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Drama 110: The Course all Arts-Interested Students Should Take

Tuesday, December 18th, 2007
IDA_Drama110_2008.jpg Drama 110 is offered every winter quarter through IDA, the Institute for Diversity in the Arts. The course number is deceptive, as Drama 110 consists of usually 3 separate hands-on courses with visiting professional artists, tied together through a weekly lecture and end-of-quarter performance or presentation involving all three sections. IDA’s Drama 110 course is perhaps the best kept secret of Stanford’s arts programs and departments. It is an intensive course, with high units, and loads of time-commitment, but it’s all worth it, as most of that time is spent in direct contact with the visiting artists.
This year, IDA brings to campus Lourdes Portillo (Academy Award Winner – Best Documentary, 1985), Patricia Powell (author of three novels), and John Carlos Perea (American Indian Powwow Music). Students will get to work closely with these visiting artists, working on creating projects and exploring topics of identity, diversity and aesthetics.


Jazz at the Stanford Shopping Center (and beyond)

Thursday, June 21st, 2007

SFJAZZsummerfest.pngEvery year, Stanford’s campus is alive with an incredible line-up of jazz during the summer. Unfortunately, most students have already left campus before getting to take part. If you are around though, you should definitely take advantage of the free (and not free) jazz concerts, jams, and other events.
SFJAZZ Summerfest Series
SF Jazz, the second largest jazz presenter in the nation, hosts a FREE summer series of concerts in our own Stanford Shopping Center. The “Summerfest” runs every Thursday from 6:00 to 7:30 PM, through August 9th, and then moves up into Union Square in the city.
The series will be hosted by award-winning emcee and radio personality Clifford Brown Jr., who’s voice you should recognize if you listen to 91.1 KCSM. If you want to tune in to hear Clifford, he hosts the Mid-Day jazz series Monday-Friday, as well as the American Jazz Countdown on Sundays on 91.1 FM.
Stanford Jazz Festival and Workshop (and JAM SESSIONS!)
Stanford’s campus will be buzzing with jazz throughout the summer with the Stanford Jazz Festival, and the Stanford Jazz Workshop, aka “Jazz Camp.” There is also a series of jam sessions taking place at the CoHo throughout the summer, 10PM-Midnight through August 2nd, tied with Jazz Camp and the Festival. Keep reading to see the schedule of CoHo Jam Sessions!


Film Festivals and Series at Stanford

Tuesday, May 8th, 2007

So, I’ve always felt like I had a good sense of the arts events on campus, due to my involvement with SOCA, Art Affair, the art and music departments, my friends and various classes I’ve taken across the breadth of the University during my undergrad, but recently, as I am moderating a comprehensive arts & entertainment calendar this school year, I have discovered I had NO IDEA how many film events, screenings, festivals, auditions and productions take place on campus each year.
After doing a little investigative work, and looking back through the calendar for the year, pinging the Stanford Film Society list, and sifting through websites and events, I’ve put together a (hopefully) complete list of the festivals and regular screenings that take place on campus this year – next year, who knows?
Film Festivals:

Film Series Screenings:

2,000 Free CDs. You know you want one…

Saturday, May 5th, 2007

Ten reasons YOU should get one or several copies of the Stanford Soundtrack Vol. 6:

  1. The music is great.
  2. 20 tracks from the best Stanford bands and musicians.
  3. The packaging is totally awesome, and you know you want it on your shelf.
  4. Did I mention it’s free?
  5. Take some home to friends and family — it’s the coolest Stanford souvenir you’ll find on campus.
  6. It’s volume six, which means, if you have any of the past volumes (volumes one-five), you should complete your collection.
  7. You might have missed the Soundtrack CD Release party, but you can party to this CD.
  8. Your friends are either on the Soundtrack, or, if you are at all the kind of cool Stanford student I assume you to be, you have probably seen some of the bands play at campus parties, or at the CoHo or Moonbeans.
  9. You love music.
  10. You love Stanford.

