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Professional Studies and Fine Arts

Arts Alive SDSU Announces Signature Events for Spring 2019

Arts Alive SDSU offers signature visual and performing arts events contributing to research topics across campus

Arts Alive SDSU Announces Signature Events for Spring 2019

By Elizabeth Allison

December 13, 2018

Arts Alive SDSU will present 12 signature events in spring 2019. This series of performing and visual arts offerings showcases the range of high-quality arts programs available at SDSU, and provides ambitious, entertaining, and critically thought-provoking arts experiences to the region.

“These are events that offer an artistic contribution to important dialogues relevant to research across campus,” said Eric Smigel, chair of Arts Alive SDSU. “Signature Events bring an artistic perspective to the political and social issues facing contemporary culture.”

Signature events for spring 2018 include offerings in film, art, theatre, dance, musical theatre, jazz, choral, and orchestra. Information and a link to purchase tickets for all SDSU events can be found at

Calendar of Signature Events

The Best of the Best Film Festival

Thursday, Feb. 6 and Friday, Feb.7, 7p.m.

Don Powell Theatre

Tickets: $10

This faculty curated, two-evening program of student work features a variety of fiction and documentary short films. Each evening’s program is distinct, and each features a blend of new work and hits from the recent past.

Futures Past and Present

Saturday, Feb. 9 through Sunday, April 7

Opening Reception with the artists on Thursday, Feb. 21, 5p.m. – 8p.m.

SDSU Downtown Gallery

Free Admission

A juried exhibition of student and faculty work from the School of Art + Design, Futures Past and Present explores the concept of time by looking to the future. It is part of SDSU’s Common Experience initiative, celebrating a campus-wide theme of “Time” for the 2018/2019 academic year.

The Valentine’s Day Film Festival

Thursday, Feb. 14, 7p.m.

Don Powell Theatre

Tickets: $10

An evening of short films dedicated to the topic of love, this film festival presents variety of film genres. The program will include work from current students and recent alumni alike.


Friday, March 15 through Sunday, March 24

Experimental Theatre | Tickets: $20/$17 |

In this existential slasher comedy, college freshman Lexi must deal with homesickness, a weird roommate, and a hook-handed serial killer! Directed by Jen Thorn as a co-production with Moxie Theatre, this thought-provoking theatre piece is a dark satire of the horror genre.

School of Art + Design Student Award Exhibition

Exhibition runs from Monday, March 18 through Thursday, March 28

The Awards Ceremony and Reception will be on Thursday, March 21, 4p.m. – 6p.m.

University Art Gallery

Free Admission

The twentieth annual Student Award Exhibition features the juried work of upper division undergraduate and graduate students. The exhibition, which includes artwork in different media, provides opportunities for students to have their work included in the University’s permanent collection.

University Dance Company

Thursday, March 21 through Saturday, March 23

Dance Studio Theatre (ENS 200)

Tickets: $20/$15/$10

The University Dance Company is a celebrated company of advanced students who represent San Diego State University at national festivals. This dance concert showcases dynamic movement that connects performers and audiences through shared experiences and emotions.

Open Studios

Friday, April 12, 4p.m. – 7p.m.

SDSU School of Art + Design

Free Admission

An opportunity for the public to learn about the School of Art + Design, students and faculty will show their art, demonstrate creative processes, and give tours.

Orchestras, Choirs, and Wind Symphony

Saturday, April 13

College Avenue Baptist Church

Tickets: $20/$15/$10

Featuring the combined SDSU Choirs, Symphony Orchestra, and Symphonic Band, this co-directed performance features the world premiere of a new work.

Jazz Ensemble with Guest Artist

Thursday, April 18, 5p.m. and 7p.m.

Smith Recital Hall

Tickets: $20/$15/$10

The acclaimed SDSU Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Bill Yeager, will perform with a special guest artist.

In Transit

April 18 - July 14

SDSU Downtown Gallery

Free Admission

Five artists working in different media explore the stories of immigrants traversing the unstable land between home and hope. Works focus on the temporary, suspended experience of living between cultures.

NWEAMO Electronic Music Festival

Thursday, April 25 through Sunday, April 28

Smith Recital Hall and the SDSU Downtown Gallery

Tickets: $20/$15/$10

An international new music festival featuring an eclectic mix of electronic and acoustic music, NWEAMO showcases a variety of musical genres and styles from different cultures with dance, visual art, and innovative technology.

James and the Giant Peach

Friday, April 26 through Friday, May 3

Don Powell Theatre

Tickets: $20/$17

Based on Roald Dahl’s beloved book and directed by Stephen Brotebeck, this musical theatre production follows young James on an amazing voyage across the ocean, featuring music by the Tony and Academy Award-winning songwriting team behind Dear Evan Hansen and La La Land.

Arts Alive SDSU provides opportunities for students, faculty and staff to engage in the arts as an integral part of a comprehensive education that promotes creative research, interdisciplinary collaboration, professional innovation and personal enrichment on campus and in the community.

All event and ticket information is available at

The content within this article has been edited by Lizbeth Persons.

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