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ASP Presents: Meet the Writer behind Marvel’s America Chavez: Gabby Rivera
Mar
26
6:00 PM18:00

ASP Presents: Meet the Writer behind Marvel’s America Chavez: Gabby Rivera

Gabby Rivera is a queer Latinx writer from Brooklyn, NY. She is currently writing AMERICA, America Chavez’s solo series, for Marvel.  America is Marvel’s first Latina lesbian superhero. America has always been incontestably awesome, and as the newly appointed leader of the Ultimates, she’s now officially claimed her place as the preeminent butt-kicker of the Marvel Universe! In this talk, Gabby will guide students through the journey of self-expression that creates vulnerability and empowerment, while emphasizing the importance of your stories/lives and how representation matters.

Gabby Rivera’s IG @quirkyrican Website: http://gabbyrivera.com/

Email any questions or anticipated accommodations in advance of the program by (03/12/19) to asp.expressive@sonoma.edu and keep up with us on Instagram @sonomastate_as!



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Social Justice Film Series ft. The 40th Anniversary of Boulevard Nights and Car Show
Mar
28
5:00 PM17:00

Social Justice Film Series ft. The 40th Anniversary of Boulevard Nights and Car Show

Car Show : 3 PM Parking Lot D by Student Center

Reception: 5 - 5:45 PM: Student Center Grand Ballroom

5:45 PM: Film Panel: Student Center Grand Ballroom

6:30 PM: Film Screening: Student Center Grand Ballroom

Nearly forty years ago, a new Warner Bros. film entitled Boulevard Nights was released nationwide in theatres across the country. The story centered on a fatherless Mexican American family living in an unincorporated region of East Los Angeles, just east of Downtown L.A., steeped in gang culture. This family, consisting of two brothers and their hard working mother, is forced to come to terms with the choices made by the younger of the brothers who, seeking acceptance and a sense of identity becomes seduced by the gangster lifestyle.

At the time of it’s release, Boulevard Nightselicited a variety of reactions not only from the film industry, but from a broad spectrum of the social strata including politicians, law enforcement, educators, and Chicano activists. It’s greatest impact however, was on the Chicano Community itself. For the first time, a major Hollywood studio focused its attention on a disenfranchised section of Los Angeles less than ten miles from it’s legendary gates. A community rarely represented in mainstream media, be it television or motion pictures.

As we approach the fortieth anniversary of this iconic cinematic time capsule, the time is right to honor both the film, and its legacy, with a public screening followed by a Q&A with the remaining actors/filmmakers in association with Sonoma State University and the Sonoma Lowrider Council.

Boulevard Nights was the first major studio film to feature lowriding at the very center of its story. Lowriding is now respected and recognized internationally as a legitimate art form. Lowrider clubs have flourished and seen their numbers grow exponentially. The great majority of these clubs give back to their communities through fundraisers for a variety of worthy causes. Lowriding and community go hand in hand. Let us now cruise together, and celebrate this time honored connection. Starring Richard Yniguez, Danny De La Paz, Marta DuBois

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Monica Bill Barnes & Co. – Happy Hour!
Mar
28
6:00 PM18:00

Monica Bill Barnes & Co. – Happy Hour!

  • The Loft - Weill Hall, Green Music Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

An evening of theater like you’ve never experienced before. A dance show turned into an after-work office party. Come for a drink, stay for the hope of a life-changing experience. “Happy Hour  breaks all the rules of theater… it offers not merely terrific entertainment, but more than a measure of poignancy, a sense of loss even amid the fun-and-games.” –  DC Metro  

Tickets on sale at the Info and Tickets Desk at the Student Center or online


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Monica Bill Barnes & Co. – Happy Hour!
Mar
28
8:30 PM20:30

Monica Bill Barnes & Co. – Happy Hour!

  • The Loft - Weill Hall, Green Music Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

An evening of theater like you’ve never experienced before. A dance show turned into an after-work office party. Come for a drink, stay for the hope of a life-changing experience. “Happy Hour  breaks all the rules of theater… it offers not merely terrific entertainment, but more than a measure of poignancy, a sense of loss even amid the fun-and-games.” –  DC Metro  

Tickets on sale at the Info and Tickets Desk at the Student Center or online


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Sonoma Film Institute presents: Midnight Cowboy
Mar
29
7:00 PM19:00

Sonoma Film Institute presents: Midnight Cowboy

50th Anniversary Screenings! “‘Everybody’s talkin’ at cowboy-geared, straight-from-the-sticks stud wannabe Jon Voight, while seedy tenement squatter Dustin Hoffman is “walkin’ here” as he storms at a pushy cabdriver; but they form their own alliance within the grubby underside of Times Square. Oscars for Best Picture, Director, and Screenplay (Waldo Salt), among seven nominations.” – Film Forum Directed by John Schlesinger. (1969, 114 min.) Free Admission


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Anne Akiko Meyers & Jason Vieaux
Mar
30
7:30 PM19:30

Anne Akiko Meyers & Jason Vieaux

Two internationally acclaimed artists join forces. Billboard top selling violinist Anne Akiko Meyers and Grammy®-winning guitarist Jason Vieaux come together for a marvelously adventurous evening of music, featuring works by Paganini, Phillip Glass, and Duke Ellington, plus a new work by John Corigliano which has critics raving after the pair’s world premiere performance “completely mesmerized the audience.” Tickets on sale at the Info and Tickets Desk at the Student Center or online at tickets.sonoma.edu   

PRE-CONCERT TALK Free – No ticket required Join us in Prive one hour prior to curtain for a pre-concert lecture presented by Alex Kahn, Director of Orchestral Studies, SSU  


