Occidental College's Spring Arts Festival

This second annual series of interdisciplinary events highlighting artists and thinkers from the college and the city will be held from April 12-18, 2011

Occidental Campus
1600 Campus Road, Los Angeles, CA 90041

Occidental Campus

1600 Campus Road, Los Angeles, CA 90041


Archive of Events

Tuesday 4/12
Street Culture, Graffiti, and Hip Hop: A Conversation with Lamar Glover and Daniel Rizik-Baer of J.U.i.C.E. Gallery in South Los Angeles.
7pm, Lower Herrick 
On the occasion of MOCA’s Art in the Streets, Oxy hosts a discussion about the politics of public cultural production.
Spring Exhibitions at the Mary Norton Clapp Library 
Ongoing, Various Locations in the Library
This spring, visit Oxy’s Mary Norton Clapp Library for presentations of student-produced artist books, water-color and ink caricatures by Remsen Bird, and Notions, a project by Penni Montalbano. 

Wednesday, 4/13

Freedman ECLS Awards.
Salsbury Young Room, JSC

 The English and Comparative Literary Studies department presents their annual student awards, including the Benedict and Nancy Friedman Award this year given to Anahid Yahjian.

Thursday 4/14

Dogtown and Z-Boys w/ Ed Wilson
7pm, Johnson 200
Ed Wilson, alumnus and founder of Telo Skateboards, introduces Oxy Cinematheque’s screening of Dogtown and Z-Boys, the essential 2001 documentary chronicling the emergence of California’s skate culture. 

Friday 4/15

7pm, Academic Quad
An evening of food, drink, conversation, and cutting-edge videos curated by Oxy’s Film & Media Studies Program and Anne Bray of LA Freewaves and addressing contemporary questions around the cultural, ideological, environmental, and creative uses of space. 
The Seven (w/ post-show lecture)
7pm, Keck Theater
Written and directed by Will Power, The Seven is a hip-hop adaptation of Aeschylus’Seven Against Thebes  telling a story of war, family, and a cursed society unsure of how to free itself. The entire script is in rhyming verse, interwoven with such musical styles as calypso, do-wop, R & B, funk, and blues. The amazing Kathyrn Bostic (Musical Direction), grace shinhae jun (Choreography), and a cast of 18 join Power to create this complex and ambitious piece that will make an old story come alive for a new generation.

Saturday 4/16, 
AidJapan Benefit Concert
2:00 p.m., Bird Studio
$10 suggested donation at the door
Support survivors in Japan by attending this benefit concert featuring performances by Junko Ueno Garrett, Yuri Inoo, Robin Sharp, Naoko Takada, Allison Allport, Allison Bjorkedal, Joel Pargman, Carrie Kennedy, and the Oxy Drumline.

Oxy-Caltech Orchestra performance
7:30pm, Thorne Hall
The Occidental-Caltech Symphony is a seventy-piece college-community orchestra, comprised of students 
from Occidental College, the California Institute of Technology, and players from their surrounding communities. We present four concerts during the year. 

Sunday, 4/17

Performing History: A Recital of Solo Work

1:30pm, Fowler 201

In an intensive workshop with award-winning actor, playwright, and director Roger Guenveur Smith, Oxy alumnus and this year’s G. William Hume Fellow in the Performing Arts, student and staff participants created short solo performance pieces based on their own historical  research.  Join them as they reprise performances that bring to life the legacy and legends of Margaret Bourke-White, Marilyn Monroe,  Abraham Lincoln, Langston Hughes, and Défilée.

The Occidental College Chorus and Glee Club Spring Concert

3:30pm, Herrick Chapel

The Occidental College Chorus and Glee Club present their annual Spring Concert featuring classical works by Bruckner, Mozart, Lauridsen, and Victoria & songs from the Latin American and gospel traditions as well as popular favorites.

Feast Reading and Reception

5pm, Mullin Studio

FEAST, Occidental’s annual student-run literary magazine, features new written work and illustrations from the college’s top writers and artists. Join editorial staff and writers for a readings of poetry and short fiction and an exhibition of artwork curated for this year’s issue.

Occidental Composers

7pm, Bird Studio

Occidental’s student and faculty composers will debut new work in musical theater, chamber music, and electro-acoustic improvisation.

Monday, 4/18

Opening Reception for The Oxy Street Art Project

7pm, Outpost For Contemporary Art (1268 N. Avenue 50, 90042)

On the occasion of MOCA’s Art in the Streets, a group of Occidental students present an exhibition detailing the history of street art in Los Angeles.