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    Gallery Schedule Fall 13

    Thursday, September 5, 2013

    Opening reception: Monday, Sept. 30th. 5-7 p.m.  The Art Gallery is located on the lower level of the Student Center at West Valley College, 14000 Fruitvale Ave. Saratoga, CA. The exhibit will be open through Oct. 17th Faculty Work: 9/23 – 10/21, reception 9/30  Day of the Dead: 10/28 - 11/4 , reception TBA Photography Exhibit:  11/12 – 12/1 [...]

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  • Opera

    “O” is for Opera

    Tuesday, January 15, 2013

    MUSIC 044 MUSICAL THEATER & OPERA SCENES The hugely popular MUSIC 44 class will once again be offered SPRING 2014.  Check back here or see the Spring 14 schedule of classes upon publication. Rec Prep: MUSIC 032C and/or 033A and/or 033B and/or THEAR 040A and eligibility for ENGL 001A and Read 053. This class studies, [...]

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    Like, What is Art Anyways

    Monday, January 14, 2013

     The Homonym Approach to Art Theory for Community College Students I.     Definitions   (Etymology) II.    How do you know it’s Art   (Epistemology) III.   Apples, Oranges & Drano  (Taxonomy) IV.   Priests, Kings, Shamans & Chiefs   (Mythology) V.     Beauty   (Plato) VI.    Representation  (Mimesis) VII.   The [...]

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    Saturday, January 5, 2013

    If you are of a certain age and recall using magnetic tape then the relative ease with which high definition video and high fidelity audio are captured, edited and distributed likely amazes and inspires you. It certainly does us.

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    Stem to Steam

    Sunday, January 29, 2012

    STEAM represents the economic progress and breakthrough innovation that comes from adding art and design to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education and research: STEM + Art = STEAM. The value of art and design to innovation is clear: Artists and designers humanize technology, making it understandable and capable of bringing about societal change. [...]

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  • Theater

    Behind The Scenes

    Saturday, January 28, 2012

    Have you ever wondered how in the world art, music and theater pull off high-caliber student productions in just one semester? Plus charge the public an admission fee! You must be curious, right? Right?

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    Discourse & Lecture

    Monday, January 2, 2012

    Mona Lisa La Gioconda in honor of our friend Kathleen Grisham. We miss her very much. She was a first-rate historian and a first-rate colleague. She was an early purveyor of online arts education. This portal is an extension of her work.  Tag, Lectures

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When Do We Want It?

Dean in Blue Light   Andrew Chandler, inaugural dean of the WVC Cilker School of Art & Design addresses the troops for the very first time.   Eternal Dean Emeritus  Wes Burns schooling the youngins on the evil doings of 1970′s era administration.   A Pair of Good Men  Clay and Davis they are. Clean shirt, [...]

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Friend to the Arts, Fred Chow

From President Davis: As many of you know, Fred Chow announced earlier in the semester that he will retire from the College this year. Despite our best efforts to hold back time, this Friday marks his last day on campus. I could not let this moment pass without expressing my personal appreciation to Fred and [...]

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Jekyll and Hyde Opens Friday

Robert Louis Steven’s Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde opens this Friday.  Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde is the original title of a novella written by the Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson that was first published in 1886.  A special midnight performance, Friday, Nov. 29th. 8 p.m. Nov. 22, 23, 29, 30 and [...]

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The Results Are In!

The results are in!  By a wide-margin, Gus, Happy, Non-Threatening takes the cake.  Thanks to all of those who took the time to vote. Gus, Happy, Non-Threatening Gus, Groovy Gus, Mildly Serious  Gus, Carefree

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Día de los Muertos

[Updated] Maryanne Mills writes: There are three wonderful Day of the Dead altars/celebrations around campus this week! The Puente Club is having a celebration today, Tuesday, October 29th at 12:30 pm in the Campus Center. Texkatlitoka Aztec Dancers and Drums will be performing a traditional dance and providing an explanation of the Day of the [...]

