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Drawing Attention by John Van Hamersveld

Monday, August 26 - Saturday, October 12 All Day - Art Gallery (AG)
http://www.csun.edu/artgalleries

Artist Reception: Sat. September 7  4-7pm

Gallery Talk: Mon. September 9   10am

Iconic Los Angeles pop artist and graphic designer John Van Hamersveld's inspirational collection of drawings will be showcased in his upcoming exhibition Drawing Attention.

Drawing Attention will highlight forty-five years of Van Hamersveld's visionary drawings in a remarkable 3,000 square foot exhibition and provides a special opportunity to see his personal drawing collection in one cohesive package. This exhibition highlights the depth of his work, his core consistency, and his evolution as an artist.

The eighty-four images in this extensive exhibition are expected to include the Billabong Pipeline Wave, Bono as the "Million Dollar Rock Star," Jimi Hendrix, Cream, Eric Clapton, the New Composer series with Mozart and Beethoven, Grateful Dead skull, the "Buffalo Skull," American Stussy Revolution series, the Indian Chief, the Stomping Grounds movie poster, and the abstract "Box Paintings."

Accompanying the exhibition is a stunning 160-page book, entitled Drawing Attention by John Van Hamersveld. Published by Gingko Press, the book shares the distinctive story of Van Hamersveld's prolific artistic output formative as well as his formative creative process. Renowned graphic designer and a founding member of New York's legendary Push Pin Studios, Seymour Chwast writes the insightful and enlightening foreword to this book.

Drawing Attention draws forth the compelling context for an intriguing discussion in regards to schools of thought about the power of drawing as a way to develop oneself as an artist. Using the mighty pen throughout his career, Van Hamersveld brings his designer's identity to his signature.

Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday 12-4pm and Thursdays 12-8pm. For more information, call the Art Galleries at (818) 677-2156 or visit www.csun.edu/artgalleries.

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Saturday, October 12, 2013

Image for John Van Hamersveld Lecture & Book/Poster SigningJohn Van Hamersveld Lecture & Book/Poster Signing

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm - Art Gallery (AG)
http://www.csun.edu/artgalleries

Lecture and Book/Poster Signing  1-4pm

During the last day of the exhibition entitled, Drawing Attention by John Van Hamersveld, there will be an artist lecture at 1pm. Immediately following, visitors will have the opportunity to purchase the accompanying full color, 164 page book, co-published by the artist and CSU Northridge for $30.  In addition, the full color, 308 page book entitled John Van Hamersveld:  Fifty Years of Graphic Design will be available in limited quantities for $55.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Image for Mischa Maisky, cello Mischa Maisky, cello

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm - Great Hall
http://www.valleyperformingartscenter.org/calendar/mischa-maisky-cello/

Beethoven: 7 variations on a theme from Mozart's "Magic Flute"
Britten: Cello Sonata
Russian Romances: various selections

Nicknamed "Rostropovich of the Future" by the late, great Russian virtuoso, Grammy-nominated Mischa Maisky has made over 30 recordings with premier orchestras such as the Vienna and Berlin Philharmonics, the London Symphony, and the Israeli Philharmonic as an exclusive Deutsche Grammophon artist during the last 25 years. Poetry and exquisite delicacy combined with great temperament and brilliant technique are Maisky's artistic trademarks and will be on full display in this evening's inspiring repertoire.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Image for OPERA - DIE FLEDERMAUSOPERA - DIE FLEDERMAUS

7:30 pm - 7:30 pm - nordhoff Hall (NH) Campus Theatre
http://www.csun.edu/theatre

DIE FLEDERMAUS by Joann Strauss II, from a German libretto by Karl Haffner and Richard Genee

The Waltz King's madcap masterpiece offers a rousing evening of mistaken identities, flirtations, and light-hearted deceit. This delightful Viennese farce is filled with effervescent melodies, lilting waltzes, and a rollicking tribute to champagne. Directed by Eli Villanueva, musical direction by John Roscigno, choreography by J'aime Morrison. Sung in English

Four performances only: Oct 25-26, Nov 2-3  NOTE CURTAIN TIMES:  Fri-Sat 7:30pm, final Sun 2pm

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Image for L.A. Printmaking Society 21st Nat'l ExhibitionL.A. Printmaking Society 21st Nat'l Exhibition

Saturday, October 26 - Saturday, December 14 All Day - Art Galleries
http://www.csun.edu/artgalleries

Opening Reception: October 26, 5-9 pm
Gallery Talk: October 28 10am
This important biennial event will showcase recent works from some of the most intriguing and creative printmakers working in the USA and Canada today. The LAPS 21st National program will also include workshops, lectures, guided tours and satellite shows at other venues in Los Angeles and Orange County. Printmaking in the 21st Century is having a wide resurgence that has triggered bold innovation and experimentation as well as a rediscovery of the beauty of traditional techniques of this versatile and egalitarian art form. This exhibition and its ancillary events offer a wide outlook of its richness and scope.

Image for Shanghai Ballet: La SylphideShanghai Ballet: La Sylphide

8:00 pm - 10:00 pm - Great Hall
http://www.valleyperformingartscenter.org/calendar/shanghai-ballet-la-sylphide/

One of the most famous propaganda ballets to have emerged from the Cultural Revolution, White-Haired Girl brought critical acclaim to the regional dance company in 1979. Since then, Shanghai Ballet has become one of the most pre-eminent international ballet companies in the world. Known for presenting ingenious interpretations of classical and contemporary repertoire, the ensemble under Xin Lili's artistic direction will enchant audiences with its exquisite performance of La Sylphide -- a romantic tale of a young man forever chasing an elusive, celestial being, only to encounter tragedy and heartache.