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Delphi Trio
Mar
31
3:00 PM15:00

Delphi Trio

Praised for “…rich, committed string tone, dazzling pianism, rhythmic flexibility, and risky tempi…” (Sarasota Herald Tribune) the Delphi Trio   has become a powerfully eloquent voice in the world of chamber music. Grounded in the immensely rich classical repertoire, the trio believes firmly in the music of our time and contributes to expanding the repertoire through its commissioning projects. Tickets on sale at the Info and Tickets Desk at the Student Center or online at tickets.sonoma.edu   


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MONTEREY JAZZ FESTIVAL ON TOUR, 60TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION featuring Cécile McLorin Salvant and Christian Sands
Apr
4
2:00 PM14:00

MONTEREY JAZZ FESTIVAL ON TOUR, 60TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION featuring Cécile McLorin Salvant and Christian Sands

The Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour 60th Anniversary Celebration features a top roster of diverse and international millennial talent, the leaders of jazz’s future. In addition to having three unique and talented vocalists on the tour, and an equal balance of men and women, the show will feature renditions of classic jazz standards, along with originals penned by the members. Each musician is an outstanding representative of the next generation, with a close relationship with Monterey that represent both its musical excellence and jazz education activities — core components of Monterey Jazz Festival’s mission statement. Tickets on sale at the Info and Tickets Desk at the Student Center or online at tickets.sonoma.edu   


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Powerlines: A New Play Festival with Hard Hats
Apr
4
7:30 PM19:30

Powerlines: A New Play Festival with Hard Hats

POWER LINES - A New Play Festival with Hard Hats | 7:30 PM | Ives Hall Studio76

The POWER LINES festival is back, featuring four short plays written, directed and performed by SSU students; LOTUS FLOWER by Kat Anderson, CHEERS by Joelle Joyner-Wong, EAT YOUR HEART OUT by Kyle Kiefer, and ORDER’S UP by Christa Rico. From really bad pick-up lines and dorm room deep space, to mind-bending otherworldly planes; POWER LINES always packs a punch.

Festival Director, Scott Horstein |  $6 Admission | SSU Students FREE

Tickets available at Student Center Info Desk or online



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Powerlines: A New Play Festival with Hard Hats
Apr
5
7:30 PM19:30

Powerlines: A New Play Festival with Hard Hats


 POWER LINES - A New Play Festival with Hard Hats | 7:30 PM | Ives Hall Studio76

The POWER LINES festival is back, featuring four short plays written, directed and performed by SSU students; LOTUS FLOWER by Kat Anderson, CHEERS by Joelle Joyner-Wong, EAT YOUR HEART OUT by Kyle Kiefer, and ORDER’S UP by Christa Rico. From really bad pick-up lines and dorm room deep space, to mind-bending otherworldly planes; POWER LINES always packs a punch.

Festival Director, Scott Horstein |  $6 Admission | SSU Students FREE

Tickets available at Student Center Info Desk or online


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Tallis Scholars
Apr
5
7:30 PM19:30

Tallis Scholars

Dubbed “the rock stars of Renaissance vocal music” by The New York Times, the Tallis Scholars are bona fide choral music royalty. Over four decades of performance and a catalog of award-winning  recordings, Peter Phillips and The Tallis Scholars have done more than any other group to establish sacred vocal music of the Renaissance as one of the great repertoires of Western classical music. Featuring works by Palestrina, Morales, Josquin, Allegri, and others. Tickets on sale at the Info and Tickets Desk at the Student Center or online at tickets.sonoma.edu   


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Powerlines: A New Play Festival with Hard Hats
Apr
6
7:30 PM19:30

Powerlines: A New Play Festival with Hard Hats


 POWER LINES - A New Play Festival with Hard Hats | 7:30 PM | Ives Hall Studio76

The POWER LINES festival is back, featuring four short plays written, directed and performed by SSU students; LOTUS FLOWER by Kat Anderson, CHEERS by Joelle Joyner-Wong, EAT YOUR HEART OUT by Kyle Kiefer, and ORDER’S UP by Christa Rico. From really bad pick-up lines and dorm room deep space, to mind-bending otherworldly planes; POWER LINES always packs a punch.

Festival Director, Scott Horstein |  $6 Admission | SSU Students FREE

Tickets available at Student Center Info Desk or online


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The Composer is Dead | Francesco Lecce-Chong and Jeff Cote
Apr
7
3:00 PM15:00

The Composer is Dead | Francesco Lecce-Chong and Jeff Cote

Was it the violist in the balcony with the hard violin case? Join the Symphony, new Music Director Francesco Lecce-Chong and a wily inspector, to solve the mystery of the dead composer while learning about the orchestra, instruments, music and composers. The audience will be pulled into this Lemony Snicket mystery and the orchestral music. Tickets on sale at the Info and Tickets Desk at the Student Center or online at tickets.sonoma.edu   

Pre-concert fun for kids of all ages…Arrive one hour early and visit our Instrument Petting Zoo. All patrons, regardless of age, must have a ticket.



