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Spring Semester Arts Events at CSUSM Showcase Student Talent

By Margaret Chantung

This spring the School of Arts at California State University San Marcos is hosting several events spotlighting the talents of students. Upcoming events include concerts, plays, dance performances and multi-media exhibitions. Unless otherwise noted, events are free and open to the public.


Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992

Friday, Apr. 10 – Sunday, Apr. 19

Arts Building, Performance Hall, Room 111

Told through a series of monologues based on interviews with the author, Anna Deavere Smith, the play examines the 1992 LA riots through the personal stories of individuals who lived through the mayhem.

Tickets are $5. Show times and tickets are available online.

OFF-CENTRE: 13th Annual Spring Dance Concert

Thursday, April 30 and Friday, May 1 at 7 p.m.

Arts Building, Performance Hall, Room 111

Off-Centre is the annual spring dance performance by CSUSM students and directed by Dance Studies. General admission is $5. Proceeds will benefit dance studies at CSUSM.

Reserve tickets online or at the door.

Vocal Ensemble Concert

Monday, May 4 at 7 p.m.

Arts Building, Performance Hall, Room 111

Student performers specialize in many different musical styles. Performances will include works from jazz, traditional, popular and classical repertories.

Tukwut Jazz Ensemble Concert

Tuesday, May 5 at 7 p.m.

Arts Building, Performance Hall, Room 111

The Tukwut Jazz Ensemble’s May 5 concert will showcase a range of jazz repertoire—from New Orleans to contemporary—that includes both vocal features and instrumental improvisation. Currently the ensemble consists of a four-piece horn section, a rhythm section of drum set, percussion, guitar, piano and bass and six vocalists.

Gamelan Ensemble Concert

Wednesday, May 6 at 7 p.m.

Palm Courtyard between Academic and University Halls

Gamelan music is beautiful pitched percussion music from Indonesia. CSUSM's own gamelan ensemble performs a concert of this fascinating music in the lovely setting of the Palm Courtyard.

10th Annual Student Media Festival

Friday, May 8 at 6 p.m.

Arts Building, Performance Hall, Room 111

The annual Student Media Festival brings together hundreds of students, families, faculty, community members and professional media makers in a powerful celebration that presents, celebrates, publicizes and archives the innovative media projects being produced by students at CSUSM. Students have landed work as a result of their exposure at the festival and have gone onto successful careers in media and media-related fields.

Awards and prizes compete in categories which may include: Best Narrative, Best Documentary, Best Social Justice Project, Dean’s Award, Best Personal Memoir, Best Experimental/Performance Work, Best Performance Award and Audience Award. Check out the finalists from last year!

Students may still submit entries online!

Video in the Community Screenings

Tuesday, May 12 at 5:30 p.m.

Arts Building Performance Hall, Room 111

Students and community partners join together for a celebration of community engaged student films. Partnering with community organizations, students create films that help bring awareness to a variety of social issues. This year’s screening will showcase four projects:

  • New Haven Youth & Family Services: This film highlights the efforts of the Friends of New Haven, a group that provides professional care, education and treatment for youth and their families with emotional, behavioral and learning challenges.
  • San Diego Youth Services: This film is intended to raise awareness of the volunteer opportunities at SDYS to help at-risk youth and their families become self-sufficient and reach their highest potential.
  • North County Intergenerational Council: This informational film about the Council’s intergenerational programs is intended to inspire potential volunteers, partnering agencies and funders about the work of NCIGC, and to move individuals to support their efforts through volunteerism, participation and donations.
  • Semper Fi Fund/America’s Fund: The Semper Fi Fund and its program, America’s Fund, provide immediate financial assistance and lifetime support to post 9/11 wounded, critically ill and injured members of all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families. The film is intended to highlight the stories of veterans whose lives have changed through the Semper Fi Fund.

“AESTHETICA” - VPA 302 Process of Art Final Exhibition

Thursday, May 14, 5:30 to 8 pm

Arts Building Foyer Gallery, Arts 111, Arts 342 and Arts 346

The exhibition, presented by students who aspire to be artists, videographers, graphic designers, photographers, music producers and performers, explores the creative process.

For more information, visit the School of Arts website.