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Vol 56 No. 12 | Oct. 2004
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The Process

Odyssey Focuses on Creativity

Odyssey launches its 2004-05 season, “The Process: Creativity Reviled and Revealed,” featuring a series of major speakers, performances and films to be presented throughout the year.

An exhibition, titled “Ground Zero,” by the renowned German artist Franz Knubel will be on display in the Design Gallery, Oct. 11-22, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. A panel discussion will be held on Monday, Oct. 18, from 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m., in room CBA-139A; and from 2-3:15 p.m., in the Anatol Conference Center (AS-110).

The Latin American Studies Film Series announces the following films, to be shown in the University Theatre at 7 p.m.: “Strawberry and Chocolate,” Thursday, Oct. 14; and “Son of the Bride,” Thursday, Oct. 21. The Latin American Studies Program, Film and Electronic Arts Department, College of the Arts, Romance, German and Russian Languages and Literatures, College of Liberal Arts and the Odyssey Theme-Year Project sponsor this event.

Comedienne, actress, musician and author, Sandra Bernhard has been challenging audiences and critics alike for 25 years with her razor-sharp satire and emotive performances. She will appear at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center on Saturday, Oct. 16, at 8 p.m.

“The Cider House Rules – Part I and Part II” by John Irving is a quintessentially American drama, which is as huge in scope as it is profound in theme. The pivotal issues are contentious, but the human dimensions of the play transcend any limited political agenda. Performed by the California Repertory Company, Part I and Part II run Oct. 22-Dec. 11 at the Edison Theatre.

As part of Comedy Week and in collaboration with “Red Nose Day,” the Odyssey Project will host a lecture by comedian Michael Rayner on Monday, Oct. 25, 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m., in CBA-139A. A professional comedy workshop, featuring Rayner and other comedians, will be held from 1-3 p.m. Contact the Department of Theatre Arts for location.

Other Comedy Week events include “Red Nose Day,” Wednesday, Oct. 27, featuring “Comedy on the Move” throughout the campus, from 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m.; and a Comedy Spelling Bee (hosted by Rayner) from 12:15-2 p.m. at The Nugget patio.

Come try out your own comedy style at the Comedy Improv Night, Thursday, Oct. 28, 5:30-8:30 p.m., in The Nugget. Take part in “Jokeyoke” and win cash and prizes for imitating your favorite comedians, comedy movies and videos. Perform your unique style in a one-of-a-kind “freestyle comedy” event. Professionals Barbara Holliday and Dave Reinitz will be judging with the grand prizewinner receiving a guaranteed spot in “Uncle Clyde's Comedy Contest” and a chance at winning a professional gig at the Ice House in Pasadena.

Admission for the event will be a “red nose,” which may be purchased from CSULB clubs and organizations for $2. One dollar of each nose sold goes to the CSULB club or organization and $1 to the Long Beach Library Foundation for its Community Literacy Project. For information, contact Jenny Orem at ext. 5-9308.

The University Art Museum (UAM) presents a series of solo exhibitions titled “Mungo Thomson's Sweet Nothings: Editions and Multiples,” Nov. 2-Dec. 19. On Saturday, Nov. 6, following the opening reception, the UAM's fifth annual symposium, featuring “Let's Get Metaphysical: Contemporary Art and Spirituality,” will take place in the University Theatre, 2:30-7 p.m. Facilitated by Ralph Rugoff, director of the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts in San Francisco, the symposium will examine the ways in which the proliferation of non-traditional and informal forms of spiritual practice is addressed by contemporary artists. Panelists include A. A. Bronson, Anne Collier, Meg Cranston and Mungo Thomson, all artists whose works deal with ideas of spirituality, religion or mysticism.

An Art Education Panel Discussion, featuring David Hickey (art critic from the Otis Arts Institute) and Jeremy Gilbert (Rolfe Art Center) will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 3. Contact the Odyssey Project for time and location.

The University Players present “Stand and Deliver,” by Ramon Menendez and Tom Musca, from Nov. 12-20 at the Studio Theatre. Adapted for the stage by Robert Bella, the play tells the true story of a dedicated East Los Angeles teacher who surmounts overwhelming odds in his quest to turn inner-city students into whiz kids.

The Nugget will host the “Blue Beat Lounge – Ska Band Show” on Thursday, Dec. 2, from 6-11 p.m. and a Student Filmmakers Showcase will take place in the University Theatre on Saturday, Dec. 11, at 8 p.m.

For ticket prices and further information on Odyssey events, contact Rachel Brophy at ext. 5-4546.

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