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Sonoma Film Institute presents, The Third Murder
Apr
7
4:30 PM16:30

Sonoma Film Institute presents, The Third Murder

“Master director Hirokazu Kore-eda’s latest film is a tour-de-force examination of guilt and justice. A young defense attorney is called in to help with what seems like the straightforward case of an admitted killer. Misumi (the incomparable Koji Yakusho) genially claims responsibility for the murder of a wealthy factory owner but his story shifts with alarming frequency. His odd behavior raises doubts for the pragmatic lawyer who begins to suspect that Misumi is hiding a more complicated truth.” - SFIFF (2017, 124 min., in Japanese w/English subtitles)  Free Admission


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Social Justice Film ft. The Shape of Water
Apr
8
5:30 PM17:30

Social Justice Film ft. The Shape of Water

Still at the peak of the space race and the Cold War in early-sixties Baltimore, Elisa Esposito, a forlorn and lonely mute woman, has a mundane daily routine as a night-time janitor in a top-secret underground research facility. With literally only two friends, Zelda, the solicitous co-worker who does all the talking for both of them, and Giles, her ageing painter neighbour, Elisa will find herself thrilled with the unexpected arrival of an Amazonian Amphibian Man at the cavernous corporation. Kept on a short leash inside a confined water tank, the mysterious scaly creature is, inevitably, the centre of attention; however, as an empathetic and almost mystical bond begins to timidly bloom between species, the very survival of this rare specimen lies in the hands of an improbable and frail saviour. But can there be a future when you are trapped? Starring,  Sally Hawkins, Octavia Spencer, Michael Shannon


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Powerlines: A New Play Festival with Hard Hats
Apr
11
7:30 PM19:30

Powerlines: A New Play Festival with Hard Hats

POWER LINES - A New Play Festival with Hard Hats | 7:30 PM | Ives Hall Studio76

The POWER LINES festival is back, featuring four short plays written, directed and performed by SSU students; LOTUS FLOWER by Kat Anderson, CHEERS by Joelle Joyner-Wong, EAT YOUR HEART OUT by Kyle Kiefer, and ORDER’S UP by Christa Rico. From really bad pick-up lines and dorm room deep space, to mind-bending otherworldly planes; POWER LINES always packs a punch.

Festival Director, Scott Horstein |  $6 Admission | SSU Students FREE

Tickets available at Student Center Info Desk or online

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CMEA 6th California State Band and Orchestra Festival
Apr
12
8:00 AM08:00

CMEA 6th California State Band and Orchestra Festival

The California Music Educators Association is proud to announce its 6th California State Band and Orchestra Festival, presented by World Projects, to be held at Weill Hall on the campus of Sonoma State University on April 12, 2019. This adjudicated event is open to middle school, junior high and high school concert bands and orchestras from throughout the state. Tickets on sale at the Info and Tickets Desk at the Student Center or online at tickets.sonoma.edu   


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Sonoma Film Institute presents, The Gleaners and I
Apr
12
7:00 PM19:00

Sonoma Film Institute presents, The Gleaners and I

Agnès Varda made 2000's most acclaimed non-fiction film - a self-described "wandering-road documentary." Beginning with the famous Jean-François Millet painting of women gathering wheat left over from a harvest, she focuses her ever-seeking eye on gleaners: those who scour already-reaped fields for the odd potato or turnip. Her investigation leads us from forgotten corners of the French countryside to off-hours at the green markets of Paris, following those who insist on finding a use for that which society has cast off, whether out of necessity or activism. Varda's own ruminations on her life as a filmmaker (a gleaner of sorts) give her a connection to her subjects that creates a touching human portrait that the L.A. Weekly deemed "a protest film that's part social critique, part travelogue, but always an unsentimental celebration of human resilience." (82 min., in French w/English subtitles)  Free Admission


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Powerlines: A New Play Festival with Hard Hats
Apr
12
7:30 PM19:30

Powerlines: A New Play Festival with Hard Hats


 POWER LINES - A New Play Festival with Hard Hats | 7:30 PM | Ives Hall Studio76

The POWER LINES festival is back, featuring four short plays written, directed and performed by SSU students; LOTUS FLOWER by Kat Anderson, CHEERS by Joelle Joyner-Wong, EAT YOUR HEART OUT by Kyle Kiefer, and ORDER’S UP by Christa Rico. From really bad pick-up lines and dorm room deep space, to mind-bending otherworldly planes; POWER LINES always packs a punch.

Festival Director, Scott Horstein |  $6 Admission | SSU Students FREE

Tickets available at Student Center Info Desk or online


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Get Out To The Green Featuring, TAIKOPROJECT – Surrounding Suns
Apr
13
7:30 PM19:30

Get Out To The Green Featuring, TAIKOPROJECT – Surrounding Suns

TAIKOPROJECT  was founded in 2000 in Los Angeles by a group of young, emerging Taiko drummers seeking to create a truly American style of Taiko by blending the traditional forms in which they were raised with an innovative and fresh aesthetic approach to the Japanese drum. Since that time the musicians have garnered critical acclaim from all over the world and amassed an impressive resume.  

Tickets on sale at the Info and Tickets Desk at the Student Center or online at tickets.sonoma.edu   

We have 20 free tickets and dessert for students who want to go! To get the tickets, email Mo.phillips@sonoma.edu

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Powerlines: A New Play Festival with Hard Hats
Apr
13
7:30 PM19:30

Powerlines: A New Play Festival with Hard Hats


POWER LINES - A New Play Festival with Hard Hats | 7:30 PM | Ives Hall Studio76

The POWER LINES festival is back, featuring four short plays written, directed and performed by SSU students; LOTUS FLOWER by Kat Anderson, CHEERS by Joelle Joyner-Wong, EAT YOUR HEART OUT by Kyle Kiefer, and ORDER’S UP by Christa Rico. From really bad pick-up lines and dorm room deep space, to mind-bending otherworldly planes; POWER LINES always packs a punch.

