Water runs through Sonoma State University
Sonoma State University is gearing up for a wet season of theater, dance, art, lectures and more this academic school year. A series of “Water Works” events and activities based upon the theme of inland water as an essential resource and as a metaphor begin September 2012 and continues throughout the academic year until May 2013.
Here are some of the Fall events:
Atmospheric Rivers: The Emerging Science of Flooding in the Russian River Watershed.
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Wednesday Sept. 26 lecture by Dr. Marty Ralph, Chief of the Water Cycle Branch at NOAA’s Earth System Research Laboratory/Physical Sciences Division in Boulder, Colorado; Research Associate at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Ralph will discuss new scientific advances and new technology that allows for understanding and observation of atmospheric rivers – ribbons of air – that transport water vapor.
Last Call at the Oasis.
7:00 p.m. Friday Nov. 16. Sonoma State Film Institute will show this new documentary from Oscar-winning filmmaker Jessica Yu. Last Call at the Oasis offers interviews, sleek production values and hard evidence to bolster the message that fresh, clean water will not last forever. The supply is both shrinking and quickly being polluted.
Mega Hot Lava New Play Festival.
7:30 p.m. Thursday Nov. 15 through Saturday Nov. 17. Script-in-hand readings of plays by student playwrights, with some playwrights responding to the “Water Works” theme. Curated by Scott Horstein.
Splish, splash! SSU Brass Ensemble.
4:00 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30. Brass Ensemble’s program, directed by Ruth Wilson, includes Mendelssohn’s Venetian Boat Songs, Gliere’s Russian Sailors Dance, and Deep Purple’s Smoke on the Water under the baton of guest conductor Brian Wilson. The water-themed program anticipates the ensemble’s upcoming tour to the Korean island of Jeju.
Events take place across the SSU campus including indoor theaters, classrooms, art galleries and outdoor site-specific events at bodies of water located at 1801 E. Cotati Avenue. Many activities are free, the cost for others ranges from $2 to $17. For details, visit www.sonoma.edu/waterworks.