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Sacramento State will once again bring live music, dance, dramatic readings and a surprise or two to the Crocker Art Museum for the second annual U-Nite – University Night Out – from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 11, at the museum, 216 O St.

This collaboration between two regional arts institutions was the brainchild of Sacramento State Professor Elaine Gale, who found quick and strong support from the Crocker Art Museum education staff.

U-Nite at the Crocker

This year, music will be provided by Sacramento State’s Jazz Ensembles, the tuba/bassoon duo of professors Julian Dixon and David Wells, flautist Laurel Zucker, and professor and composer Stephen Blumberg with the group Citywater.

Dance entries will include several interpretive and folk performances by Linda Goodrich and Melinda Wilson, Osvaldo Ramirez, and Lorelei Bayne and Philip Flickinger. There’s also a hip-hop performance by Joe Parente and I Can Do That!

There will be talks by art professors Nigel Poor, Doug Dertinger and Rachel Clarke, as well as film professor Jenny Stark; and special readings by Kim Zarins, Josh McKinney, Elaine Gale, Doug Rice, Barbara Carle and Mario Estioko.

An informal partnership has existed between the Crocker and Sacramento State for many years through the number of pieces in the Crocker collection by 65 University alumni and professors. Docents will conduct tours of those works now on exhibit, including pieces by Wayne Thiebaud, Fred Dalkey, Robert Brady, Gregory Kondos and more. The tours will be conducted at 5 and 6:30 p.m. during U-Nite.

“The Crocker Art Museum is very excited to host the second annual U-Nite event,” says Lial A. Jones, Mort and Marcy Friedman Director of the Crocker Art Museum. “This event represents a great opportunity for the Crocker to connect with Sacramento State students and faculty, and to cultivate new museum visitors and supporters.”

Edward Inch, dean of Sacramento State’s College of Arts and Letters, and Jones will be on hand to welcome the crowd. Last year, about 1,800 people turned out to enjoy the best of Sac State’s College of Arts and Letters professors and students performing amidst the sublime surroundings of the Crocker.

“U-Nite is an opportunity to celebrate our faculty artists,” Inch says. “I am excited to once again partner with the Crocker on an event that links Sacramento State and the College of Arts and Letters to the region in such a positive and meaningful way.”

Admission to U-Nite is free to Crocker members and those with Sac State OneCards. Sac State alumni who identify themselves at the door also receive free admission to this event. Admission is $10 general; $8 for seniors, military, and students; $5 for ages 7-17; and free for children 6 and younger.

For more information, visit or call the College of Arts and Letters at (916) 278-6502. For media assistance, call Sacramento State’s Public Affairs office at (916) 278-6156.

– Craig Koscho