Festival Director, Scott Horstein |  $6 Admission | SSU Students FREE

Tickets available at Student Center Info Desk or online

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Sonoma Film Institute presents, The Gleaners and I
Apr
14
4:30 PM16:30

Sonoma Film Institute presents, The Gleaners and I

Agnès Varda made 2000's most acclaimed non-fiction film - a self-described "wandering-road documentary." Beginning with the famous Jean-François Millet painting of women gathering wheat left over from a harvest, she focuses her ever-seeking eye on gleaners: those who scour already-reaped fields for the odd potato or turnip. Her investigation leads us from forgotten corners of the French countryside to off-hours at the green markets of Paris, following those who insist on finding a use for that which society has cast off, whether out of necessity or activism. Varda's own ruminations on her life as a filmmaker (a gleaner of sorts) give her a connection to her subjects that creates a touching human portrait that the L.A. Weekly deemed "a protest film that's part social critique, part travelogue, but always an unsentimental celebration of human resilience." (82 min., in French w/English subtitles)  

Free Admission


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Spring Dance Concert 2019
Apr
18
7:30 PM19:30

Spring Dance Concert 2019

Breaking all the rules, SSU dance students perform five new works from nationally acclaimed guest artists Larry Arrington, Monica Bill Barnes, Erin Landry and SSU Dance faculty Christine Cali and Kristen Daley. Specializing in experimental performance, Barnes enjoys “bringing dance where it doesn’t belong” while Arrington’s work gravitates toward the “subversively political and accidentally hilarious.” In residency this spring, Landry is known for her powerful, mesmerizing choreography with contemporary, Middle Eastern and Afro-Caribbean influences.

The newly formed SSU Dance Alumni Collective “CCMC” also makes a guest appearance, presenting a new work at the final two performances April 27 and 28.

SSU Students FREE | Tickets available at Student Center Info Desk or online  


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Spring Dance Concert 2019
Apr
19
7:30 PM19:30

Spring Dance Concert 2019

Every spring SSU’s Dance faculty Kristen Daley and Christine Cali invite renowned, professional guest artists from around the country to explore, inspire, collaborate and present new dance works featuring SSU student performers.

$10-$17 | SSU Students Free w/ID - to get free tickets, go to tickets.sonoma.edu and type in code SSUStudent


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DIY Saturday: Lava Lamps
Apr
20
7:00 PM19:00

DIY Saturday: Lava Lamps

Come out and join your fellow Seawolves and RA’s in some good ol DIY fun!! Get out of the dorm and let your creativity run wild, Saturdays at 7pm in the Vineyard. From making your own slime, playdoh, magnets, and so much more to hanging with your fellow Seawolves. This is the place to be on campus!


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Villalobos Brothers
Apr
20
7:30 PM19:30

Villalobos Brothers

Contemporary high-octane Mexican fiddling! The Villalobos Brothers (Ernesto, Alberto, and Luis) use their violins and voices to redefine contemporary Mexican music. Their original compositions masterfully blend elements of jazz, rock, classical, and Mexican folk to deliver a powerful message of love, brotherhood, and social justice. Artistic Director and guitarist Humberto Flores, drummer Rosa Avila, and bassist Leo Sherman complete the line-up. Tickets on sale at the Info and Tickets Desk at the Student Center or online at tickets.sonoma.edu   


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Spring Dance Concert 2019
Apr
20
7:30 PM19:30

Spring Dance Concert 2019

Breaking all the rules, SSU dance students perform five new works from nationally acclaimed guest artists Larry Arrington, Monica Bill Barnes, Erin Landry and SSU Dance faculty Christine Cali and Kristen Daley. Specializing in experimental performance, Barnes enjoys “bringing dance where it doesn’t belong” while Arrington’s work gravitates toward the “subversively political and accidentally hilarious.” In residency this spring, Landry is known for her powerful, mesmerizing choreography with contemporary, Middle Eastern and Afro-Caribbean influences.

The newly formed SSU Dance Alumni Collective “CCMC” also makes a guest appearance, presenting a new work at the final two performances April 27 and 28.

SSU Students FREE | Tickets available at Student Center Info Desk or online  


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Sonoma Film Institute presents, The Cléo
Apr
21
4:30 PM16:30

Sonoma Film Institute presents, The Cléo

The film that established Agnès Varda’s international reputation, Cléo from 5 to 7 is a classic work of the French New Wave… Presenting events that appear to unfold in real time, Cléo chronicles two hours in the life of a pop singer (Corinne Marchand), who is waiting to learn if she has cancer. Shot entirely on location in the streets of Paris, the film features a score by Michel Legrand (The Umbrellas of Cherbourg) and cameos by Legrand, Jean-Luc Godard, and Anna Karina… In the New Yorker, Pauline Kael credited Varda’s work with ‘an unsentimental yet subjective tone that is almost unique in the history of movies.’” – Susan Oxtoby,Pacific Film Archive (1961, 93 min., in French w/English subtitles)  Free Admission

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Spring Dance Concert 2019
Apr
25
7:30 PM19:30

Spring Dance Concert 2019

Breaking all the rules, SSU dance students perform five new works from nationally acclaimed guest artists Larry Arrington, Monica Bill Barnes, Erin Landry and SSU Dance faculty Christine Cali and Kristen Daley. Specializing in experimental performance, Barnes enjoys “bringing dance where it doesn’t belong” while Arrington’s work gravitates toward the “subversively political and accidentally hilarious.” In residency this spring, Landry is known for her powerful, mesmerizing choreography with contemporary, Middle Eastern and Afro-Caribbean influences.

