VAGINA MONOLOGUES. The Vagina Monologues is made up of a number of monologues read by different women. Every monologue somehow relates to the vagina, be it through sex, love, rape, menstruation, mutilation, masturbation, birth, orgasm, the variety of names for the vagina, or simply as a physical aspect of the body. A recurring theme throughout the piece is the vagina as a tool of female empowerment, and the ultimate embodiment of individuality. 8 p.m., Thurs. March 18-20. Cooperage. (707) 664-2382. http://www.sonoma.edu/as/asp
TEACHING FOR THE COMMON GOOD WEDNESDAYS: A Community Engaged Network meeting for those involved with teaching a learning service course, a class with a political engagement or peer education component, community-based or community placed learning, site visit/observation at a non-profit or school, or a community-based participatory research class. Green-Bag lunch event. 12-1 p.m., Wed., March 17. Schulz 1121. www.sonoma.edu/aa/ap/cce/
WHAT PHYSICISTS DO LECTURE SERIES- Dr. Anthony Aguirre, University of California, Santa Cruz discusses how the newly-won understanding of cosmology is pointing to the possibility that the observable universe is just a tiny part of a much larger and diverse "Multiuniverse." 4 p.m., Mon., March 15. Darwin 103. There will be coffee, cookies and conversation in the Darwin Lobby before hand, at 3:30 p.m. http://www.phys-astro.sonoma.edu/wpd/
"NOT IN THE HEAVENS: IS THERE A TRADITION OF JEWISH SECULAR THOUGHT?"- David Biale (Far Right), Professor and chair, Department of history, UC Davis lectures. SSU Jewish Studies Lecture Series. 7 p.m., Mon., March 15. University Commons. (707) 664-3293. http://sonoma.edu/jewishstudies/
"'SCATTER THE PIGEONS': BALDNESS & THE PERFORMANCE OF BLACK HYPER-MASCULINITY"- E. Patrick Johnson (Right), Northwestern University professor of Performance Studies and African American Studies, describes how the bald hairstyle adorned by black men evokes desire and fear that create ambivalence around the ways race and gender are read onto the black male body. Queer Studies Lecture Series. Noon-12:50 p.m., Tues., March 16. Rachel Carson Hall 20. (707) 664.2840. http://www.sonoma.edu/womenstudies/current_lectures.htm
BE MY GUEST- Abner Nolan, San Francisco based artist and educator, guest lectures as part of the Art Department's visiting artists series. Nolan's work has been included in exhibitions at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the Nelson Gallery at UC Davis and SF Camerawork. A monograph of his work, "Away," was published by TBW books in 2009. Nolan is currently an adjunct professor in the photography program at the Califor- nia College of the Arts. Guest of Carlos de Villasante. Noon-12:55 p.m., Tues., March 16. Art 102. (707) 664-2364. http://www.sonoma.edu/art/visitingartists/
BIOLOGY COLLOQUIUM- Dr. Patrick J. Westfall, Amyris Biotechnologies discusses microbially derived Artemisinin and engineering yeast to stabilize the supply of an important Antimalarial drug for the developing world. Noon-1 p.m., Tues., March 16. Darwin 103. (707) 664-2189. http://www.sonoma.edu/biology/home/colloquium.shtml
"THINKING STRAIGHT: HETEROSEXUAL IDENTITY IN AMERICA."- James Dean (Left), Assistant Professor of Sociology lectures on the social-psychological process heterosexual men and women use in establishing boundaries of social distance when interacting with gay men and lesbians. This lecture explores gender and racial variations in heterosexual identity practices, and argues for the reintroduction of psychoanalytic accounts into sociological theories of subject formation and social constructionist accounts of (sexual) identity. Brown Bag Lecture Series. Noon-1 p.m., Tues., March 16. Stevenson 2011. (707) 664-2112.
PERSPECTIVES ON INTERNATIONAL WAR CRIMES- Eric Williams, Ph.D., Sonoma State University speaks. Event is open to all. 2010 Holocaust and Genocide Lecture Series. 4-5:40 p.m., Tues., March 16. Warren Auditorium, Ives Hall. http://www.sonoma.edu/holocaust/center.htm
SUSTAINABILITY LECURE: Debora Hammond (Left), Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies, Hutchins and Jeff Baldwin (Right), Assistant Professor, Department of Geography and Global Studies lecture. Noon, Wed., March 17. Schulz 3001.
MATH COLLOQUIUM- Heather J. Smith, Department of Psychology, Sonoma State University explores the concept of relative deprivation. 4 p.m., Wed., March 17. Darwin 103. (707) 664-2368. http://www.sonoma.edu/math/nsf/colloquium.shtml
"BE THE MEDIA: THE COMMUNITY MEDIA RENAISSANCE."- Media expert Dave Mathison lectures. Modern Media Dialogue Series. 5-6:30 p.m., Wed., March 17. Warren Auditorium, Ives 101. (707) 664-3160. http://www.mediadialogueseries.org/
"MAKING GREEK AND ATHLETIC LIFE MATTER"- David Coleman, "American Real Life Hitch" speaks to Athletes and Greeks about healthy interactions, choosing your attitude, understanding the importance of your decisions, understanding the difference between character and reputation, resolving conflicts and how to find the "strongest link." This event is part of the Greek and Athletics Leadership Series. 7:30-9 p.m., Wed., March 17. Gymnasium.
