Upcoming Events at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks

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

Lunchtime Organ Recital Series

Joseph Peeples

Friday, Apr 5, May 3, 12:30–1 p.m.

Samuelson Chapel

University organist Joseph Peeples will showcase the 2,109-pipe Borg Petersen Memorial Organ in 30-minute recitals on the first Friday of each month. Works performed will be of a varied character and suited to all. Audience members are welcome to bring a lunch and quietly enjoy the recital.

Admission is free. For information, call Campus Ministry at 805-493-3228 or visit CalLutheran.edu/music.

Spring Choral Concert

Tues, 4/2 7:30PM in Samuelson Chapel

The Cal Lutheran Choir will present its annual Spring Concert with works performed during a weeklong concert tour of Northern California, Oregon and Washington. Also performing will be the Women’s Chorale. Wyant Morton conducts. Donations accepted.

International Film Fest: “Monsieur Lazhar” (2011)

Wed 4/2 7PM in Preus-Brandt Forum

In this Oscar-nominated film, Algerian refugee Bachir Lazhar steps in to teach at a middle school in Montreal where a popular teacher has died by suicide, leaving students shaken and grieving. As Monsieur Lazhar helps the children heal, he also comes to terms with his own grief and learns to accept his painful past.

This critically acclaimed movie features exquisite performances by Algerian comedian, writer and actor Mohamed Fellag and a stunning ensemble of child actors.

Admission is free. Shown in French with English subtitles.

Mariachi Concert

Fri 4/5 at 7:30PM at Preus-Brandt Forum

Under the direction of violinist Rocio Marrón, the Cal Lutheran Mariachi Ensemble performs classic songs from the mariachi repertoire. Admission is free.

44th Scandinavian Festival
Saturday, April 6, and Sunday, April 7, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Kingsmen Park at Cal Lutheran

The 44th festival of Nordic cultures will feature music, dancing, cooking and craft demonstrations, vendors and activities for people of all ages.

New for 2019, guests can play in an ancient Viking kubb tournament. Aspiring athletes can sign up online prior to the festival.

For kids, the festival also includes a Children’s Theater, performances by community children’s groups and a puppet show of the Hans Christian Andersen stories. Each child can pick up a children’s passport, visit each Scandinavian country’s craft booth where the passport will be stamped, and receive a special reward for visiting each country. Near the maypole, all guests can make a popular souvenir by decorating head wreaths with flowers and ribbon.

Festivalgoers can visit an authentic Viking Village, as well as a Saami sliddastallan, or community gathering. For dog lovers, the Norwegian Elkhounds will be on hand, and to have a truly personal experience, one can ask the rune reader for advice. Guests can also try Dala horse croquet or enjoy a collection of Scandinavian vintage cars and motorcycles on display.

Scandinavian food is always a highlight of the festival. Swedish pancakes, Viking dogs, Swedish meatballs and other favorites will be available in the food court. Festival foodies can not only eat, but also learn how to make aebelskivers, lefse and krumkake during the food demonstrations.

Performers include acclaimed storytellers Stina Fagertun of Norway and Robert Seutter (aka True Thomas), the musician and entertainer Ross Sutter, the ABBAFAB tribute band, Evening Guests, and Finnish, Scandia and Swedish folkdance groups.

Back by popular demand, experts from the Conejo Valley and Ventura County genealogical societies will share their knowledge and resources.

Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for teenagers. Children are free.

This event is a major project of the Scandinavian American Cultural and Historical Foundation with support from Cal Lutheran. For more information, visit scandinavianfest.org, find us on Facebook or email mksmithers@sbcglobal.net.

Areté Vocal Ensemble: 10th Anniversary Concert

Celebrating the Music of California Composers

Sunday, Apr. 7, 2019 at 2:00 pm at Samuelson Chapel

Areté returns to the stage to conclude its 10th season. The innovative professional ensemble of vocal artists performs music by California composers. Featured composers include John Adams, Jenni Brandon, Ross Care, Gabriel Kahane, Shawn Kirchner, Morten Lauridsen, Dale Trumbore and Eric Whitacre. Wyant Morton conducts.

With uncompromising attention to musical detail and a passion for live performance, Areté provides a joyful, moving, educational and soul-nurturing experience.

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, visit aretevocalensemble.org.

Thousand Oaks Reads: One City One Book

“Rocket Men: The Daring Odyssey of Apollo 8 and the Astronauts Who Made Man’s First Journey to the Moon” A conversation with Robert Kurson

Sunday, April 7, 3 p.m.