The newly formed SSU Dance Alumni Collective “CCMC” also makes a guest appearance, presenting a new work at the final two performances April 27 and 28.

SSU Students FREE | Tickets available at Student Center Info Desk or online  


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Sonoma Film Institute presents, Hale County This Morning, This Evening
Apr
26
7:00 PM19:00

Sonoma Film Institute presents, Hale County This Morning, This Evening

“The American stranger knows Blackness as a fact—even though it is fiction,’ says writer-director RaMell Ross. For his visionary and political debut feature, which premiered to great acclaim at Sundance in 2018, Ross spent five years intimately observing African American families living in Hale County, Alabama. It’s a region made unforgettable by Walker Evans and James Agee’s landmark 1941 photographic essay Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, which documented the impoverished lives of white sharecropper families in Alabama’s Dust Bowl during the Great Depression. Ross’s poetic return to this place shows changed demographics, and depicts people resilient in the face of adversity and invisibility. HALE COUNTY THIS MORNING, THIS EVENING introduces a distinct and powerful new voice in American filmmaking.” – New Directors/New Films (2018, 76 min.)  Free Admission

Director RaMell Ross will appear to introduce the film and for Q&A after this (Friday) screening.


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Spring Dance Concert 2019
Apr
26
7:30 PM19:30

Spring Dance Concert 2019


Breaking all the rules, SSU dance students perform five new works from nationally acclaimed guest artists Larry Arrington, Monica Bill Barnes, Erin Landry and SSU Dance faculty Christine Cali and Kristen Daley. Specializing in experimental performance, Barnes enjoys “bringing dance where it doesn’t belong” while Arrington’s work gravitates toward the “subversively political and accidentally hilarious.” In residency this spring, Landry is known for her powerful, mesmerizing choreography with contemporary, Middle Eastern and Afro-Caribbean influences.

The newly formed SSU Dance Alumni Collective “CCMC” also makes a guest appearance, presenting a new work at the final two performances April 27 and 28.

SSU Students FREE | Tickets available at Student Center Info Desk or online  


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Spring Dance Concert 2019
Apr
27
7:30 PM19:30

Spring Dance Concert 2019

Every spring SSU’s Dance faculty Kristen Daley and Christine Cali invite renowned, professional guest artists from around the country to explore, inspire, collaborate and present new dance works featuring SSU student performers.

$10-$17 | SSU Students Free w/ID - to get free tix, go to tickets.sonoma.edu and type in code SSUStudent


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Sonoma Bach – Spring Returns An Affirming Flame
Apr
27
8:00 PM20:00

Sonoma Bach – Spring Returns An Affirming Flame

  • Schroeder Hall, Green Music Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

BachGrounder pre-concert talk at 7:25pm

Our concert design begins with two collections of miniatures—Leonhard Lechner’s Deutsche Sprüche von Leben und Tod (1606) and Hugo Distler’s Totentanz (c.1935)—separated by centuries, but complementary in their efforts to describe how the world works, and how to have hope. Each consists of tiny, koan-like pieces on a single thought or intuition. We weave these pieces together with larger motets from J.H. Schein’s magnificent Fontana d’Israel (1623) and organ meditations from Yale’s Neumeister manuscript by J.S. Bach and his cousin Johann Michael Bach. Over and again we are offered lessons of how to find light in the midst of gloom, and how to shine such light out to the world. Tickets on sale at the Info and Tickets Desk at the Student Center or online at tickets.sonoma.edu   


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Gender Bender / Rainbow Prom
Apr
27
8:30 PM20:30

Gender Bender / Rainbow Prom

Gender Bender is a lively drag show held at Sonoma State University. It is a space to celebrate and embrace gender nonconformity in the form of dressing up, dancing, music, and fun. There will be contests, prizes and lots of fun; so dress to impress in your gender-bending clothing! Gender Bender is followed by Rainbow Prom, an all-inclusive dance party, held in the same space. Both events are in collaboration with Sonoma State’s Queer Straight Alliance.


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Scene It Movie, featuring: Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century
Apr
27
9:00 PM21:00

Scene It Movie, featuring: Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century

Zenon Car is a trouble-prone 13-year-old girl who, in the year 2049 AD, lives on a space station with the rest of her family. When she runs afoul of Parker Windom, the owner of the station, Zenon is determined to be "incorrigible", and as punishment is exiled to the worst place imaginable: The planet earth. After several painful weeks of adjustment to her new surroundings, Zenon enlists the aid of her earthbound pals to return to her "real" home with evidence that the "respectable" Mr. Windom is up to no good. Starring, Kirsten Storms, Raven-Symoné and Bob Bancroft


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Sonoma Film Institute presents, Hale County This Morning, This Evening
Apr
28
4:30 PM16:30

Sonoma Film Institute presents, Hale County This Morning, This Evening

“The American stranger knows Blackness as a fact—even though it is fiction,’ says writer-director RaMell Ross. For his visionary and political debut feature, which premiered to great acclaim at Sundance in 2018, Ross spent five years intimately observing African American families living in Hale County, Alabama. It’s a region made unforgettable by Walker Evans and James Agee’s landmark 1941 photographic essay Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, which documented the impoverished lives of white sharecropper families in Alabama’s Dust Bowl during the Great Depression. Ross’s poetic return to this place shows changed demographics, and depicts people resilient in the face of adversity and invisibility. HALE COUNTY THIS MORNING, THIS EVENING introduces a distinct and powerful new voice in American filmmaking.” – New Directors/New Films (2018, 76 min.)  Free Admission

Director RaMell Ross will appear to introduce the film and for Q&A after this (Friday) screening.


