This is a banner weekend for the arts at Bakersfield's foundations of higher education. As Bakersfield College holds its first Panorama Creative Music Summit, Cal State Bakersfield is celebrating its own music program as well as art and theater at the annual Taste of the Arts on Sunday.
Along with hors d'oeuvres and wine, guests will be able to sample the best of the university's programs with art displays and short musical and theatrical performances.
The afternoon starts with a ribbon cutting for the new Humanities complex at 4 p.m. The Humanities Office Building (referred to by some on campus as the HOB) opened with the fall semester.
Mandy Rees, chair of the music and theater departments, wrote in an email that the CSUB concert band will perform outdoors while people enjoy wine and appetizers. Then starting at 4:55 p.m., various events will start, performed in four 20-minute time blocks in and around the Dore Theatre, Music Building, the Visual Arts Building and recently installed geodesic dome.
The dome is one of two on California college campuses (along with UC Berkeley), open to the public and university. Its intended use is as a source of design study for art and art history students as well as a meeting place and site for events, lectures and performances, according to art department chair Sarah Vanderlip.
Musical performances scheduled for Sunday feature the Jazz Collective, Chamber Choir and Chamber Music, Rees said. Theatrical scenes will include monologues, a scene from the opera "Dido and Aeneas" as well as one from the upcoming play "The Profane." The production, written by Zayd Dohrn, centers on two Muslim families, one conservative and the other liberal, who are brought together by their children's engagement but divided by their own prejudices. The play opens Oct. 26.
On the lighter side, there are kid-friendly activities including a performance of a scene from the young audience's production of "Unsorted," which is about characters who each represent an article of clothing (Skirt, Jacket, Stovepipe, Swimsuit, Slacks and Sweater). The show, which promotes the importance of valuing all the features, gifts and traits that make you "you," opens in November.
Children can also have their faces painted with emojis.
Festivities will also include a pottery-throwing demonstration and exhibition from CSUB's Innocent Eye art club. Club president Samuel Tomasello said students from the art department have until Friday to submit entries, which will be labeled and set for display in the Albertson Room between the Dore Theatre and Todd Madigan Art Gallery
Rees warned that guests won't be able to catch every performance, although that may whet their appetite to support the college's later performances.
"Everything is repeated twice, but there are eight events and four time blocks, so you can't see everything!"