Upcoming Events at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks

Upcoming Events at California Lutheran University
60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks

Spring Choral Concert - Cal Lutheran Choral Ensembles

Tuesday, April 3, 7:30 p.m.

Samuelson Chapel

The Cal Lutheran Choir and Women’s Chorale present their annual spring concert with works that will be performed during a concert tour of Spain in May. Wyant Morton conducts.

Donations will be accepted. For information, call the Music Department at 805-493-3306 or visit CalLutheran.edu/music.


Friday, April 6, 7:30 p.m. 

Kingsmen Park

This annual concert in the park showcases the talent and creativity of students in the music production program.

Cal Lutheran’s Music Department is sponsoring the free event. For information, call 805-493-3306 or visit CalLutheran.edu/music.

Areté Vocal Ensemble

A Centennial Tribute to Leonard Bernstein (part 2)

Sunday, April 8, 2 p.m.

Samuelson Chapel

The innovative professional ensemble of vocal artists concludes its ninth season with 

the second concert in a two-part tribute to the great American composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of his birth.

With a passion for live performance, Areté provides a joyful, moving, educational and soul-nurturing experience. Wyant Morton will conduct.

Tickets are $20 at the door or $15 if purchased online in advance. Students with ID are $10 and children under 12 are free. For information and to purchase tickets, visitaretevocalensemble.org.

Artists and Speakers Series

Draw Your Weapons

Sarah Sentilles

Monday, April 9, 7 p.m.

Lundring Events Center

Sarah Sentilles is a writer, critical theorist, scholar of religion, and author of many books, including “Breaking Up with God: A Love Story.” At the core of her scholarship, writing, and activism is a commitment to investigating the roles that language, images and practices play in oppression, violence, social transformation and justice movements. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Yale University and master’s and doctoral degrees at Harvard University.

“Sentilles delivers a learned, poetic and interdisciplinary assessment of the ways in which the photographic image has been abused and weaponized, while also suggesting ways in which the arts can help serve as an antidote to this problem,” observes Publisher’s Weekly.

Cal Lutheran’s Pearson Library, Sarah W. Heath Center for Equality and Justice and Artists and Speakers Committee are sponsoring the free event. For information, contact Yvonne Wilber at 805-493-3092 or ywilber@callutheran.edu.

Shark Bite

Bryan Swig

Wednesday, April 11, 7-8 p.m.

E.P. Foster Library, 651 E. Main St., Ventura

California Lutheran University marine biologist Bryan Swig will present his research into identifying sharks through DNA. Discovery Channel’s “Shark Week” featured his work extracting DNA from a tooth fragment from a fatal attack that occurred at Surf Beach. This is part of a new educational nature series called “Sharks, Monkeys and Rocks: What Nature and Science Tell Us” being presented by Cal Lutheran faculty at the E.P. Foster Library in Ventura. Admission is free. For more information, contact Cindy Keitel atckeitel@callutheran.edu.

The End of the European Order

Collapse: History Lecture Series

Chris Kimball

Wednesday, April 11, 7-8:30 p.m.

Grant Brimhall Library Community Room

1401 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks

California Lutheran University President Chris Kimball will discuss changes in the global structure after the summer of 1914. It is the last lecture in a year-long series in which the university’s faculty members examined moments in history when a society, as it had been known for generations, ended. Admission is free. For more information, contact Cindy Keitel at ckeitel@callutheran.edu.

Lunchtime Organ Recital Series

Joseph Peeples

Friday, April 13 at 12:30 p.m. 

Samuelson Chapel

University organist Joseph Peeples showcases the 2,109-pipe Borg Petersen Memorial Organ in four 30-minute recitals featuring varied works for all audiences. Attendees are welcome to bring a lunch. Admission is free. For information, call Campus Ministry at 805-493-3228 or visit CalLutheran.edu/music

Faculty Recital: GaHyun Cho

Friday, April 13, 7:30 p.m. 

Samuelson Chapel

Violinist GaHyun Cho will perform a delightful solo repertoire including works by Bach, Hindemith and others. 

A native of Seoul, South Korea, Cho began playing the violin at 4 and made her debut with the Korean Symphony Orchestra just six years later. She came to prominence upon winning First Prize and Audience Prize in the Max Rostal International Violin Competition. Cho previously won prizes in many other prestigious competitions including the Washington International, Leopold Mozart, Young Concert Artists and Citta di Brescia.

Donations will be accepted. For information, call the Music Department at 805-493-3306 or visit CalLutheran.edu/music

CLUFest 2018: Retrofuturism

Saturday, April 14, through Saturday, May 12 

Reception: Saturday, April 21, 7-9 p.m. 

