Arts & Lectures, one of the University’s longest standing event series hosting over 30 eye-opening, artistic, cultural and scholarly events on campus each year, is introducing a new ticketing process. Starting this semester, tickets will be required for all Arts & Lectures events.

The change comes in an effort to streamline the admittance process for event-goers and equitably cover the production costs for each respective audience member.

While a few events will remain free to the public, 10 of the 13 events slated for the fall will be sold for a ticket price ranging from $5 to $20. Students are required to reserve a ticket for events, but will not be charged the admission cost, as student tickets are subsidized through a $5 Instructionally Related Activities (IRA) fee. The IRA fee is paid for by students as part of their tuition and funds programs like idrama and musical productions, art exhibits, the student newspaper and the Arts & Lectures series.

All tickets will now include complimentary parking in specified lots. Previously event-goers without a campus pass were required to pay for parking.

Since its start as a grassroots effort on the campus in the early 90s, Arts & Lectures has become an integral part of campus life. In recent years some popular events, like the film screening and talk by Holocaust survivor Gerda Weissman Klein in spring 2011 and the inspiring visit by WWII POW Louis Zamperini last fall, have drawn such a large interest that many event-goers were turned away at the door due to a lack of available seating. The new ticketing process would alleviate that concern, guaranteeing that each ticket holder will be accommodated.

Tickets are available via the Arts & Lectures website. CSUSM students will have the first opportunity to claim their ticket during the first week of school, Aug. 27 through Sep. 3, 2012. Tickets go on sale to the public on Sep. 4. Discounted tickets are available for CSUSM faculty and staff.

The series will kick off on Wednesday, Sep. 19 with the screening of the award-winning documentary “In the Panyard,” showcasing the transformational effects of the steel pan music of Trinidad and Tobago. Following the film, renowned musician Keli Ross-Ma’u and members of the Kainga Music School will perform a live concert.

This season’s lineup includes four documentary film screenings, two musical/dance concerts, three theatrical performances, and four guest lectures on topics spanning feminism, Haitian vodou and freedom of speech.

For more information, visit Arts & Lectures at www.csusm.edu/al.

Arts & Lectures Events:

MUSIC and FILM
In the Panyard
Wednesday, Sep. 19 at 7 p.m.
Arts Building, Room 111

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CSUSM Students- FREE
CSUSM Faculty & Staff- $7.50
Community Members- $15

San Diego-based musician Keli Ross-Ma’u demonstrates the transformational effects of steel pan music within a community.  In the Panyard, an award-winning documentary, portrays the steel pan from Trinidad and Tobago and depicts the instinctive ability of music to nourish and rejuvenate the spirit of a people while creating new bonds between cultures.  Following the documentary, this live concert showcases original music by Keli Ross-Ma’u and his steel drum school, Kainga Music.  



LECTURE

Maylei Blackwell
¡Chicana Power! Contested Histories of Feminism in the Chicano Movement


Thursday, Sep. 20 at 12 p.m.
Markstein Hall, Room 125



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CSUSM Students- FREE

CSUSM Faculty & Staff- FREE

Community Members- FREE

Maylei Blackwell, associate professor in the César E. Chávez Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies and Women's Studies at UCL, is an interdisciplinary scholar, activist and oral historian. Author of ¡Chicana Power! Contested Histories of Feminism in the Chicano Movement (University of Texas Press, 2011), Dr. Blackwell will address the political legacy of Chicana feminism that continues to reverberate today as contemporary activists, artists, and intellectuals struggle for, revise, and rework this vision of liberation.  Co-sponsors:  ASI Gender Equity Center, MECHA, Women’s Studies Dept.


