"Water Works," the campus-wide project merging the fine arts and academics, continues in November with a splash of events.
The schedule of upcoming events include:
The Great Divide by Adam Chanzit (Nov. 1-10) - A rural Colorado town revives its economy by allowing a natural gas company to begin a "fracking" operation in its area, injecting chemicals into the ground to mine natural gas. But, when the chemicals get into the water table, the health of the town is at stake. What's more important, short or long term survival - having energy and power as well as financial stability or protecting the environment and the water needed to survive? Evert B. Person Theatre. Tickets: $17 general; $15 faculty and ftaff; $10 visiting students and seniors; SSU students free. 707.664.2353
FACULTY AND STAFF ADMITTED FREE, NOV. 7
5 p.m: Doors open to Person Lobby for reception with appetizers, soft drinks, and no-host wine service.
Lobby display of Water Works by student artists from the Studio Art program, Art Department. Slide show by Dr. Claudia Luke, Director of the Sonoma State University Preserves
5:15 p.m.: Pre-show panel discussion "Water, Fracking, and Sustainability" with "The Great Divide" playwright Adam Chanzit and others, moderated by SSU Assistant Professor of Dramaturgy and Playwriting Scott Horstein.
6 p.m.: "Make a Splash" celebration in the Person Lobby. Speakers include Provost Andrew Rogerson, Dr. Claudia Luke. Director of SSU Preserves and Field Stations, Professor of Art Kurt Kemp, and Professor of Theatre Arts Paul Draper. Michelle Covington from the SSU Development Office will MC.
6:30 p.m.: Performance of "The Great Divide" by Adam Chanzit
Forever Changing Its Mind: Copeland Creek and the Laguna Headwaters - Past, Present, and Future (Nov. 7) - Arthur Dawson, Historical Ecologist/Consultant at Baseline Consulting, presents a fascinating look at what Copeland Creek, the SSU campus, and the surrounding area were like in the past. Early maps, illustrations, and accounts can be pieced together to reconstruct the surprisingly dynamic landscape that less than two centuries ago. Finishes with a look to the future and how restoring or mimicking natural patterns can reduce soil erosion, filter water, reduce flooding, and restore habitat. 1 p.m., Warren Auditorium (Ives 101). Part of the "Sustainabilty in Our World" lecture series. Free.
"Under Water" (Nov. 8-Dec. 9), University Art Gallery - The exhibition presents a selection of regional, national, and internationally recognized artists who portray water both directly and metaphorically, and in one instance literally as a material in her sculpture. Participating artists include Jenny Bloomfield, Pegan Brooke, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Christel Dillbohner, Minkeo Grimmer, Doug Hall, Helen and Newton Harrison, Eirik Johnson, Michael Kenna, Tony King, Danae Mattes, Vik Muniz, Pat Steir, Larry Sultan, and Catherine Wagner. University Art Gallery.
Advanced Drawing Show (Through Nov. 7)- Students in Kurt Kemp's "Advanced Drawing" class show new works on the theme of water in styles ranging from realism to the more interpretive and abstract, with media as varied as the themes embodied in the art. "Storage Gallery", Art Building. Evert B. Person Lobby for the Nov. 7 "Great Divide" performance and pre-show celebration.
SONOMA FILM INSITUTE (SFI)
SFI features two films that explore inland water flow. Jean Renoir's American film about Texas tenant farmers trying to survive against the elements, "The Southerner," is shown Nov. 9, 11. Oscar winner Jessica Yu's documentary on the urgency of the dwindling fresh water supply, "Last Call at the Oasis," is presented Nov. 16, 18. Warren Auditorium. See ticket information at www.sonoma.edu/sfi.
Fall Dance Concert (Nov. 29-Dec. 2)- Directed by Christine Cali, the annual Fall Dance Concert explores a wide variety of styles and genres such as hip-hop, jazz, lyrical, contemporary and ballet. Student choreographed new works, with some choreographers responding to the Water Works theme. Presented by the Department of Theatre Arts & Dance, 7:30 p.m., Evert B. Person Theatre. Tickets at:
Brass Ensemble (Nov. 30) -The SSU Brass Ensemble joins the "Water Works" movement with an enticing program including Mendelssohn's Venetian Boat Songs, Gliere's Russian Sailors Dance, and Deep Purple's Smoke on the Water under the baton of guest conductor Brian Wilson. The water-themed program anticipates the ensemble's upcoming tour to the Korean island of Jeju. 4 p.m., Weill Hall, Green Music Center. Free.
Women's Water Polo Welcomes Olympian - The SSU women's water polo team welcomes four-time Olympic medalist Heather Petri to the campus as an opportunity for the community to hear her story about how she has become one of the greatest water polo players of all time and what it takes to compete at the highest level. 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 1, Commons. Open to the public. Admission free.
For more about the "Water Works" season, visit www.sonoma.edu/waterworks