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Image for This Is Not A Self Portrait

This Is Not A Self Portrait

Saturday, February 15 - Saturday, March 29 All Day - Art Gallery (AG)

Opening Reception: Saturday, February 15  4-7 pm

Curator Talk: Monday, February 17  10 am

Panel Discussion with Artists and Catalog Signing: Saturday, March 22 1 pm

Curated by CSUNâs Art History Professor Mario Ontiveros, this exhibition focuses on eight Los Angeles-based artists who reconfigure the genre of self-portraiture. Utilizing their body, their likeness, and/or the intimately personal, the artists encourage an investigation into representation that lingers somewhere between its construction in response to material, psychic, and sociopolitical conditions and those personas that one imagines, shuns and/or desires. Artists include Michael Alvarez, Yreina Cervantez, Christina Fernández, Harry Gamboa Jr., Sandra de la Loza, Shizu Salamando, Ana Serrano and Mario Ybarra Jr. A full color catalog on the exhibition will be available for purchase.

Gallery and gift store hours are Monday through Saturday, from noon to 4 p.m., and on Thursday, from noon to 8 p.m. For more information, call CSUNâs Art Galleries at (818) 677-2156 or visit www.csun.edu/artgalleries.

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 Image:  Sandra de la Loza, Mother and Child (detail), 2003

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Saturday, February 01, 2014

Image for 17th Annual High School Student Invitational17th Annual High School Student Invitational

Monday, January 13 - Saturday, February 01 All Day - Art Gallery (AG)


Closing Reception:  Friday, January 31  7-9pm

This invitational exhibition showcases work made by students from nearly forty San Fernando Valley high schools. Selected by members of each school's art faculty, the work employs a variety of media, including painting, sculpture, ceramics, graphic design, illustration, and photography. Design by Matilda Mahmoudi

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Image for Moscow Festival Ballet: GiselleMoscow Festival Ballet: Giselle

7:30 pm - 9:30 pm - Great Hall

This evening the Moscow Festival Ballet dances Giselle, the jewel of all Romantic Russian ballets. Since its inception in 1989, the company has completed two tours of Europe and continues to specialize in 20th century full-length classical dance such as Cinderella, Romeo and Juliet, and Legend of Love. Artistic director and legendary principal dancer of the Bolshoi Ballet, Sergei Radchenko presents an impressive recreation of Jules Perrot and Jean Coralli's masterpiece, which exemplifies the highest classic elements of grace, precision, and expression through movement witnessed in the perfection of the Moscow Festival Ballet.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Image for Moscow Festival Ballet: Chopiniana & Romeo and JulietMoscow Festival Ballet: Chopiniana & Romeo and Juliet

8:00 pm - 10:00 pm - Great Hall

This Valentine's evening the renowned Moscow Festival Ballet brings two of the most romantic classical works to the Valley Performing Arts Center. Often described as a "romantic reverie," Chopiniana portrays a dream-world where ballerinas bathed in moonlight dance around a young poet. The enchanting oeuvre is realized through the music of Chopin and the choreography of Mikhail Fokine. Shakespeare's tragic love story is beautifully danced to Tchaikovsky's majestic score and illuminated with brilliant choreography and radiant costumes in the grand tradition of Russian ballet.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Image for Bahia Orchestra Project with Stewart Goodyear, pianoBahia Orchestra Project with Stewart Goodyear, piano

7:30 pm - 9:30 pm - Great Hall

Ricardo Castro: conductor

Tchaikovsk: Romeo and Juliet Fantasy, 18'
Beethoven: Piano concerto No. 3 in C minor, op. 37 (piano soloist: Stewart Goodyear), 34'
Villa-Lobos, Bachianas  4,  25'
Stravinsky Firebird (1919), 22'

Acclaimed pianist, Conductor and Artistic Director of the Bahia Orchestra Project, Ricardo Castro leads the remarkable youth orchestra in their first U.S. tour through an extraordinary sweep of classical music of 20th century Latin and American composers. The one hundred-member orchestra represents multiple ethnic groups from the Bahia region of Brazil and has packed concert halls in London, Berlin and Lucerne.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Image for Bahia Orchestra Project: Samba SpectacularBahia Orchestra Project: Samba Spectacular

7:30 pm - 9:30 pm - Great Hall

In their debut North American tour, Valley Performing Arts Center proudly presents Bahia Orchestra Project: Samba Spectacular, praised by The Sunday Times as "The remarkable Youth Orchestra of Bahia, Brazil's pride." Founded in 2007 by critically acclaimed Brazilian pianist and conductor Ricardo Castro, the amazingly talented young musicians" part of the long-term NEOJIBA educational program" offer an exciting selection of popular dance music arranged for full symphony orchestra and Brazilian percussion. Get ready for an electrifying party atmosphere as the dancing drummers bring the audience to their feet and make them dance in the aisles.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Image for Guitar PassionsGuitar Passions

