Arts and Lectures Series


1. September 13th.  Artist, Renee M Billingslea, "Lynching in America” Fabric of Race. Inaugural exhibit for Context: Library Series. Opening reception and lecture at Kellogg Library @ 5p.m. South Bay Area artist Renee M Billingslea brings to Cal State San Marcos her installation Lynching in America. On a self sits an assortment of rusty canning jars, filled with disturbing images, body parts, teeth and ashes. All objects represent souvenirs collected by people who attend the thousand lynchings of black men, women and children in the United States. On another wall hangs an old looking quilt. Hand sewn squares of denim; flannel, velvet and cotton prints weave together colors of our country. Billingslea created the project after researching the topic of racial violence and lynching for her Masters of Fine Art Degree at San Jose State University. She has carefully created a visual environment for all to enter, learn and contemplate. Billingslea currently teaches photography at Santa Clara University.

2. September 24th. Arts 111, Oboe/Piano concert @ 12:00 noon. Duo Recitalists, Lisa Kozenko, oboe and Dana Burnett, piano. The program will include discussion of the history of the oboe, and compositions written for that instrument throughout the ages. Pieces written for women oboists will be featured. Selections by J.S.Bach, Edmund Rubbra, David Maslanka and Benjamin Britten will be performed on this innovative program, performed by experienced artists who are dedicated to the art of chamber music.

3. October 5th. Fahrenheit 9/11 (Arts 240 @ 6 p.m.) In this film, muckraker Michael Moore turns his eye on George W. Bush and his War on Terrorism agenda. He illustrates his argument about how this failed businessman with deep connections to the royal house of Saud of Saudia Arabia and the Bin Ladins got elected on fraudulent circumstances and proceeded to blunder through his duties while ignoring warnings of the looming betrayal by his foreign partners. When that treachery hits with the 9/11 attacks, Moore explains how Bush failed to take immediate action to defend his nation, only to later cynically manipulate it to serve his wealthy backers' corrupt ambitions. Through facts, footage and interviews, Moore illustrates his contention of how Bush and his cronies have gotten America into worse trouble than ever before and why Americans should not stand for it. (Rated R for some violence and disturbing images. 122 min, Documentary)

4.  October 7th.  Luna Film Festival (Field House #113 @ 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.). Films by…for…and about women. Luna fest is a national film festival that began in 2001. The Luna Fest film festival encourages women to come together to share experiences through film. These films are by women, for women or about women, spirituality, inspiration, challenges, sexuality, relationships and breaking barriers. Proceeds benefit the Breast Cancer Awareness Fund.

5.  October 8th. Luna Film Festival (Arts 240 @ 1p.m. to 3:30 p.m.). Films by…for…and about women. Luna fest is a national film festival that began in 2001. The Luna Fest film festival encourages women to come together to share experiences through film. These films are by women, for women or about women, spirituality, inspiration, challenges, sexuality, relationships and breaking barriers. Proceeds benefit the Breast Cancer Awareness Fund.

6. October 21st, Am. Indian Film Festival (Arts 240 @ 6 p.m.) Presenter Gary Rhine, CEO, Kirafu Productions. “A Seat At The Table” is a valuable and insightful film about a too long overlooked topic, the right of Native American people to have their sacred sites and practices honored and protected. In December of 1999, 7000 spiritual leaders and scholars from around the world converged on Cape Town, South Africa, to participate in the 3rd Parliament of the Worlds Religions. Within the Parliament, an-hour special symposium entitled, “America’s Shadow Struggle”, addressed issues of Native religious freedom such as sacred sites protection, effects of the destruction of Native Languages, the rights of Native prisoners and more.

7. October 28th, Am. Indian Film Festival (Arts 240 @ 4 p.m.) “Wiping the Tears of Seven Generations”. In December of 1990, 3000 Lakota Sioux horseback riders rode 250 miles, in two weeks, through bitter sub-zero winter weather, to commemorate the lives lost at the Wounded Knee Massacre of 1890. This program relates the story of how the Lakota Nation mourned the loss of their loved ones for 100 years. They also mourned the loss of some of their people’s sacred knowledge, which died with the elders that day. Then, inspired by dreams and visions of unity and spiritual awakening, a group of Lakota decided to bring their people out of mourning which they call Washigila. (1992 / 57 min, Documentary)

8. October 26th, Victor Villaseñor (Book lecture Arts 240 @ 7 p.m.). Victor Villaseñor’s new book “Burro Genius” continues the Villaseñor family saga and goes into Victor Villaseñor’s own youth and education. With his signature passion, his gift as a storyteller, and his own incredible story allows readers into the soul of a young life filled with confusion and anger, yet encouraged by a personal sense of artistic destiny.

9. November 4th, Am. Indian film Festival (Field House #113 @ 7:30 p.m.). “The Peyote Road” addresses the United States Supreme Court “Smith” decisions, which denied protection of 1st Amendment religious liberty to the sacramental use of Peyote for Indigenous people. One of the oldest tribal religions in the Western Hemisphere. Examining the European tradition of religious intolerance and documenting the centuries old sacramental use of the cactus Peyote. (1993 / 59 min, Documentary)

10. November 7th, Family Day (Arts Building. From 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.) Come and participate in an afternoon of live Latin music, chalk murals, puppets, mad science and more! Something for all ages.

11. November 11th. Am. Indian Film Festival (Field House #113 @ 7:30 p.m.) Confirmed. “Your Humble Serpent” Is a portrait of the late American Indian Political and Spiritual leader. Reuben A. Snake. Jr., in which he speaks out on ecology, sacredness, intuitive thinking and “The Rebrowning of America”. As Reuben grew up, his elders taught him that a leader is a servant to his people. He lived his life true to that teaching, serving his country as a Green Beret, his tribe as Winnebago Tribal Chairman, and all his Indian people as President of The National Conference of American Indians. (1995 / 60 min, Documentary)

12. November 18th. Am. Indian Film Festival (Field House #113 @ 7:30 p.m.) “Red Road to Sobriety” The Contemporary Native American Sobriety Movement is flourishing throughout the Indian communities of North America. This vital Social movement combines ancient spiritual traditions with modern medical approaches to substance abuse recovery. In this spirited and hopeful documentary American Indian health practitioners and traditional medicine people reveal the importance of tribal values and spiritual awareness in the recovery process. As the historical segment of the program explains substances abuse in Indian communities must be understood within the context of “The American Holocaust”. Few American or Canadians are aware that the governments of North America used alcohol in their attempts to destroy indigenous culture and acquire Indian lands. (1995 / 90 min, Documentary)

13. November 23rd. Ricardo Peralta Danza Performa 2004. “….and I’ll speak of Love”.  Dance Workshop (Arts 101 @ 1 p.m.). This bi-national company has performed in many important international dance festivals in Mexico and San Diego. Within a brief period of time “Ricardo Peralta Danza Performa” became a unique group, renowned for its artistic work on both side of the border. The company continues with his legacy by creating new works under the direction of his long-time dance partner and choreographer, Elizabeth Licea.

14. November 23rd. Ricardo Peralta Danza Performa 2004. “… and I’ll speak of Love”. (Arts 111 @ 6:00 p.m.). This bi-national company has performed in many important international dance festivals in Mexico and San Diego. Within a brief period of time “Ricardo Peralta Danza Performa” became a unique group, renowned for its artistic work on both side of the border. The company continues with his legacy by creating new works under the direction of his long-time dance partner and choreographer, Elizabeth Licea.