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'Chicago,' art faculty exhibition headline winter arts


Clouds crossing the U.S-Mexico border, Texas, Tamaulipas, 2008 (Photo: Scott Hopkins)

  • December 18, 2009

The musical, "Chicago," the Annual Art Faculty Exhibition, a never-before-seen model train exhibition, and the annual Yoshi's student scholarship fundraiser headline the winter arts scene at California State University, East Bay.

The Theatre and Dance Department is thrilled to have garnered the rights to "Chicago," still in production by several professional companies across the country.

"I wonder whether the broad appeal of 'Chicago' results from its interesting combination of both traditional and contemporary qualities," said Thomas Hird, professor and chair of the Theatre and Dance Department.

"The structure, music, and dance are expressed in the latest styles, but the characters and lyrics almost remind you of Broadway's glory days. This will be a perfect showcase for our many talented students," he said.

"Chicago" plays between March 5 and 14.

Twenty art faculty and staff are contributing pieces to the Annual Art Faculty Exhibition that opens Jan. 26. Among them is Scott Hopkins, an associate professor of electronic art, who will show three images reflecting social consciousness. All look at walls that divide people from each other, and raise the question, "Why?" said Lanier Graham, lecturer and gallery director.

The C.E. Smith Museum of Anthropology exhibition, "All Aboard! The Impact of Trains on American Culture," will cover the history of trains in America, the construction of the railroads, and the roles they've played through an extensive collection of pre-World War II, tinplate toy trains of various gauges from the estate of Richard O. Wheeler of Monrovia. The museum will open March 5 and show weekdays through June 11.

Winding up the winter offerings will be the 11th annual Music Department scholarship fundraiser at Yoshi's Jazz Club at Jack London Square in Oakland March 16. CSUEB jazz students will perform along side a name artist.

For details about music, theatre and dance, art gallery, and anthropology museum events on tap this winter through the College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences, review the following listings. All but Yoshi's will be held on the Hayward Campus at 25800 Carlos Bee Blvd.

"Annual Art Faculty Exhibition," University Art Gallery, opening 5-7 p.m. Jan. 26, regular schedule: 12:30-3:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday through Feb. 25. Simultaneously in the satellite gallery: German Expressionist Prints from the Collection of Roy Kahn. Free.

23rd Annual Invitational Band Festival Concert, Wesley J. Broadnax, director, Feb. 6, 3 p.m., University Theatre. Free.

Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Workshop Concert, Johannes Wallmann, director, Feb. 16, 7:30 p.m., University Theatre. $7/$5/free with CSUEB ID.

Symphony Orchestra Concert, Buddy James, conductor, Feb. 25, 7:30 p.m., MB1055. $7/$5/free with CSUEB ID.

"All Aboard! The Impact of Trains on American Culture," C.E. Smith Museum of Anthropology, MI 4047. Opening 4-7 p.m. March 5, regular hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays through June 11 (closed March 22-26, March 31, & May 31). Free.

"Chicago," music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb; book by Ebb and Bob Fosse, directed by Darryl V. Jones, Choreography by Laura Ellis, March 5-6, 12-13 at 8 p.m., March 7 and 14 at 2 p.m. University Theatre. $18/$15/$10 CSUEB Student. Opening night reception by Friends of the Arts benefits student scholarship. Tickets at $50 per person are available at

Symphonic Band with Stanford University Wind Ensemble, Wesley J. Broadnax and Giancarlo Aquilanti, conductors, March 9, 7:30 p.m., University Theatre. $7/$5/free with CSUEB ID.

East Bay Chamber Singers and Oratorio Society Concert, Buddy James, conductor, March 13, 4 p.m., MB1055. $7/$5/free with CSUEB ID.

11th Annual Night of Jazz, Music Department Scholarship Fundraiser featuring a guest artist with the CSUEB Jazz Ensembles, Johannes Wallmann, director, March 16, Yoshi's (Jack London Square, Oakland). Two shows: 8 and 10 p.m. Advance tickets: $25 for the 8 p.m. show/$15 for the 10 p.m. show

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