You can pick up your free copy from the CoHo, or from the unofficial SOCA warehouse, the SICA office — in Roble Gym, first office on your right after you enter.

Bank of America Members get into Museums for FREE

Friday, April 27th, 2007

Just found out that during the month of May, Bank of America members can get into a select group of museums for FREE!
Museums in San Francisco that you get in for FREE during May:


PINK FLAMINGOS take over campus for SOCA’s An Art Affair

Thursday, April 12th, 2007

Last night, SOCA members helping to organize An Art Affair, Stanford’s largest arts festival (happening THIS WEEKEND!), took initiative to set up ~60 pink lawn flamingos across campus, all marked with “SOCA” and Art Affair information.
Guerrilla advertising” has become a new tactic on campus this year, with the installation in the intersection of death (by the clock tower), and the investigative effort of the in viral marketing.
What can we expect next?


Wednesday, April 11th, 2007

This year’s An Art Affair (Stanford’s largest student-organized arts festival) will be taking place in White Plaza this weekend, Saturday April 14th (6pm-Midnight), and Sunday April 15th (10am-4pm). Check out the tents going up in White Plaza!
An Art Affair is now in it’s 8th year, and is bigger than ever before. This year, the festival joined with Stanford Community Day (April 15th) as a celebration of the Stanford arts community.
Some new additions this year include:
A Workshop Stage for student groups to give workshops following their performance on the Main Stage, FREE gourmet FOOD for Stanford students from the Cooking Club, special guest performances by KENNY ENDO and STANFORD TAIKO and GAMO DA PAZ and KUUMBA AFRICAN DANCE AND DRUM ENSEMBLE, and an extended schedule spanning two days– moving the Stanford Soundtrack CD Release Party to Saturday night, and the general festivities to Sunday to coincide with Community Day.
Here’s what you can expect at An Art Affair:
Over 60 performances on three stages, over 200 peices of visual art and photography on display (in two tent galleries), 3,000 free copies of the Stanford Soundtrack CD, 11 workshops from student organizations, FREE FOOD (on both days!) for Stanford students with SUID, and tabling from arts groups — all to showcase the Stanford arts community in this annual celebration.
The festival is organized each year by the Student Organizing Committee for the Arts (SOCA). It is one of the largest and most ambitious student-organized events on campus, and is the biggest arts event of the year. Do not miss it!
Full Art Affair Program Details

Guerrilla Art on Campus

Thursday, March 22nd, 2007

When thinking of outdoor art on campus, what comes to mind for most people is the rich collection of sculptures affiliated with the Cantor Arts Museum. Lately, though, Stanford has seen several guerrilla art installations popping up across campus.
If you spend a lot of time touring Campus Drive Loop, you will have undoubtedly noticed the huge geodesic dome constructed on the lawn outside of Chi Theta Chi. This is an incredible feat of construction, and I have been told it started as a scrap project, and turned into a masterpiece.
Recently, the Tresidder Bollards were dressed up in what looks to be pajamas, with lace fringe. This installation only lasted one day.


The Arts at Stanford: The Big Picture

Friday, March 9th, 2007

An introductory video to the arts at Stanford, created for the Arts Guide, an interactive multi-media guide to the arts at Stanford, sent to all prospective freshmen in the Spring. I think this video really captures the essence of Stanford, the passion and creativity of the students here, their dedication to extra-curricular arts and activities, and generally some of the principles and values that make Stanford an incredible place to be. []

An Art Affair: Stanford’s Largest Arts Festival

Wednesday, March 7th, 2007

Sign-up online at by March 10th!
Sign-ups have been extended for this year’s annual “An Art Affair,” the largest arts festival at Stanford. An Art Affair, which is organized by the Student Organizing Committee for the Arts (SOCA), will be held this April 14th and 15th, and will coincide with Stanford’s bi-annual Community Day. This is the seventh annual An Art Affair festival, and it’s going to be bigger and better than ever before.

Now in its seventh year, An Art Affair has evolved into a true Stanford tradition.