CSULB BFA Dance concert, Variance, hits the stages

A blue velvet curtain sits idly, hiding the hustle and bustle backstage of dancers warming-up, crew members set up props and choreographers give last minute notes. Once the curtain rises, the audience will be welcomed to a program that delves into social justice, farce, politics, family and technology. Cal State Long Beach’s College of the Arts and Department of Dance will present its second annual BFA Fall concert, “Variance,” Oct 13-15. The concert marks the debut of original compositional works by BFA in Dance candidates Bradford Chin, Madison Clark, Jasmine Mosher and Maili Schlosser – all of whom have collaborated with composers from the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music. In addition to the student works, “Variance” will showcase a piece by CSULB Distinguished Alumnus Robert Moses, a renowned San Francisco-based choreographer, and a restaging of a solo by faculty member Keith Johnson. CSULB welcomes back Moses as he debuts “How Does One Approach Short Story Technique?” a non-linear narrative featuring 13 BFA candidates. The students collaborated with Moses on creating this piece as he directed them through prompts, material and assignments. In “How Does One Approach Short Story Technique?” Moses takes the audience through the different phases of human connection

By | 2016-10-14T12:50:42+00:00 Oct 14, 2016 | 12:50 pm|Categories: Arts & Life, Events, Fine Arts|

CSULB Office of Multicultural Affairs hosts first Coming Out Monologues on National Coming Out Day

Tears, snaps and sighs echoed throughout the University Student Union ballroom Tuesday night as members of the LGBT community shared their stories of coming out, embracing and encouraging each other on National Coming Out Day. It marked the 28th anniversary of National Coming Out Day, an event to celebrate those who have come out as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer, and support those still closeted. The Office of Multicultural Affairs hosted the first annual Coming Out Monologues to bring awareness to the LGBT community. Speakers sat in unison at the event before each took to the rainbow-lit stage to share their personal stories and experiences. It was part of OUTober, a month-long celebration of the LGBT community at Cal State Long Beach. Dr. John Higgins, assistant director of cultural affairs, said he hoped that the Coming Out Monologues would give speakers and attendees the opportunity to support each other and provide a safe, uncensored environment. “These are very real and very raw stories,” he said. CSULB student-worker Parker Aguirre Pineda was the first speaker on stage. She shared her struggles with coming out to her mom at the age of 15 and how hurt she felt when her mom

By | 2016-10-12T13:30:57+00:00 Oct 12, 2016 | 1:30 pm|Categories: Arts & Life, Events|

Animation competition expands out of Cal State Long Beach

In the old, cramped lecture hall on the third floor of the Fine Arts building at Cal State Long Beach, students gathered to witness the launch of the annual 24-hour animation contest. On the afternoon of Oct. 7, computer animation professor Aubry Mintz announced this year’s theme of the animation contest, where teams consisting of five students get 24 hours to create a 30-second animated film. What once started as a challenge for his students has grown to become an international contest with 29 schools participating this year.    Teams all around the world participate from their own school, and at 3 p.m, 690 students from schools in the U.S., Canada, Australia and Russia were waiting for Mintz to announce the theme live on Youtube. Right before it was uttered in the lecture hall of the Fine Arts building, the students gathered started drumming on the desks. Loud echos filled the air, with teams showing spirit similar to a locker room warm-up before a hockey game, and then Mitz made his announcement.     “There are four kinds of people in the world: those who build walls, those who protect walls, those who breach walls and those who know how to

By | 2016-10-12T13:20:19+00:00 Oct 12, 2016 | 1:20 pm|Categories: Arts & Life, Events|

Halloween events in Long Beach

No one in the city of Long Beach should be bored on Halloween. There are an array of events happening during the month of October ranging from haunted houses to beer drinking festivals. If you are looking to get festive this month but don’t know where or when, check out this list of things happening in the city.   Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor Sept. 30-Oct. 31 7 p.m. - midnight [days here] 7 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays Tickets: $24-39 1126 Queens Highway, Long Beach The Dark Harbor is one big haunted park, incorporating carnival rides, food and drink vendors, live entertainment and six terrifying mazes. Actors in full monster makeup are dedicated to hearing as many screams as possible. Mazes take guests in and around the Queen Mary, to experience the ship in a whole new light – or more accurately, lack thereof. Tickets and more information are available at queenmary.com   Long Beach Zombiefest Oct. 14-16 5-10 p.m. Friday 2-10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday Tickets: $20 for 3-day, $18 for 2-day and $13 single-day passes 400 Shoreline Village Dr., Long Beach Zombies have been a huge part of the Halloween season. This year, the annual Zombie

By | 2016-12-07T16:27:59+00:00 Oct 11, 2016 | 11:10 am|Categories: Arts & Life, Events|