"The costumes were dazzling... Starting off in a low-key manner, the Shanghai Ballet ... built to a crescendo of rapidfire over-the-head lifts and tours en l'air at the sold-out ... Auditorium." 
-- Dottie Ashley, The Post and Courier

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Image for Shanghai Ballet: The Butterfly LoversShanghai Ballet: The Butterfly Lovers

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm - Great Hall
http://www.valleyperformingartscenter.org/calendar/shanghai-ballet-the-butterfly-lovers/

The Shanghai Ballet, whose performance of The White-Haired Girl won them the Gold Medal of the Best Classical Dance Works of the 20th Century in China, has become one of the world's premier international ballet companies. Since its founding in 1979, many of the ensemble's brilliant and rising young dancers have won numerous awards in global and nationwide competitions.

Under the graceful and lyrical temperament of Artistic Director Xin Lili, the company performs one of its signature folk-infused -- The Butterfly Lovers, a classical Western masterwork that follows a young couple's ill-fated romance. Elegant choreography, beautiful costumes, expressive hand gestures and theatrical pantomime convey the story's bittersweet beauty and complement Shanghai Ballet's stunning classical technique.

Friday, November 08, 2013

Image for Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan  Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan

8:00 pm - 10:00 pm - Great Hall
http://www.valleyperformingartscenter.org/calendar/mariachi-vargas-de-tecalitlan/

Revered as guardians of the mariachi legacy, Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan presents a festive repertoire of rhythms, dance, and vocals for an exciting evening of pageantry and musical virtuosity. Founded in 1897, the quintessential kings of Mexican folk music earned their reputation as el mejor mariachi del mundo (the best mariachi group in the world) by virtue of their commitment to tradition and emphasis on superior musicianship and singing ability. Breaking new ground, the legendary group added to its prolific collection a first-ever mariachi opera -- Cruzar La Cara de la Luna (To Cross the Face of the Moon), which debuted in November 2010 and was created by director Jose "Pepe" Martinez, Sr.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Image for Irish Chamber OrchestraIrish Chamber Orchestra

7:30 pm - 9:30 pm - Great Hall
http://www.valleyperformingartscenter.org/calendar/irish-chamber-orchestra/

Rush pricing available now! $12 for students, $17 for faculty & staff.

JoAnn Faletta, conductor
Sir James Galway, flute
Lady Jeanne Galway, flute

Harty: In Ireland
Mozart: Flute Concerto in D
Hammond: Carolan Variations
Mendelssohn: Symphony 3

The Irish Chamber Orchestra has gained a remarkable reputation as a fresh and vibrant force on the Irish and international scene. Led by the effervescent JoAnn Falleta and featuring flute virtuosos Sir James Galway and Lady Jeanne Galway, the fierce and fully seasoned ensemble display explosive power and driving energy, performing a diverse repertoire ranging from classical to modern day masterpieces and new commissions. Programs and artists subject to change without notice.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Image for PLAY - THE SEAGULLPLAY - THE SEAGULL

Friday, November 15 7:30 pm - Sunday, November 17 2:00 pm - Experimental Theatre of the VPAC
http://www.csun.edu/theatre

THE SEAGULL by Anton Chekhov, Translated by Paul Schmidt

How can a young artist create new forms of expression when he can barely talk to his own mother?  And how can she celebrate her son's new ideas without making herself a has-been? Chekhov's darkly comic masterpiece, challenging the compatibility of art and love. Directed by Larry Biederman

Nov 15-16-17, 20-21-22-23-24  Wed-Sat 7:30 pm, Sun 2pm

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Image for PLAY - THE SEAGULLPLAY - THE SEAGULL

Wednesday, November 20 7:30 pm - Sunday, November 24 2:00 pm - Experimental Theatre of the VPAC
http://www.csun.edu/theatre

THE SEAGULL by Anton Chekhov, Translated by Paul Schmidt

How can a young artist create new forms of expression when he can barely talk to his own mother?  And how can she celebrate her son's new ideas without making herself a has-been? Chekhov's darkly comic masterpiece, challenging the compatibility of art and love. Directed by Larry Biederman

Nov 15-16-17, 20-21-22-23-24  Wed-Sat 7:30 pm, Sun 2pm

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Image for Boston Pops Espalande OrchestraBoston Pops Espalande Orchestra

8:00 pm - 10:00 pm - Great Hall
http://www.valleyperformingartscenter.org/calendar/boston-pops-esplanade-orchestra/

Under the inimitable style of conductor Keith Lockhart, the world-renowned Boston Pops comes to the Valley Performing Arts Center and enthusiastically re-creates the sounds that dominated Broadway, concert halls, and the silver screen, from past to present. This evening's performance is guaranteed to raise nostalgic murmurs, cheers from the audience, and standing ovations when favorites such as the Overture to Candide, "Rhapsody in Blue," "42nd Street," "Hedwig's Theme" from Harry Potter, "Boogie-Woogie Bugle Boy," "Dancing Queen," "Bohemian Rhapsody," and "Stars and Stripes Forever" resonate in the Great Hall. "...the best-known, most recorded and arguably most popular orchestra in the United States." --New York Times