Cal State San Marcos Announces Spring Arts & Lectures Schedule

Cal State San Marcos announces its spring 2009 Arts & Lectures Series, a cross-section of artistic, cultural, and scholarly events scheduled February 4 through April 28. All events are open to the public and free.

LATINA DANCE PROJECT: COYOLXAUHQUI  REMEMBERS
Wednesday, Feb. 4 at 7 p.m. - Arts Building, Room 111
Four clever Latinas share movement and stories of their creative process in the making of "Coyolxauhqui Remembers," a contemporary take on the Aztec myth that summons U.S.-Mexico border relations.  Kicks off a three-day, three-campus North County Higher Education Alliance (NCHEA) residency.

DR. NICK YPHANTIDES: MY BIG FAT GREEK DIET
Tuesday, Feb. 10 at 10:30 a.m. - Commons Building, Room 206
Dr. Nick Yphandites will conduct an inspirational presentation on his health and life changing journey. His lecture will include his pilgrimage and accomplishments including becoming less than half the man he once was by losing a total of 270 pounds.

SANCTION BODIES AND DAY LABOR: REPORTS FROM THE CORNER
Thursday, Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. - The M. Gordon Clarke Field House, Room 113
Professor of Sociology at UC Santa Barbara, Dr. Pinedo-Turnovsky presents her extensive research on day laborers, a population that has been the largest of anti-immigration legislation.  Dr. Pinedo-Turnovsky's areas of research include race, ethnicity, Latino studies, immigration studies and ethnography.

CORE ENSEMBLE: AIN'T I A WOMAN!
Monday, Feb. 16 at 7 p.m. - Arts Building, Room 111
Ain't I a Woman! is a new music theatre work featuring actress Taylore Mahogany Scott and a chamber music trio (cell, piano, percussion) that celebrates the life and time of four powerful African-American women: Zora Neale Hurston, Sojourner Truth, folk artist Clementine Hunter, Fannie Lou Hamer.

TERRILYNN QUICK: ARTIST BOOK TALK AND DEMONSTRATION
Tuesday, Feb. 24 at 5:30 p.m. - Arts Building, Room 342
Artist Terrilynn Quick will talk about the history of artist books and show examples of her own handmade books.  Her talk will be followed by an artist book workshop.  Quick is a CSUSM Arts and Technology alum who now exhibits her work nationally.

JULIE CHAVEZ RODRIGUEZ: HONORING THE LIFE, LEGACY AND VALUES OF CESAR E. CHAVEZ
Tuesday, March 3 at 7 p.m. - The M. Gordon Clarke Field House, Room 113
Julie Chavez Rodriguez lectures on the life and legacy of her grandfather, Cesar E. Chavez.  The focus of her presentation will be the work of the Chavez Foundation, which furthers social justice, education, service, and civic engagement.

COMPANIA DE REPERTORIO: EL PERRO DEL HORTELANO
Sunday, March 8 at 7 p.m. - Arts Building, Room 111
2Rc Teatro, a professional repertory company from the Canary Islands, directed by Rafael Rodriguez, performs El Perro del Hortelano (The Dog in the Manger).  The play addresses issues of social climbing, jealousy, and women's desire.  Toured throughout Spain to great audience acclaim!

RACISM, DISCRIMINATION, COLORBLINDNESS, AND THE OBAMERICA "MIRACLE"
Thursday, March 12 at 6 p.m. - The M. Gordon Clarke Field House, Room 113
Dr. Bonilla-Silva addresses the "miracle" of a black man elected as 44th President in a still deeply racist nation.  He discusses racism, discrimination, and color-blindness in the post-civil rights era.  Why and how did Obama rise to the top?

GIANT PUPPETRY
Monday, March 16 at 10 a.m. - Arts Building, Room 111
Award winning puppeteer, Cory Gilstrap will give a lecture-demonstration on the making of giant puppets and performing with them!  His work focuses on recycled household materials that are designed to entertain and educate audiences of all ages.

FEMINIST ART AND THE MATERNAL
Tuesday, March 17 at 2:30 p.m. - Commons Building, Room 206
Dr. Andrea Liss, Associate Professor in the Visual & Performing Arts Department, will read from her recently published book Feminist Art and the Maternal (University of Minnesota Press, 2009).  This book critically considers the dilemmas and promises of representing feminist motherhood in contemporary art and visual culture.  Following her talk, Dr. Liss will sign books at a reception, sponsored by the Associated Students Inc. Women's Center.

