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Welcome and Reception for “Onward” National Steinbeck Center’s Reenactment of Joads’ Journey
October 13, 2013 – Walter Stiern Library, CSU Bakersfield
This reception will welcome the National Steinbeck Center’s “Onward” team on their arrival in Bakersfield from Sallisaw, Oklahoma. The reception also marks the opening for the Stiern Library’s collection of photographs from the Dust Bowl era. The reception will allow the NSC to collect oral histories of Bakersfield area residents. Entertainment will include period music by local musicians.
Dust Bowl Days
October 19, 2013 – Sunset School, Lamont, CA
Join the Greater Lamont Chamber of Commerce for their Dust Bowl Festival. Shuttles will run from Sunset school to the historic park area of Weedpatch Camp throughout the day. Earl Shelton and Ray Rush will be in the community hall to tell stories about growing up in the camp. Also available all day will be the ever-growing Dust Bowl collection which includes pictures, artifacts, and memorabilia of the era.
Association of University Women
Saturday, January 11th, 2014 @ 11am – Mercy Hospital Conference Room
Dr. Richard Collins, Dean of the School of Arts and Humanities at CSUB, will speak on the university's celebration of the 75th anniversary of the publication of The Grapes of Wrath during the whole of 2014. His presentation will include a discussion of the importance of John Steinbeck's novel for Bakersfield and Kern County, as well as some of the historical and literary background, all set in the context of an overview of the events planned by the university in partnership with the community for the year, from art installations and theatrical productions to the science of the Dust Bowl.
Music of the Great Depression
Tuesday, January 14th, 2014 @ 6pm – Walter Steirn Library, Dezember Reading Room
Local bluegrass band "Sisters Grim" is scheduled to perform “Music of the Great Depression” at the CSUB library on Tuesday at 6 p.m. as part of the university's year-long celebration of the 75th anniversary of the publication of The Grapes of Wrath. CSUB Musicologist Dr. Joel Haney will provide a contextual introduction to the music.
For parking information, please contact Eileen Montoya at 654-3042.
"Horace Bristol: The Dust Bowl Series”
January 23 through April 27, 2014 – Bakersfield Museum of Art, 1930 R St.
In conjunction with The Grapes of Wrath’s 75th anniversary celebration at CSU Bakersfield, the Bakersfield Museum of Art proudly presents Horace Bristol’s The Dust Bowl Series. Born and raised in California, Horace Bristol used his camera to document some of the most striking and memorable images to come out of the Great Depression. Accompanied by writer John Steinbeck, Bristol attempted to draw attention to the struggles of migrant workers escaping the barren hope of the American Dust Bowl. This exhibition features a collection of Bristol’s photographs, capturing the intimate moments of the migrant workers in California during 1937-38.
Admission: $5 Non-members, $4 Non-Members & Seniors, Free for members
Sponsored by Chevron
David Masumoto - If Steinbeck was a Farmer
Wednesday, January 29th, 2014 @ 6pm – CSUB Student Union/Multi-Purpose Room
For more information: Masumoto Flyer
Gerald Haslam at the Levan Center
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 @ 10am – Bakersfield College's Norman Levan Center for the Humanities
Bakersfield College's Norman Levan Center for the Humanities will present a series of discussions celebrating the 75th anniversary of the publication of "The Grapes of Wrath". February 5, 2014 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Discussion with Gerald Haslam Haslam will discuss the literary aspects of "The Grapes of Wrath" February 27, 2014 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Discussion with Rick Wartzman Rick Wartzman is the author of "Obscene in the Extreme", about the banning of "The Grapes of Wrath" by the Kern County Supervisors. April 24, 2014 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Discussion with Marisa Silver Marisa Silver is the author of the novel "Mary Coin", about the dust bowl migration. Her novel was inspired by Dorothea Lange’s classic photograph “Migrant Mother.”
“The Bakersfield Sound: How Migration, War and Class Distinction Created a Phenomenon in American Music”
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 @ 10am – Bakersfield Museum of Art, 1930 R St.
Bakersfield Californian writer and novelist, Bob Price, will discuss his upcoming book. This will be Price’s first public discussion of book, since sending to publishers.
Film Screening - "The Compassionate Eye"
Thursday, February 6, 2014 @ 6 pm – Bakersfield Museum of Art, 1930 R St.
A film screening of this Horace Bristol documentary and a discussion with filmmaker David Rabinovitch. Reception prior to screening beginning at 5 pm.
