BIG SHOW 10- SSU Improvaholics present their tenth Big Show, 7 p.m., Wed., April 21. Ives 119.
SCHOLARSHIP FOR THE COMMON GOOD THURSDAYS- a community engaged network meeting and chance to share ideas for those involved with scholarships for or with a nonprofit or governmental organization or for a "cause," community based participatory research, public research, action research, or a community-based participatory research class. Green-bag lunch event. Noon-1 p.m., Thurs., April 22. Schulz 1121. www.sonoma.edu/aa/ap/cce/
WHAT PHYSICISTS DO LECTURE SERIES- Dr. Douglas Isbell, U.S. national single-point-of-contact for the International Year of Astronomy 2009 discusses the major events, activities and outcomes of the year, and describes many of the national and global cornerstone projects that are continuing into the future. 4 p.m., Mon., April 19. 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/
"EROTIC CITY: SEXUAL REVOLUTIONS AND THE MAKING OF MODERN SAN FRANCISCO."- Josh Sides (right), Whitsett Professor of California History and Director of the Center for Southern California Studies, CSU-Northridge discusses his newly published book "Erotic City: Sexual Revoutions and the Making of Modern San Francisco," (Oxford University Press, 2009). Queer Studies Lecture Series. Noon-12:50 p.m., Tues., April 20. Rachel Carson Hall 20. (707) 664.2840. http://www.sonoma.edu/womenstudies/current_lectures.htm
BE MY GUEST- Taro Hattori, SSU Graduate, guest lectures as part of the Art Department's visiting artists series. Hattori is an Installation Artist who has been awarded residencies at graduates in Southern California. In 2006 Frank Ryan was included in the LA Weekly Biennial, in a solo exhibition entitled "Circadian Rhythm" at Walter Maciel Gallery in Los Angeles. Frank Ryan received a MFA from UCLA in 2006 and his BFA in Painting from Sonoma State University in 2002. Noon-12:55 p.m., Tues., April 20. Art 102. (707) 664-2364. http://www.sonoma.edu/art/visitingartists/
"CHILD OF WAR, MAN OF PEACE"- Arn Chorn-Pond (left), Cambodian Survivor and Human Rights Activist lectures. Event is open to all. 2010 Holocaust and Genocide Lecture Series. 4-5:40 p.m., Tues., April 20. Warren Auditorium, Ives Hall. http://www.sonoma.edu/holocaust/center.htm
WRITERS AT SONOMA- presents Howard Junker, founder of renowned literary magazine for West Coast writers, ZYZZYVA. Junker, a San Francisco resident, has written for Architectural Digest, Art in America, Atforum, Esquire, Harper's Bazaar, The Nation, Newsweek, Playboy, Rolling Stone, The Village Voice and Vogue. 6 p.m., Tues., April 20. Schulz Information Center, Room 3001.
"MATH COLLOQUIUM"- John Martin, Santa Rosa Junior college discusses "The Incomparable Bernoullis and Marvelous Spiral." 4 p.m., Wed., April 21. Darwin 103. (707) 664-2368. http://www.sonoma.edu/math/nsf/colloquium.shtml
"HOW THE MEDIA COVERS NONVIOLENT STRUGGLES"- Cynthia Boaz (right), Professor of Political Sciences, Sonoma State University, lectures. Modern Media Dialogue Series. 5-6:30 p.m., Wed., April 21. Warren Auditorium, Ives 101. (707) 664-3160. http://www.mediadialogueseries.org/
"GENERATIVE STORYTELLING FOR ENTERTAINMENT SOFTWARE"- Jason Shankel, The Stupid Fun Club discusses how basic literary theory solutions for natural language processing can be applied to create generative interactive storytelling systems capable of producing entertaining content. Computer Science Colloquium. Noon, Thurs., April 22. Salazar 2016. (707) 664-2667. http://www.cs.sonoma.edu/cs_dept/events/
WILL MARRIAGE MATTER? EFFECTS OF MARRIAGE ANTICIPATED BY SAME-SEX COUPLES - Julie Shulman, Assistant Professor, Counseling explains a current study using an online survey to explore the anticipated impact of legalized marriage on partners in same-sex couples living in California. The data was gathered prior to the California Supreme Court decision in May 2008 legalizing same-sex marriage, which held sway for five months before California Proposition 8 eliminating same-sex marriage was passed by a voter referendum. The principal theme emerging from participants' responses involved a ubiquitous sense of security in all areas of their life, including increased permanence in their couple relationship as well as feeling protected as a unit by the larger society. Gendered Intersections lecture series. 5-6 p.m., Thursday, April 22, Stevenson 2011.
Music and Theater
LAXMI TEWARI CONCERT. Laxmi Tewari (left), renowned Hindusani vocalist and SSU Ethnomusicologist since 1974, performs classical Northern Indian music with his ensemble. Tewari and his ensemble are accompanied by tabla, tambura and harmonium. 7:30 p.m., Sat., April 24. Ives119. Admission $12 general, $10 faculty, alumni, staff, $8 seniors/students. Free to SSU students. (707) 664-2353.
"AMREEKA" Sonoma Film Institute presents a warm and lighthearted film about one Palestinian family's tumultuous journey into Diaspora amidst the cultural fallout of America's war in Iraq. Muna Farah, a Palestinian single mom, struggles to maintain her optimistic spirit in the daily grind of intimidating West Bank checkpoints, the constant nagging of a controlling mother, and the haunting shadows of a failed marriage. 7 p.m., Fri., April 23 and 4 p.m., Sat., April 24. Warren Auditorium. Admission $6, $5, non-SSU students and senior citizens, $4, SFI members and children under 12, and $2, SSU students. (707) 664-2606. http://www.sonoma.edu/sfi/
BFA EXHIBITION- BFA Exhibition 2010 features the work of 13 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. Students whose work will be featured include Paul Alsop (painting), Kelly Casmey (painting), Danielle Clement (painting), Cathy Ellis (painting), Pauline Greenfield (printmaking), Nick Harris (sculpture), Amy Hoeck (painting), Ben Lastufka (painting), Greg Looney (sculpture), Andrew Merriss (painting), Jason Perry (printmaking), Morgan Rosskopf (printmaking) and James Warren (photography). The exhibit will run from April 15-May 29. The University Art Gallery is open Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., and weekends, noon to 4 p.m. Admission is free. http://www.sonoma.edu/artgallery/
"PAST PRESENT AND FUTURE: ARTISTS REFLECT ON SUSTAINABILITY"- From ceramics and sculpture created using found objects, including the Yellow Pages, to wall hangings and 3-dimensional objects created from recycled wool sweaters, ten artists each bring a distinctive perspective in exploring the meaning of sustainability to this exhibit. The exhibit runs in the University Library Art Gallery from April 16-July 30. The University Library Art Gallery is open Mon.-Fri. from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sat.-Sun. noon - 9 p.m.