Artist & Lecture Series

2018-19 Artist & Lecture Series

The Artist & Lecture Series brings nationally and internationally recognized artists and speakers who offer diverse and innovative views and performances to the campus and local community, giving audience members the chance to broaden their cultural experience.

See 'More Info' for ticket information, which is posted when it becomes available. Tickets for most events are processed through The Washington Center for the Performing Arts. SPSCC students and employees are admitted free, with current SPSCC ID, to most A&L events and SPSCC sponsored productions and concerts.

Michael Kaeshammer

Michael Kaeshammer
Oct. 6, 2018, 8:45 p.m.

Canadian jazz pianist-singer-songwriter Michael Kaeshammer is a two-time Juno Award winner with a recording career that spans twelve albums. Famous worldwide for his unique boogie-woogie piano style, with heavy influence from the iconic musical culture of New Orleans, Kaeshammer’s dynamic full-band performance will be showcased at the annual The Experience fundraising gala.

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Alina Fernández

Alina Fernández
Oct. 18, 2018, 7:30 p.m.

Alina Fernández, novelist, activist, and radio show host, is internationally famous for her autobiography Castro’s Daughter: An Exile’s Memoir of Cuba. Fernández will speak of growing up in Cuba as Fidel Castro’s daughter in the 1960s and 70s and her later departure, as well as provide insight into the country’s future and great potential, with a Q&A to follow.

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Walter Kimbrough

Walter Kimbrough, MLK Banquet
Jan. 19, 2019, 6:00 p.m.

Join SPSCC and the Thurston Group of Washington State for the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Banquet with a special keynote from Dr. Walter Kimbrough, president of Dillard University in New Orleans. Awards presented at this event include scholarships to high school students from three Thurston County school districts and scholarships to second year students enrolled at SPSCC. These schoarship are made possible by generous donations to the Thurston Group of Washington State.

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Winona LaDuke

Winona LaDuke
Feb. 7, 2019, 7:30 p.m.

Writer and political activist Winona LaDuke is a widely-recognized and outspoken advocate of Native American causes, writing extensively about human rights, Native land reclamation, and environmental justice. LaDuke will hold a lecture on her causes and organizations, including the Honor the Earth and the White Earth Land Recovery Project, with time to dive deeper through a Q&A session.

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Philadanco

PHILADANCO!
Apr. 25, 2019, 7:30 p.m.

Presented in partnership with Ballet Northwest, the Philadelphia Dance Company (PHILADANCO) is a nonprofit organization that has been building bridges between diverse communities through professional dance performances since its founding in 1970. PHILADANCO is recognized across the globe for fostering emerging dancers and its electrifying performances that contribute to the preservation of African-American traditions in dance.

James McBride

James McBride
May 30, 2019, 7:30 p.m.

Writer, journalist, and jazz musician James McBride is widely recognized for his landmark memoir, "The Color of Water," which discusses the complexities of race and identity growing up in an interracial family. Following a lively opening from SPSCC's own jazz students, McBride will take the stage for a night of truly unforgettable music.