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FRIDAY & SATURDAY Admission (Two-Day Pass) Partial Approval - $75.00

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*Best Value!* Early bird rate ($75) through Sep. 30; standard rate ($95) Oct. 1-10; at-the-door rate ($105) Oct. 11.

FRIDAY Admission (One-Day Pass) Partial Approval - $40.00

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Admission for Friday, October 11, 2019 ONLY. Early bird rate ($40) through Sep. 30; standard rate ($50) Oct. 1-10; at-the-door rate ($60) Oct. 11.

SATURDAY Admission (One-Day Pass) Partial Approval - $40.00

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Admission for Saturday, October 12, 2019 ONLY. Early bird rate ($40) through Sep. 30; standard rate ($50) Oct. 1-10; at-the-door rate ($60) Oct. 11 or 12.

Class of 2019 Alumni Admission (Two-Day Pass) Partial Approval - $20.19

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This rate available exclusively for the Class of 2019 through October 10 online. Tickets for Class of 2019 CalArts Alumni will be $25 at the door Oct. 11 & 12.

Faculty/Staff Admission (Two-Day) Partial Approval - Free

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Available exclusively to staff or faculty members of CalArts. Limit 1 free ticket per employee.

Student Admission (Two-Day Pass) Partial Approval - Free

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Available exclusively for current CalArts students. Early bird ($0) through Sep. 30; standard ($10) Oct. 1-10; at-the-door ($15) Oct. 11 or 12. Limit 1 free ticket per student.

Child Admision (Two-Day Pass) Partial Approval - Free

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Available only for kids ages 12 and under through October 12.

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For every $10 donated, you will receive a raffle ticket for the chance to win prizes from local businesses. We appreciate the generosity of our Santa Clarita community partners! Note: A gift is NOT required to attend. Your support fuels scholarships, alumni programming, and more. Whether you make a contribution of $5, $20.19, your class year, or any amount that feels right to you, you can direct your support anywhere that is meaningful to you (ex. scholarships, visiting artists, your school, etc.) Foundations choose the institutions they fund by the percentage of alumni and other CalArtian community members who give back. The more alumni and friends of the Institute make gifts, the more likely we are to receive corporate, foundation, grant, and government support. Every dollar raised makes a difference every day. Thank you!

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Event Information

Fri, October 11 2019, 9:00 AM - Sat, October 12 2019, 10:00 PM [PST]

About the Event

CalArts Weekend is the Institute's annual autumn celebration that brings together alumni, families, students, and friends of CalArts. This two-day gathering highlights leading artists from our community through performance, discussions, and experiences.

At-A-Glance Schedule

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2019

  • 8:30AM-3PM: Check In @ Front Entrance
  • 9AM-7PM: "Student-for-a-Day" Class Visits
  • 10AM: Weekend Lounge @ MOD LOBBY
  • 11AM: CalArts Campus Tour
  • 11:30AM-1PM: Welcome Luncheon @ Clark’s Field, with live music by Duo Meranti (ft. Chrysanthe Tan '14 & '17 and Sean Hayward '15 & '19)
  • 1:30-2:30PM: Critical Studies Art and Pedagogy Faculty and Alumni Talk @ G201/G202 with Andrew Culp, Michael Leong, Sara Mameni, and Allison Yasukawa
  • 2:30-3:30PM: Drop In Meet Bailey Cool, Director of Patty Disney Center for Life + Work @ MOD Lobby
  • 3:30PM: CalArts Campus Tour
  • 4PM: Artist Talk with Herb Alpert School of Music Dean and Educator David Rosenboom @ G201/G202
  • 5-7PM: Dinner - Party at the Pool | Taste of Santa Clarita @ Chouinard Pool, with live music by Sadubas (ft. Robin Sukhadia '07 and Clinton Patterson '07) and a performance of CITY OF GOLD, a site-specific Chouinard Pool piece with Scarlett Kim '18, Anthony Storniolo '18, Gabriel Jimenez '18, and Carolina Vargas '18
  • 8PM: Sharon Disney Lund School of Dance Concert @ Sharon Disney Lund Dance Theater

