Pirates of Penzance - The comic opera, The Pirates of Penzance, by Arthur Sullivan and W.S. Gilbert, is a delightful romp that revolves around a young man's sense of duty, a tenderhearted band of pirates and beautiful young maidens. Over a seven-performance run at the Evert B. Person Theatre, audiences travel to the coast of Cornwall at the time of Queen Victoria's reign. Opening night is Friday, Feb. 20, with a 7:30 p.m. curtain. The run concludes on Sunday, March 1. For tickets to this classic tale, contact the Center For Performing Arts Box Office at 4-2353. Box Office is open Monday through Friday from noon to 5 p.m. Tickets may also be purchased at brownpapertickets.com. For further information about this opera, and other performances, visit www.sonoma.edu/performingarts/perf. $15 general admission; $12 FANS (faculty, alumni, staff); $8 students/seniors. Faculty and staff night is
"Vagina Monologues" - Sponsored by the Queer Straight Alliance. SSU students Kathryn Pomilla and Danielle Zelisko are directing the campus production of Eve Ensler's, "The Vagina Monologues," with special sponsorship by the Queer Straight Alliance. Benefit performances are Fri., Feb. 13 at 8 p.m., Sat., Feb. 14 at 8 p.m. and Sun., Feb. 15 at 2 p.m. in the Cooperage. An open dress rehearsal will also be held, Thurs., Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. Tickets for the event are $5 for students, $10 for faculty and staff, and $15 for general admission. Donations are welcome at Thursday’s open dress rehearsal. For tickets visit the Student Union, or call 4-2382. This is the second time SSU is hosting a performance of "The Vagina Monologues". Proceeds benefit violence prevention programs on campus and in the community. For more information, contact Rachel Espinoza, The Center for Culture, Gender & Sexuality, 4-2845 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Twenty-Fifth Annual "Art From the Heart" Valentine Benefit Auction - Sat., Feb. 14 marks the twenty-fifth annual "Art from the Heart" silent art auction and party at the University Art Gallery from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Proceeds from the auction directly benefit the Art Gallery's exhibition, publication, and lecture programs. Free previews of the artwork are on Wed., Feb. 11 from 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Thurs., Feb. 12 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; and Fri., Feb. 13 from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. "Art from the Heart" features modestly priced works of art and other items, such as stays at local inns and hotels, theatre and museum tickets, and bottles of wine, that are sold during a silent auction. This year more than 100 artists from Sonoma County and across the United States have created original works of art especially for "Art from the Heart," including Chester Arnold, Todd Barricklow, Stephen Galloway, Cynthia Hipkiss, Bob Hudson, Karen Kelly, Kurt Kemp, Tony King, John LeBaron, Judith Linhares, Jann Nunn, Stella Monday, William O'Keeffe, Mark Perlman, Sylvia Seventy, Richard Shaw, Inez Storer, Jennifer Sturgill, Masami Teraoka, Greer Upton, and Shane Weare, among many others. Food and wine served. Tickets are $25 as a suggested donation. For more information, call the University Art Gallery at 4-2295.
"Hidden Treasures: Selections from the SSU Art Gallery Permanent Collection" - Many of the sixteen featured artists are household names—Picasso, Miro, Kandinsky; others are names known to those more familiar with twentieth century art history—Dubuffet, Appel, Bellmer; and many others are renowned Bay Area artists—Morehouse, De Forest, Linhares. These works have come to the SSU Art Gallery from generous donors—some who have been collectors their whole lives, some who have donated one piece, all of whom believe in public education and access to art. Now through March 13. Admission is free. University Library Art Gallery, Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and weekends from noon-5 p.m. For more information, contact Karen Brodsky at 4-4240.
Black Comedy Jam - ASP presents the annual February event, the Black Comedy Jam, in continued celebration of Black History Month. Headlining this year is comedian, Mike E. Winfield, along with Shane Murphy, one of the most requested event hosts in the nation. Winfield has been featured on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno," BET's "Comic View," Showtime Network's "Comics Without Borders" and was a finalist in the San Francisco International Comedy Competition. He brings with "PHAT" Joe Mendez as his opener. Vegas veteran Mendez is a casino and club favorite playing in some of the best casinos on the famed "Vegas Strip". He has been featured on Comedy Central and is widely regarded as one of the best comics in northern California. Thurs., Feb. 12 at 8 p.m., Commons. For more information call 4-2382 or visit http://www.sonoma.edu/as/asp. Admission free.
"Backing into Wisdom: The Deep Masculine and Adult Development" - In ways that are resonant with President Obama's call for new models of collaboration and problem-solving, Dr. Allan Chinen speaks on new models of masculine energy that transcend old models of the hero and the patriarch at a free public lecture. "Backing into Wisdom: The Deep Masculine and Adult Development" will be held from 7-9 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 19 in the Multi-Purpose Room of the Student Union. Chinen offers a model for mature masculine development and a vision of a post-patriarchal world, with an authentic reconciliation of masculine and feminine. His message is relevant to men and women, old and young, who would like to effect creative change in the world. Part of the Master's program in Depth Psychology's new Public Programs series this spring. Co-sponsored by Associated Students. Future programs can be found at Depth Psychology. For further information, contact Laurel McCabe, 4-2130.
Attorney and Motivational Speaker Jim A. Bell - The civil rights activist and motivational speaker appears as part of the Black History Month celebrations. An accomplished attorney, Bell's speech explores issues such as fairness vs. equality, leadership, civil rights and racial profiling. Before he was lauded as a litigator,Bell lived in public housing projects in California and was exposed to an environment where drugs, crime, and violence were rampant. As a result, he brings a unique perspective to any audience, having lived in poverty, but also having realized success in the face of extreme adversity through hard work and determination. Tues., Feb. 17 at 7 p.m., Cooperage. For more information, call 4-2382 or visit www.sonoma.edu/as/asp. Sponsored by Black Scholars United; Center for Culture, Gender and Sexuality; Student Union and Associated Students Productions. Admission free.
