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Capital University News, California State University, Sacramento

March 3, 2005

Arts showcased in annual festival

Festival of the Arts schedule of events

Painting: The Horn Player, 1961 Emma-Marie Bartelme, oil on canvas, 16 1/2 x 15, collection of Robert Aichele
The Horn Player, 1961 Emma-Marie Bartelme, oil on canvas, 16 1/2 x 15, collection of Robert Aichele

The 13th annual Festival of the Arts at California State University, Sacramento March 7 to 18, is a two-week celebration encompassing all areas of arts and culture offered by the University including art, dance, design, literature, music, photography, and theater.

An eclectic schedule of University and University-hosted exhibits, performances and talks make up the festival, now a leading regional arts extravaganza that attracts thousands to Sacramento State. Parking on campus is free in student, faculty and staff spaces an hour before, during and after most festival events, and many events are free.

The festival officially kicks off with opening ceremonies from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Monday, March 7 in the University Union Hinde Auditorium.

Also opening on March 7 is the “Bay Area Figuration Show” featuring works by Bay Area artists from the '50s and '60s including David Park, Richard Diebenkorn, Elmer Bishoff and others. The exhibit runs through May 22 in the expanded University Library Gallery. A reception is set for 5 to 8 p.m., March 11 in the gallery.

The festival keynote address by artist Carrie Mae Weems follows on March 8 in the University Union Hinde Auditorium. Weems is a widely recognized artist committed to social change who works primarily as a photographer, but has employed banners, text, sculpture and sound in her artistic explorations of race, class and gender.

Festival visual arts highlights continue with an art history symposium, “Figuring the Body,” set for March 12 in Mariposa Hall 1000. The afternoon will feature the lecture “The Not Still Life: Yvonne Rainer's Short Films and the Body as Object in the 1960s” by Carrie Lambert-Beatty of Harvard University. Student exhibits and other events are scheduled during the festival as well.

Ancestral Memories by Sacramento Black Art of Dance, the University’s premiere dance group, will focus on the multicultural heritage of its own performers and feature towering puppets. The show opens March 10 in the University’s Dancespace at Solano Hall 1010. Festival performances continue March 11 to 13 and 16 to 20.

Design events kick off with a talk by senior lecturer Katherine McCoy from the Chicago Institute of Design on March 10 in the University Union Hinde Auditorium in connection with an exhibit of her work in the University Library Gallery.

Poetry is featured at several festival literature events starting with a talk by poet Troung Tran on March 9 in the University Library Gallery. Tran has authored four collections of poetry including Duet and Conscience, winner of the 2002 San Francisco State Poetry Center Book Prize. Poet Donald Revell will speak March 11 in Mariposa Hall 1000, poet Jeanne E. Clark will speak at March 18 in the University Library Gallery, and novelist and short story writer Thomas Jeffery Vasseur, whose collection Discovering the World was nominated for the Townsend Prize, will speak March 15 in the University Library Gallery.

Festival music events include the Indian classical and fusion sounds of Ancient Future featuring Pandit Habib Khan on sitar, Matthew Montfort on scalloped fretboard guitar and Debopriya Sarkar on tabla on March 13 in the Music Recital Hall in Capistrano Hall. Other performances include the Sacramento State Saxophone Ensembles on March 9 in Capistrano Hall 151, a flute recital by Sacramento State professor Laurel Zucker with special guest pianist Marc Shapiro on March 10 also in Capistrano Hall 151, and much-anticipated spring performance by the Sacramento State Choirs on March 12 at Sacred Heart Church at 1040 39th St. The Dorian Wind Quintet will perform during the festival as well as part of the University’s ongoing New Millennuim Concert Series on March 18 in the Music Recital Hall. A variety of other musical performances are also on tap during the festival.

Theater is represented by the innovative three-character play by Puerto Rican-born playwright José Rivera, Cloud Tectonics, which opens March 11 in Playwrights’ Theatre. Performances continue March 12-13 and 17-20. Sacramento State professor Manuel Pickett directs the play which follows Anibal de la Luna, a disillusioned baggage handler at the Los Angeles International Airport, and his enchanted experiences with a mystical pregnant hitchhiker, Celestina del Sol, who never ages. The production is presented as part of the University’s Latino Theatre program.

Tickets for events are available from the CSUS Ticket Office at (916) 278-4323 or

Festival of the Arts schedule of events



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California State University, Sacramento • Public Affairs
6000 J Street • Sacramento, CA 95819-6026 • (916) 278-6156 •