7:30 pm - 9:30 pm - Great Hall

Guitar Passions is an exciting creative partnership featuring some of the world's most acclaimed guitar virtuosi. Led by Grammy Award-winning classical guitarist Sharon Isbin, the trio, hailed as "the pre-eminent guitarists of our time" will present an evening of dazzling artistry, effortlessly blending classical Spanish, contemporary and various other genres to create a spectacular and exquisite collage of sounds.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Image for Pat Metheny Unity GroupPat Metheny Unity Group

7:30 pm - 9:30 pm - Great Hall

"The Unity Band record and tour was such a life changing experience for me that I didn't want to see it come to an end," says Pat Metheny. "One night, I woke up with the tantalizing idea of taking the concept of musical 'Unity' even further. With this project, I want to form a platform that encompasses the entire range of things that I have done over the years, from Bright Size Life to Secret Story, from my group projects to the Orchestrion, and with this incredible group of musicians, Chris Potter, Ben Williams, Antonio Sanchez and Giulio Carmassi, just about anything is possible!"

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Image for Murray Perahia, pianoMurray Perahia, piano

7:30 pm - 9:30 pm - Great Hall

American pianist and Principal Guest Conductor of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Murray Perahia is one of the most sought-after and cherished pianists of our time, performing in all of the major international music centers and with every leading orchestra. Known for his luminous pearly tones, spirited phrasings and bright articulations, Perahia brings his artistic brilliance to the Valley Performing Arts Center for a virtuoso performance.

Sunday, March 09, 2014

Image for Haifa Symphony Orchestra of IsraelHaifa Symphony Orchestra of Israel

7:30 pm - 9:30 pm - Great Hall

The most eminent musical institute in the north of Israel, the Haifa Symphony Orchestra of Israel, which encourages the promotion of Israeli culture, features Israeli pianist Roman Rabinovich in a dramatic performance of Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 3, Op. 30. This season marks the orchestra's first visit to the United States and features the extraordinarily charismatic Boguslaw Dawidow as the Principal Guest Conductor.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Image for COMEDY: Servant of Two MastersCOMEDY: Servant of Two Masters

Friday, March 14 7:30 pm - Sunday, March 16 2:00 pm - VPAC Experimental Theatre

Carlo Goldoni's THE SERVANT OF TWO MASTERS, adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher and Paolo Emilio Landi.  The Commedia classic and source for the current Broadway hit "ONE MAN,TWO GUVNORS". Slapstick and clowning were born of the Italian tradition of Commedia dell'Arte, here celebrated in a madcap romp involving lovers, lawyers, servants, and twenty-seven plates of meatballs. Directed by Shad Willingham.

TIckets remaining for Mar9, 14-15-16  7:30pm curtain except Sundays at 2pm

SOLD OUT MAR 7, 8, 12, 13/.

Image for Gala FlamencaGala Flamenca

8:00 pm - 10:00 pm - Great Hall

Gala Flamenca commands the stage as world-renowned flamenco artists Antonio Canales, Carlos Rodriguez, Karime Amaya, and Jesus Carmona ignite duende de flamenco (spirit of flamenco) and cast their passion, prowess, and power upon the audience, evoking a fiery evening of flamenco brilliance. Under Angel Rojas' direction flamenco's greatest stars present masterful choreography, dramatic vocals, and seamless compas (flamenco rhythm) highlighting the excellence of modern flamenco.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Image for Academy of St. Martin in the Fields with Joshua Bell, violinAcademy of St. Martin in the Fields with Joshua Bell, violin

7:30 pm - 9:30 pm - Great Hall

Mozart: Overture to The Marriage of Figaro, K. 492
Brahms: Violin Concerto in D major, Op.77
Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major, Op.55 "Eroica"

The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields is one of the finest chamber orchestras in the world and renowned for its polished and refined sound, rooted in outstanding musicianship. Originally directed by Sir Neville Marriner from the leader's chair, the spirit and flexibility of the conductorless ensemble remains an Academy tradition with the newest appointment of virtuoso violinist Joshua Bell as its new Music Director. Esteemed for its superlative balance as one of the finest and most recorded chamber orchestras of all times, the ensemble continues to transfix audiences with regal musical magnificence.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Image for Parsons Dance CompanyParsons Dance Company

8:00 pm - 10:00 pm - Great Hall

New York City based Artistic Director David Parsons asserts that to deliver a positive, affirming, and life-enriching experience is the key to success for his internationally-acclaimed American dance troupe. A powerhouse of energy, ingenious innovation, and athleticism, the 13-member contemporary dance ensemble presents an exhilarating choreography that will marvel all audiences and leave them absolutely mesmerized.