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Arts Alive SDSU Announces Spring Signature Events

Enjoy public offerings in the performing and visual arts by students, faculty and professional guest artists.
By SDSU News Team
 

Arts Alive SDSU announced the spring 2017 schedule of San Diego State University Signature Events, performing and visual arts events designed to highlight the "best and brightest" artistic ventures SDSU has to offer.

Performances and exhibitions by students, faculty and professional guest artists both on and off campus provide students and the San Diego community with entertaining and accessible, high-quality arts programming.

Signature Events for spring 2017 include offerings in film, art, theatre, dance, musical theatre, jazz, choral, and orchestra. Information and a link to tickets for all SDSU events can be found at artsalive.sdsu.edu.

Calendar of Signature Events:

Film: Best of the Best Film Fest

7:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 9 and Friday, Feb. 10
SDSU's Don Powell Theatre
Tickets: $10

This two-evening program features a variety of fiction and documentary short films by the students of SDSU’s acclaimed Television, Film, and New Media Production program. Each evening features 90 minutes of new work and highlights from past festivals.

Gallery Exhibition: Every Which Way

Saturday, Feb. 11 to Sunday, April 9
SDSU Downtown Gallery
725 W. Broadway, San Diego
Hours: Thursday to Monday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Closed Tuesday and Wednesday) - Free Admission

Events:
  • 5-8 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017: Opening Reception with DJ Mike Turi and Screen Printing Activity with School of Art and Design faculty, Scott Wyss.
  • 5-8 p.m., Thursday, March 16, 2017: Downtown at Sundown with The AjA Project
"Every Which Way" is the third in an annual series of exhibitions inspired by SDSU’s campus-wide initiative, the Common Experience. The exhibition showcases artwork created by faculty and students from SDSU's School of Art and Design, exploring the theme of “movement” through multiple disciplines and interpretations. The exhibition also includes approaches ranging from participatory and playful to works that examine political and social issues.

Theatre for Young Audiences: The Matsuyama Mirror

Friday, Feb. 17 to Sunday, Feb. 26
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday showings at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday showings at 2:00 p.m.
SDSU's Experimental Theatre

A full-length drama for young audiences
By Velina Hasu Houston
Directed by Peter Cirino
Advisory: Rated PG for coming-of-age themes
Tickets: $17 general; $15 students, seniors, and active military    

A Japanese folktale fantasy for all ages. In this coming-of-age story, a young woman copes with the loss of her mother by escaping into the beautiful world she sees in her magic mirror. Award-winning playwright Velina Hasu Houston reimagines this Japanese fairy tale for the stage in a local production directed by Peter Cirino.

Dance: University Dance Company

Friday, March 17 to Sunday, March 19
Friday and Saturday performances at 7:30 p.m., Sunday performances at 2 p.m.
SDSU's Dance Studio Theatre
Tickets: $20 general; $15 seniors, active military and SDSU affiliates; $10 students

SDSU’s University Dance Company performs faculty works directed by Joseph Alter, Jess Humphrey and guest artists from Tijuana’s Lux Boreal Dance Company. Three distinct dances explore concepts and principles from physics, body memory and several versions of the song (and the story behind) "Hey Jude" by The Beatles.

Gallery Exhibition: All Natural

Thursday, April 20 to Sunday, July 16
SDSU Downtown Gallery
725 W. Broadway, San Diego
Hours: Thursday to Monday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Closed Tuesday and Wednesday) - Free Admission
  • 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 18, 2017: Meghann Riepenhoff Lecture on the SDSU campus, Hepner Hall, Room 221.
  • 5-8 p.m., Thursday, April 20, 2017: Opening Reception with artists
  • 5-8 p.m., Thursday, May 18, 2017: Downtown at Sundown
  • 5-8 p.m., Thursday, June 15, 2017: Downtown at Sundown
"All Natural" looks at artists who are working with natural materials or naturally occurring elements to create their finished pieces. The exhibition shares ways each individual works beyond boundaries to produce provocative and experimental results by exploring the fringes of media and intersecting with notions of sustainability. Artists in the exhibition include Stephanie Bedwell, Jennifer Anne Bennett, Scott B. Davis, John Oliver Lewis, Jessica McCambly and Meghann Riepenhoff.

Musical Theatre: The Full Monty

Friday, April 21 to Sunday, April 30
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday performances at 7:30 p.m., Sunday performances at 2 p.m.
SDSU's Don Powell Theatre

Book by Terrence McNally; Music and Lyrics by David Yazbek
Directed by Stephen Brotebeck
Tickets: $17 general; $15 students, seniors, and active military

Get ready to bare it all... Based on the cult film of the same name, "The Full Monty," a 10-time Tony Award-nominee, is filled with heartfelt, engaging melodies and the most anticipated closing number of any show. Six unemployed steelworkers find a renewed sense of purpose when they contrive a “brilliant” plan to rake in cash with a striptease act. The SDSU’s talented musical theatre students perform in this laugh-out-loud, uplifting musical comedy that redefines male camaraderie.

Music: Dvorák Mass

SDSU Choirs and Orchestra
7:30 p.m., Saturday, April 22
College Avenue Baptist Church
4747 College Ave., San Diego, CA 92115
Tickets: $20 general; $15 seniors, active military and SDSU affiliates; $10 students

Dvorák's only surviving mass, his Mass in D, showcases a colorful score filled with beautiful moments that gorgeously demonstrate the Czech composer's sense of melody and knack for creating dramatic, thrilling chords concurrent with subtle harmony and orchestration. This concert showcases a collaboration of multiple ensembles within the School of Music and Dance, resulting in a lively and moving super-performance.

Jazz: SDSU Jazz Ensemble with Jeff Hamilton, Drummer

5 p.m. and 7 p.m., Thursday, April 27
SDSU's Smith Recital Hall
Tickets: $20 general; $15 seniors, active military and SDSU affiliates; $10 students

Every semester for more than 30 years, the SDSU Jazz Studies program has brought a world-class jazz artist to San Diego for a clinic and concert. This semester, the special guest is drummer Jeff Hamilton, hailed for his versatility and extensive recording résumé. Hamilton has recorded with nearly 200 artists including Ray Brown, Diana Krall, Rosemary Clooney and Barbara Streisand.

Concerto Competition Winner Performance

Orchestra and Wind Symphony
7 p.m., Tuesday, May 2
SDSU's Don Powell Theatre
Tickets: $20 general; $15 seniors, active military and SDSU affiliates; $10 students

Each spring, the School of Music and Dance hosts a concerto competition for vocalists and instrumentalists. Participants perform a the solo piece with piano accompaniment for a panel of judges. Winners are given the opportunity perform their piece for the public, accompanied by the Wind Symphony or Symphony Orchestra.

About Arts Alive SDSU

Arts Alive SDSU showcases and supports the best and brightest performing and visual arts that SDSU has to offer. As a creative catalyst, this campus-wide initiative infuses art into curriculum and promotes opportunities for students, faculty, staff, and the San Diego region, to engage in quality exhibitions and performances.