"SAVING THE WORLD ONE SERVER AT A TIME"- Parthasarathy Ranganathan, HP Labs, Palo Alto lectures. Computer Science Colloquium. Noon, Thurs., March 18. Salazar 2016. (707) 664-2667. http://www.cs.sonoma.edu/cs_dept/events/
"PERFORMANCE EVALUATION AND OPTIMIZATION OF THE TELEIMMERSION SYSTEM." - Professor Ruzena Bajcsy, EECS Dept. UC Berkeley lectures. Engineering Science Lecture Series. 4:30-5:30 p.m. Thurs., March 18. Salazar 2009A. (707) 664-2030. http://sonoma.edu/engineering/lecture_series/
Music and Theater
LATIN BAND PERFORMANCE- A Latin Band plays for Sonoma State University, presented by the School of Performing Arts. 7:30 p.m., Thurs., March 18. Warren Auditorium, Ives Hall. This event is FREE. (707) 664-2235. http://www.sonoma.edu/performingarts/index.shtml
"IMAGINARY INVALID" by Molière. Eccentric and very rich Argan, a self-centered hypochondriac preoccupied with body functions, will do anything to defeat his fear of dying-- including marrying his daughter Angelique to an idiot man-boy whose main qualifications are that he is in Med School, that his father is a doctor and that his uncle is a pharmacist. Witty, wily servant Toinette creates a series of outrageous tricks and disguises that force Argan to accept that his greedy second wife the scheming for his money, and to see that Angelique truly loves him. This production opens Fri., March 19 at 7:30 p.m. and runs through Sat., March 27 in Evert B. Person Theatre. General Admission is $12, $10 for FANS (Faculty, Alumni, Staff), $8 for Seniors/Students and FREE for SSU Students. http://www.sonoma.edu/performingarts/perf/cal_1003.shtml
"THE GOLDEN COACH" In this eighteenth-century story, Renoir takes as his subject the contrast between theater and life, and the point where they merge, focusing on a commedia dell'arte troupe touring Peru and their temperamental star, Camilla - the luminous Magnani at her comic best. 4 p.m., Sun., March 14 Warren Auditorium. Admission is $6.00, $5.00 for non-SSU students and senior citizens, $4.00 for SFI members and children under 12, and $2.00 for SSU students. (707) 664-2606. http://www.sonoma.edu/sfi/
"THEY CAME TO PLAY" This film follows seventy-five passionate artists competing in the Van Cliburn Foundation's International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs, held every four years in Fort Worth, Texas. 7 p.m., Fri., March 19 Warren Auditorium. Admission is $6.00, $5.00 for non-SSU students and senior citizens, $4.00 for SFI members and children under 12, and $2.00 for SSU students. (707) 664-2606. http://www.sonoma.edu/sfi/
FIELD DAYS EXHIBIT- Field Days is based on Raskin's newest book "FIELD DAYS A Year of Farming, Eating, and Drinking Wine in California" which chronicles the renaissance in farming organically and eating locally that is unfolding in Northern California. Jonah Raskin tells of the year he spent on Oak Hill Farm - working the fields, selling produce at farmers' markets, and following it to restaurants. The exhibit highlights his experience with photos by Paige Green from Petaluma and Candi Edmondson of Oak Hill Farms. Also on exhibit are materials from the University Library's Special Collections and items on loan from the Sonoma County Museum. The exhibit runs Jan. 27-March 21. University Library Art Gallery. http://library.sonoma.edu/about/gallery.html
"Sideshow: Art of the Handcar Regatta" Sideshow was inspired by The Great West End & Railroad Square Handcar Regatta & Exposition of Mechanical & Artistic Wonders--known simply as The Handcar Regatta--an annual event that has taken place in Santa Rosa the past two years. The exhibition takes some of the wonderfully crafted handcars, costumes, banners, paintings, sculptures and general ephemera from the event and isolates them within the confines of the University Art Gallery's "white cube," giving viewers the opportunity to view these objects as works of art beyond their function with the spectacle that is the Handcar Regatta. Participating artists include Lisa Beerntsen, David Farish, Andy Graham, Theresa Hughes, Muir Houghton,Krank-Boom-Clank, Freya Marcelis, Gene McClelland, Tony Speirs, and more artists to be announced. The exhibit runs from March 4-April 4. The University Art Gallery is open Tuesday-Friday, 11-4, and Saturday and Sunday, noon-4 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, please call (707) 664-2295.