The Convergence of Particle Physics and Astrophysics: The LHC/Fermi Era - Dr. Michael Dine of UC Santa Cruz explains the relation of some of the big questions in cosmology and particle physics and how the Large Hadron Collider currently being commissioned at CERN and the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope may address them. Mon., Feb. 9 at 4 p.m., Darwin 103. Coffee served at 3:30 p.m. Part of the "What Physicists Do" lecture series.
What is Mormonism? - Dr. Henry Shreibman, Dominican University, discusses the history and basic concepts of Mormonism and the controversy and misconceptions common to this faith. Topics include original works of Joseph Smith and Brigham Young, to current interpretations by the Church of Latter Day Saints. Tues., Feb. 10 at 7 p.m., Student Union Multi-Purpose Room. For more information, call 4-2782. Lecture Part of the “Religion and Spirituality” lecture series, presented by Associated Student Productions. Admission free.
Perspectives on the Holocaust and Genocide in Film - Myrna Goodman, Director of the Center for Holocaust Studies, speaks. Tues., Feb. 10 from 4 p.m.-5:40 p.m., Warren Auditorium, Ives. Part of the “Holocaust” lecture series, sponsored by the Alliance for the Study of the Holocaust; The Paul V. Benko Holocaust Education Endowment; the Thomas Family Foundation; the Center for the Study of the Holocaust and Genocide; the Sonoma State Students’ IRA Fund; and the Armenian Genocide Memorial Lecture Fund. Admission free.
"Some of My Best Friends are Gay: Creating a Queer-Friendly Community" - Speaker Paula Pilecki is the Executive Director of Spectrum LGBT Center in Marin County who will discuss the assumptions, myths and stereotypes that are behind resistance in schools, social service organizations and communities of faith to the active inclusion of LGBT people. She offers suggestions on how to create a successful grassroots campaign to inspire institutional and community change. Tues., Feb. 10 from noon-12:50 p.m., Carson 68. For more information or a complete list of lectures in this series, visit the website at http://www.sonoma.edu/womenstudies/current_lectures.htm. Part of the “Queer Studies/Women’s Health” lecture series, sponsored by the Women and Gender Studies Department and SSU Instructionally Related Activities Program. Admission is free.
"Articles, Books and Beyond" - Lecture covers strategies for navigating library resources to find articles, books, movies and more. Included are tips on how to login from home, email articles and order books from other libraries. Tues., Feb. 10 and Wed., Feb. 11 from noon-12:45 p.m., Schulz 2016A. Library Workshop. Part of the “Research Drop-in” series. No sign up needed.
"The Slide Collection Goes Digital: A Demonstration of How Campus Support for Updating the Art and Art History Department Slide Collection Could Enrich the University" - Featuring Stephen Galloway, art, and Karen Kessel, art history. The conversion of slides to digital format is a time-consuming and expensive endeavor, but it is a one-time cost that will be offset in the long run by the many advantages digital images provide. Galloway and Kessel describe efforts made so far in making this happen, and demonstrate a model image database. Thurs., Feb. 12 from 12:05 p.m.-12:55 p.m., Schulz 3001. Part of the Arts and Humanities Research and Creative Works Forum. Admission is free.
Public Viewing Night at the SSU Observatory - View Venus and Pleiades, a Valentine treat on Fri., Feb. 13 from 7 p.m.-9 p.m. at the SSU Observatory. For details and map, visit http://www.phys-astro.sonoma.edu/observatory/pvn.html or call 4-2267 for more information.
"An Autumn Afternoon" (1962) - An aging widower—the great Chishu Ryu—becomes concerned that his loving daughter will end up a lovelorn old maid if she continues to live with him through his final years. He attempts to arrange a marriage for her, first settling on a young colleague of his who, happily enough, is also the daughter’s choice. But there are complications, and the search must continue. (Yasujiro Ozu, 112 min., In Japanese with English subtitles.) Thurs., Feb. 12 at 7 p.m., Darwin 103, and Fri., Feb. 13 at 7 p.m., Warren Auditorium, Ives Hall. For more information, visit http://www.sonoma.edu/sfi/.
"Invisible Children" - "Invisible Children" is an acclaimed film, tragically depicting child soldiers and prostitutes in Uganda. Presented by Associated Students Productions, the film is accompanied by an awakening presentation of the conflict in Uganda. The movie presents a very real and vivid picture of one of the most pressing human rights issues of our time. For more information, visit http://www.invisiblechildren.com. Tues., Feb. 17 at 7 p.m., Student Union Multi-Purpose Room. For more information on this or other ASP events, call 4-2382 or visit their website at www.sonoma.edu/as/asp. Admission free. "What Can I Do?" lecture series."
"Alles auf Zucker!”/“Go for Zucker!" (2004) - Part of the German Club Film Series. Admission free. Directed by Dani Levy. Shown in German with English subtitles. Tues., Feb. 10 at 7 p.m., Student Union Erin Fisher Room.
"When We Were Kings" (1996) - Part of the Black History Month celebration, presented by Associated Student Productions and Black Scholars United. Admission is free. Featuring speaker Mike Ezra, American Multicultural Studies. “When We Were Kings” is a documentary by Leon Gast about the "Rumble in the Jungle" match between Mohammad Ali and George Foreman. Wed., Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. in the Student Union Multi-Purpose Room. For more information or a complete list of films in this series, call 4-2382 or visit www.sonoma.edu/as/asp.