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Jonathan Dimmock
Mar
24
3:00 PM15:00

Jonathan Dimmock

Considered by many to be the best in his field, organist Jonathan Dimmock has distinguished himself through his dazzling and sensitive performances in churches, major concert halls, music festivals, and cathedrals throughout the world. Lauded for his diverse repertoire and his engagement with audiences, his performing is marked by both musical depth and a distinctive intimacy, causing audiences immediately to warm to him. Program to include an arrangement of Copland's Hoe-Down from Rodeo, along with works by Barber, Bach, Mendelssohn, and more. Tickets on sale at the Info and Tickets Desk at the Student Center or online at tickets.sonoma.edu   


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American Dreams | Jeffrey Kahane, conductor - Elena Urioste, violin
Mar
18
7:30 PM19:30

American Dreams | Jeffrey Kahane, conductor - Elena Urioste, violin

Conductor Emeritus Jeffrey Kahane returns for "American Dreams," which begins with An American in Paris, Gershwin's popular, jazzy tone poem. In Elena Urioste’s embrace, Barber’s Concerto for Violin and Orchestra unfolds with deep sweetness and serenity before building to a breathless climax of fiendish virtuosity. Copland’s Symphony No. 3 is a hymn of hope, celebrating the universal journey to solace and renewal after a time of darkness—with a concluding triumphant brass fanfare that is an unabashed exaltation of our common humanity. Tickets on sale at the Info and Tickets Desk at the Student Center or online at tickets.sonoma.edu   


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American Dreams | Jeffrey Kahane, conductor - Elena Urioste, violin
Mar
17
3:00 PM15:00

American Dreams | Jeffrey Kahane, conductor - Elena Urioste, violin

Conductor Emeritus Jeffrey Kahane returns for "American Dreams," which begins with An American in Paris, Gershwin's popular, jazzy tone poem. In Elena Urioste’s embrace, Barber’s Concerto for Violin and Orchestra unfolds with deep sweetness and serenity before building to a breathless climax of fiendish virtuosity. Copland’s Symphony No. 3 is a hymn of hope, celebrating the universal journey to solace and renewal after a time of darkness—with a concluding triumphant brass fanfare that is an unabashed exaltation of our common humanity. Tickets on sale at the Info and Tickets Desk at the Student Center or online at tickets.sonoma.edu   


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Sonoma Film Institute presents, The Wild Pear Tree
Mar
17
3:00 PM15:00

Sonoma Film Institute presents, The Wild Pear Tree

“Palme d’Or winner Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s THE WILD PEAR TREE is an achingly beautiful portrait of an ambitious young writer returning home after college. Hoping to enjoy momentary solace in the company of nature’s calming indifference and with parents whose lives are already settled, Sinan finds only guilt in confrontations with the too-early failures of his past acquaintances and a loaded sense of responsibility toward his father’s worsening gambling addiction. This need to see his life as separate from those he left behind incites a rich and sprawling metanarrative on the self-centeredness essential to pursuing a life of creativity. At once languid and rhapsodic, THE WILD PEAR TREE is a profound and poetic look at youth misspent grasping at a maturity that, once attained, is revealed as the ultimate disappointment.” – Malin Kan, AFI Film Festival (2018, 188 min., in Turkish w/English subtitles) Free Admission


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American Dreams | Jeffrey Kahane, conductor - Elena Urioste, violin
Mar
16
7:30 PM19:30

American Dreams | Jeffrey Kahane, conductor - Elena Urioste, violin

Conductor Emeritus Jeffrey Kahane returns for "American Dreams," which begins with An American in Paris, Gershwin's popular, jazzy tone poem. In Elena Urioste’s embrace, Barber’s Concerto for Violin and Orchestra unfolds with deep sweetness and serenity before building to a breathless climax of fiendish virtuosity. Copland’s Symphony No. 3 is a hymn of hope, celebrating the universal journey to solace and renewal after a time of darkness—with a concluding triumphant brass fanfare that is an unabashed exaltation of our common humanity. Tickets on sale at the Info and Tickets Desk at the Student Center or online at tickets.sonoma.edu   


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Sonoma Film Institute presents, The Wild Pear Tree
Mar
15
7:00 PM19:00

Sonoma Film Institute presents, The Wild Pear Tree

“Palme d’Or winner Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s THE WILD PEAR TREE is an achingly beautiful portrait of an ambitious young writer returning home after college. Hoping to enjoy momentary solace in the company of nature’s calming indifference and with parents whose lives are already settled, Sinan finds only guilt in confrontations with the too-early failures of his past acquaintances and a loaded sense of responsibility toward his father’s worsening gambling addiction. This need to see his life as separate from those he left behind incites a rich and sprawling metanarrative on the self-centeredness essential to pursuing a life of creativity. At once languid and rhapsodic, THE WILD PEAR TREE is a profound and poetic look at youth misspent grasping at a maturity that, once attained, is revealed as the ultimate disappointment.” – Malin Kan, AFI Film Festival (2018, 188 min., in Turkish w/English subtitles) Free Admission


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Social Justice Documentary: The Ito Sisters: An American Story
Mar
14
7:30 PM19:30

Social Justice Documentary: The Ito Sisters: An American Story

An Official Selection of the Berkeley Video & Film Festival (Grand Festival Award and Audience Award), the Sacramento Japanese Film Festival (Emerging Filmmaker Award), the Women’s Film Festival San Diego and the Boston Asian American Film Festival (Audience Choice Award for Feature Documentary), THE ITO SISTERScaptures the rarely told stories of the earliest Japanese immigrants to the United States and their American-born children.  The three sisters at the heart of the film – Nancy, Lillian and Hedy – offer a rare first-hand account of their family’s struggle to become American.  The family’s chronicle is set against the backdrop of the Anti-Japanese Movement, a 60-year campaign by politicians, journalists, landowners and others that culminated in the forced removal and incarceration of more than 120,000 Japanese Americans from the West Coast during World War II.  For more information, please visit: www.itosisters.com.


