Festival of the Arts takes over Sac State

Faculty, staff host workshops, events and panels


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Festival of the Arts returns this week with schedule full of events going from Tuesday through Sunday. Faculty and staff have workshops, panels and discussions scheduled on campus and throughout the Sacramento community.

The Festival of the Arts returned to Sacramento State and the surrounding community Tuesday, with a variety of workshops, events and panels that will go through Sunday.

The festival is a six-day experience, where members of the Sacramento region and guests showcase their creativeness through performances, master classes and lectures.

Thursday, April 4

Time: 3 p.m.

Where: Gerth Special Collections & University Archives in Library 1502

Event: Guest Author Alumnus Jamil Jan Kochai

Sponsored by the Department of English

Sac State alumnus Jamil Jan Kochai was born in Pakistan and grew up in the United States. The College of Arts & Letters said he received his master’s degree in English from the University of California, Davis and his bachelor’s degree in English from Sac State.

His short story, “Nights in Logar,” received an O. Henry award for Best Short Story and his first novel, “99 Nights in Logar,” was published by Penguin Random House.

Time: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Where: Downtown Sacramento (7th and S St.)

Event: U-Create!

Sponsored by the College of Arts & Letters

The fifth annual U-Create! street fair will fill selected art galleries and side streets with artwork. U-Create! is a mix of faculty members that showcase research and creative activities and are featured at three galleries including the Axis Gallery, Beatnik Studios and the Verge Center for the Arts.

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Friday, April 5

Time: 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Where: Auburn Room in the University Union

Event: Guest Author Hoang Chi Truong

Sponsored by the Department of History

Hoang Chi Truong is a Sacramento native and author of “Tigerfish: A Memoir of a South Vietnamese Colonel’s Daughter and Her Coming Age in America.

In her memoir, Truong recounted her time growing up in Vietnam. She eventually became a refugee and had to adjust between two different cultures when she came to the United States.

Time: 7 p.m.

Where: Capistrano Concert Hall

Event: Guest Artist Sinfonia Spirituosa

Sponsored by the School of Music

Sinfonia Spirituosa is a chamber orchestra that is dedicated to presenting bold performances on period instruments. Ticket prices include $10 general, $7 senior, $5 student, and free for Sac State students. According to the website, the ensemble’s roster includes Sac State alumni.

Saturday, April 6

Time: 1 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Where: Mendocino Hall 1005

Event: Art History Symposium

Sponsored by the Department of Art, One World Initiative, Visiting Scholars Program and Associated Students Inc.

The 2019 Art History Symposium will feature a discussion led by four art history scholars on art and global time. Topics include Palestinian art, “Occupied time” and ancient Chinese cave murals, according to the Arts & Letters website.

Time: 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Where: Mendocino Hall 1005

Event: “Narratives of Memory: A Conversation with Time”

Sponsored by the Department of Art

Artist Lecturer Ruby Chishti is a New York sculptor who will present a public lecture after the Art History Symposium. According to her website, she is primarily known for using crows in her work. She travels all over the world and inspires people with her use of soft materials like twigs.

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Sunday, April 7

Time: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: Library Quad and Redwood Grove

Event: Sunday Funday

Sunday Funday will be the grand finale event for this year’s Festival of the Arts. Events will be held in the Library Quad and the Redwood Grove, which includes a kids zone, food trucks and table giveaways.

Time: 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: Capistrano Concert Hall

Event: Music in Multimedia

Sponsored by the School of Music

A discussion on producing, composing and recording for game, television and film will be held Sunday. Guests include “Halo 2” game composer Lennie Moore, orchestrator for “Pokemon: The Movie” Deniz Hughes, composer Gary Stockdale for “Sabrina: The Teenage Witch” and Wendell Yuponce, who composed music for “The Simpsons.”

Time: 7 p.m.

Where: Capistrano Concert Hall

Event: Guest Artist Sudha Ragunathan

Sponsored by the School of Music

Sudha Ragunathan is a South Indian vocalist that will perform with violinist Kamala Kiran, with the accompaniment of Vignesh Venkataraman playing the mridangam and Sowmi Narayan playing the ghatam.Ticket prices are $15 general, $12 senior, $8 student and free to Sac State music students, according to the Sunday portion on the website.

All information was provided by the College of Arts & Letters and can be found here.