2017 RADIUS Arts Festival! Schedule and details

RADIUS is Jan Term 2017’s Campus-Wide Arts Festival!  Featuring performances by Jan Term students/faculty and world-renowned artists Anna Halprin and Rhodessa Jones.  Dance, theatre, music, storytelling, literary readings, performance art, a participatory semester-long writing project, and more...  Check the schedule below!

Please note that this schedule is currently under development... Check back soon for updates!

   Tuesday January 17th
7-9pm, Soda Center Moraga Room
Diane Ferlatte & Erik Pearson:

Description:  Diane Ferlatte is an award winning, Grammy nominated and celebrated performance artist/storyteller who brings to life through story and song the struggles for peace and justice of the African American experience. Accompanied by her musician Erik Pearson, their program, "Penny for Your Thoughts," explores personal and historical stories of crossing cultural and racial barriers. Diane uses stories to illuminate racism in the past and hopefully to bridge racial divides in the future. In these stories we are not asked to take sides but to explore how to be in a society that is growing more complex racially. Diane has traveled the globe for 30 plus years performing in dozens of countries on 6 continents and she is guaranteed to entertain, inform, and inspire all.

   Wednesday January 18th (through end of Jan Term)
2pm unveiling, Dryden Hall
Participatory "Before I Die..." community writing project with Profs. Emily Hause & Grete Stenersen Description:  Following Profs. Hause and Stenersen's presentation in Hagerty at 1pm, we will walk to Dryden for the “Before I Die” chalkboard installation unveiling. This public installation  asks passers-by -- meaning YOU! -- to share their life’s wishes on a public wall. The board is inspired by artist Candy Chang, who began placing "Before I Die..." walls in New Orleans following Hurrican Katrina to inspire hope and concrete action for the future. 

   Monday January 23rd
12-1pm, Hagerty Lounge
Fiction reading by Jonathan Moore
Description:  Jonathan Moore, author of last year's bestseller "The Poison Artist" will arrive to the Bay Area from Hawaii to launch his book tour for his newest mystery novel "The Dark Room."  Like "The Poison Artist," "The Dark Room" takes place in the Bay Area where Moore got his start writing while attending New College and taking back-to-back Creative Writing courses from then visiting writer, Thomas Cooney. 
       Of "The Poison Artist," Stephen King said: "The Poison Artist is an electrifying read, building from shock to shock. I read the last one hundred pages in a single sitting. The final chapter is an absolute stunner. I haven’t read anything so terrifying since Red Dragon.”
      "The Dark Room" is being published on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 and has already received rave reviews across the country.

   Monday January 23rd
1-3pm, Chapel Lawn (or Moraga Room if rain)
"Planetary Dance" by Anna Halprin and SMC participants (including YOU!)
Description:  The Planetary Dance is an annual all-day ritual of healing and community renewal. It is an invitation to people all over the world to join in a dance for peace in their own communities and for peace with the Earth. It brings people of all ages and abilities together in a beautiful setting to “dance for a purpose,” much as people in traditional cultures have danced for a bountiful harvest, a successful hunt, or a happy marriage.
      The Planetary Dance is a participatory dance rather than a theatrical performance. At its heart is the Earth Run, a simple dance that everybody can do. Participants are invited to run, walk, or simply stand in a series of concentric circles, creating a moving mandala. As we all move to the steady heartbeat of the drums, we become one collective body. Each step upon the Earth becomes a prayer for healing.

   Wednesday January 25th
3:30-5pm, Redwood Grove (rain or shine)
"Same As It Ever Was...NOT!" Performance by Miri Hunter and JAN 040 students
Description: Inspired by current events, such as the presidential election/inauguration, international political tensions, unrest in America in the areas of economics, civil liberties, and personal and cultural identities, the class will lead a performance piece which incorporates elements of the Fluxus art movement. This movement was an influential part of the art world in the 1960's and 1970's. Its praxis, simply put, was that there existed a doorway between art and life; a flow between art and the everyday. This performance piece will incorporate music, movement, poetry and visual art as well as audience participation. It is hoped that this performance art piece will be a reflection of how far we have come as a people from the 1960's to now and a response to what work still needs to be done in order to leap between creativity, the human spirit and the world we live in today. By observing the original 1963 George Maciunas Fluxus Manifesto, we will be creating a Fluxus-like Manifesto for the 21st century.

