Events on the Horizon at SSU...

warriors.jpg"Warriors of the Sun" Film Showing - Friday, Sept. 30 at 7 p.m. in Warren Auditorium (Ives 101)

A new documentary on the spiritual traditions of the Totonac Indians of Mexico, "Warriors of the Sun" is a collaboration of retired SSU anthropology professor Albert Wahfhaftig and Filmmaker Bruce 'Pacho' Lane about the inhabitants of Huehuetla Puebla in East Central Mexico. Dr. Wahfhatig will be present to introduce the film and answer questions after the screening.

In a world where valued traditions are threatened by globalization, the Totonacs struggle to maintain the 2000-year-old Los Voladores (the flyers) ritual, a visual representation of pre-conquest Mexican Indian religion. In s vision, God tells 17-year-old Ivan a Totanac high school student, to revive the Voladores, last performed in his community two generations ago. Under the direction of Salvador, the old Volador leader, the film follows Ivan and his friends as they learn the dance steps, the music, and the inner meaning of the ritual.

Presented by the Sonoma Film Institute. Admission is $6 general; $5 for non-SSU students and senior citizens; $4 for SFI members and children under 12; and free for SSU students. For more information, or to see a complete schedule of SFI events, visit or call (707) 664-2606.

harvest.jpegPrelude Harvest Festival - Saturday, Oct. 1 from 4 p.m.-8 p.m. in the Green Music Center's Prelude

Prelude at the Green Music Center is hosting its first annual Harvest Festival on Saturday, Oct. 1 from 4 p.m.- 8 p.m., featuring Lagunitas Brewing Company. Come to enjoy an afternoon of beer, food, and entertainment in one of SSU's newest facilities.

Tickets are $25 and include a complimentary Lagunitas beer with an exclusive mason jar, appetizers, and live music featuring 2Pilots, Hadley Hill, Highway Poets, and The David Luning Band. Tickets can be purchased in the Student Union or by calling 707.664.2747, and can also be purchased at the event. This event is cash-only so make sure to bring cash for any purchases. For more information visit

leyden.jpegTurning Away From Hate with TJ Leyden - Monday, Oct. 3 at 7:30 p.m. in Warren Auditorium (Ives 101)

Join TJ Leyden as he speaks about his history as a former Neo-Nazi, and educates the audience on his incredible past and transformation over a lifetime. Leyden helps people understand the hurtful culture he immersed himself in, and inspires them with why he is so involved in fighting it today.

Presented by Associated Student Productions. Admission is free. For more information, visit the ASP website at

chie.jpegFeminist Lecture Series featuring Chie Abad - Tuesday, October 4 at noon in Stevenson 1002

Chie Abad is an activist for Global Exchange, an international human rights organization dedicated to promoting social, economic, and environmental justice worldwide. Abad spent six years as a garment worker on the Pacific island of Saipan, a U.S. territory, where she endured wretched conditions and frequently worked 14-hour shifts. For more information on this series, visit /

technology.jpegWar and Peace Public Lecture: "Impact of Technology" with Farid Farahmand - Tuesday, Oct. 4 from 5 p.m.-6:15 p.m. in Warren Auditorium (Ives 101)

Dr. Farid Farahmand, assistant professor in SSU's Engineering Degree Program, discusses the "Impact of Technology" at the next War and Peace Public lecture. These presentations take place weekly, on Tuesdays from 5 p.m.-6:15 p.m. in Warren Auditorium (Ives 101), and are open to the public.

The War and Peace Public Lecture Series is an annual fall course, listed as Humanities 302, that gives the podium to professors and guest lecturers to discuss the academic, political, and cultural aspects of war and peace in today's society. Dr. Chingling Wo, associate professor of English, hosts the series, along with discussion leaders Margaret Anderson, of the Hutchins School and Dialogue Center, and Rashmi Singh, lecturer in philosophy.

nader.jpegRalph Nader: "Fixing Our Broken Economy" - Tuesday, Oct. 4 at 7:30 p.m. in the Cooperage

His message is simple and compelling: "To go through life as a non-citizen would be to feel that there's nothing you can do, that nobody's listening, that you don't matter. But to be a citizen is to enjoy the deep satisfaction of seeing the prevention of pain, misery, and injustice."

Honored by Time Magazine as "One of the 100 Most Influential Americans of the Twentieth Century," and recently as "One of the 100 Most Influential Figures in American History" by The Atlantic, Nader is known for his 40-year political career, as well as for being a consumer advocate, author, lecturer and attorney.

Presented by Associated Student Productions, tickets for this special presentation are $10 general, $5 for SSU faculty and staff, and free for SSU students. To purchase tickets, visit or call (707) 664-2382.

cmf.jpegCampus MovieFest - October 5-14, 2011

The sixth annual SSU Campus MovieFest dazzles from October 5-14, showcasing students' five-minute long masterpieces. All films will have been made within the week of October 5-14. Campus MovieFest supplies a digital camcorder, a tripod, a Mac laptop equipped with iMovie and Final Cut software, 1,300 songs to create a soundtrack and have expert staff on hand for a week to provide technical assistance.

