Free Arts & Lectures Events Open to the Community


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California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) announces its spring lineup for Arts & Lectures, a free community series of 15 artistic, cultural or scholarly events. The cross-section of popular events has become an integral part of campus life, offering eye-opening perspectives on multiple topics and disciplines.

The series will kick off on Tuesday, Jan. 31 with a solo concert by renowned pianist Ching-Ming Cheng. This season, the University will welcome contemporary dance companies and theatrical troops, premiere two documentary film screenings and host guest lecturers including theology author Dallas Willard, Disney actress Kim Rhodes from The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, international filmmaker Saul Landau and the “father of Chicano Theater” Luis Valdez.

All events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Arts & Lectures at 760-750-8889 or visit

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Ching-Ming Cheng: Solo Piano Recital
Tuesday, Jan. 31 at 7 p.m. — Arts Building, Rm. 111
Dr. Ching-Ming Cheng, new faculty at CSUSM, debuts in an evening of concert piano. The program will be a journey from the classical era of Joseph Haydn to the modern American phenomenal Earl Wild. Dr. Cheng performs solo and collaborative recitals around the world, and she is a winner of numerous music competitions. Co-sponsored by SoCal Pianos.

The Mixed Blood Project: Claudine Rankine
Thursday, Feb. 9 at 6:30 p.m. — Markstein Hall, Rm. 125
Whether writing about intimacy or alienation, Claudia Rankine’s voice is one of unflinching and unrelenting candor, and her poetry is some of the most innovative and thoughtful to emerge in recent years. Born in Kingston, Jamaica, and educated at Williams College and Columbia University, Rankine is the author of four collections of award-winning poetry and her work is included in several prominent anthologies.
LUX BOREAL presents “LAMB”
Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 7:30 p.m. — Arts Building, Rm. 111
For mature audiences only
Tijuana-based LUX BOREAL is a Contemporary Dance Company featured and acclaimed internationally.  LUX BOREAL will perform their latest work, LAMB, created by Australian choreographer Phillip Adams. Incorporating film and spoken word, LAMB is a curious amalgam of biblical and modern references.  
Co-sponsored by Dance Studies Program and the National Latino Research Center

2RC TEATRO presents “Desmontando Tenorio”
Sunday, March 4 at 6 p.m. — Arts Building, Rm. 111
Performed in Spanish
Directed by Rafael Rodriguez and performed in Spanish, this production marks the third appearance at CSUSM by the 2Rc Teatro company from the Canary Islands, Spain.

Dallas Willard: Logic, Faith, and the Objectivity of Knowledge
Thursday, March 8 at 12 p.m. — Arts Building, Rm. 240
Author Dallas Willard is a Philosophy Professor at the University of Southern California. His work covers mathematics to metaphysics and epistemology - that is, how do we really know what we know? His best-selling theological books include The Divine Conspiracy (1998) and The Great Omission (2006). In this talk, Dr. Willard discusses the role of faith and logic in postmodern society. How shall we recast the age-old university mandate to discover truth? Co-sponsored by Priority Christian Challenge and the Philosophy Department.

Kathryn Sorrels: Creative Dialogues in Social Justice
Thursday, March 15 at 12 p.m. — Commons, Rm. 206
Dr. Kathryn Sorrells is a potter and Professor at CSU Northridge who uses creative and dialogic methods to teach about issues of culture, gender, race, and social justice. She presents her model of intercultural praxis, from her book Intercultural Communication: Globalization and Social Justice. She also shares her experience in directing Communicating Common Ground, a nationally funded initiative to address hate speech and racially based violence in our schools.

Christine Suarez presents “Wet Spots: Solo”
Written by Christine Suarez and Mark Rizzo
Monday, March 26 at 2:30 p.m. — Arts Building, Rm. 101
For mature audiences only
Los Angeles-based choreographer, Christine Suarez performs Wet Spots: Solo, the culmination of four years of research in libraries and dance studios. Suarez asked dozens of women to tell her about their first and most memorable orgasms. The culminating solo performance is a physical and theatrical landscape that is part dancing, part clowning and part history of the female orgasm. Co-sponsored by SHCS Hope & Wellness Center, the Women’s Studies Department and the Dance Studies Program.

Reflections by Lenora Lee Dance with Kei Lun Martial Arts & Enshin Karate, South San Francisco Dojo
Wednesday, March 28 at 7:30 p.m. — Arts Building, Rm. 111
Reflections is an interdisciplinary performance piece addressing the struggle for dominance and survival, the pursuit of wisdom, the relationship between yin (soft) and yang (hard), and ultimately the quest for peace. The evening also includes an excerpt of Lenora Lee's Passages: For Lee Ping To, which commemorates the Centennial of the Angel Island Immigration Station. It was just nominated for an Isadora Duncan Dance Award for Outstanding Achievement in Visual Design. Co-sponsored by Asian Improv aRts and the Dance Studies Program.

