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CalArts Weekend

Save the Date: Oct. 17-18, 2014

Become a CalArtian for the weekend!

Join us for an exciting and immersive CalArts experience. Over the course of two days, be among the hundreds of family members who deepen their appreciation of this unique artistic and educational community. Take part in specially designed workshops and classes, view cutting-edge art exhibitions and performances, and meet and mingle with Institute leadership and faculty.


Ticket price includes:

  • Sit down lunch with deans and faculty on Friday
  • Wine and hors d’oeuvres reception Friday evening
  • Weekend programming including: student led tours of campus, all workshops, panels and entertainment
  • A festive night of music on Saturday at the Wild Beast
  • CalArts Weekend gift bag
  • CalArts Weekend Lounge featuring light refreshments and opportunities to further engage with faculty and staff.
  • and much more...

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Weekend Celebration and Dance Party

At the Wild Beast Music Pavilion and S. Mark Taper Foundation Courtyard:

  • Dinner for sale from some of LA's favorite food trucks
  • Free outdoor concert


Friday, Oct. 17

Shuttle service is available to and from the Embassy Suites and Hyatt Valencia and campus both Friday and Saturday. Please check with registration for exact times.

  • 11 am - Registration
    Sign-up for Friday classes and evening events.
    Location: Main Entrance
  • 11 am -5 pm / 7-8 pm - CalArts Weekend Lounge
    A spot to relax, get to know student work, meet other guests, faculty and staff, enjoy light refreshments all day.
    Location: MOD Lobby
  • 10 am-12 pm - On View: Selections from Special Collections and the CalArts Institute Archive
    See some of CalArts' rare and unusual holdings close up. Facilitated by Librarian Brena Smith, explore a different side of CalArts with a look at fine press and artists’ books, photographs, manuscripts and ephemera.
    Location: Library

    The CalArts Store, located next to the Donn B. Tatum Lounge on the second level, is open Friday from 11 am to 4 pm and Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm. CalArts merchandise is also available for purchase online at calarts.edu/store.
  • 12 pm - Welcome Luncheon with Deans and faculty
    Hosted by Thomas L. Lee, Vice Chairman, CalArts Board of Trustees
    Introduction by Nijeul X. Porter, Student Trustee
    Remarks by Steven D. Lavine, President
    Location: Clark’s Field 
  • 12:30- 5 pm - Class Visits
    For all class visits, please wait in the main lobby for a staff escort. This program is subject to modification based on faculty availability.
    12:30 pm      FILM/VIDEO
    Special Topics: The Western (screening Meek’s Cutoff, 2010), Bijou Theater
    Faculty: Gary Mairs
    12:30–3:50 pm
    1:00 pm DANCE
    Dance Improvisation, A203
    Faculty: Julie Bour
    1:00–3:00 pm


    Choreographer/Composer Seminar, Lund Theater
    Faculty: David Rosenboom and Colin Connor
    1:00–3:00 pm


    Performance: Ok Animals, A216
    Faculty: Harry Dodge
    1:00–3:50 pm


    Scenic Design, E58
    Faculty: Suzan Pitt
    1:00–3:50 pm


    Costume Shop open to visitors from 1–4 pm, E103
    Manager: Tanya Lee
    1:30 pm DANCE AND MUSIC
    Music for Dancers, E110
    Faculty: George Wheeler
    1:30–3:00 pm
    2:00 pm MUSIC
    Beginning Improvisation Ensemble, ROD 
    Faculty: Susie Allen
    2:00–3:00 pm


    Post-Tonal Theory, B318
    Faculty: Rob Wannamaker
    2:00–3:50 pm


    Sound Synthesis, B214A (Machine Lab)
    Faculty: Owen Vallis
    2:00–3:50 pm


    Acting Studio III, E197
    Faculty: Roger Guenveur Smith
    2:00–4:50 pm


    Acting Studio II, Coffeehouse Theater
    Faculty: Mary Lou Rosato
    2:00–4:50 pm


    Lighting Techniques, MOD Theater
    Faculty: Mark Anderson
    2:00–4:50 pm


    Intensive Painting Workshop, Baldessari Studio
    Faculty: Lecia Dole-Recio
    2:00–4:50 pm


    Gamelan Room open to visitors from 2–4 pm, A114
    3:00 pm MUSIC
    Advanced Improvisation Ensemble
    Faculty: Susie Allen
    3:00–4:00 pm
    4:00 pm FILM/VIDEO
    Acting for Animators, The Palace
    Faculty: Robert Murray Duncan
    4:00–5:50 pm


