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kahil el'zabarThe spring 2017 Sonoma State University Jazz Forum features internationally renowned percussionist and composer Kahil El'Zabar and his Ethnic Heritage Ensemble, multi-talented George Young, jazz gutarist John Stowell 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 website for more information.

faithThe spring 2016 Queer Studies Lecture Series at Sonoma State University includes a special lecture by Faith Cheltenham, activist and president of the non-profit "BiNet USA." Cheltenham was highlighted by the White House in 2012 as one of their "Women Working to Do Good" and invited to stand with President Obama as he signed an executive order barring federal contractors from discriminating against LGBT employees in 2014. Cheltham has helped bring more awareness to the bisexual community by working with companies and other administrations to help fund bisexual resources and to end the stigma against bisexual identity.

zooSonoma State University's Biology Colloquium features exciting lectures on gut microbiota, ocean acidification effects on coastal marine species, zoo animal behavior and more. The series culminates with a presentation by Dr. Imilce A. Rodriguez-Fernandez from the Buck Institute on fruit flies and their intestinal stem cells. Lectures take place on Tuesdays, noon to 1 p.m. in Darwin 103. Admission is free, parking on campus is $5-$8.

computer motherboard pc wiresThe Sonoma State University Engineering Lecture Series features lectures on supercomputers, startups and electric motors. Lectures are the first and third Thursdays in Salazar Hall, room 2009A, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Admission is free, parking is $5-$8 on campus.

steveconnell.jpgAcclaimed poet, comedian and motivational speaker Steve Connell has performed for world leaders, renowned artists and Oprah Winfrey, and will bring his unique talents to Sonoma State University for a performance in Warren Auditorium in Ives Hall on Tuesday. Feb. 7 at 7:30 p.m.

werner herzog's lo and behold .jpgWerner Herzog's new film, "Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World," opens the Sonoma Film Institute's fall 2017 season at Sonoma State University. It explores the digital landscape with a fervent curiosity that has characterized Herzog's recent documentaries.

ssu orchestraWalk, run, drive, or bike to Weill Hall at the Green Music Center on Nov. 18 at 7:30 p.m. for the Sonoma State University Symphony Orchestra's second concert of the 2016-17 season, "Modes of Transportation." The program is comprised of four pieces, each inspired in different ways by humankind's remarkable mobility.

charles ketchamAmerican pianist and conductor Charles Ketcham performs the works of G. I. Gurdjieff with percussionist Elizabeth Nott in a performance combining improvisational percussion with composed music on Sunday, Nov. 20 at 2 p.m. in Schroeder Hall at Sonoma State University's Green Music Center. Tickets are $8, free for SSU students.

jane erwinSonoma State University's voice faculty presents their first joint recital, "Bel Canto," featuring sopranos Jane Erwin Hammett and Rhoslyn Jones and baritone Zachary Gordin singing arias, German lieder, and musicals in Schroeder Hall at the Green Music Center, October 28, 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $8 for general admission, free to SSU students.

chasing promisesSonoma State University presents "Cries and Whispers: Paintings by John Yoyogi Fortes and Cate White" in the University Art Gallery, Nov. 3-Dec. 11. Admission to the gallery is free, parking is $5-$8 on campus. A free opening reception is Thursday, Nov. 3, 4-6 p.m. in the University Art Gallery.

marilyn thompsonMembers of the Navarro Trio, Sonoma State University's chamber ensemble-in-residence, come together with two instrumental studio faculty for an afternoon of music for piano, flute, clarinet and cello in Schroeder Hall at the Green Music Center, October 23, 2 p.m.

media freedom summit posterSonoma State University's Project Censored celebrates 40 years of investigative independent journalism with the Media Freedom Summit, October 21-22, in the Student Center Ballrooms. The event includes a panel discussion with Abby Martin, Mnar Muhawesh, David Talbot and Mark Crispin Miller on the state of media freedom and the significance of independent journalism on October 21.

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