The screening will be followed by a Q&A with director & producer Antonia Grace Glenn, scholar Evelyn Nakano Glenn (UC Berkeley) & SSU President Judy Sakaki.

For questions about the screening or to request accommodation, contact Dr. Lauren Morimoto, morimoto@sonoma.edu


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Sonoma Film Institute presents, Kusama: Infinity
Mar
10
4:30 PM16:30

Sonoma Film Institute presents, Kusama: Infinity

Yayoi Kusama Is The Top-selling Female Artist In The World, Best Known For Her Colorful Polka Dot And Pumpkin-themed Designs And Her Massively Popular Mirrored Infinity Rooms. Leaving Her Native Japan And Traveling To The U.S. Armed Only With Supportive Words From Georgia O'keefe, Yayoi Kusama Exploded Onto The Late-'60s Art Scene. Fighting Racism And Sexism In An Industry Dominated By Men Who Unapologetically Pilfered From Her Remarkable Body Of Work, Kusama Eventually Returned Home To Voluntarily Retire To A Mental Institution. Luckily, The Rest Of The World Has Finally Caught Up To Kusama's Incredible Vision, Celebrating Her Massive Colorful Installations While Bringing Her Newfound Acclaim With Younger Generations. Produced And Directed By Heather Lenz. (2018, 80 Min.) Free Admission


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Sonoma Film Institute presents, Kusama: Infinity
Mar
8
7:00 PM19:00

Sonoma Film Institute presents, Kusama: Infinity

Yayoi Kusama Is The Top-selling Female Artist In The World, Best Known For Her Colorful Polka Dot And Pumpkin-themed Designs And Her Massively Popular Mirrored Infinity Rooms. Leaving Her Native Japan And Traveling To The U.S. Armed Only With Supportive Words From Georgia O'keefe, Yayoi Kusama Exploded Onto The Late-'60s Art Scene. Fighting Racism And Sexism In An Industry Dominated By Men Who Unapologetically Pilfered From Her Remarkable Body Of Work, Kusama Eventually Returned Home To Voluntarily Retire To A Mental Institution. Luckily, The Rest Of The World Has Finally Caught Up To Kusama's Incredible Vision, Celebrating Her Massive Colorful Installations While Bringing Her Newfound Acclaim With Younger Generations. Produced And Directed By Heather Lenz. (2018, 80 Min.) Free Admission


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Spiritrials
Mar
5
7:30 PM19:30

Spiritrials

In Spiritrials, addiction, religion, and the law intersect in a court-ordered drug rehabilitation program. A timely exploration of the American criminal justice system, this multi-dimensional play blurs the line between hip-hop and dramatic performance.  Dahlak Brathwaite (writer/performer) weaves through the autobiographical and the fictional, music and monologue, to examine his place in what appears to be a cultural rite of passage as a young black male.

Click the link to view a trailer for this event!

Written and performed by Dahlak Brathwaite

Musical accompaniment by Dion Decibels

Directed by Marc Bamuthi Joseph and Sean San Jose

Stage Manager Brittany White
Touring by Youth Speaks

Joan Osato, Producing Director

josato@youthspeaks.org

415-710-7427

www.youthspeaks.org

Spiritrials is made possible through the Zellerbach Family Foundation, Columbia Foundation and Ictus; a fiscally sponsored project of Intersection for the Arts in San Francisco. Youth Speaks/The Living Word Project is a NPN Partner for the National Performance Network (NPN). This project is made possible in part by the support from the NPN Creation Fund, NPN Forth Fund and the NPN Performance Residency Program. Major Contributors include the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Ford Foundation, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts (A Federal Agency). 


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Africana Lecture
Mar
5
12:05 PM12:05

Africana Lecture

Dahlak Brathwaite: Adapting History: the Hip-Hop Aesthetic of Sampling & its Ties to the Lineage of Black American Music. Dahlak is a musician, actor, poet, and educator who has been featured on HBO, Upworthy, 2DopeBoyz, and Pitchfork. He is currently adapting his one-man play SpiritTrials into an ensemble musical.


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Do the Right Thing Film Screening
Mar
3
4:00 PM16:00

Do the Right Thing Film Screening

Spike Lee’s landmark film about a day in the life of a Brooklyn neighborhood and its ensuing racial tensions celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. In addition to two screenings at the Sonoma Film Institute, a roundtable discussion featuring Roger Guenveur Smith will take place on Saturday, March 2, from 10am-3pm in the Student Center. Smith, who plays Smiley in the film, will also take part in a post-screening discussion on the evening of March 1 at the Sonoma Film Institute.


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We Shall Overcome - A Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Featuring Damien Sneed
Mar
2
7:30 PM19:30

We Shall Overcome - A Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Featuring Damien Sneed

We Shall Overcome – A Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. featuring Damien Sneed

Inspired by the words and action of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., We Shall Overcome showcases repertoire from across African American music traditions that electrified generations of civil rights activists with interwoven spoken word from Dr. King’s recorded speeches. Pianist and Musical Director Damien Sneed ties together a living lineage of music and culture that includes gospel, classical, jazz, Broadway, and spirituals. 