DANCE and MUSIC

Pavel Zuštiak/Palissimo
The Painted Bird Trilogy, Part 1: Bastard


Monday, Sep. 24 at 7:30 p.m.
Arts Building, Room 111



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CSUSM Students- FREE

CSUSM Faculty & Staff- $10

Community Members- $20



New York-based choreographer Pavel Zuštiak, collaborates with composer Christian Frederickson and award-winning Slovak dancer Jaro Vinarsky, to tackle themes of displacement, otherness and transformation. The first installment of a trilogy The Painted Bird, is loosely inspired by Jerzy Kosinski’s controversial novel of the same name. Zuštiak draws upon the book’s signature scene—a wandering boy witnessing the painting of a bird into brilliant colors causing it later to be violently killed by its own flock. Co-sponsor: PADL West (SD)

“Bastard is searing.”  - New York Times



The work is a co-production of Palissimo Company, Wexner Center for the Arts, La MaMa, Baryshnikov Arts Center, PS 122, Stanica-Zilina, Grotowski Institute.


FILM and MUSIC

Nervous Films

Wednesday, Oct. 3 at 6 p.m.
Arts Building, Room 111



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CSUSM Students- FREE
CSUSM Faculty & Staff- $7.50

Community Members- $15

Nervous Films combines live narration and musical accompaniment with a dramatic and animated film to create an experience that transforms the mundane into a world of folk-gothic drama. Working in the Appalachian hills of rural Pennsylvania, Brent Green of Nervous Films is a visual artist, filmmaker and storyteller. Green’s films have screened at venues such as MoMA, The J. Paul Getty Museum, The Walker Art Center, The Hammer Museum, Sundance Film Festival, and The Wexner Center for the Arts.  Co-sponsor: MediaMakers


LECTURE

An Evening with Best-Selling Author Victor Villaseñor

Thursday, Oct. 11 at 5:30 p.m.
The Clarke, Room 113

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CSUSM Students- FREE

CSUSM Faculty & Staff- $10

Community Members- $20



Highly acclaimed best-selling author, Victor Villaseñor will speak on the power of language, oral traditions, and ways that personal histories can empower us.  Villaseñor passionately shares his life story, a constant struggle to find common ground between the culture of his Mexican-Indian-European ancestors and his family’s newly adopted American homeland.  Co-sponsor: Latino Association of Faculty & Staff.


LECTURE

Patrick Bellegarde-Smith
Haitian Vodou: "Myth and Reality"

Tuesday, Oct. 16 at 6 p.m.
The Clarke, Room 113



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CSUSM Students- FREE
CSUSM Faculty & Staff- FREE
Community Members- FREE



Patrick Bellegarde-Smith is one of the nation’s most eminent scholars of Haitian history and culture.  Emeritus professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, he is also a houngan (Vodou priest). Dr. Bellegarde-Smith will shed light on one of the world’s most misunderstood religions, moving beyond stereotypes to explore what it means to its adherents. Co-sponsors: History Dept., Global Studies Program.


LECTURE

Erwin Chemerinsky
Freedom of Speech: Morally Right to Publish vs. the Legality

Thursday, Oct. 18 at 12 p.m.
The Clarke, Room 113



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CSUSM Students- FREE
CSUSM Faculty & Staff- FREE

Community Members- FREE

Inspired by civil rights lawyers of the 1950s and 1960s, Dean Erwin Chemerinsky is a leading constitutional law scholar and one of the founding deans for the University of Irvine Law School. Dean Chemerinsky believes that law is a powerful tool for social change and will present a lecture on freedom of speech.  Co-sponsors:  Civility Campaign, USUAB, ASI, CSUSM Pre-Law Society
 

THEATER
Sayda Trujillo: I Was Raised Mexican
Wednesday, Oct. 24 at 7 p.m.
Arts Building, Room 111

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CSUSM Students- FREE

CSUSM Faculty & Staff- $10
Community Members- $20

Performing artist and art educator Sadya Trujillo returns to perform "I Was Raised Mexican."  Situated in the community of Boyle Heights in East LA, a Guatemalan teenager finds herself identified by her community as Mexican.  This piece asks “what do you see when you see me?”  Through physical theatre techniques, absurdist text and song, "I Was Raised Mexican" pays close attention to what the immigrant carries with him/her and what this becomes in one’s new home/country.