Fred Kavli Theatre Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza

New York Times bestselling author Robert Kurson talks about the incredibly dangerous flight of the Apollo 8 mission in a conversation with Cal Lutheran President Chris Kimball. Against a backdrop of political and social unrest in 1968, the dedicated men and women of NASA are miracle workers who beat impossible odds to get the spacecraft successfully in the air, and around the moon, in four months.

Admission is free but tickets are required. Tickets will be available at the Grant R. Brimhall Library and the Newbury Park Library starting in mid-March.

Thousand Oaks Reads: One City One Book is a citywide literary event encouraging community members to read and discuss the same book in the belief that when we open a book together, we close it in greater harmony.

For information, contact the Grant R. Brimhall Library at 805-449-2660 or the Newbury Park Library at 805-498-2139. Visit the Thousand Oaks Library online for more information about Thousand Oaks Reads: One City One Book. The Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza is located at 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd.

Reel Justice Film Series “A Place at the Table”

Tuesday, April 9, 7 p.m. Lundring Events Center

Fifty million Americans — one in four children — do not know where their next meal is coming from. “A Place at the Table” tells the powerful stories of three such Americans, who maintain their dignity even as they struggle just to eat. In a riveting journey that will change forever how you think about hunger, “A Place at the Table” shows how the issue could be solved forever, once the American public decides — as they have in the past — that ending hunger is in the best interests of us all.

A panel discussion will follow with religion professor Samuel Thomas and the Rev. Nicole Janelle of The Abundant Table.

The free event is sponsored by Cal Lutheran’s Pearson Library and Sarah W. Heath Center for Equality and Justice. For more information, email cej@callutheran.edu or call 805-493-3694.

History Lecture Series

A Thousand and One Years Ago: 1000 CE

"Vikings: Leaving Europe in ‘Runes’”

Sam Claussen, Ph.D., history

Wednesday, April 10, 7-8:30 p.m. Lundring Events Center

In the 2018-19 series, members of the history and art faculty explore what life was like a millennium ago – about 1000 CE. Was it the Dark Ages? The Islamic Golden Age? The Heian Period? Was it all of these?

Admission is free. Sponsored by Cal Lutheran and the Thousand Oaks Grant R. Brimhall Library. Funded by the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation Grant for “Lyceum: Humanities and Beyond!” For information, contact Cindy Keitel at ckeitel@callutheran.edu.

Film Screening and Poetry Reading - Anders Carlson-Wee

Thursday, April 11, 4-5 p.m. William Rolland Gallery of Fine Art

Writer and performer Anders Carlson-Wee screens his co-directed film, “Riding the Highline,” and reads from his new book, “The Low Passions.”

Carlson-Wee’s work has appeared in BuzzFeed, The Nation, Ploughshares, Virginia Quarterly Review, New England Review, “Best New Poets,” “Best of the Net” and “The Best American Nonrequired Reading.” His chapbook “Dynamite” won the Frost Place Chapbook Prize. The Minneapolis resident has won a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship and the 2017 Poetry International Prize.

Admission is free. Sponsored by the English Department. For information, contact Jacqueline Lyons at jlyons@callutheran.edu.

“The Pirate Queen”

Thursday-Saturday, April 11-13, 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, April 14, 2 p.m.

Janet and Ray Scherr Forum Theatre, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza

Set in the 16th century and based on the true story of Grace O’Malley, an Irish chieftain and notorious female pirate, this action-filled tale follows O’Malley as she leads her people and fights for her love, her family and Ireland. The epic musical adventure also brings O’Malley in confrontation with the other powerful woman of the period, Queen Elizabeth I of England. Written by Claude-Michel Schonberg and Alain Boublil, the same team that wrote “Les Misérables” and “Miss Saigon,” the sweeping score includes the evocative traditions of Irish folk song and dance.

Produced by the Department of Music and Department of Theatre Arts and Dance. Stage direction by Michael J. Arndt and vocal music direction by Heidi Vass; conducted by Jessica Helms and choreographed by Jeff Wallach.

Tickets go on sale March 1. For information, contact Natalie Helton at 805-493-3452. The Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza is located at 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd.

Bruker Instrument Demonstration

Friday, April 12, 2:15 p.m. Swenson Center Room 124

Shunlin Wang, Ph.D., is an expert on instruments used by museum and independent conservation and restoration laboratories at Bruker Optics. Bruker is the leading manufacturer and developer of non-destructive and non-contact elemental and compound analyzers.

Precious artifacts and historical monuments are often affected by decay through environmental pollution, vandalism, climate change, lack of budget or just simple neglect. Conservators around the world are working to save the world’s heritage for the future. Bruker’s art conservation solutions are perfectly suited to analyze artifacts, restore objects without destroying their original substance, and determine the composition of materials used for production. Bruker offers mobile Micro-XRF and handheld XRF solutions for non-destructive, in-situ analysis as well as innovative FT-IR and Raman solutions for optimal sample visualization and sample collection. Bruker’s instruments enable a reliable and fast analysis of ceramics, paintings, photographs, glass, obsidians, bronzes, coppers and alloys.