   Monday, January 30th
12-1pm, Hagerty Lounge
Memoir-writing workshop with Prof. Cynthia Ganote and JAN 116 students
Description:  As a part of their experience in the Jan Term 116 class called "Hearing Stories, Telling Stories," students will lead participants through writing exercises designed to draw out autobiographical memories and explicate them for an external audience. These exercises are designed to help participants develop their own unique voices in order to "tell it slant," as Emily Dickinson calls us to do. In this tradition, participants will be asked to explicate real-world events through their own unique perspectives. 

   Tuesday, January 31st 
10:30am OR 2:30pm, Claeys Lounge (each session followed by a walking meditation; labyrinth open until 4pm)
Guided Meditation for Creativity and Reflection with Br. Camillus Chavez and Pamela Thomas
Description:  Meditation can support mental clarity and presence to help you navigate life creatively and compassionately. Join us for a guided meditation session with SMC's beloved meditation teacher, Brother Camillus Chavez, joined by Pamela Thomas from Mission and Ministry. After the session, the Labyrinth will be set up in Claeys for walking meditation.  
      Entering meditation is an intentional state and does not just occur by accident. Therefore, it requires techniques, a method that enables an individual to enter an altered state of consciousness. In this session, we will use the techniques of sitting and walking, with guidance to support you along the way. 

   Tuesday January 31st
7:30-9pm, Soda Center Moraga Room
An Evening with Richard Lemieux
Description: Richard Lemieux, SMC's First Year Author 2016-17, will speak about his experiences in homelessness and the process of writing his bestseller Breakfast at Sally's. 

   Wednesday AND Thursday, February 1st and 2nd 
8:30-9:30pm, Dryden Hall
Jazz Choir performances with Prof. Julie Ford and JAN 113 students
Description This newly formed, 13-voice vocal ensemble, will share a dynamic set of music spanning a wide variety of jazz styles. Accompanied by a rhythm section of guest artists, grooves will move from old-style, sophisticated swing, to sultry ballads, soul-stirring funk, and neck-bobbing reggae. The line-up includes standards such as When Sunny Gets Blue, Summertime, Straighten Up and Fly Right,  and Charleston Alley, as well as some less expected tunes such as You Can Fly from Disney's Peter Pan, and Still Fighting it by indie pop writer, Ben Folds.  Entrance is free but arrive early if you want a seat - these concerts tend to be standing room only!  

   Thursday February 2nd
4-5:30pm, LeFevre Theatre
Revisiting Goodnight Moon, a play for young adults, performed by JAN 039 students
Description:  Beloved by parents and children for generations, Good Night Moon comes joyously to life in the Saint Mary's Performing Arts 2017 Children's Show. At the center are the humorous antics of one very nocturnal bunny, who dances and sings his way to bedtime. Bunny's journey to sleep is filled with surprises, as his bedroom comes magically alive - with dancing bears, a singing balloon, and a dream-factory dollhouse. Even the stars are dancing, leading Bunny on a trip across the night-time sky. The play Good Night Moon is for everyone, a family-friendly celebration of one of the most delightful children’s books of all time.  Performed by Saint Mary’s students.
Performance of GOODNIGHT MOON followed by discussion with cast.
Advanced tickets $10 ($12 at Door). https://wwws.stmarys-ca.edu/apps/performing-arts/payment.php?paevent_id=70

   Thursday February 2nd
7-9pm, Soda Center Moraga Room
"Performance Music: Growing Up in America!" by Rhodessa Jones and Idris Ackamoor
Description: Rhodessa Jones and Idris Ackamoor, precursors and purveyors of the 20th Century African American performance art movement, are the creative muscle behind one of the nation’s most innovative and prolific performing arts companies, Cultural Odyssey. “PERFORMANCE MUSIC: GROWING  UP IN AMERICA!” is the Jones & Ackamoor signature show that encapsulates close to 50 years of performance practice into a single evening!  

   Friday February 3rd
10:45-11:15am, Rec Center (bring your SMC ID for entry)
"COSMOS": A dance performance by PERFA 074 "Beginning Contemporary Dance" students
Description: Beginning Contemporary Dance presents an informal showing of Cosmos, a work in progress. During Jan Term students learned about the origins and history of contemporary dance that has roots in modern, ballet, and jazz; along with contemporary dance techniques. Cosmos is a collaborative, group dance choreographed by MFA in Dance candidate, Michael Lupacchino, featuring solos choreographed by each student.