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Social Justice Week Keynote Speaker:  Yosimar Reyes
Mar
1
7:00 PM19:00

Social Justice Week Keynote Speaker: Yosimar Reyes

Yosimar is a nationally-acclaimed poet and public speaker, born in Guerrero, Mexico, and raised in Eastside San Jose, Reyes explores the themes of migration and sexuality in his work. The Advocatenamed Reyes one of "13 LGBT Latinos Changing the World.” Yosimar is a LAMBDA Literary Fellow as well as the recipient of the Undocupoets Fellowship. His first collection of poetry, For Colored Boys Who Speak Softly… was self-published after a collaboration with the legendary Carlos Santana. The Social Justice Week is sponsored by a variety of University Departments, Student Organizations and off campus entities. These events are FREE and open to the public. For more information, contact peter.phillips@sonoma.edu


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Do the Right Thing Film Screening
Mar
1
7:00 PM19:00

Do the Right Thing Film Screening

Spike Lee’s landmark film about a day in the life of a Brooklyn neighborhood and its ensuing racial tensions celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. In addition to two screenings at the Sonoma Film Institute, a roundtable discussion featuring Roger Guenveur Smith will take place on Saturday, March 2, from 10am-3pm in the Student Center. Smith, who plays Smiley in the film, will also take part in a post-screening discussion on the evening of March 1 at the Sonoma Film Institute.


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Banda Magda
Feb
28
7:30 PM19:30

Banda Magda

Led by Greek-born singer, composer, and accordionist Magda Giannikou, Banda Magda combines South American rhythms with jazz improvisation, cinematic arranging, mid-century classics, and world “chansons” sung in 6 languages. Founded in 2010 in New York, this group of close musical friends turns Magda’s songs into engaging romps that have won them a spot at venues around the world. Tickets on sale at the Info and Tickets Desk at the Student Center or online at tickets.sonoma.edu


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Multicultural Greek Council (MGC) Talent Showcase
Feb
27
7:00 PM19:00

Multicultural Greek Council (MGC) Talent Showcase

The SSU Multicultural Greek Council (MGC) is pleased to invite you to perform in their Annual MGC Talent Showcase! This event is a time in which students, clubs, and organizations can showcase their beautiful talents to the SSU community. This is not a competition, but rather a place to showcase your talents and any performance is welcomed (ex. dancing, singing, playing an instrument, comedy sets, etc.).

To sign up to perform or to learn more about the event, contact Lessli Bermudez at

bermudle@sonoma.edu


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Critical Media Challenging US Empire: Social Justice Week Keynote Speaker: Abby Martin, Media Roots and Empire Report
Feb
27
7:00 PM19:00

Critical Media Challenging US Empire: Social Justice Week Keynote Speaker: Abby Martin, Media Roots and Empire Report

The Social Justice Week is sponsored by a variety of University Departments, Student Organizations and off campus entities. These events are FREE and open to the public. For more information, contact peter.phillips@sonoma.edu


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Do the Right Thing Film Screening
Feb
27
7:00 PM19:00

Do the Right Thing Film Screening

Spike Lee’s landmark film about a day in the life of a Brooklyn neighborhood and its ensuing racial tensions celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. In addition to two screenings at the Sonoma Film Institute (March 1 and 3), a roundtable discussion featuring Roger Guenveur Smith will take place on Saturday, March 2, from 10am-3pm in the Student Center. Smith, who plays Smiley in the film, will also take part in a post-screening discussion on the evening of March 1 at the Sonoma Film Institute.


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Social Justice Week: Alchemia: A Spectrum of Creativity University Library Art Gallery reception
Feb
27
4:00 PM16:00

Social Justice Week: Alchemia: A Spectrum of Creativity University Library Art Gallery reception

  • University Library Art Gallery (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

This gallery opening will featuring artwork from Alchemia, a Sonoma County non-profit that works with adults with developmental disabilities. This event will also include a Panel with Liz Jahren, Alchemia’s Artistic Director.


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Instrumental Repertory Recital
Feb
27
2:00 PM14:00

Instrumental Repertory Recital

  • Schroeder Hall, Green Music Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Instrumental Repertory Recital is the midterm exam for students receiving private instrument lessons. The recital will consist of instrumental solos and chamber music from the Baroque up to modern times. Tickets on sale at the Info and Tickets Desk at the Student Center or online at tickets.sonoma.edu   


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Instrumental Repertory Recital
Feb
27
2:00 PM14:00

Instrumental Repertory Recital

  • Schroeder Hall, Green Music Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Instrumental Repertory Recital is the midterm exam for students receiving private instrument lessons. The recital will consist of instrumental solos and chamber music from the Baroque up to modern times. Tickets on sale at the Info and Tickets Desk at the Student Center or online at tickets.sonoma.edu   


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Keynote Speaker: Penny Rosenwasser: Author: Hope into Practice, Jewish women choosing justice despite our fears
Feb
25
7:00 PM19:00

Keynote Speaker: Penny Rosenwasser: Author: Hope into Practice, Jewish women choosing justice despite our fears

In these perilous times of rising anti-Semitism and racism, deportation of immigrants, Islamophobia, misogyny, and transphobia, Penny’s words are an activist’s call to heal the world! Her interactive talk about her book,"Hope into Practice, Jewish women choosing justice despite our fears," is full of stories linking personal healing with social justice. The Social Justice Week is sponsored by a variety of University Departments, Student Organizations and off campus entities. These events are FREE and open to the public. For more information, contact peter.phillips@sonoma.edu


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