Artist & Lecture Series

2016-17 Artist & Lecture Series: "Spark"

The SPSCC Artist & Lecture Series brings a diverse group of distinguished scholars, activists and artists under a common theme. Our presenters are recognized nationally or internationally for their work. Our hope is that they will initiate courageous and purposeful discussion within our community concerning critical and contemporary issues.

All events are free to students, faculty and staff, and free or at a nominal cost to the public. All events take place at the Kenneth J. Minnaert Center for the Arts unless otherwise specified.

Los Hermanos Arango

Los Hermanos Arango
Oct. 17, 2016, 7:30 p.m. (past)

Hailing from Cuba, Los Hermanos Arango are a unique musical group rooted in Afro-Cuban folklore and jazz funk. Since the group formed in 2003, Los Hermanos Arango (The Arango Siblings) have recorded four albums and have performed for audiences around the world, revealing the group’s authentic rhythms through harmony, afro-folkloric drums, and horns. 

Taiko Project drummers

TAIKOPROJECT
Oct. 20, 2016, 7:30 p.m.  (past)

Founded in 2000 by a group of young, emerging taiko drummers, Los Angeles-based TAIKOPROJECT has become a worldwide sensation. The group will hit the stage with reinvented forms of traditional Japanese drumming in a high-energy American-style taiko. TAIKOPROJECT represents the cultural blend of the young Japanese-Americans in the United States today. 

Michael Tubbs

Michael Tubbs: Keynote, MLK Banquet 
Jan. 14, 2017, 6:00 p.m.  (past)

Michael Tubbs, a first-generation Stanford graduate from South Stockton, is a passionate advocate for education, community, and policy. Tubbs will honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as the keynote speaker for SPSCC’s annual MLK Banquet. Tubbs will touch on the role of youth in political action and overcoming obstacles in completing education.  Tickets start at $40 and sponsorships are available through the Foundation.

Whim W'Him dancers

Whim W'Him: Seattle Contemporary Dance
Feb. 10, 2017, 7:30 p.m.

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Seattle contemporary dance company Whim W’Him has been wowing audiences with innovative choreography and dance since 2009. Whim W’Him will perform one of its newest programs, SENSATION, featuring new contemporary dance works from the 2016 Princess Grace Award Choreography winner Penny Saunders, New York City-based Larry Keigwin, and Whim W'Him's artistic director, Olivier Wevers.

Donny McCaslin

The Donny McCaslin Quartet
Mar. 22, 2017, 7:30 p.m.

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World renowned saxophonist Donny McCaslin will join keyboardist Jason Lindner, drummer Mark Guiliana, and bassist Tim Lefevbre for a jazz experience unlike any other. McCaslin, a two-time Grammy Award nominee and innovative collaborator, is known across musical audiences for fusing jazz with modern sounds in rock, electronic, and pop genres.

Jacek Nazarczuk

An Evening with Chopin
Mar. 25, 2017, 7:30 p.m.

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In partnership with the Lacey - Mińsk Mazowiecki Sister City Association, we welcome talented Polish pianist Jacek Nazarczuk to perform an ode to 19th century Polish composer Frédéric Chopin. Nazarczuk will be joined onstage by two local Chopin competition winners for an evening dedicated to expressing the works of Chopin.

Jennifer Finney Boylan

Jennifer Finney Boylan
May 18, 2017, 7:30 p.m.

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Professor Jennifer Finney Boylan, author of one of the first bestselling works by a transgendered American, is widely praised for her advocacy and work in the global LGBTQ+ community. Boylan will speak about transgender themes in her most widely-read book, She’s Not There: A Life in Two Genders, including a time to dive deeper through a Q&A session.