna trees. Maximum 20 people.

June 14 at 10 am: Unlimited Fashions-African Glam Fashion Show

Del Norte 1004 Capacity: 200

Samantha Wall Laidler presents Unlimited Fashions, a multicultural upscale fashion show which epitomizes diversity on the runway. With models from various cultural backgrounds gracing the catwalk, the event celebrates the richness of global fashion. From traditional attire to contemporary designs, each ensemble tells a story, weaving together a tapestry of cultures, styles and influences. Beyond showcasing clothing, the event serves as a platform for cultural exchange, fostering understanding and appreciation for the world’s diverse sartorial expressions. Through meticulous curation and choreography, Unlimited Fashion creates a mesmerizing spectacle that transcends borders and resonates with audiences worldwide. Embracing inclusivity and creativity, the show not only pushes the boundaries of fashion but also inspires individuals to embrace their unique identities and celebrate the beauty of diversity.

Sign up on Eventbrite here.

For Zoom, Please click the link below to join the webinar:

The Zoom meeting.

June 14 at 12:30 pm. Program at Planetarium. Sign up on Eventbrite here.

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The 9 am meeting place for the Greenhouse tour with Daniel Pfarr.

June 21

June 21 at 10 am: Artivism; Latin American Arts Organizations and how they address the issues of the Community. They will be joined by several artists from the Sacramento arts community.

Del Norte 1004 Capacity: 200

Richard Falcon of Teatro Nagual and United Latinos is a community organizer and Latin American Theatre Executive Director. He brings his experience in performing arts and his love of community into what he refers to as Artivism.

Peter Baird is Faculty Emerita from Sac State and a musician who has worked with labor, education and Latino arts groups in the region for many years.

Dani Son performs amazing Colombian songs and dances.

Cascabel de Dos Rios perform and teach the lively Mexican Son Jaracho music.

Peter Baird will share some of his favorite songs from Mexico and Latin America,

Sign up on Eventbrite here.

Please click the link below to join the webinar:

The Zoom meeting.

June 28

June 28 at 10 am: Capitol Chinese Orchestra

Shasta Hall 113 Capacity: 200

This will be a program of Chinese classical and folk music performed with traditional Chinese instruments. Four groups of instruments, bowed strings, plucked strings (three kinds, including Guzheng, Yangqin and Zhongruan), woodwinds (bamboo flute called Dizi) and percussion (drums, cymbals, Luo, etc.) will be performed by 10 classically trained musicians.

Sign up on Eventbrite here.

Please click the link below to join the webinar:

The Zoom meeting.

Note for those on Zoom: For some programs with instruments, you might not hear them well.

June 28 at 11:30 pm. Backstage Tour of the Shasta Hall Theater with Q&A

After the recital, there will be a chance to have a dim sum luncheon (Chinese hor d’oeuvres) at Ming Dynasty Restaurant, 1211 Broadway, cross from Target, at 1 p.m. Prior to dining, Alfred Yee, Chinese food connoisseur, will give a short presentation on Chinese cuisine including a history of dim sum and current trends. If you are interested, please contact Diana Gin, dgin7@comcast.net, by Tuesday, June 25, so we can have a head count. Cost is $25 per person. Please bring cash as there will be only one check for the whole group.

July 5 Holiday Weekend; No class

July 12

July 12 at 10 am: The Secret Story of Quilts and the Underground Railroad

Del Norte 1004 Capacity: 200

The Underground Railroad represented the many paths to freedom for American Slaves. Escapes often involved creative methods for communication. Symbolism or codes were cleverly sewn into quilts to warn of danger or other news such as telling slaves to get their belongings prepared for an escape.

For a deeper understanding, Maude Southwell Wahlman PhD. offers the following forward from the book Hidden in Plain View by Jacqueline L. Tobin and Raymond G. Dobard. "When African American religious ideas appeared in the New World, they often assumed new forms and meanings and were transmitted in unprecedented ways. As essential tools for survival, these ideas were encoded in a multiplicity of forms, including architecture, dance, funerary practices, narratives, rituals, speech, music and other visual arts, especially textiles. Arts preserve cultural traditions even when the social context of tradition changes, yet the codes are neither simple nor easy."

Celeste Budd presents this exhibit, which is a celebration of those codes and their impact on so many lives during a dark time in our country's history. It opens our eyes to the valuable role art plays in healing our souls and it's a reminder of brighter days ahead.

Sign up on Eventbrite here.

Please click the link below to join the webinar:

The Zoom meeting.

July 12 at 12 noon. A free event is available at the Sokiku Nakatani Tea Room in the Library’s Lower Level. The number of participants is limited to 20. More spaces could free up closer to the event date. Registration goes up to the event time, space permitting. Register here.

July 12 at 12:30 pm. Program at Planetarium.

Sign up on Eventbrite here.