 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2019

  • 8:30AM-3PM: Check In @ Front Entrance
  • 9-10AM: Meet Veronica Alvarez, New Director of CAP (Community Arts Partnership) @ MOD Lobby
  • 9-11AM: Continental Breakfast @ MOD LOBBY
  • 10AM: Featured Forum 1 - Producing & Directing Pioneers: Women in Film @ Sharon Disney Lund Dance Theater with Christine Beebe '05, Natalie Metzger '11, and Deborah LaVine
  • 11:30AM: Featured Forum 2 - Art As Activism: A Conversation with Charles Gaines @ Sharon Disney Lund Dance Theater with Charles Gaines and Michael Ned Holte
  • 11-3PM: Weekend Lounge @ MOD LOBBY
  • 12-4PM: Gamelan Rehearsals: Balinese and Javanese Music and Dance @A114 with Nyoman Wenten '74 and Nanik Wenten '85 & '88
  • 1-2:15PM: BBQ Lunch @ Clarks Field, with live music by Abby and the Myth (ft. Abby Posner '06)
  • 2:30PM: Featured Forum 3 - Art of Politics @ Sharon Disney Lund Dance Theater with Ann Telnaes '85
  • 4-6PM: Alumni Reunion Dinner @ Clarks Field with live music by the Cumbia Ensemble (ft. Giancarlo Arzu '19, Pablo Leñero '19, Johnny Miguel, Emilia Moscoso, Eloy Neira '16 & '19, Susana Pineda, Diana Soto Texeira '19, and Martin Velez '16) 
  • 6PM: Wild Beast Concert: Propositional Music: David Rosenboom Portrait Concert @ Wild Beast Concert Pavilion - concert celebrates and thanks Herb Alpert School of Music Dean and educator David Rosenboom. A selection of Rosenboom’s groundbreaking and globally influential works will be performed, including a new string quartet, brief alumni and faculty duets, and a composition for brainwaves, performed live. Featured artists include the Isaura String Quartet (with Emily Call '13, Madeline Falcone '13, Betsy Rettig '12), Andreas Levisianos '15, Sarah Belle Reid '15, and James Waterman '15. Food truck fare will be available for purchase on the E-block bridge beside Clark's Field. 
  • 8PM: Sharon Disney Lund School of Dance Concert @ Sharon Disney Lund Dance Theater

*Schedule subject to change: check this website for updates.

 

Make a Gift to CalArts and Receive Automatic Entries into a Raffle!

For every $10 donated, you will receive a raffle ticket entry for the chance to win prizes from local businesses. We appreciate the generosity of our Santa Clarita community partners! Note: A gift is NOT required to attend CalArts Weekend. Your support fuels scholarships, alumni programming, and more. Whether you make a contribution of $5, $20.19, your class year, or any amount that feels right to you, you can direct your support anywhere that is meaningful to you (ex. scholarships, visiting artists, your school, etc.) Foundations choose the institutions they fund by the percentage of alumni and other CalArtian community members who give back. The more alumni and friends of the Institute make gifts, the more likely we are to receive corporate, foundation, grant, and government support. Every dollar raised makes a difference every day. Thank you!

We thank our community partner gift-in-kind contributors:

                               

 

Registration Notes

Admission Discounts Available to CalArts Current Students and CalArts Alumni

  • Student Admission passes available to CalArts Current Students only. Alumni can contact Sarah Melnick '16 at smelnick@calarts.edu on the Alumni Team for discount code information.

Children 12 & Under Attending: FREE Admission

  • If you are bringing a child with you to class visits, please include them in your headcount (e.g. if two parents and two children are visiting a class, reserve 4 spaces).

"Student for a Day" CLASS VISITS: Advance Sign-Up Required

  • Immerse yourself at CalArts by being a student again. Select your class(es) when purchasing passes. Classes meet capacity quickly, so be sure to register early. If you require class visit registration assistance, contact Sarah Melnick at smelnick@calarts.edu.

Accommodations

Hyatt Regency Valencia - 24500 Town Center Drive, Valencia, CA, 661-799-1234. Complimentary self-parking is included in room rates.

 

 

Event Speakers

Carolina Vargas '18
Featured Performer

Gabriel Jimenez '18
Featured Performer

Event Schedule

  • October 11, 2019
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Beginning Analog Photography (Art) Class

E11A (Main Building)

$0.00

Students will learn how to properly function 35mm cameras, and use of meters, apertures, shutter speeds. We will discuss various equipment, film and paper options out on the market that will best fit student's needs. Students will learn how to develop their own black and white film and print on RC and Fiber based Papers. We will focus on proper darkroom setup and workflow. Knowledge of multiple enlarger types and brands will be gained. Mixing of chemicals and the use of different dilutions ratios will also be discussed. Taught by Alejandro Sanchez.

09:00 AM
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11:55 AM

Professional Practice (Art) Class

A107I (Main Building)

$0.00

From contracts to job negotiation, this course covers essential practical information necessary to contemporary professional practice. The class includes guests and field trips to various Los Angeles design studios and printers in order to acquaint students with the many circumstances and environments in which design is practiced. Taught by Beth Elliott.

09:00 AM
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11:50 AM

The Digital Path for Animation (Film/Video) Class

F105 (Main Building)

$0.00

Course will prepare students for making work using digital tools. This class will focus on the technical aspects of the pre-production, production and post-production processes. Covering animation and live action production workflows. Topics include various methods of acquisition and file type options, importing, basic editing, file output and the completion pathway on and off campus. Taught by Mike McNeff.