This event is free and open to the public. The Swenson Center is located at 141 Faculty Street. Please RSVP by emailing rtschmid@callutheran.edu.

String Symphony Concert

Friday, April 12, 7:30 p.m. Samuelson Chapel

The Cal Lutheran String Symphony, conducted by Yoshika Masuda, will perform exciting works from the unique repertoire of chamber pieces for strings. Come hear the luscious, rich sound that only a string orchestra can produce. This concert will also feature chamber pieces for strings.

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

Wind Ensemble Concert

Tuesday, April 23, 7:30 p.m. Samuelson Chapel

Members of the university’s Wind Ensemble present their spring concert, conducted by Lynne Snyder. The varied and exciting program features the full spectrum of talent among the woodwind, brass and percussion musicians.

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

CLUFest 2019: “Colors”

Friday, April 26 – Saturday, May 18

Opening reception: Saturday, April 27, 7-9 p.m. William Rolland Art Center

This exhibition, designed and curated by the senior multimedia majors for their Capstone class, is an exploration of the different aspects of colors and our perception of color. Exhibits include original video games, interactive projections and experiences, and a walk through color. Additional print and digital media showcase the talents of this year’s digital media students. The reception features photography, videos, interactive pieces and projections — all revolving around color.

Admission is free. The art center is open 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. For information, contact Tim Hengst at thengst@callutheran.edu.

“Thingamajig V: A Printmaking and Ceramics Exploration”

Friday, April 26 – Saturday, May 11

Kwan Fong Gallery of Fine Art

“Thingamajig” showcases the many processes of printmaking and ceramics offered at Cal Lutheran. These include monoprints, intaglio, dry point, solar plate, reduction, lino and woodcut relief prints, and a variety of sculptural hand-built and wheel-thrown ceramic techniques.

The exhibition originated with the students in an advanced printmaking class three years ago. After ceramics students were invited to participate, the show developed into a biannual printmaking/ceramic experience. Student curators for “Thingamajig V” are Mardell Lopez, Hallie Maxwell and Quinn Rosenblatt.

Admission is free. 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 Kristi Colell (printmaking) at cluprinter@yahoo.com or Janet Neuwalder (ceramics) at jneuwald@callutheran.edu.

Senior Art Exhibit 2019 “Natural Conditions”

Friday, April 26 – Saturday, May 18

Opening reception: Saturday, April 27, 5-7 p.m.

Student walk-through: Friday, May 3, 2 p.m.

William Rolland Gallery of Fine Art

Cal Lutheran presents “Natural Conditions,” a compilation of student work from the Art Department’s graduating class of 2019 investigating the perceived world – whether emotional, physical, psychological or imaginative. Each artist contributes a unique perspective of the environment around them through various media, both traditional and digital. Artists include Breann Carlucci, Michelle Handal, Donaldo Lopez, Hallie Maxwell, Johannah Peterson and Quinn Rosenblatt.

Carlucci, who is from Santa Clarita, explores surrealism through the mediums of graphite and oil painting. Handal is a Salvadoran international student inspired by her country’s natural beauty, flora and fauna as well as its community values. Lopez, a printmaker and poet from Santa Maria, depicts allegorical animals as he gives voice to his experience of nature. Maxwell, a ceramic figurative sculptor from Westlake Village, explores love and suffering in human forms that are both realistic and abstract. Originally from Monrovia, Peterson creates realistic figurative renderings in ballpoint pen, emotional representations of the human body that tell stories. Rosenblatt is an abstract 2D artist from Westlake Village. She uses color and texture to express emotions such as passion, love, fear and gratitude.

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.edu or visit callutheran.edu/rolland.

CalLuPalooza

Friday, April 26, 5-10 p.m. Preus-Brandt Forum

This annual concert showcases the talent and creativity of students in the music production program. Everyone is welcome.

Admission is free. Sponsored by the Music Department. For information, call 805-493-3306 or visit CalLutheran.edu/music.

Faculty Recital - Yoshika Masuda

Saturday, April 27, 7:30 p.m. Samuelson Chapel

Award-winning cellist Yoshika Masuda presents a fascinating program with music spanning three centuries. The Cal Lutheran assistant professor has performed as soloist and chamber musician in prestigious venues such as the Mozarteum in Salzburg, the Opera House in Sydney, the Opera City Hall in Tokyo and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles.

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

Festival of Scholars

Monday, April 29 – Friday, May 3 Campuswide

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 and 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.