William Rolland Art Center

This presentation by the multimedia capstone class will immerse attendees in the alienating and empowering effects of technology. Exhibits include original games housed in a custom-built arcade cabinet, an interactive photo booth and a fabricated moon landing. Additional print and digital media will showcase the talents of this year’s digital media students. The CLUFest exhibition is designed and curated by the senior multimedia majors. Admission is free. For information, contact Tim Hengst at thengst@callutheran.edu. 

Hansel and Gretel

An opera by Engelbert Humperdinck 

Thursday to Saturday, April 19-21, 8 p.m. 

Saturday and Sunday, April 21-22, 2 p.m. 

Preus-Brandt Forum

This operatic masterpiece, an imaginative retelling of the Grimm brothers’ fairy tale, is a feast for the eye and ear where witches aren’t always what they seem and nightmares are only a forest away. The opera presented by the Cal Lutheran Creative Arts Division is directed by Heidi Valencia Vas under the baton of Jessica Helms. The La Reina Singers, a middle school choral group, joins the cast of Cal Lutheran students. Admission is $10. For tickets, visit CalLutheran.edu/theatre-arts. For information, call 805-493-3452. 


Senior Art Show

Friday, April 20 – Saturday, May 12

Opening reception: Saturday, April 21, 5 p.m.

Artist talks: Friday, April 27, 2 p.m.

William Rolland Gallery of Fine Art

Shadowboxes. Graphic design. Painting. Photography. Printmaking. Cal Lutheran presents a compilation of student work from the Art Department’s graduating class of 2018: Joey Enríquez, Ryan Gates, Atalia Hernandez, Kristine McGee, David Moran and Madison Starnes.

Admission is free. The gallery, located in William Rolland Stadium, is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. For information, contact curator Rachel T. Schmid at 805-493-3697 or rollandgallery@callutheran.eduor visit CalLutheran.edu/rolland.

Scandinavian Festival

Saturday and Sunday, April 21 and 22, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Kingsmen Park

The 43rd festival of Nordic cultures, the largest such event in Southern California, features music, dancing, cooking and craft demonstrations, lectures, vendors, and activities for families and all ages.

Festivalgoers can visit an authentic Viking Village and a Saami “sliddastallan,” or community gathering, try their hand at Dala horse croquet and play an ancient Viking game called “kubb.” Younger Vikings can enjoy the Hans Christian Andersen puppet shows and make free craft souvenirs.

Food is always a highlight of ScanFest, as the event is also known. Taste delicious lefse, Viking dogs and aebleskivers.

Make your way to the main stage to enjoy Nordic dance groups, the Redwood Middle School Viking Band and a headline performance by ABBAFAB, a tribute to the Swedish pop group ABBA. 

Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for teenagers and free for children. The festival is produced by the Scandinavian American Cultural and Historical Foundation. For information, visit scandinaviancenter.org/festival or connect with the festival on Facebook. 

Festival of Scholars

Monday, April 23 – Friday, April 27


The Festival of Scholars showcases projects by undergraduate and graduate students at Cal Lutheran. In addition to traditional research studies, the projects include creative work and the application of theory to real-life situations. Some are related to a particular class, while others were conceived as senior capstone projects or independent research. All of these high-quality projects reflect months or even years of focused work with faculty mentors. All week, student researchers participate in poster sessions, oral presentations, panel discussions, teaching demonstrations, multimedia displays, art exhibitions and recitals.

Admission is free. For the full, updated schedule of Festival of Scholars events, visit CalLutheran.edu/fos. For more information, contact the Office for Experiential Learning, Research and Faculty Development at 805-493-3795

Let’s Monkey Around

Anita Stone

Tuesday, April 24, 7-8 p.m.

E.P. Foster Library, 651 E. Main St., Ventura

Behavioral ecologist Anita Stone, a native of Brazil, will discuss the squirrel monkeys in Eastern Amazonia that she has studied since 2000. She will share their life histories, social behavior and mating habits. This is part of a new educational nature series called “Sharks, Monkeys and Rocks: What Nature and Science Tell Us” being presented by Cal Lutheran faculty at the E.P. Foster Library in Ventura. Admission is free. For more information, contact Cindy Keitel at ckeitel@callutheran.edu.

Wind Ensemble Festival of Scholars Concert

Tuesday, April 24, 7:30 p.m.

Samuelson Chapel

The Festival of Scholars Concert showcases the creative and scholarly work of musicians from the Wind Ensemble and Department of Music. The concert features student research, soloists and chamber ensembles, as well as works for concert band. Michael D. Hart will conduct.

Donations will be accepted. For information, call the Music Department at 805-493-3306 or visit CalLutheran.edu/music.

International Film Festival

“Bienvenue chez les Ch’tis (Welcome to the Sticks)” 

Wednesday, April 25, 7 p.m.

