ICYMI: 5 culture stories you might have missed over summer break


Sharlene Phou

  • The 2017 Great American Eclipse: 

    Physics student and volunteer Leah Weston help attendees use the welding lens at the solar eclipse viewing party at the American River levee across from Hornet Bookstore on Monday. (Photo by Vu Chau)

    Sac State’s physics department held an
    eclipse viewing party on Aug. 21 at the American River levee near the Hornet Bookstore. Special welding lenses were provided by the department for people to safely look at the eclipse without harming their eyes.

  • Wide Open Walls 2017:

    A portrait of Bryan Valenzuela (Photo by Jessica Wilson)

    Wide Open Walls was a mural festival that ran from Aug. 10-20 that spread colorful works of art across the Sacramento area. Over 40 national and international artists participated, including Sac State alumnus Bryan Valenzuela. And although special events for the festival are now over, the murals are still up for the public to view.

  • America’s Got Talent:

    (Photo by Mathieu Bertrand Struck / Flickr)

    Sac State alumnus Leandro Damasco performed on “America’s Got Talent” alongside his fellow members of the Diavolo, a dance troupe that specializes in what it calls “Architecture in Motion.” Diavolo’s next live performance is scheduled for tonight, and a results show will take place tomorrow night.

  • Ear Hustle:

    Antwan Williams (left, clockwise), Nigel Poor and Earlonne Woods co-produce a podcast from inside San Quentin State prison, set to premiere in June. (Photo courtesy of Nigel Poor)

    Inmates at San Quentin State Prison and Sac State professor Nigel Poor started the first season of “Ear Hustle,” a podcast about life in prison. Poor co-hosts the series with Earlonne Woods, a San Quentin inmate serving 31 years to life for second degree robbery. “Ear Hustle” currently has five episodes, each one exploring a different aspect of prison life such as gang loyalty and sharing a cell with another inmate.

  • Eco-friendly Fashion Show at Golden 1 Center:

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    Brianna Staffler, right, and Theresa Truong, left, share a laugh during preparation of The 2017 Ecolution Fashion Show Wednesday at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento. (Photo by Nicole Fowler)

    Students and alumni from Sac State’s Student Fashion Association showcased their designs at Golden 1 Center as part of the annual Green Sports Alliance Summit. The theme for the show was sustainability and designers were required to use materials that were recycled, repurposed and eco-friendly in their sports-inspired designs.