THEATER
2RC Teatro: Desmontando a Don Juan

Tuesday, Nov. 6 at 7:30 p.m.
Arts Building, Room 111



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CSUSM Students- FREE
CSUSM Faculty & Staff- $10

Community Members- $20

Direct from the Canary Islands, this play gives a new twist to Spain's legendary Don Juan character. Can one really have a second chance at "divine justice?" Will Don Juan's womanizing and swashbuckling past condemn him for eternity, or will this second chance save him from a fiery fate? Back by popular demand, this marks 2RC Teatro's fourth appearance at CSUSM.  Don't miss this stop on their international tour. Author: Maykol Hernandez, Directors: Rodrȋguez and Mari Carmen Sánchez. Performed in Spanish.


THEATRE

2RC Teatro: Se busca Juan Rana
Wednesday, Nov. 7 at 7:30 p.m.
Arts Building, Room 111

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CSUSM Students- FREE

CSUSM Faculty & Staff- $10
Community Members- $20



Today it's not unusual for famous actors to have parts written just for them. But in 17th-century Spain, that was far from the norm. However, the histrionic and corpulent Juan Rana, with his larger-than-life personality and public following, was a definite exception in Spanish Baroque theatre. This 3-for-1 performance offers three entertaining 1-acts ('entremeses'), written just for Juan Rana by none other than some of Spain's greatest ‘entremés’ writers: Quiñones de Benavente, Moreto, and Calderón de la Barca. Written by Maykol Hernádez. Directed by Luis O'Malley, 2RC Teatro (Canary Islands). Performed in Spanish.


MUSIC
Music & Spirituality
Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 7 p.m.
Arts Building, Room 111

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CSUSM Students- FREE

CSUSM Faculty & Staff- $10
Community Members- $20

Inspired by the works of the 13th century Sufi poet Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi, this event features presentations by Hindu, Jewish, Christian, and Islamic religious scholars and musicians discussing and demonstrating the role of music in their respective sacred/ritual traditions. Rumi’s legacy is characterized by the promotion of tolerance, unity, reasoning, and most importantly love - the principle vehicle to spiritual awareness.  This legacy serves as the catalyst for this offering in religious diversity.  Moderated by Dr. Mtafiti Imara.


FILM
Tijuana Jews
Monday, Nov. 19 at 6 p.m.
Arts Building, Room 240

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CSUSM Students- FREE
CSUSM Faculty & Staff- $5
Community Members- $10

Director Isaac Artenstein will screen Tijuana Jews, winner of best documentary at the San Francisco International Latino Film Festival (2005). This film is a personal exploration of a community that blended Jewish and Mexican cultures and customs in an unlikely place and time. Tijuana Jews is a living testimony set against conceptions and misconceptions of this near-mythic border city. Artenstein will also present and discuss work in progress from his current documentary projects.


FILM

Kassim the Dream
Tuesday, Nov. 27 at 5:30 p.m.
Arts Building, Room 240

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CSUSM Students- FREE

CSUSM Faculty & Staff- $5

Community Members- $10



This documentary film is the story of World Champion Boxer, Kassim "The Dream" Ouma - born in Uganda, kidnapped by the rebel army and trained to be a child soldier at the age of 6. After 12 years of warfare, Kassim defected from Africa and arrived in the United States, becoming Junior Middleweight Champion of the World. Current events in his boxing career are skillfully woven with brutal revelations of a stolen childhood. The parallels reveal a complex and haunted fighter surviving against incredible odds. Director Keif Davidson in person.
  Co-sponsor: MediaMakers

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Tickets are available via the Arts & Lectures website. CSUSM students will have the first opportunity to claim their ticket during the first week of school, Aug. 27 through Sep. 3, 2012. Tickets go on sale to the public on Sep. 4. Discounted tickets are available for CSUSM faculty and staff.