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12th Annual Choral Festival

[Updated] If you notice an inordinate number of high school students in tuxedos and formal gowns on campus tomorrow, they will likely be in a choir from one of the fourteen schools that will be participating in our 12th Annual Invitational Choral Festival. This year’s festival will be adjudicated by Dr. Gene Peterson, Associate Director [...]

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Midnight, Sat. Oct. 26th.

Midnight, Sat. Oct. 26th. Studio Theater Performance of works by Edgar Allen Poe, adapted by David Chaplle, directed by Amy Zsadanyi-Yale and Carol Fischer Katrina Alverez, Cristi Bocci, Nicole Keith, Navid Rahnemoon, Elizabeth Reyes, Savahna Yale, Alexandra Zvargulis opening night, The Bells The Bells (poem) from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Edgar Allen Poe Opens Friday

A Very Dark Evening With Mr. Edgar Allan Poe opens this Friday, 8pm in the Studio Theater.  Midnight performance October 26th! FIVE CLASSIC TALES ADAPTED FOR THE STAGE  “Few writers have matched Edgar Allan Poe’s dark imagination and A Very Dark Evening With Mr. Edgar Allan Poe brings the thrills and chills of Poe to [...]

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Site Specific Art @ WVC

Today the Viking Grove was transformed into a massive outdoor exhibition space.  The work, “Send Silence Packing” displayed 1,100 backpacks, representing the 1,100 college students who die by suicide every year.  Members of the exhibit’s sponsor, Active Minds were on hand to answer questions and share information. Not only was the exhibit extraordinarily powerful and [...]

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Heavenly Bodies Lecture

The Global Citizenship Committee presents “Heavenly Bodies: Cult Treasures and Spectacular Saints in the Catacombs” A free lecture by Dr. Paul Koudounaris West Valley College Fox Center, Rm 120, Thurs. Oct 17th 4-5pm.  Featured Image Photo courtesy of Dr. Koudounaris

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Cornejo Scores!

From Lou De La Rosa: As the past department chair, I am proud to share this link which promotes Contest, a new independent film about high school bullying that will have it’s world premiere at the Mill Valley Film Festival on October 5, followed by a national television debut on the Cartoon Network the following [...]

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Song For Webster

Last night the West Valley College Chorale and Chamber Singers dedicated their final concert of the school year to our late colleague Webster Owens.  Webster was beloved by this campus community and is sorely missed. Warm summer sun, shine brightly here, Warm Southern wind, blow softly here, Green sod above, lie light, lie light, Good [...]


Gala Round Up

Note the honest expression on Kayla’s face (Ms. Empson’s performance was flawless btw)… Who knew Dr. Gaskin would be there? Gus must be the hardest working man in (Silicon Valley) show business… Goodness gracious we miss Ginger… It takes a field marshal to pull these productions off in 12 weeks (kudos Amy)… Congratulations West Valley [...]



Duchamp hoisted a urinal onto a pedestal and foisted a century’s worth of postmodern art-schtick on America. Hey, the Venus of Willendorf ain’t schtick, is it?   Tag, Exhibitions


Award Win Part Deux

Congratulations to Michelle Hawkins and West Valley College’s vocal jazz ensemble, Synchronicity, for their second consecutive DownBeat Magazine Award.  To be judged among the best vocal jazz ensembles in the country is a tremendous honor; to be judged so twice is proof of a strong collaborative effort between fine student musicians and a gifted and [...]


Guest Post, Tim Kelly

The WVC Associated Students are sponsoring a series of Dr. Seuss related events including an exhibition of Seuss inspired student work.  The exhibit will run from April 23rd through May 3rd.  A reception is scheduled for Wednesday, May 2nd from 5-7 p.m.  The show and reception will be held in the newly renovated Campus Center [...]


Occupy Saratoga

“SLO: The Gospel of Assessment” You want Student Learning Outcome documentation we’ve got Student Learning Outcome documentation! The initial goal of an effective art instructor is to determine the student’s interests.  A healthy rapport will likely develop as the student learns to more deliberately articulate his or her “voice” and experiences the satisfaction of a job well-done. [...]