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theatre.jpgKen Sonkin directs the dark and edgy coming-of-age story "The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek" in a production offered by the SSU Department of Theatre Arts and Dance from Oct. 16 to Oct. 25 in Studio 76, Ives Hall.

Set in a small rural town during the Great Depression, the play is the story of two teenagers seeking adventure and escape by racing trains.

Physically and psychologically trapped in a town blanketed with despair, poverty and isolation cause several characters to unravel as a tragic, gender twisting mystery unfolds. Playwright Naomi Wallace provides an unsentimental and uncensored portrait of the lives and struggles of the working class, frustrated by their inability to change their circumstances.

lmcquade.jpgThe Feminist Lecture Series addresses the timely topic of "Gender and Health" on Thursdays at noon in Stevenson 1002. The series is free and open to the public.

Sponsored by the Women's and Gender Studies Department, it features presentations by local and regional activists, organizers, practitioners, and experts working on issues of gender, social justice, and health.

Hosted by Women's and Gender Studies Professor Dr. Lena McQuade, featured speakers address a range of pressing topics from the health of migrant children to sex education to breastfeeding among Native Americans to human trafficking in Sonoma County.

saturn.jpgThe Milky Way, the Blue Snowball, Globular Clusters and galaxies that are light-years away from Earth are just some of the heavenly objects on view at the Dept. of Physics and Astronomy's Public Viewing Nights throughout the fall semester.

Located on the Southeast side of campus, the Sonoma State Observatory is home to telescopes staffed by student volunteers that the public can use during the viewing nights to observe the solar system and see unique perspectives of the sky above.

Staff and faculty members will also give presentations at the viewing, with an emphasis on the night's specific astronomy-related theme. Staff are also available for the questions following the presentation.

carr.gifSSU's Writers at Sonoma welcomes Julie Carr (left) and Claudia Keelan for a poetry reading on Sept. 9 at 7 p.m. in Evert B. Person Theatre. The event is free and open to the public. 

 Carr and Keelan are both authors of six books of poetry, many of which have been recognized and honored with various awards. keelan.jpgSome of Carr's works include 100 Notes on Violence and Sara-Of Fragments and Lines. 

Carr's next piece, Think Tank, is set to release in 2015. Some of Keelan's poetry books include her most recent publication O, Heart that came out this year and in the American Poetry Review (2007).

hismastersvoice.jpgThe University Art Gallery at Sonoma State University unveils The Third Dimension: Four Sculptors with a reception on Thursday, Sept. 4 from 4-6 p.m. The exhibit will be on view through Sunday, Oct. 12 and features the work Shawn HibmaCronin, Walter Robinson, Chris Thorson, and Ann Weber.

"Like contemporary art in general, recent sculpture defies easy categorization," says exhibit curator and art professor Michael Schwager. "There is no longer a dominant aesthetic as there was in the 1950s with Abstract Expressionism, the 1960s with Pop, and the 1960s and 70s with Minimalism."

bachchoir.pngDetails of the Schroeder Hall Grand Opening Weekend at Sonoma State University's Green Music Center have been announced, including ticket information for the free community weekend on Saturday, Aug. 23 and Sunday, Aug. 24. The weekend of free events includes more than 100 artists in ten concerts.

Admission is free to the weekend concerts, but advance tickets are required. Tickets are available to the public beginning Tuesday, Aug. 12 at 10 a.m. and can be reserved in person at the SSU Box Office, online at gmc.sonoma.edu, or over the phone at 866.955.6040. A limited quantity of tickets will be held for walk-up sales on-site for the free community weekend on August 23-24.

Shot at Burning Man 2012, this documentary helps defy the stereotypes of Burning Man, by following the unlikely adventure of two 60-year-old parents for their first burn.


The Sonoma Film Institute announces its fall slate of screenings, ranging from lively documentaries to international features and rarely shown classic cinema.

The season kicks off with the Winner of the Audience Award at the Sonoma International Film Festival, Taking My Parents to Burning Man (8/22, 24), in which first time filmmaker, 22-year-old Bryant 'Spry Bry' Boesen, follows his family's journey to the annual festival in the Nevada desert.

unnamed.jpgThe University Art Gallery presents BFA Exhibition 2014, which opens with a reception for the artists on Thursday, April 17 from 4-6 p.m, and will be on view through Saturday, May 10.

BFA Exhibition 2014 features the work of 11 students in the Art Department who are graduating this spring with their Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), an advanced degree requiring an additional year of focused study in their chosen medium.

kathleennoonan.pngThe School of Social Sciences Brown Bag Lecture Series welcomes Kathleen Noonan, History, as she presents her work "Gasoline and Unrest: Bayonne Refinery Strikes," on April 15, noon to 1 p.m., in Stevenson 2011. All are invited.

This study looks at the connection between two deadly strikes in Bayonne, NJ and the construction of the nation's first garden-style apartment complex as housing for the employees of Standard Oil. The strikes drew national attention, drawing in prominent labor organizers from the IWW and professional strikebreakers.

ruth.jpgThree days of back-to-back concerts at the Green Music Center features Sonoma State University's largest performing ensembles under the direction of program leaders Doug Leibinger, Andy Collinsworth and Jenny Bent.

The performances on April 24, 25 and 26 take place in Joan and Sanford I. Weill Hall. Tickets are $15 including parking, with discounts for seniors and students. Admission is free to SSU students with ID.

lobowinemaker.pngWinemaking is a passion for many that has been studied and perfected for hundreds of years. Professor Phil Crews will explain the 21st century approach to the process during his lecture at 7 p.m. on April 17 in Weill Hall at the Green Music Center.

The presentation entitled The Chemistry and Science of Wines and Wine Making is free and open to the public. Tickets are required by visiting http://tinyurl.com/kbcovqw.

Crews, a professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of California Santa Cruz, will explain the scientific aspects of winemaking and how consulting companies have helped winemakers create award-winning vintages.

triogmc.pngWhat do cello superstar Yo-Yo Ma and nineteenth-century Russian composer Anton Arensky have in common? Answer: the Davidov Stradivarius, named for cellist Karl Davidov (1838-1889).

Described by Tchaikovsky as the "czar of cellists," Davidov was head of the St. Petersburg Conservatory when Arensky was a student there.

Davidov's priceless 1712 cello lives on through the artistry of Yo-Yo Ma, to whom it is currently on loan.

Hear Arensky's lush and lyrical Piano Trio in D Minor, dedicated to Davidov's memory, in a concert by Sonoma State University resident chamber artists, Trio Navarro, on April 6 at 7:30 p.m. in the Green Music Center's Joan and Sanford I Weill Hall.

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