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mira sorvinoAcademy Award winning actress Mira Sorvino, a United Nations and Amnesty International ambassador in the fight against human trafficking, is the keynote speaker in this year's H. Andrea Neves and Barton Evans Social Justice Lecture Series at Sonoma State University. She speaks Feb. 23 at 7:30 p.m. in Weill Hall at the Green Music Center.

one great city duo with guitarsOne Great City, featuring two protégés of Sergio Assad and hailed as rising stars of the San Francisco chamber music scene, perform a duo classical guitar recital at Sonoma State University Feb. 5 at 7:30 p.m. in Schroeder Hall at the Green Music Center.

peanuts at work posterThe Jean and Charles Schulz Information Center's 15th Anniversary continues with "Peanuts at Work," a panel discussion featuring cartoonists and archivists from the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center in Santa Rosa on Feb. 2 at 4 p.m. in the Special Collections Department at the Sonoma State University Library.

Michael BlakeThe spring 2016 Sonoma State University Jazz Forum features saxophonist Michael Blake, Cuban bandleader Alberto Faya, drummer Billy Hart and many others. The Jazz Forum is a unique performance/master class designed to expose jazz majors and guests to a wide variety of jazz styles. Guest musicians perform their music with commentary in a relaxed atmosphere. Performances are on Wednesdays at 1 p.m. in GMC 1029 and free of charge unless otherwise noted. Parking is $5-$8 on campus. See for more information.

olli 15 year logoThe spring 2016 Osher Lifelong Learning Institute lecture series at Sonoma State University features professors giving talks around the theme "The Good Life." This series is presented by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) and the University Library in celebration of the 15th anniversaries of OLLI and the Jean and Charles Schulz Information Center. Attendees are invited to bring lunch and enjoy the presentations.

gmcentrances.jpgSonoma State University Music Department performances for the spring 2016 semester include a joint concerts with SSU jazz ensembles and acclaimed saxophonist Michael Blake, as well as Latin band and hot club ensembles with Cuban vocalist and bandleader Alberto Faya. The season also includes a production of "Into the Woods" and student and faculty ensembles.

butterfly with barbed wireThe spring 2016 Holocaust and Genocide Lecture Series features cautionary tales of international genocide throughout history, survivor stories, and visiting lecturers from around the nation. Lectures are on Tuesdays, 4-6 p.m. in Warren Auditorium in Ives Hall at Sonoma State unless otherwise noted.

art from the heart poster 2016Sonoma State University's Art From the Heart party and silent auction is an exciting evening of art, food, fine wine, and music that has become one of the longest continually-held fundraising events in the area and a "must" for novice and seasoned collectors alike. The 32nd annual reception and silent auction is Saturday, Feb. 6, 6-9 p.m. in the University Art Gallery at Sonoma State University.

ornette coleman playing saxThe Sonoma Film Institute's spring schedule includes fantastic films from around the world, including Cuba, Poland, Italy, India and more. Classics like "To Kill a Mockingbird" and new films like "The Pearl Button" are screened in Warren Auditorium, Ives Hall at Sonoma State University on Fridays and Sundays. Suggested ticket donation is $5, parking on campus is $5-$8. For more information visit or call 707.664.2606.

marilyn thompson and alexander kahn take a bowThe inaugural performance of the Sonoma State University Symphony Orchestra on Dec. 11 brought a standing ovation for the orchestra, it's director Alexander Kahn and featured soloist and faculty pianist Marilyn Thompson.

conductor leading orchestraTaking the first steps toward building a resident student orchestra befitting the glorious concert hall it will call home, the Sonoma State University Symphony Orchestra gives its inaugural performance on Friday, Dec. 11 at 7:30 p.m. in Weill Hall at the university's Green Music Center.

professor ajay gehlawatSonoma State University professor Ajay Gehlawat is speaking at the History Museum of Sonoma County in Santa Rosa on Dec. 10 in conjunction with the Smithsonian's traveling exhibition, "Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation."

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