    Composing with Systems, B318
    Faculty: Andreas Levisianos
    4:00–5:50 pm
  • 1:15-2:15 pm - Campus Tours
    Location: Main Gallery Box Office
  • 2- 3:30 pm - Ice Cream Social and Resources Fair
    Join Student Affairs and other staff from throughout the Institute for an afternoon ice cream treat while learning about resources available to CalArtians. Representatives from the following areas will be available to meet and answer your questions: Student Council; Academic Advising; Activities and Recreation; Campus Safety; Career Services; Counseling Services; Disability Services; Health Services; International Students and Programs; Residence Life; and the Writing Center. Come for an informal walkthrough of the newly constructed Patty Disney Center for Life and Work.
    Location: Patty Disney Center for Life and Work
  • 4-5 pm - Critical Studies: Critical Karaoke
    How do songs, paintings, films, dance and other artworks contribute to our understanding of the world? How do they fit into, or even change the fascinating and complex landscape that is contemporary society? Through a performance of Critical Karaoke, Critical Studies faculty and grad students take turns at the mic to talk about an image, song, film, etc., that highlights their approach to teaching at CalArts. This seriously playful format serves as an introduction to the faculty, the various disciplines and critical practices they represent, and the way these converge in the wildly interdisciplinary experience Critical Studies offers for students across the visual and performing arts.
    Location: MOD Lobby
  • 5 pm - Parents Circle Wine Reception
    Location: Langley Patio
  • 6-8 pm - Dinner
    Dinner is available for purchase in the Café @ CalArts.
    Location: Café
  • 8 pm - Movie Night - 2014 School of Film/Video Character Animation Showcase
    Location: Bijou Theater
  • 8 pm - Student Choice Dance Concert
    An evening of work choreographed by MFA and BFA students and curated by Sharon Disney Lund School of Dance students. (Limited space available, please RSVP at registration.)
    Location: Sharon Disney Lund Dance Theater

Saturday, Oct. 18

  • 9 am - Registration and Welcome Coffee
    Location: CalArts Main Entrance
  • 9 am -4 pm - CalArts Weekend Lounge
    Location: MOD Lobby
  • 9:30-10:50 am: Session I
    Unsung and Retuned: Using Song Lyrics in Poetry
    with Douglas Kearney (School of Critical Studies)
    Poetry and song have a long-standing relationship. Nowadays, some might even call them siblings. And like most siblings, shouldn’t poetry and song steal from each other? The workshop will explore ways of mixing song lyrics and poetry. Join us if you wish to artfully mis-quote an old alt-rock anthem, build a "bop" from an 80's pop song, or use poetry to kill last season’s earworm. All you need to do is bring (on paper, device, or in your mind) lyrics to any song you love; any song you’re sick of; and any song that reminds you of a struggle in your life. The workshop will be a space for discussion, reading, writing, performing and listening.
    Location: Langley
    Tai Chi & Qigong Demonstration and Class
    with Sherry Tschernisch (School of Theater)
    Experience the pace and flow of T'ai Chi practice.  T'ai Chi means "supreme ultimate," two words that suggest great respect.  "Chi" or "Qi" is usually translated as “life force" while Qigong means "chi work."  It is practiced for healing, unifying, centering, enlivening and meditating.  It speaks to students of any background and/or physical ability or limitation.
    Location: Main Gallery
    The Development of the Pixar Style
    With Maureen Furniss (School of Film/Video)
    Watch and discuss Pixar’s early short films to see the studio’s evolution into the groundbreaking featureToy Story.
    Location: A111
    Visual Arts Workshop with CalArts' Community Arts Partnership
    Led by two student instructors, this workshop will consist of a series of illustrative and interactive exercises which explore how playful performance can inform an empowering artistic practice.
    Location: TBA
  • 11:10 am-12:30 pm: Session II   
    The Voice and Films of Bollywood’s Golden Era
    CalArts alumna Robin Sukhadia and his father, Rajen Sukhadia, present film music videos featuring Kishore, RD Burman, Rafi, Mukesh and more accompanied by live song performances, analysis, and historical/political insight. All the mega stars will be given due attention. Anticipate gregarious song and dance, whimsical musical arrangements, gaudy colors, and extremely melodramatic love scenes…all of this, of course, without any kissing on screen.
    Location: Bijou Theater
    Partnering Workshop
    with Glen Eddy (School of Dance)
    Using the dance piece "Sinfonietta" by Jiri Kylian, Nederlands Dans Theater alumnus Glen Eddy explains and instructs the fundamentals of partnering.
    Participation is invited through exercises and games.
    Location: Sharon Disney Lund Theater
  • 11:30 am–12:30 pm - CalArts Salsa Band in Rehearsal
    Sit in a rehearsal of the Latin jazz ensemble led by Jazz Program Chair David Roitstein.
    Location: ROD
  • 12:30 - 2 pm - Lunch available for purchase in the Café @ CalArts
    Location: Café
  • 2 -3:30 pm - The Counter-Intuitive Value of a Creative Education
    Provost Jeannene Przybylski hosts this panel discussion to explore career paths and share working wisdom. Invited alumni include:
    • Dimitri Diakopoulos (Music) creative technologist
    • Golden Krishna (Art) UX designer
    • Daron Navsky (Film/Video) creator of Star vs. The Forces of Evil
    • Tina Tangalakis (Theater) founder of Della fashion line

