Spanning six days, the 2019 Festival of the Arts at Sacramento State is jam-packed with events that will have a little something for everyone. On Tuesday, April 2, you can delve deep into race, religion and mental health at the turn of the 20th Century with Princeton University’s Judith Weisenfeld, who will be leading a talk entitled, “Spiritual Madness: Race, Psychiatry and African American Religions” (4 p.m., Benicia Hall 1025). The Festival of the Arts will spill out of the halls of academia and into downtown Sacramento galleries during U-Create, an event that will feature live music, interactive experiences and plenty of artwork. You can check out this multi-venue event on April 4 from 5–9 p.m. at Verge Center for the Arts (625 S Street, Sacramento) and Beatnik Studios (723 S Street, Sacramento). On Saturday, April 6, the Festival of Arts will welcome Ruby Chishti, a New York-based sculptor, whose work incorporates materials such as fallen twigs to create beautifully haunting forms. Her lecture, “Narratives of Memory: A Conversation with Time,” will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Mendocino Hall 1005. There are many more events happening at this year’s Festival of the Arts, so check out Csus.edu/al/ (the College of Arts and Letters home page) for more details.
**This write-up first appeared in print on page 13 of issue #288 (March 27 – April 10, 2019)**