10:00 AM
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12:00 PM

Experimental Music Workshop I (Music) Class

Wild Beast

$0.00

The Limits of Perception: This year the experimental music workshop class will deal with works that explore fundamental questions about musical perception. Taught by Michael Pisaro.

10:00 AM
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11:50 AM

Fundamental Musicianship (Music) Class

B321 (Main Building)

$0.00

Course devoted to musical literacy. Training is provided in basic areas, including reading and writing staff notation, clefs, scales, intervals, triads and their inversions, rhythm and meter. Taught by Amy Knoles.

11:00 AM
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01:00 PM

Writing for Harp (Music) Class

B321 (Main Building)

$0.00

The course will incorporate a thorough investigation of the physical and notational aspects of harp techniques. Students will compose short works for solo harp and harp with ensemble. Topics will include the instrument itself and its mechanism, including playing position and pedals; techniques such as arpeggio, muffling, glissando, and bisbigliando; and special and extended techniques, such as preparations, bowing, pitch bending, and tuning key slides. Taught by Anne Lebaron and Alison Bjorkedal.

12:00 PM
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02:00 PM

Jazz Faculty Ensemble (Music) Class with Alphonso Johnson

B319 (Main Building)

$0.00

Performance of ensemble works written for small jazz groups. Faculty members lead groups and play alongside the students. Taught by Alphonso Johnson.

12:30 PM
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04:00 PM

Realist Style (Film/Video) Class

Bijou Theater (Main Building)

$0.00

An investigation into the formal means that narrative filmmakers (from the Italian neo-realists to Dogme95, Renoir to Cassavetes) have used to achieve a heightened sense of "reality" in their work. Topics include the incorporation of documentary technique into fictional films, "improvisation," performance styles and the relationship between these "naturalist" filmmakers and the mainstream cinema. Taught by Gary Mairs. NOTES FOR ATTENDEES: Absolutely no use of electronic devices of any kind during the class. Please note that the class is best attended from the start. If you need to leave, please do so quietly.

12:30 PM
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02:30 PM

Tabla Accompaniment (Music) Class

B236 (Main Building)

$0.00

This course will teach students how to accompany vocal and instrumental music. Students will learn how to play with different thekas (rhythm cycles). Taught by Swapan Chaudhuri and Randy Gloss. NOTES FOR ATTENDEES: The tabla room is small. A few folding chairs can be made available, but available seating is typically floorspace. Shoes are not allowed in the Tabla room.

01:00 PM
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03:00 PM

Choreographer/Composer Seminar (Dance/Music) Class

Sharon Disney Lund Dance Theater (Main Building)

$0.00

This seminar focuses on investigating the possibilities in collaborative relationships between dance makers and music/sound makers. Dance and music students will experiment with how sound and movement interact, and with collaborating in different ways. In developing ways of supporting and challenging each others' creative processes, students will be able to develop the clarity, range and responsiveness of their own artistic voices. Taught by Dimitri Chamblas and David Rosenboom.

02:00 PM
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03:00 PM

Balinese Flute Ensemble (Music) Class

A114 (Main Building)

$0.00

Training in Balinese flute playing sixteen various-sized bamboo flutes accompanied by percussion instruments. Students will perform as an ensemble. Taught by Nanik and Nyoman Wenten.

02:00 PM
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03:45 PM

Non-Tonal Theories (Music) Class

B318 (Main Building)

$0.00

An introduction to modern Western musical structures such as extended harmonic relations, pitch-class set theory, serialism, indeterminacy, process, and extended tuning systems. Taught by Robert Wannamaker.

02:00 PM
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03:50 PM

Brass Workshop (Music) Class

Wild Beast Music Pavilion

$0.00

Brass Workshop provides a comprehensive look at topics related to professional performing standards on brass instruments. Taught by Ed Carroll.

02:00 PM
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03:55 PM

The Art of Listening (Music) Class

B312 (Main Building)

$0.00

This course explores the philosophy and psychology of the listening experience through both research and practice. What does it mean to listen? To imagine sound? What is the relationship between listening and memory, perception, consciousness? How can we practice alternative modes of listening? Can we step outside of our habitual perspectives to listen as non-musicians, non-humans, non-Earthlings? Taught by Ben Richter. NOTES FOR ATTENDEES: The second hour of the class may take place outside of the classroom for listening exercises outdoors. The first hour will be in the classroom.

02:00 PM
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04:05 PM

Jazz Faculty Ensemble (Music) Class with Larry Koonse

B320 (Main Building)

$0.00

Performance of ensemble works written for small jazz groups. Faculty members lead groups and play alongside the students. Taught by Larry Koonse.