    Location: Sharon Disney Lund Dance Theater

  • 3:30 pm - Screening: Los Angeles Plays Itself
    Expanded from a late 1990s CalArts lecture and finished in 2003, faculty member Thom Anderson’s 169-minute film essay is composed of clips from more than 200 films set in Los Angeles. Heard over scenes from famous, not-so-famous and obscure films—Chinatown, Double Indemnity, Sunset Boulevard and The Exiles, to name just a few—is the voice of Encke King narrating a treatise on how the City of Angels is presented on the silver screen. The narration systematically confronts and debunks, or at least adds nuance to, Hollywood-perpetuated stereotypes of Los Angeles, including the notion that nobody walks in the city.
    Location: Bijou Theater
  • 5-8 pm - CalArts Weekend Celebration
  • 5 pm - Dinner available for purchase from L.A.’s favorite food trucks—Southern California icon In-N-Out Burger, Kogi BBQ, from pioneering chef Roy Choi
  • 6 pm - Free outdoor concert
    All-star musicmakers gather to celebrate the legacy of the great John Bergamo (1940–2013)—the peerless hand-drummer, composer, global music explorer and educator who was one of the most influential creative figures in CalArts history.
    Performing a selection of Bergamo’s most important works are:
    • members of the late maestro’s original Repercussion Unit
    • Hands On’Semble with Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri and Houman Pourmehdi
    • the CalArts Percussion Ensemble
  • Celebrate CalArts Weekend with the entire CalArts community!

    Location: Wild Beast Music Pavllion and S. Mark Taper Foundation Courtyard

CalArts Around Town

If you want to explore more about CalArts, check out these related events coinciding with CalArts Weekend:


Embassy Suites Valencia

CalArts Parents Weekend Cutoff Date: 10/1/14

  • Two Room King Bed Suite $105
  • Two Room Double Bed Suite $125
  • (Rates are subject to current Occupancy tax and California tourism fee)

To make reservations, call 661.257.3111 or visit www.valencia.embassysuites.com. Type "CAP" into the Group Code box.

Hyatt Regency Valencia

CalArts Parents Weekend Cutoff Date: 10/8/14

  • Standard Guest Room Singles/Doubles $109
  • (Rates are subject to applicable sales tax and service charges, currently $12% and $0.12 California State Tourism Tax)

Call the reservations line at 800.233.1234 or 661.799.1234; mention the group name "CalArts Weekend" or reserve online.

Support CalArts

As a parent of a CalArts student, you are already committed to your child’s education and artistic development. Consider taking the next step by making a gift to the CalArts Parents Fund or by joining the CalArts Parent Circle. The CalArts Parents Circle is the Institute’s premier group for both parents of current students and parents of alumni. Support from Parent Circle members meets a broad range of needs throughout campus, allowing parents to enrich the overall CalArts educational experience while

their children are still in school. Whether directing gifts to help fund scholarships for the nearly 80 percent of students who qualify for financial aid, or supporting those distinctive aspects of the education that make CalArts unique, members of the Parents Circle play a vital role in preparing the next generation of innovators and gifted artists.

There are a number of ways for parents to have a philanthropic impact on the life and education of CalArts’ students. However you choose to support CalArts—and at whatever level—your generosity is both essential and truly appreciated. Every gift counts.

Special thanks to new Parents Circle members Caroline and Paul Cronson for their support of CalArts Weekend 2014.

Last edited by rsdavid on Oct 15, 2014
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