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SDSU Wind Symphony and Symphony Orchestra (Photo: Ken Jacques) SDSU Wind Symphony and Symphony Orchestra (Photo: Ken Jacques)

Arts Alive SDSU Signature Events

ArtsAlive SDSU is offering a number of signature visual and performing arts events on and off campus this fall.
By Anna Waletzko

Arts Alive SDSU has announced its fall 2017 signature events, a series of performing and visual arts events taking place throughout the semester. The events are designed to showcase the university’s talent and increase awareness of the range of arts programs available at San Diego State University.

“We are lucky to have an extremely high-quality arts program on campus and I encourage all students, faculty and staff to experience as many of these events as they can,” said Joyce Gattas, dean of the College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts.  

Last year, Arts Alive SDSU programs saw the engagement of more than 133,000 people. The goal is to surpass that number this season. Performances and exhibitions take place both on and off campus and are the highest caliber arts events SDSU offers.

Calendar of Signature Events:

Gallery Exhibition: We Are Here/Estamos Aquí
Thursday, July 27 through Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017
SDSU Downtown Gallery
725 W. Broadway, San Diego

“We Are Here/Estamos Aquí” features the use of photography as an agent for change and mode of storytelling through images depicting the U.S.-Mexico border. The selection of artwork in the exhibition shares individual experiences, explores the impact of border crossing, and investigates the ways the cultures of Mexico and the United States are shaped by their proximity to one another.

Film: Best of the Best Film Fest
Thursday, Sept. 14, and Friday, Sept. 15, 7:30 p.m.
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.

Theatre: Anon(ymous)
Friday, Sept. 29 through Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017
Experimental Theatre
Tickets: $20 general, $17 students/seniors/military

Tired, hungry, and far from home, a young refugee named Anon, who escaped his war-torn country, washes up on an American shore. In this story by award-winning playwright Naomi Iizuka, Anon embarks on a perilous journey to find home and his family. The play is based on Homer’s “Odyssey” and directed by Randy Reinholz.

Music: Symphony by the Sea
Saturday, Oct. 7, 6 p.m.
Imperial Beach Pier Plaza
Free admission, open to public

Sponsored by the San Diego Unified Port District and the City of Imperial Beach, Symphony by the Sea features the award-winning SDSU Wind Symphony and SDSU Symphony Orchestra playing a free, family-friendly sunset concert at Pier Plaza in Imperial Beach. Concertgoers are encouraged to bring blankets and picnic food.

Musical Theatre: Edges
Friday, Oct. 27 through Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017
Experimental Theatre
Tickets: $20 general, $17 students/seniors/military

Written by Tony Award-nominated Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, “Edges” is a non-traditional musical that examines the transition to adulthood and the search for love, commitment, and meaning. A group of college students deal with emotions, expectations, and complicated relationships while asking, "Am I being true to me?" and "What am I to become?"

Film: Halloween Film Festival
Tuesday, Oct. 31, 7:30 p.m.
Don Powell Theatre
Tickets: $10

Creepy, crawly, scary fun! A spook-tacular selection of short horror films by student filmmakers from the SDSU Television, Film, and New Media Production Program.

Music: SDSU Jazz Ensemble w/ Matt Harris, Pianist and Composer
Tuesday, Nov. 7, 5 p.m., 7 p.m.
Smith Recital Hall
Tickets: $20 general, $10 students, $15 seniors/military

The SDSU School of Music and Dance’s acclaimed Jazz Ensemble is collaborating with jazz educator, performer and composer Matt Harris for two performances directed by Bill Yeager.

Gallery Exhibition: Spaces From Yesterday – Opening Reception with Artists
Thursday, Nov. 16, 5–8 p.m.
SDSU Downtown Gallery
725 W. Broadway, San Diego
Free admission

Spaces From Yesterday is an exhibition of artwork and installations created collaboratively between San Francisco Bay Area artist Amy M. Ho and artists Bobby Dean Evans, Jr. and Chanthon Bun, who are incarcerated at San Quentin Prison. For this project, Ho asked the inmates to recall a place of personal significance. She then translated these memories, in large-scale rooms with projections, paired with inmate paintings or models of these spaces.

Musical Theatre: Enchanted April
Thursday, Nov. 30 through Sunday, Dec. 3
Don Powell Theatre
Tickets: $20 general, $17 students/seniors/military

“Enchanted April” tells a story of life and love about to bloom. Set in 1922, four women from London rent the Italian castle of their dreams for one magical month on the Mediterranean. Looking for a much-needed respite from their London cares. What they find on the Italian shore awakens them to a world of beauty, ardor, and the joys of living. The play is based on the popular novel “Enchanted April” and is directed by Stephen Brotebeck.

Arts Alive SDSU provides opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to engage in transformational arts interactions as part of an arts-rich, robust educational community on the campus of SDSU.

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