July 19

July 19 at 9 am: Free Art Walk Tour. Meet at River Front on campus (before the 10 am presentation)

Join Associate Professor of Art History Mya Dosch for a tour of the public art on the north side of campus. Learn the surprising stories behind the historic Chicano murals, abstract sculptures, and new commissions that make Sacramento State unique! (This tour will require us to be on your feet/walking for one hour). She can take up to 30 people,

July 19 at 10 am: Presentation on Mexican Muralists

Del Norte 1004 Capacity: 200

The Tres Grandes Mexican Muralists. Go on a journey through Mexican muralism with Associate Professor of Art History Mya Dosch. She will discuss unique approaches of the "Big Three" Mexican muralists (Diego Rivera, José Clemente Orozco and David Alfaro Siqueiros), looking at key examples of their work. These muralists laid the foundation for Chicano muralists here in Sacramento!

Sign up on Eventbrite here.

Please click the link below to join the webinar:

The Zoom link.

July 26

July 26 at 10 am: Playwright and author Ginger Rutland on upcoming play, When We Were Colored

Del Norte 1004 Capacity: 200

Ginger Rutland will present her mother, Eva Rutland’s memoir, When We Were Colored, A Mother’s Story. It is the story of a well- educated, middle-class black woman born and raised in Atlanta before the Second World War who moves to California after the war with her husband and four young children. It is an inside look at an ordinary black family at an extraordinary time in America. as segregation and overt discrimination give way to a still imperfect but more just America. Ginger Rutland has adapted her mother’s book into a play that will be staged at The Guild Theater in Oak Park in November.

Sign up on Eventbrite here.

Please click the link below to join the webinar:

The Zoom meeting.

Following her talk, we plan to go to Fixin's soul food restaurant in Oak Park, followed by a 2 pm tour of the historic Guild Theater.

Lunch Reservation is at 1 pm for 15-20 people at Fixin's, 3428 3rd Ave., Sacramento 95817 (916) 999-7685. To attend, contact Carolynn Washington She will confirm the number of people attending the lunch at noon on Thursday, June 25.

The choices:

Fixin's offers the choice of these meals and or any choice of items on the menu. Depending on the Server they may or may not allow individual checks.

Fried Chicken: 24-hour brined & fried until crispy, tender, & juicy. Served with your choice of two Fixin's and a biscuit; 2 piece (light or dark), $17, 3 piece, $21.

Fried Fish: Cornmeal-crusted catfish served with corn fritters and your choice of two Fixin's, $23.

Or for Vegan lovers:

Blackened Tofu, Served on a bed of rice with corn succotash, $15.

Impossible Burger, Avocado, Vegan 1000 Island Dressing, Lettuce, Tomato, Onions with an Impossible Patty, $17.

Vegan Uptown Salad: Our mixture of collards, romaine and arugula topped with cucumbers, tomatoes and red onions. Dressing: Red, Balsamic Vinaigrette, Tofu Ranch, Vegan 1000 Island, $15

Then, at 2 pm, enjoy a free tour of Sacramento’s Guild Theater, 2828 35th St. Built in 1915 and the only theater still standing of the early 20th century movie houses that were once found throughout Sacramento’s Oak Park neighborhood, the updated Guild Theater now presents a range of events, including musical and theatrical productions. RSVP for the tour to Deborah Seiler.

Aug. 2

Aug. 2 at 10 am: Japanese Traditional and Contemporary Music Recital

Del Norte 1004 Capacity: 200

Michiyo Koga on koto (plucked string instrument), Jordan Simmons on shakuhachi (bamboo flute).

1. Rokudan no Shirabe (Traditional Piece)

2. Tegoto (Contemporary Piece)

3. Chidori no Kyoku (Traditional Piece)

4. Tokimeki (Contemporary Piece)

Sign up on Eventbrite here.

Please click the link below to join the webinar:

The Zoom meeting.

Afterwards, go to Fuji Restaurant at 1235 Broadway for a special bento lunch featuring traditional Japanese offerings not typically available. This no-host lunch will feature acclaimed Chef Russell Okuba discussing the cuisine as well as a presentation by member Priscilla Ouchida, who still prepares Japanese food in a traditional style retained in California but lost in Japan. Deadline for rsvping for attending the luncheon at Fuji Restaurant is Friday, July 26. Besides the regular bento box luncheon, there will be a choice of a vegetarian bento box. Please indicate to Diana Gin, dgin7@comcast.net if you will be attending. Also, let her know if you want a vegetarian meal. Seating is limited. Please bring $30 cash that will include tip and gratuity.

Recordings

The link for each week's Zoom recording will be here.

June 21: Artivism; Latin American Arts Organizations and how they address the issues of the Community. They were joined by several artists from the Sacramento arts community.

Here's the YouTube link.

July 12: The Secret Story of Quilts and the Underground Railroad. Celeste Budd presented this exhibit, which is a celebration of those codes and their impact on so many lives during a dark time in our country's history. It opens our eyes to the valuable role art plays in healing our souls and is a reminder of brighter days ahead.

Here's the YouTube link

July 19: Presentation on Mexican Muralists. The Tres Grandes Mexican Muralists. Go on a journey through Mexican muralism with Associate Professor of Art History Mya Dosch.

Here's the YouTube link