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Upcoming events at Cal State Fullerton

All events are on the Cal State Fullerton campus, 800 N. State College Blvd., unless otherwise noted.
Department of Theatre and Dance spring lineup
Information: 657-278-3371 or
“Taking Steps” — By Alan Ayckbourn, directed by Mark Ramont. This comedy centers on the tale of Roland, a hard-drinking, irascible tycoon interested in buying a Victorian house that was once a brothel. Various times
“’Tis Pity She’s a Whore,” for mature audiences, tells the story of a brother and sister and their forbidden passion.
and dates Feb. 23-March 18. $12-14. Hallberg Theatre.
“’Tis Pity She’s a Whore” — By John Ford, directed by Kyle Cooper. For mature audiences.  Ford’s murderous masterpiece exposes the incestuous love of Giovanni and Annabella, a brother and sister squeezed in the grip of sexual discovery and forbidden passion. Various times and dates March 9-25. $12-14. Young Theatre.
“Disney’s The Little Mermaid” — Music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater. Choreography by Karl Warden. Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen’s most beloved stories and the classic animated film, “The Little Mermaid” is a hauntingly beautiful love story. Mermaid princess Ariel is fascinated by the world and lives of people on dry land and longs to join them. Her father, King Triton, forbids contact. When she falls in love with human Prince Eric from afar, she makes a deal with the evil Ursula that only love can remedy. Various times and dates March 23-April 15. $22-24. Little Theatre.
“The Importance of Being Earnest” — By Oscar Wilde, directed by James R. Taulli. Oscar Wilde’s sensational characters and zippy one-liners result in hilarious confusion. Jack and Algernon each “reinvent the truth” to woo the women who have captured their hearts. When the gentlemen are coerced to reveal their web of lies and reveal themselves to their ladies, being earnest takes on new meaning. Various times and dates April 20-May 6. $12-14. Young Theatre.
Begovich Gallery exhibits
Admission is free. Information: 657-278-7750 or
Jan. 27-March 8
“Ruminate” — This interdisciplinary, global exhibit examines four living neo-minimalist artists: Hadi Tabatabai, Anna Bogatin, Gregory Hayes and Joseph Cohen, known for their meticulous and innovative use of materials. The exhibit demonstrates that through the abandonment of the superfluous and with heightened focus on materiality, craftsmanship and process, neo-minimalist art can provide an alternative to our culture of superficiality by encouraging viewers to look inward and think deeply.
“Ruminate,” which opens Saturday at the Begovich Gallery on campus, examines four living neo-minimalist artists. including Gregory Hayes and his work “Mergence.”
April 7-May 17
“Reclaimed Landscapes: The Art of Jarod Charzewski” — This exhibit explores the edge between sustainable fashion and fashion that is disposed of through the works of South Carolina-based installation artist Charzewski. His installations expose North America’s consumer culture by using donated clothing from Goodwill placed into landscapes that tower over observers and mimic geological escarpments.
Grand Central Art Center exhibitions
The CSUF center is at 125 N. Broadway, Santa Ana. Events are free. Information: 714-567-7233,
“Maya Gurantz: Deipnophoroi” — Ancient Greek essayist Plutarch wrote of an ancient Greek festival in which the community, as an initiation for young men coming of age, would reenact sending their youth to King Minos of Crete to be fed as sacrifice to the Minotaur. The only women allowed to participate were given the role of the mothers of the sacrificial tribute — labeled Deipnophoroi, or “food bringers” — performing the task of comforting their children in the face of a sure and terrible death. “Deipnophoroi,” a two-video work, translates this ceremony into contemporary language and contemporary fears.
Michael Nannery’s “The Fountain” — The installation includes an aquatic garden and a space for contemplation.
Glass and Ceramics Show + Sale — The sale gives local artists and students the opportunity to showcase and sell their work while engaging with the surrounding creative community. Proceeds are split between Grand Central Art Center and the participating artists.
