The Top: Seven Exciting UCR Events in January

A list of UCR happenings in the next couple of weeks.

The California Museum of Photography, one of the three components of UCR ARTSblock.

Welcome to The Top!

Each issue, we present a list of UCR staff and faculty favorites — from walking spots to gardens to events. This week, we feature upcoming UCR events that starts off the year of 2015 right!

If you have a favorite spot you’d like featured or an activity you’d like to share, email lille.bose@ucr.edu

1. Villa-Lobos International Chamber Music Festival

Paulo Chagas, Lars Hoefs

The Villa-Lobos International Chamber Music Festival is a collaboration between UCR’s Paulo C. Chagas, an internationally known composer, and cellist Lars Hoefs. Photos by Steve Walag and Magdalena Switek

UCR’s Department of Music, in collaboration with the UCR Culver Center of the Arts and the São Paulo State University Campinas, presents the Villa-Lobos International Chamber Music Festival beginning on Jan. 14, at Pasadena Presbyterian Church in Pasadena.

The festival presents 10 concerts and one film screening, featuring three world premieres by composer Paulo C. Chagas, chair and professor of the UCR Department of Music. The concert series will celebrate the chamber music of the first distinctly Latino voice in classical music, Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959), the music that influenced him (Bach, Debussy, Stravinsky, and Brazilian Choros), and his influence on Latin American composers of the 20th and 21st centuries (Chavez, Revueltas, Ginastera, and especially Chagas).

See the entire festival schedule here.

2. Palm Desert Art Documentary Series

The start of the UCR Palm Desert and the City of Palm Desert’s Public Art Department’s art documentary series begins on Jan. 15 with “Morris Louis: The Life and Art of One of America’s Greatest Twentieth Century Abstract Artists” and “Lyon Housemuseum.” The screenings are free and open to the public.

“Morris Louis: The Life and Art of One of America’s Greatest Twentieth Century Abstract Artists” is a rarely seen documentary that chronicles the life and work of Morris Louis, a prolific painter whose work provides a link between Abstract Expressionism and Color Field painting.

“Lyon Housemuseum” (short film) explores a private house and art collection located east of Melbourne, Australia in a residential suburb.

Check out the rest of the art documentary series at http://palmdesert.ucr.edu/programs/ArtDoc13.html.

3. Investigative Journalist Lecture

Seth Rosenfeld

Investigative journalist Seth Rosenfeld will discuss his book, “Subversives: The FBI’s War on Student Radicals, and Reagan’s Rise to Power,” on Jan. 21.

Investigative journalist Seth Rosenfeld will discuss his book “Subversives: The FBI’s War on Student Radicals, and Reagan’s Rise to Power” at UC Riverside on Wednesday, Jan. 21, at noon in Room 240 of the Orbach Science Library. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Seth Rosenfeld is an award-winning freelance journalist who previously was an investigative reporter for the San Francisco Examiner and the San Francisco Chronicle. Read more about Rosenfeld and the event here.

4. UCR Men’s Basketball Games

With numerous home games in January, there are plenty of opportunities to watch UCR Men's Basketball. Photo By: Carlos Puma

With numerous home games in January, there are plenty of opportunities to watch UCR Men’s Basketball. Photo By: Carlos Puma

Come support UCR Men’s Basketball this month at their home games against UC Davis (January 15 at 7 p.m.), University of Hawai’i (January 17 at 8:30 p.m.) and Cal State Northridge (January 31 at 5 p.m.).

Check out other Men’s Basketball games here.

5. Cooking Demo with UCR Dining

On Jan. 21 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., the Well is hosting a Cooking Demo with UCR Dining at the Student Recreation Center Classroom Kitchen. A part of Wellness Wednesdays, come and learn how UCR Dining incorporates complex and healthy combinations in meals that you cook at home. For questions about the event, contact Devon Sakamoto at (951) 827-9355 or at thewellevents@gmail.com.

6. California Museum of Photography Projects: Heather Rasmussen

The California Museum of Photography presents work from Los Angeles-based artist Heather Rasmussen’s ongoing photographic series Compile.

The California Museum of Photography presents work from Los Angeles-based artist Heather Rasmussen’s ongoing photographic series Compile.

Beginning on January 24 and ending on April 5, the California Museum of Photography presents work from Los Angeles-based artist Heather Rasmussen’s ongoing photographic series Compile. Shot in medium format film, Rasmussen’s pictures capture isolated moments of domestic and urban environments that ring with a sharp sense of color, texture, and a fragility that lends lightness to subject matter imbued with process: stacking, preparation, dilapidation, death, and overgrowth. Learn more about the artist here.

7. UCR Education Professor Begoña Echeverria to Discuss “The Hammer of Witches”

Noted Basque scholar Begoña Echeverria will read from her novel, “The Hammer of Witches: A Historical Novel,” at UC Riverside at noon on Thursday, Jan. 22, in Orbach Library, Room 240.
The event is sponsored by the Librarians Association of the University of California, Riverside Division, and is free and open to the public.

Echeverria is an associate professor in the UCR Graduate School of Education who is known for her ethnographic and archival research on Basque identity, language and culture.
“The Hammer of Witches” (2014, Center for Basque Studies) takes place in a small Basque town convulsed by accusations of witchcraft in 1610. The novel tells the story of Maria, a girl determined to honor her mother’s memory by learning to read and improving her lot in life; the priest Salvador Zabaleta, who has sworn to protect Maria but whose own identity is beset by struggles; and the mysterious and sophisticated Sabine Elizalde. Based on historical events during the Spanish Inquisition, “The Hammer of Witches” shows that even in the face of tremendous
evil, justice can prevail. For more information contact Christina Cicchetti, education subject specialist in UCR’s Rivera Library, at (951) 827-5138 or christina.cicchetti@ucr.edu.

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