San Marcos is becoming known as the education hub of North County. With our award-winning school district, Palomar Community College and California State University San Marcos all making their home right here in our backyard, we are pretty fortunate to have access to so many educational resources. San Marcos is also home to a variety of charter schools, higher education programs and private universities. While this is all great for our students, what about the rest of us?
We are so lucky to have such a wealth of educational programs and resources here in San Marcos. But, unless you’re a student, you may be missing out on some of the amazing opportunities that come from having this kind of stuff in our backyard.
Art. Culture. Innovation.
These are all by-products of a fantastic education and they are going on right now inside the walls of these institutions and in grassroots organizations around our community. At some point, it is these very things that will put San Marcos on the map. But, we get to enjoy them right now. How? Well, you do have to do a little more sleuthing around to find them, but as you dip your toe into various opportunities to participate in community events, you will open up a whole new world of discovery for yourself here in San Marcos.
For example, did you know that The College of Humanities, Arts, Behavioral and Social Sciences at CSUSM produces the Arts and Lectures Series each year? It has become an integral part of campus life and offers eye-opening perspectives on multiple topics, issues and disciplines by bringing in exceptional guests who are experts in various fields. And, it runs September through November. (Tickets are on sale now!)
The series always includes a variety of formats – inspiring lectures, film/video, dance and theatre. And, the best part is that these events are open to the public. You can grab a ticket online and indulge yourself in events that keep your mind sharp and your soul connected to issues that matter.
The series runs from September to November and tickets go on sale August 31. Tickets are usually $10-12 and parking is free. You can’t beat it! Not to mention, students and kids 12 and under get in free with an online ticket. So, bring the family and feed your brain and your soul this fall.
UPCOMING EVENTS INCLUDE:
Time Capsule of Music: 1930 -1960
Presented by Howard Anton Duncan. Special Guests: Rick Hall & Mandy Paige Bayless Tuesday, September 22, 7PM
Enjoy piano music intertwined with the historical context of events from the Great Depression era, FDR’s “New Deal” legislation, the atomic bomb and times of economic prosperity in the postwar U.S.
The Classical Music of India
Renowned Master Musician Rajeev Taranath
Tuesday, September 29, 7PM
Rajeev Taranath, internationally acclaimed performer of Indian classical music, is one of the leading exponents of the sarod, the richly textured relative of the lute.
Global Capitalism and the Crisis of Humanity
Dr. William I. Robinson
Wednesday, October 21, 6:30PM
William I. Robinson, Professor of Sociology, Global and Latin American Studies at UCSB, will discuss his recent book, Global Capitalism and the Crisis of Humanity.
The Black-Jew Dialogues: a Cross-Cultural Comedy
Thursday, October 22, 6:30PM
This extraordinary two-actor play explores the absurdity of prejudice and racism including a postshow discussion.
Created and Realized by Diego Pinon
Tuesday, October 27, 7PM
Combining a mix of Butoh, dance, ritual and theatre, Diego Pinon’s work offers homage for all of the people who must abandon their lands and origins in order to survive with less violence, more equality and freedom.
Scary Stories: What do horror stories tell us about ourselves, our society and social injustice?
Dr. Natalie Wilson
Thursday, October 29, 7PM
This event will examine scary stories and monstrous figures, exploring them as social barometers revealing individual and collective fears as they pertain to race, class, gender and sexuality.
Thursday, November 5, 7PM
Ishmael Houston-Jones is an internationally known choreographer, author, performer, teacher and arts activist. He received numerous awards including two Bessie Awards for his piece Cowboys, Dreams and Ladders, and for the revival of THEM (1985).
There are no Superheroes, Just Us: My Journey with Malala
An evening with Shiza Shahid, co-Founder of the Malala Fund
Monday, November 16, 7PM
Shiza Shahid was recently named one of TIME Magazine’s 30 Under 30 World Changers and Forbes’ 30 Under 30 Social Entrepreneurs. Hear the inspiring journey of Shiza Shahid, co founder and CEO of the Malala Fund, and learn about her work with Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai.
A Quilt of Poetry: World AIDS Day Candlelight Vigil
Tuesday, December 1, 6PM
Come listen to readings honoring those who struggle with HIV/AIDS as well as those who have succumbed to the AIDS virus.