Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Sac State festival is fun for everyone

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

Presented by the university’s College of Arts and Letters, this year’s festival will run Tuesday, April 12 to Sunday, April 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.

“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,” said Edward Inch, dean of the College of Arts and Letters.

“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. Funday celebrates what makes our programs so unique,” Inch said.


Kids, too

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 pottery 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.

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.

 Festival highlights

  • “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 to 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 to 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 to 14, with two performances each day.
  • Steve Turre, Saturday Night Live’s trombonist for 30 years, is also the master of the jazz conch shell. The the Sac State alumnus performs Wednesday, April 17, with Sac State’s Jazz Ensembles.
  • Family Sunday Funday runs 11 a.m. to 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.

Ticket prices, times and details about the Festival of the Arts are available at by calling the College of Arts and Letters at 916-278-6502, or at its Facebook page facebookcom/CSUSArtsLetters.



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