WONG FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST
Tuesday, March 24 at 7 p.m. - Arts Building, Room 111
Writer and performer Kristina Wong mixes humor and psychology in Wong Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.  Ms. Wong will lecture and perform a partial version of her award winning solo performance.  Tangling, spinning, and mixing yarns, she asks: Which came first?  The sky-high suicides of Asian American Women?  The maddening world?  And when the heck do we get to climax?

THE PHYSICS OF BRASS MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS
Wednesday, March 25 at 7 p.m. - Arts Building, Room 111
Brian Holmes, Professor of Physics at San Jose State University, demonstrates the connection between physics and music.  He builds a trumpet, plays on a garden hose, tootles an antique keyed bugle and performs on the valveless predecessor of the modern French horn.

TACKLING CLIMATE CHANGE
Tuesday, April 7 at 6 p.m. - Arts Building, Room 240
Climate change associated with human activity is a recognized threat.  A concerted response must involve the scientific, public policy, and private sectors.  A panel of experts from each of these areas will explore what must be done to effectively address climate change.

CHICANO SAN DIEGO
Tuesday, April 7 at 7:30 p.m. - The M. Gordon Clarke Field House, Room 113
Dr. Richard Griswold del Castillo will discuss the life and legacy of Cesar Chavez and Chicano life in California.  Dr. Griswold del Castillo is the award-winning author/co-author of several books including Cesar Chavez: A Triumph of Spirit, Chicano San Diego: Cultural Space, and The Struggle for Justice.

LOCALLY GROWN DANCE SERIES
Wednesday, April 8 at 7:00 p.m. - Arts Building, Room 111
Come witness a dance work-in-progress.  Known for her bold and adventurous performances, San Francisco based Sara Shelton Mann directs a new work in collaboration with local dance artists Ron Estes, Eric Geiger, Karen Schaffman (CSUSM Associate Professor) and Leslie Seiters.  A co-production of San Diego State University and CSUSM.

CARTONEROS
Thursday, April 9 at 6 p.m. - Arts Building, Room 240
Dr. Ernesto Livon-Grosman will present Cartoneros, a documentary about the severe 2001 economic crisis in Argentina.  The film portrays the life of cartoneros, "scavengers", who came into Buenos Aires by the thousands to collect items of trash.  Determined to tell more than a sentimental story of misfortune, Livon-Grosman reconstructs the journey of rubbish, from curbside trash receptacle to consumer product.

HEARTS OF STONE
Tuesday, April 14 at 7 p.m. - The M. Gordon Clarke Field House, Room 113
Artist, poet and writer, D. Goth will present her award winning contemporary fresco work.  Following her talk, the public will be invited to create a "heart of stone" community art project to honor cancer survivors and memorialized loved ones.

FRENCH CINEMA
Thursday, April 16 at 6 p.m. - Arts Building, Room 240
Dr. Remi Fournier-Lanzoni will present "From Crime Scene to Popular Screen: The Milieu in the Cinema of Henri Verneuil."  Verneuil is arguably the most daring among 1960s French film noir filmmakers.  You are invited to step into the scene of French crime drama.

POETRY READING - POET, LEVI ROMERO
Monday, April 20 at 7 p.m. - The M. Gordon Clarke Field House, Room 113
Chicano Poet Levi Romero will perform original works from his repertoire.  His poetry nutures his New Mexico roots and cultural connection to familia, comunidad, and tradiciones.

EARTH DAY CELEBRATION CONCERT
Wednesday, April 22 at 7 p.m. - Arts Building, Room 111
Join CSUSM music faculty for a celebration of Earth Day 2009.  The concert will feature the world premiere of a composition for saxophone and string quintet written by Emmy award-winning composer, Professor William Bradbury, for saxophonist Professor Merryl Goldberg.  Performances by CSUSM music ensembles round out this evening of new and exciting music.

FREE LAND
Tuesday, April 28 at 7 p.m. - Arts Building, Room 240
This personal historical documentary examines what it means to be constantly looking for opportunity.  Using family history, CSUSM Assistant Professor Minda Martin examines the unfulfilled promise of free land in the Western United States describing how the myth of free land has geographically and psychically uprooted people, created social inequalities and left legacies of emptiness.

All events are open to the public and free.