Snow White and domestic violence

The Women’s and Gender Equity Center hosted an event on Monday about domestic violence and gender discrimination, inviting psychotherapist Alyce Laviolette to present as guest speaker. Alyce Laviolette is a trauma-informed psychotherapist who has worked 38 years with victims of domestic violence and 37 years with the perpetrators. Laviolette is also a lecturer at Cal State Long Beach on gender and power and expert witness for domestic violence cases. Laviolette started her speech by sharing her first experience with gender discrimination. “In seventh grade, when I ran for [class] president, one of the teachers told us not to vote for me because I was a girl – and girls shouldn’t run for president, they should run for secretary,” Laviolette said. She discussed how genders are portrayed based on cultures and fairytales projected by the media. Laviolette said that in stories like “Snow White and the Seven Dwarves,” men are mostly portrayed as strong, handsome, rich, white and powerful. On the other hand, according to Laviolette, women are portrayed in two completely different ways. One archetype depicted is the wicked witch or evil stepmother, which is the only kind of “strong woman” we see in film and media. The other is

By | 2016-10-11T11:08:35+00:00 Oct 11, 2016 | 11:08 am|Categories: Arts & Life, Events|

“Healing Through Visibility: A Coming Out Day Celebration” a kickoff event for OUTober 2016

The Office of Multicultural Affairs will kick off OUTober 2016, a month-long coming out, sexuality and community celebration on Thursday with “Healing Through Visibility: A Coming out Day Celebration.” The event “Healing Through Visibility: A Coming Out Day Celebration” will take place at the USU southwest terrace from noon to 1:30 p.m. It will have therapeutic exercises through painting, other arts and crafts and a drum circle hosted by the Office of Multicultural Affairs. The LGBTQI+ Resource Center Liaison and member of Delta Lambda Phi fraternity at CSULB, Brandon Ha said he is looking forward to the event. “The event will allow people to express themselves…be who they really are,” Ha said. “The drum circle is to spread positivity and good energy which will set the ambience for the rest of the month.” Volunteering at the event will be Delta Lambda Phi of CSULB, who will also inform students of future fundraisers and social events with the LGBT community. According to the DLP website, they are a fraternity for gay and bisexual men and allies. OUTober, the event-filled month was organized by Assistant Director for The Office of Multicultural Affairs Jon Higgins, with the help of several other Cal State

By | 2016-10-05T22:07:28+00:00 Oct 5, 2016 | 10:07 pm|Categories: Arts & Life, Events|

Didi Hirsch program director hosts discussion on suicide prevention

Rick Mogil, program director for Didi Hirsch's Suicide Prevention and Bereavement Services, was on campus yesterday for panel entitled “Saving Ourselves (S.O.S.).” Mogil came to discuss the warning signs of suicide, the ways loved ones can be there for people considering suicide and the impact that this heavy topic has on so many. Though the turnout only included about 10-15 people, the event still brought together representatives from the office of multicultural affairs, Student Health Services, students who have been affected by suicide in some way and students eager to help those who have been touched by this issue. “One suicide affects 18 to 25 people intimately, [those who] are connected to that person,” Mogil said. Over 42,000 suicides occur each year. It’s the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S. — seven spots ahead of homicide — yet they primarily go unreported by the media. 9.4 million people have thoughts of suicide each year, over one million of which attempt suicide. Depression, anxiety and in some cases suicide, are all issues that plague college campuses across the nation, including Cal State Long Beach – which had three student suicides last year. School, financial stress, relationships, family and pre-existing

By | 2016-10-04T14:27:28+00:00 Oct 4, 2016 | 2:27 pm|Categories: Arts & Life, Events|

CSULB shows independent film ‘(T)error.’

On Tuesday, Cal State Long Beach Film & Electronic Arts Department will be hosting “(T)error,” a documentary by Lyric R. Cabral and David Sutcliffe on an active counterterrorism investigation by the FBI. In “(T)error,” filmmakers are witnesses of an FBI operation against terrorism. The directors are invited by Saeed Shariff Torres, the counterterrorism informant, to track him as he offers his friendship to a suspected jihadist, giving rise to legal issues. According to Helen Hood Scheer, a documentary filmmaker and assistant CSULB professor, the purpose of this series is to “explore the difference in storytelling, the boundaries between what is ethical versus what is legal and differences between documentary filmmaking and traditional journalism.” To Scheer, documentarians and traditional journalists share a lot of things but also differ in a substantial ways. For instance, traditional journalists have a “code of ethics” that “grants certain privileges and [they] often have support from large institutions,” Scheer said. She also said that documentarian filmmakers do not have that code, but rather they have “best practices,” which governs how they operate and they are “often operating independently, without the same restrictions or perks traditional journalists have.” “(T)error” debuted in 2015 at the Sundance Film Festival

By | 2016-10-09T19:44:45+00:00 Oct 2, 2016 | 9:39 pm|Categories: Arts & Life, Events|
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