AMC Dine-In Thousand Oaks 14

In this record-breaking box office hit from France, a public servant from Provence is banished to the far North. Strongly prejudiced against the cold and inhospitable place, he leaves his family behind to relocate there temporarily, with the firm intent to return home as soon as possible.

This 2008 film is not rated, but its suggested MPAA rating is PG-13. It will be shown in French with English subtitles.

Cal Lutheran’s Department of Languages and Cultures is sponsoring the free event. The theater is located at 166 W. Hillcrest Drive in Thousand Oaks. For information, contact Lisa Loberg at loberg@callutheran.edu or 805-493-3750.

New Venture Competition Finals

Thursday, April 26, 4-8 p.m.

Lundring Events Center

The Cal Lutheran New Venture Competition is an opportunity for students to experience the challenge of launching a startup business. Student teams have been working on their business ideas for months with the support of the School of Management faculty and mentors from the community. In the finals, which is part of Cal Lutheran’s Festival of Scholars week, selected teams give presentations on the merits of their business opportunities. A panel of distinguished judges asks questions, gives feedback and awards prizes to each team.

Members of the public are encouraged to attend and vote for their favorite business idea to win a special people’s choice award. Join us for what has become a Cal Lutheran tradition and a launchpad for many successful startups.

Admission is free, but registration is required. Hosted by the School of Management’s Center for Entrepreneurship. For information, call 805-493-3091, email som@callutheran.edu or visit CalLutheran.edu/entrepreneurship.

String Symphony Concert

Saturday, April 28, 7:30 p.m. 

Samuelson Chapel

The Cal Lutheran String Symphony, conducted by cellist Yoshika Masuda, will perform works from the versatile repertoire for strings.

Donations will be accepted. For information, call the Music Department at 805-493-3306 or visit CalLutheran.edu/music.

Rotem Reshef: Time Traveler

Through Thursday, April 5 

Kwan Fong Gallery of Art and Culture 

A site-specific installation of interwoven scrolls by artist Rotem Reshef, “Time Traveler” highlights our interaction with and interpretation of the four seasons. Human lives are connected to the seasons in ritual, culture and tradition. Seasonal transitions mark the passage of time, whether on an agricultural or a religious calendar. In the installation, enormous scrolls are imprinted with features of each season: leaves for fall, ribbons for spring, straw-like raffia for summer, and some bubble wrap and cellophane for winter. Sagi Rafael curated the exhibit.

Reshef is a process-driven abstract action artist. She earned her bachelor’s degree in fine arts in 1988 from the Hamidrasha School of Art in Israel and her master’s in 2004 from the Reinwardt Academie in Amsterdam. Her works are found in private collections across the U.S., Europe, the Middle East and Australia. She lives and works in Tel Aviv and New York City. 

Admission is free. The Kwan Fong Gallery, located in Soiland Humanities Center, is open to the public 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For information, contact curator Rachel T. Schmid at 805-493-3697 or visit CalLutheran.edu/kwanfong

Siona Benjamin: Blue Like Me

Through Thursday, April 12 

William Rolland Gallery of Fine Art

Indian-born U.S. artist Siona Benjamin works in a visual language that conveys her transcultural, transnational view of the world. She was raised Jewish in predominantly Hindu and Muslim India, while being educated in Catholic and Zoroastrian schools. She now lives and works in New Jersey. 

Her art amalgamates styles, religions, languages, mythologies and iconographies. Her influences range from ancient Indian and Persian miniatures to Sephardic icons and contemporary graphic novels. The work seeks to provoke reevaluation of misconceptions about identity and race that can lead to racism, hate and war.

“Very often, I look down at my skin and it has turned blue,” Benjamin says. “It tends to do that when I face certain situations of people stereotyping and categorizing other people who are unlike themselves. I have therefore over the years developed many blue-skinned characters in my paintings. This blue self-portrait of sorts takes on many roles and forms, through which I theatrically explore ancient and contemporary dilemmas.” 

She received a Fulbright Fellowship for her art project “Faces: Weaving Indian Jewish Narratives” and her work has been featured in The New York Times, Chicago Tribune and Art in America.

Benjamin will show “Blue Like Me: The Art of Siona Benjamin,” a 30-minute documentary about the artist and India’s Bene Israel community directed by Hal Rifken, before the lecture.

The theme of the painting workshop led by Benjamin is “Finding Home.” Visitors are encouraged to bring photocopies of documents and other things related to their families, cultures and religions, and to be open to inspiration from sources including ancient stories, with the goal of creating work that speaks to the stories in their lives. 

Admission is free. For the talk and workshop, RSVP by March 1 to rollandgallery@ callutheran.edu. The gallery, located in William Rolland Stadium, is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. For information, contact curator Rachel T. Schmid at 805-493-3697 or rollandgallery@callutheran.edu or visit CalLutheran.edu/rolland