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'Funday' highlights expanded Festival of the Arts


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A new “Family Sunday Funday” on April 14 is the centerpiece of a dramatically expanded Festival of the Arts at Sacramento State.

Presented by the University’s College of Arts and Letters, this year’s festival will run April 12-17 and will include more attractions to showcase the best of Sacramento State’s arts programs, with productions such as Cabaret, jazz by Saturday Night Live trombonist and Sac State alumnus Steve Turre, and special exhibits in campus art galleries.

Festival of the Arts 2013

“Our festival, like our majors, offers a variety of creative outlets – be it a theatrical or musical performance, a lecture on how artists price their talents and work, a film screening or a poetry reading,” says Edward Inch, dean of the College of Arts and Letters.

Visit for a complete schedule. Festival highlights include:

  • “Bodies of Water,” a free exhibit of works by Sylvia Sensiper, a researcher and artist who teaches courses on Buddhism and has produced a video about Tibetan Buddhism. It runs April 2-25 in the Else Gallery. A special reception featuring music and dance runs 5:30-8 p.m. Friday, April 12.
  • Cabaret: The Tony Award-winning musical turns the spotlight on Kit Kat Klub singer Sally Bowles and her experiences amid the rise of Nazism in 1920s Berlin. Performances are April 10-21.
  • “Dance Sampler,” a presentation of selections from some of the city’s professional dance troupes, under the direction of Professor Lorelei Bayne. Performances will be April 13-14, with two performances each day.
  • Steve Turre: Saturday Night Live’s trombonist for 30 years, the Sac State alumnus is also the master of the jazz conch shell. He performs Wednesday, April 17, with our own Jazz Ensembles.

Family Sunday Funday runs 11 a.m.-4 p.m. with demonstrations; performances; exhibits; live music; a special Kids’ Zone; and the best of the city’s mobile food providers, Sacto MoFo, with vendors such as Krush Burgers and Chando’s Tacos.

“Funday is an opportunity for the college to welcome our students, staff, faculty, alumni, neighbors and their families to campus for one day – to experience both the arts and the letters at Sac State,” says Inch. “Funday celebrates what makes our programs so unique.”

The College of Arts and Letters has lined up events for the entire family on that day, including a Kids’ Zone that will be located on the Main Quad at the north end of campus, with a bounce house, free ice cream, and many other child-oriented attractions.

The University’s Ceramics Guild will offer demonstrations of making items from clay on a ceramics wheel. Adults and older children will have the chance to try it themselves.

Visitors to Mendocino Hall will be able to use the sound studio to record themselves and listen to the results.

And there will be theatrical and dance presentations as well as exhibits in galleries across the campus.

Parking on campus is free during the run of Funday, as are all activities except Cabaret and the Sacramento Dance Sampler.

Ticket prices, times and more details about the Festival of the Arts are available at More information also is available at the College of Arts and Letters, (916) 278-6502, or at its Facebook page, www.facebookcom/CSUSArtsLetters. For media assistance, call Sacramento State’s Public Affairs office at (916) 278-6156.

– Craig Koscho