Somewhere Near Tapachula
Tuesday, April 3 at 6 p.m. — The Clarke, Rm. 113
54 Mexican Kids, 37 Surfboards, 2 Australian Parents, 1 Inspiring Surf Story. Somewhere Near Tapachula is a documentary about Mission Mexico Children's Refuge. Set in Tapachula, Mexico, the film focuses on the unique surf community pioneered by Australians Pam and Alan Skuse. A story of hope and empowerment, the film is known for sharing the power of riding waves, whether you are a surfer or not. Co-sponsored by the University Student Union Advisory Board, Kinesiology Department and ASI Campus Recreation.

Will the Real Terrorist Please Stand Up?
Thursday, April 5 at 6 p.m. — The Clarke, Rm. 113
Internationally known scholar and filmmaker Saul Landau presents his recent documentary film Will the Real Terrorist Please Stand Up? (2011). Featuring Danny Glover, this award-winning film spans 50 years of politics between the U.S. and Cuba with rare interviews of intelligence and counter-intelligence agents.  Dr. Landau is currently Professor Emeritus at CSU Pomona and Senior Fellow at and Vice Chair of the Institute for Policy Studies. He has created over 40 films concerning human rights. Co-sponsored by the Women’s Studies Department, Global Studies Program, Political Science Department and the Political Science Club.

Larry Reitzer: TV to Film: An Insider’s Perspective
Thursday, April 12 at 5 p.m. — Markstein Hall, Rm. 125
Larry Reitzer is an experienced television writer and story editor with numerous shows to his credit including Ugly Betty, Just Shoot me, Ruby and the Rockets, Twins, and Melissa and Joey.  Mr. Reitzer will discuss the creative process of writing for TV and share his experiences from the sets of his various productions.

The Convict Criminology: Christopher Bickel, Ph.D., Martin Leyva, and Alan Mobley, Ph.D.
Monday, April 16 at 6 p.m. — The Clarke, Rm. 113
Convict Criminology is a counter to mainstream criminological accounts of crime and incarceration. It privileges the voices, experiences, and knowledge of the formerly incarcerated and is a powerful critical literature that empowers those who produce it, those who see themselves in it, and those who discover it. 

Kim Rhodes: An Actor Moves from Page to Stage
Thursday, April 19 at 5 p.m. — Markstein Hall, Rm. 125
Kim Rhodes is an actor and singer known for her roles as Carey on Disney’s The Suite Life of Zack and Cody and Mom in the recent release of Beethoven’s 4th.  She has also appeared numerous TV shows including House M.D., Supernatural, and CSI.  Ms. Rhodes will discuss the process of working from “page to stage” and the significance of arts in education.

Luis Valdez: An Evening with the Founder of Chicano Theater
Tuesday, May 1 at 6 p.m. — The Clarke, Rm. 113
In celebration of International Workers Day
Luis Valdez, playwright, activist, and director, is internationally renowned as the “father of Chicano Theater.”  Revered as the founder of El Teatro Campesino, which translates to The Farmworkers Theater, Valdez’s plays and films include Zoot Suit, La Bamba, La Pastorela, I Am Joaquín, and more.  Co-sponsored by the Theatre Arts Program, Social Justice and Equity Project, Center ARTES and the National Latino Research Center.

Wednesday, May 2 at 6 p.m. — The Clarke Grand Terrace
Aloha! Ancient Hawaiians traditionally feasted for special occasions. Come celebrate the Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month for the month of May. There will be traditional Polynesian food and performances. Hosted by APIFSA and co-sponsored by University Student Union Advisory Board, Campus Activities Board, and Arts & Lectures.

About California State University San Marcos
California State University San Marcos combines the ambiance of a mid-sized, personal, modern campus with the unequaled value of the California State University. Since its founding in 1989, the campus has distinguished itself. Students benefit from the latest facilities and equipment, a superb faculty that enjoys teaching, and a rigorous academic program that prepares students for a successful life in and out of the workplace. A recent survey reported that our annual spending in the region was $161 million, generating a total impact of $307 million on the regional economy. 85 percent of CSUSM’s alumni stay in the region. CSU San Marcos is located on a 304-acre hillside overlooking the city of San Marcos. It is fifteen miles east of the ocean; just thirty miles north of downtown San Diego.