02:00 PM
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04:00 PM

TRIG: Electronic Percussion (Music) Class

A300 (Main Building)

$0.00

This course is a series of hands-on workshops exploring the possibilities for percussionists performing with electronic controllers via computer music software, processors, sampling and loop based performance. Members of this class develop the ability to shape sound in ways that are informed by contemporary composition and performance practices. It is the goal of this course that: all participants become empowered electronic musicians/artists; that students be comfortable and adaptable when encountering newly designed controllers, evaluating the possibilities as live performance tools and programming the devices confidently; Students will develop ancillary skills that question the design of existing controllers and may ultimately consider creating their own design for use in live performance settings. Taught by Amy Knoles.

02:30 PM
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03:00 PM

Voice for Dancers (Dance) Class

A200 (Main Building)

$0.00

Discover, develop and strengthen the role of the voice in the dancer's body as it translates to text and singing. Taught by Rafael Lopez-Barrantes.

02:30 PM
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04:00 PM

Tala Systems (Music) Class

B236 (Main Building)

$0.00

This class will cover the concepts of Tala - organizing time into units, both duple and triple meters. The North Indian tala system will be explored, ranging from 3 beats to 128 beats. Students will learn the different talas and their patterns with syllables and will be exposed to the North Indian notation system, including learning how to read and write it. Taught by Swapan Chaudhuri and Randy Gloss. NOTES FOR ATTENDEES: The tabla room is small. A few folding chairs can be made available, but available seating is typically floorspace. Shoes are not allowed in the Tabla room.

03:00 PM
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06:00 PM

Javanese Dance (Music) Class

A114 (Main Building)

$0.00

Instruction in the traditional dance techniques of Indonesia. Taught by Nanik and Nyoman Wenten.

04:00 PM
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06:00 PM

Jazz Faculty Ensemble (Music) Class with Paul Novros

B319 (Main Building)

$0.00

Performance of ensemble works written for small jazz groups. Faculty members lead groups and play alongside the students. Taught by Paul Novros.

04:00 PM
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05:50 PM

John Cage: Music and Thought (Music) Class

B318 (Main Building)

$0.00

This is class is designed as a critical inquiry into the aesthetic, theoretical and political implications of John Cage's music. In addition to sustained encounters with several of Cage's significant pieces it will look at the implications of those works in the artist products of others. Taught by Michael Pisaro.

04:00 PM
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05:55 PM

Aza Talking Drum Ensemble (Music) Class

B200 (Main Building)

$0.00

A performance-based ensemble, learning traditional drumming from the Dagombas of Northern Ghana. In this musical tradition, drummers are griots, charged with the history keeping of their community. Unlike many other West African drumming traditions, the drum language of the Dagombas has been maintained and remains a vital part of the community. Students will play the talking drum (lunga), and bass drum (gon-gon) that are the primary instruments of the ensemble. Taught by Andrew Grueschow.

04:00 PM
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07:00 PM

Film Today (Film/Video) Class

Bijou Theater (Main Building)

$0.00

A beloved CalArts tradition "Film Today," offered by the Program of Film and Video, is open to the entire Institute, to graduate and undergraduate students in all programs, for Critical Studies credits. Opening a window into the world as well as into our own subjectivity, the art of the moving image is changing rapidly. This course is taught by scholars and/or professionals active in the field, who closely follow these changes. It is designed to offer a context and critical tools for a better understanding and appreciation of the moving image in its different manifestations. We will show narrative features from all over the world, crafted within different cultural, racial and sexual communities - as well as cutting-edge documentaries, essay films, experimental works and hybrid creations at the boundaries of several art practices. Lectures and active discussions will provide a context and build bridges between your respective metiers and the aesthetics of the moving image. Taught by Katharine Relth.

04:00 PM
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05:45 PM

Intonation Workshop (Music) Class

B312 (Main Building)

$0.00

Let's make use of the results of acoustical research concerning the various phenomena constituting the timbre of tuned compound sounds (as first described in 1863 by the physicist Hermann von Helmholtz in his historic book 'On the Sensations of Tone as a Physiological Basis for the Theory of Music'), of Harry Partch's 'language of frequency ratios' ('Genesis of a Music') and of James Tenney's concept of harmonic space ('John Cage and the Theory of Harmony')! This experimental hands-on tuning workshop with instrumental and computer sounds (with students playing their instruments) will set out to expand the ear's analytical hearing capabilities (training the awareness of partial unisonos, difference tones, and beats) and explore the sonorities of microtonal just intonation, methods for refining instrumental tuning and ensemble playing techniques, and possibilities for their musical application. The course offers a review of the complete curriculum for the theory of harmony (with a focus on just intonation and its microtonal implications) and an overview of the history of intonation in Western music. Taught by Wolfgang von Schweinitz.

06:00 PM
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07:00 PM

Balinese Dance (Music) Class

A114 (Main Building)

$0.00

Instruction in the traditional dances of Bali. Taught by Nanik and Nyoman Wenten.

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