Jan. 26
OLLI-CSUF Variety Show: This program showcases the talent of Osher Lifelong Learning Institute musicians, vocalists and dancers. The event is open to the public at no charge. 4-5:30 p.m. Mackey Auditorium, Ruby Gerontology Center. Information: 657-278-2446 or
Jan. 27
University Singers: Under the direction of Robert Istad, the University Singers will present a performance of their American Choral Directors Association conference program at Our Lady Queen of Angels Catholic Church in Newport Beach. The performance will also feature principle string players from the University Symphony Orchestra in a string quintet. Suggested $10 donation to support Our Lady Queen of Angels Homeless Services. 7:30-8:30 p.m., 2046 Mar Vista Drive, Newport Beach.  Info: Robert Istad, 657-278-3459 or
Jan. 30
OLLI Hosts CSUF Music student performances: As part of campus collaboration activities, OLLI-CSUF will host a series of concerts by CSUF School of Music students. Free. Noon-1:30 pm. Information:,, 657-278-2446
Feb. 13
Great American Songbook: The History of American Music – OLLI-CSUF: This course focuses on development of music in the U.S. and the composers of our most popular songs. Guests will examine composers and music personalities of the swing and big band eras. Videos and lectures are designed for lovers of all genres of music. Free. 1:45-3:45 p.m. Mackey Auditorium, Ruby Gerontology Center. Information: 657-278-2446 or
The Art of Aging – OLLI-CSUF medical series at the Elks Club: Dr. James Hardeman will discuss methods of maintaining good health during the aging process. Hardeman is a pulmonologist and intensive care specialist at St. Jude Medical Center. He is the author of “Appears Younger Than Stated Age” and will focus on diet, exercise, mental health and other methods of staying younger. Free. 9-10:30 a.m. Fullerton Elks Lodge, 1451 N. Brea Blvd., Fullerton. Information:,, 657-278-2446
Feb. 17
Gustavo Romero and Alison Edwards, duo piano — Concert pianist Gustavo Romero is renowned for his technical brilliance and interpretive depth and has gained a reputation for his commitment to in-depth exploration of a variety of composers. $8-$10. 8-10 p.m. Clayes Performing Arts Center, Meng Concert Hall. Information: 657-278-3371 or
Feb. 27
The Importance of Black History for Everyone: A Personal Perspective – OLLI-CSUF Eclectics: Jerry Hunter, chancellor emeritus of the North Orange County Community College District, will discuss black history from a personal perspective and facilitate a discussion. Topics include the role of African Americans in U.S. history, the impact of black history on the multidimensional approach to the study of history, and its lingering effect on current events such as Black Lives Matter and the removal of Confederate monuments. Free. 10-11:30 a.m. Mackey Auditorium, Ruby Gerontology Center. Information: 657-278-2446 or
March 10
11th Annual Clayes Collage Concert — Attend this benefit concert in support of scholarships for music students, dynamically staged all around Meng Concert Hall. 3-5 p.m. $20-$25. Information:
March 13
Ken Blanchard, author of “The One Minute Manager,” is the featured speaker for the Hall of Fame induction ceremony hosted by Cal State Fullerton’s Center for Family Business. Blanchard, who has sold more than 13 million copies of “The One Minute Manager” and written 59 other books, is co-founder of the Ken Blanchard Cos., an international management training and consulting firm in San Diego. The event also honors four Southern California family-owned companies. 5:30-8 p.m., Nixon Presidential Library & Museum, 18001 Yorba Linda Blvd., Yorba Linda. Tickets start at $225. Go online or contact Adrienne Bailey at 657-278-4182 or
Everyday Invasions of Privacy in the Digital Era – OLLI-CSUF Eclectics: This class examines how the digital era has invited unprecedented invasions of privacy. Speaker Jason Shepard, chair of the CSUF Department of Communications, will discuss ways to minimize this situation. Shepard’s research examines the role of the First Amendment in American democracy, journalism and culture. The class is open to the public at no charge. 10-11:30 a.m. Information: 657-278-2446,,
May 6
Todd Miller’s Farewell Concert – Brass and Percussion Chamber Ensembles: Todd Miller has taught at Cal State Fullerton since 1971. This performance will be his finale. 4-6 p.m. Free. Clayes Performing Arts Center, Meng Concert Hall. Information: 657-278-3371 or
June 18
Fundraising event
Mihaylo College Golf Classic — The 24th annual Mihaylo College Golf Classic at Pelican Hill Golf Club in Newport Beach supports the education of the next generation of business leaders. 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Information: 657-278-4229 or
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Source: Oc Register

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