This back-by-popular demand event at SSU is completely free and will culminate with a finale at Person Theater, where sixteen chosen films will premiere on October 15 at 8 p.m. The launch (or, day to pick up equipment) is October 5 from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. in the Student Union.

All students are invited to join in the movie-making process - it only takes a group of four to sign-up as a film-making team. The films can be comedies, dramas, science fiction, action, adventure, thrillers, documentaries -- the possibilities are endless. More than 100 teams signed up last year!

Campus MovieFest began at Emory University in Georgia in 2000 as a program put on by residential life staff and has quickly grown. This year, the top films from Sonoma State will compete against those from Stanford University, San Jose State, Santa Clara University, University of San Francisco and UC Berkeley in the regional finale taking place in Los Angeles. The participants in SSU's first-place film (up to ten members) will win engraved iPods, and teams in the regional finale have a chance of winning Apple computers and many other prizes.

Sign-up today at To view last year's top national films, visit

If you would like a short presentation on CMF, or would like a DVD of the promo video, email Questions may be directed to (707) 664-2782 or email

studentcomposers.jpgStudent Composers Concert: "Sorcerer's Apprentice" - Sunday, Oct. 9 at 7:30 p.m. in Green Music Center Room 1028

Directed by Jesus Contreras and Will Johnson, "Sorcerer's Apprentice" premieres exciting new works that are composed, conducted and performed by SSU students. Admission is free for all.

smolens.jpgMichael Smolens & earPlay Jazzquintet - Wednesday, Oct. 12 at 1 p.m. in Green Music Center, Room 1029

The earPlay Jazzquintet, led by Bay Area keyboardist/composer Michael Smolens, is a groundbreaking electro-acoustic ensemble with a uniquely kaleidoscopic sound. They take stylistic variety to new heights, cross-fertilizing North Indian, West African, Brazilian, and Middle Eastern influences with jazz and 20th-century classical idioms.

Admission is free. For more information, contact Doug Leibinger at

instrumrepertory.jpgInstrumental Repertory Recital: "Harmonious Microcosm" - Wednesday, Oct. 12 at 2 p.m. in Green Music Center Room 1028

Experience the intimate - and infinite - world of chamber music literature, from the tried-and-true warhorses to little-known gems. Performed by private lesson students and talented members of the musical community, with coaching by studio music faculty. Directed by Marilyn Thompson, Roy Zajac and Judiyaba. Admission is free for all.

Contemporary and Latin Jazz Ensembles: Post-Bop, Salsa, and All That Jazz - Thursday, Oct. 13 at 7:30 p.m. in Warren Auditorium (Ives 101)

A double billing featuring two of SSU's four jazz bands: Contemporary Jazz Ensemble led by Doug Leibinger, and Latin Band led by Kendrick Freeman. Admission is free.

"How I Learned to Drive" - Presented by the Department of Theatre Arts & Dance from October 20-28, 2011 in Ives Studio 76 and Warren Auditorium (Ives 101)

hiltd.jpgThis wildly funny, harrowing and beautiful play traces a woman's path through time as she recalls learning the rules of the road (and life) from behind the wheel of her uncle's '62 Buick Riviera.

"How I Learned to Drive" delicately tells the story of Li'l Bit and her Uncle Peck, played by Hana Castia and Tim Kniffin, while exploring issues of abuse, adolescent sexuality, family alienation and manipulation. Winner of the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for Drama originally starring Mary-Louise Parker, and later Molly Ringwald as Li'l Bit. Presented in Ives Hall and touring to Sonoma and Napa County high schools and junior colleges. Written by Paula Vogel and directed by SSU's Danielle Cain. T

Tickets are $9-$16, and SSU students are admitted free. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit or call the School of Performing Arts Box Office at (707) 664-2353. Details also available on Facebook at

knudsen.jpegJazz Saxophonist Kasey Knudsen Debuts at 3rd Annual Mel Graves Jazz Scholarship Concert - Thursday, Nov. 3 at 7:30 p.m. in Warren Auditorium (Ives 101)

The third annual Mel Graves Jazz Scholarship Concert takes place at Sonoma State University's Warren Auditorium on Thursday, Nov. 3 at 7:30 p.m. A major fundraiser for the SSU jazz studies program, the event, subtitled "The Knife's Blade," features the faculty jazz ensemble led by program director Doug Leibinger.

Making her SSU debut on alto sax is San Francisco-based saxophonist, composer and educator Kasey Knudsen. Knusden is a graduate of Berklee College of Music and was recently hired to teach jazz sax and act as clinician in jazz forum. She performs around the Bay Area with the KK Sextet/Septet, the Holly Martins and the Permanent Wave Ensemble.

The concert will be co-directed by Leibinger and percussionist George Marsh. Other band members include Randy Vincent, guitar, Cliff Hugo, bass and Will Johnson, prepared piano. Among the pieces on the program is the premiere of Leibinger's "Subtyranny." There is a suggested donation of $15. More information available on Facebook at

There's never a dull moment at Sonoma State University! For a full calendar view of activities at SSU, visit the university's "Seawolf Scene" calendar.

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