VICTOR DANIELS RETIREMENT PARTY - (right) Psychology professor Victor Daniels is retiring this fall after teaching at SSU for over 40 years. He was the first director of its India Studies program and is a past Chair of the Psychology Department. Celebrate his service to SSU! SSU Psychology Department. Mon., Dec. 7, 4:30 - 7 p.m. University Art Gallery. R.S.V.P. firstname.lastname@example.org.
THE PALESTINE EXPERIENCE: UNDERSTANDING THE REALITIES OF AN OCCUPIED PEOPLE - Maggie Coulter speaks on her recent trip to the Middle East, including living six months in Palestine's West Bank and traveling in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and Gaza. Presented by SSU Sociology Club, Students for Media Democracy, Project Censored and the Media Freedom Foundation. $5 general admission, free students. Tues., Dec. 8, 7 p.m. The Cooperage. Peter Phillips. (707) 664-2588.
PEACE THROUGH SUSTAINABILITY - (left) Jason Mark, Global Exchange Board of Directors, lectures on the future of peace in a changing climate. War and Peace Lecture Series. Tues., Dec. 8, 4 p.m. Warren Auditorium, Ives 101. (707) 664-2543. http://www.sonoma.edu/a&h/WP_Calendar.htm
Music and Theater
STUDENT COMPOSERS CONCERT - Music composition students write the pieces, hire the musicians and conduct their own works. Directed by Jesus Contreras. Free. Sun., Dec. 6, 7:30 p.m. Ives 119.
CHAMBER ENSEMBLES - Four fantastic concerts of chamber music in a multitude of combinations, performed by SSU students and the musical community. Free. Tuesday, Dec. 8, noon; Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2 p.m.; Wednesday, Dec. 9, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, 7:30 p.m., Ives 119.
VOCAL JAZZ COMBO CONCERT - Hear classic vocal jazz from the 30s, 40s, 50s and 60s delivered by very talented vocalists, accompanied by trios of piano or guitar with bass and drums. Directed by John Simon. Free. Thurs., Dec. 10, noon. Warren Auditorium, Ives 101.
JAZZ ENSEMBLES - The SSU Concert Jazz Ensembles showcase the finest in classic and contemporary jazz compositions from around the world. Directed by Doug Leibinger. Free. Thurs., Dec. 10, 7:30 p.m. Warren Auditorium, Ives 101.
LA VOCE GLORIOSA - Join us for two recitals featuring the university's voice students. SSU Music and Theatre majors will perform solos and duets representing many vocal genres and styles and accompanied by our skilled coaches. Directed by Lynne Morrow. Free. Fri., Dec. 11, 2 p.m. Weds., Dec. 16, 2 p.m. Ives 119.
MONTEVERDI IN LOVE - Music Professor Bob Worth directs the SSU Chamber Singers, joined by a period-instrument ensemble led by Baroque violinist Michael Sand, will perform a concert of madrigals, canzonette and scherzi exploring the roller-coaster of love. Fri., Dec. 11, 7:30 p.m. Sat., Dec. 12, 7:30 p.m. Holy Family Episcopal Church, 1500 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park. General $12, Faculty/ Alumni/ Staff $10, seniors/ students $8, SSU students free.
TIDINGS OF JOY! - The University's Symphonic Winds and Clarinet Choir host the Petaluma High School Band for an evening of exciting wind band music and seasonal favorites. Directed by Andy Collinsworth and Cliff Eveland. Fri., Dec. 11, 7:30 p.m. Evert B. Person Theater. Bring three cans of food and receive free admission. Canned goods will be donated to the Redwood Empire Food Bank. General $12, faculty/alumni/staff $10, seniors/ students $8, SSU students free.
MUSIC THEATRE SCENES WORKSHOP -Music and Theatre students collaborate to create a staged lighted and costumed production using existing well-loved songs. Directed by Lynne Morrow. Free. Fri., Dec. 11, 7 p.m. Sat., Dec. 12, 4 p.m. Ives 119.
DARK MATTER - (Chen Shi-Sheng, 2007) A young Chinese student pursuing a Ph.D. in the United States challenges the university establishment. With Meryl Streep. Sonoma Film Institute. Fri., Dec. 11, 7 p.m. http://sonoma.edu/sfi/schedule.html
JURIED STUDENT EXHIBITION - A collection of over 80 student works selected for display by Chester Arnold, artist and professor of Art at College of Marin, and Kate Eilertsen, executive director of Sonoma Valley Museum of Art. Thurs., Nov. 5 - Sun., Dec. 13. Tues. - Fri., 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sat., Sun., noon - 4 p.m. University Art Gallery. Carla Stone. (707) 664-2295. http://www.sonoma.edu/artgallery/
I THINK I SEE WHAT YOU MEAN BY THAT - Ten talented merging sculptors from Art Professor Jann Nunn's sculpture class exhibit their work, exploring themes ranging from the abuse of water to the use of improvised explosive devices (IEDs). Thurs., Nov. 19 - Sun., January 20, Mon. - Fri., 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sat. and Sun., noon - 5 p.m. University Library Art Gallery. http://library.sonoma.edu/about/gallery.html