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Students from the Television, Film, and New Media Production program work onsite to prepare for the Fall Best of the Best Film Fest. Students from the Television, Film, and New Media Production program work onsite to prepare for the Fall Best of the Best Film Fest.

ArtsAlive SDSU Signature Events

ArtsAlive SDSU is offering a number of signature visual and performing arts events on and off campus.
By Lizbeth Price

Arts Alive SDSU has announced the Fall 2016 season of Signature Events, performing and visual arts events designed to highlight the ‘best and brightest’ artistic ventures that San Diego State University has to offer. 

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

Signature Events for Fall 2016 include offerings in film, musical theatre, Jazz, art, Shakespeare, and wind symphony. Information and ticket links for all SDSU events can be found at


Wed., Sept. 14 - Thurs., Sept. 15, 7:30 p.m.
Film: Best of the Best Film Fest
SDSU, Don Powell Theatre

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

Thurs., Sept. 15 - Sun., Nov. 6
Gallery: With Abandon: Works by SDSU Alumni 2011 - 2016
SDSU Downtown Gallery
725 W. Broadway, San Diego
Hours: Thurs. - Mon., 11am - 4pm (Closed Tues. and Wed.)
Free Admission

This exhibition features five years of work from alumni of the SDSU School of Art + Design. Each artist pays homage to the program and their mentors, while conveying their individual voice. Surveying approaches from multiple areas of 2-D and 3-D study, the works share a common element of familiar, every-day materials or subject matter as a conduit for contemplation and investigation. Artists include Adam John Manley, Lee Lavy, Kaiya Rainbolt and Marisa Scheinfeld, among others. Guest curated by Ginger Shulick Porcella, executive director, San Diego Art Institute.

Fri., Sept. 30 - Sun., Oct. 9
Theatre: Blood at the Root
By Dominique Morisseau
SDSU, Experimental Theatre

Racial tensions escalate in small town Louisiana when rivalry among football team members becomes violent. Inspired by the true events surrounding the “Jena Six,” playwright Dominique Morisseau weaves this powerful, contemporary story with poetry and hip hop. Produced by the SDSU School of Theatre, Television and Film in special arrangement with Pennsylvania State University. Directed by Randy Reinholz.

Sun., Oct. 9, 4 p.m.
Music: Concert on the Plaza
SDSU Wind Symphony
SDSU, Performing Arts Plaza
Free admission

Bring a blanket or a folding chair, a picnic, and even your music-loving pet on leash to enjoy an afternoon of wind band classics by the SDSU Wind Symphony, outdoors on Performing Arts Plaza, just off Campanile Walkway. Suitable for all ages. Conducted by Shannon Kitelinger.

Thurs., Nov. 3, 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Jazz: SDSU Jazz Ensemble with Charles McPherson
SDSU, Smith Recital Hall

The SDSU School of Music and Dance presents two performances of the acclaimed SDSU Jazz Ensemble appearing in concert with legendary jazz saxophonist, Charles McPherson. Directed by Bill Yeager.

Fri., Nov. 4 - Sun., Nov. 13
Wednesday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m.
Theatre: Julius Caesar
By William Shakespeare
SDSU, Experimental Theatre

“Et tu, Brute?” Julius Caesar is Rome’s revered leader, but is his celebrity a threat to democracy? Coinciding with the U.S. presidential election, the School of Theatre, Television and Film stages a modern take on Shakespeare’s classic tale of conspiracy, politics, and betrayal. Directed by Delicia Turner Sonnenberg, executive artistic director of MOXIE Theatre.

Thurs., Nov. 17 - Sun. Jan. 29
Gallery: Sandow Birk: Depravities & Monuments
SDSU Downtown Gallery
725 W. Broadway, San Diego
Hours: Thurs. - Mon., 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Free Admission

Depravities & Monuments features a selection of artworks from two major series by Los Angeles based visual artist Sandow Birk. The Depravities of War, comprising a suite of monumental woodcuts, proffers a critique of the Iraq war and its aftermath. Imaginary Monuments, consisting of large drawings and etchings, proposes public memorials to agreements, treaties and institutions of our contemporary world. Curated by Tina Yapelli.

Thurs., Dec. 1 - Sun. Dec. 4
Musical Theatre: Jesus Christ Superstar in Concert
Music by Andrew Lloyd Weber, Lyrics by Tim Rice
SDSU, Don Powell Theatre

An explosive, psychedelic concert collaboration between the Schools of Theatre, Television, and Film and Music and Dance. This popular rock musical has wowed audiences for more than 40 years and tells a universally-known story of extraordinary events from the unusual perspective of Judas Iscariot. Audiences who loved SDSU’s 2014 production of Les Misérables in Concert will rave about this large-scale, spectacular performance. Directed by Stephen Brotebeck.