The Grapes of Wrath Gala at the Historic Fox Theatre
February 7th, 2014 – The Historic Fox Theatre, Bakersfield, CA
The School of Arts and Humanities and The Public History Institute at CSU Bakersfield invite you to the official kick-off for the yearlong celebration honoring the 75th anniversary of John Steinbeck's novel “The Grapes of Wrath” on February 7, 2014 at the Fox Theatre. The gala event will feature a concert by country music artist Dave Alvin, followed by a screening of the classic 1939 film “The Grapes of Wrath” directed by John Ford, and starring Henry Fonda
The gala's festivities will open with a VIP pre-party from 5:30 - 6:45 p.m. at the Hayden Building on 19th street with food, drinks, and meet-and-greet with Alvin. The pre-party will also include an auction with exclusive items, including a guitar signed by Alvin with all proceeds benefiting CSUB and The Ronald McDonald house. Guests will then move one block north to the Fox Theatre for the hour-long concert by Alvin at 7 p.m. The screening of the “The Grapes of Wrath” will begin at 8:15 p.m.
Tickets for the event are $75 for VIP pre-party and concert; general concert admission is $30, and $20 for students/seniors. Admission to the screening is free and will be based on number of seats available after event tickets have been sold. Tickets go on sale Jan. 9 and are available at the Fox Theater Box Office, all Vallitix locations and at www.vallitix.com.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014 @ 10 pm – Bakersfield Museum of Art, 1930 R St.
BHS history teacher and archive specialist, Ken Hooper, will discuss forgotten local history found through Bakersfield High School archiving program, including but not limited to, the Dust Bowl and more.
"Water and Power": an exhibit by Jim Skuldt
February 15-March 15, 2014 @ Todd Madigan Gallery, CSUB
In celebration of the publication of The Grapes of Wrath, The Todd Madigan Gallery is pleased to present Jim SKULDT's exhibition WATER & POWER. SKULDT’s work considers the management of and misinformation surrounding water use in the Central Valley and American desert over the past century.
Opening reception: Saturday, February 15, 2-4 pmArtist Lecture in Gallery: Thursday, February 13, 4 pm
Merle Haggard Concert
March 8th, 2014 @ 7 pm – The Fox Theater
Tickets available at the Fox Box Office or through Vallitix. $35-$93
Children's Theatre Performance of “Dust Bowl Dreams”
March 15th & 16th, 2014 – Doré Theatre, CSU Bakersfield
The CSU Bakersfield Theatre Arts Department presents a children's theatre production written and directed by Kamala Kruszka.
Science of the Dust Bowl
March 15, 2014 – Location and Time TBA
Educational activities centered around scientific contexts of the Dust Bowl, including the effects of soil erosion, climate change, water resources, and farming techniques in agriculture.
Musical Concert: “Dreams of the San Joaquin”
Thursday, April 3, 2014 @ 6 pm – Bakersfield Museum of Art, 1930 R St.
Acoustic music and storytelling with acclaimed singer-songwriters Randy Sharp, Jack Wesley Routh, plus special guests TBA (including member of Texas Tornados). Sharp has written songs for Reba McEntire, the Dixie Chicks, Marty Robbins, and more. Routh has written songs for Johnny Cash, Linda Ronstadt, Waylon Jennings, and more. The “Dreams” recording project tells stories of life in the San Joaquin. All-new original music, with Central Valley themes.
Arlo Guthrie in Concert at the Historic Fox Theatre
April 9, 2014 – The Historic Fox Theatre, Bakersfield, CA
A concert featuring the music of Woody Guthrie and the Dust Bowl era performed by Arlo Guthrie and his band.
Kegley Institute of Ethics presents "Sowing the Seeds of Justice" with Former California Supreme Court Justice Cruz Reynoso
April 17th, 2014 @ 7 pm - Doré Theatre, CSU Bakersfield
Free to the public. As part of KIE's contribution to CSUB's year-long celebration of the 75th anniversary of John Steinbeck's classic, The Grapes of Wrath, we are very proud to present Justice Cruz Reynoso, whose personal history exemplifies the struggles faced by so many who have walked in the Joad's footsteps. In his case, those struggles took him from poverty and toiling in the fields to sitting on the bench of the state's highest court. Justice Reynoso, now in his 80's, continues to fight for justice for all California citizens. See, for example, his recent challenge to the Obama Administration's Justice Department to review whether LA County's electoral boundaries violate the Voting Rights Act (see LA Voting Story). Justice Reynoso was also the subject of the 2010 award-winning documentary, "Cruz Reynoso: Sowing the Seeds of Justice," produced by Abby Ginzberg (see the trailer here). Like all KIE events, the lecture is free and open to the public, thanks to generous support from Kern Schools Federal Credit Union and San Joaquin Community Hospital. For additional information call the Institute at 661-654-3149.
History Forum featuring speaker Prof. Gray Brechin (UC Berkeley), "California's Living New Deal"
Professor Brechin will discuss the New Deal's impact on the state, and the Living New Deal Project to record and map surviving examples of New Deal buildings and landscapes.
April 18th, 2014, 3:30-5:00 pm
Exhibition Opening: How did the Dust Bowl affect your life?
Thursday, May 15, 2014 @ 6 pm – Bakersfield Museum of Art, 1930 R St.
BMOA is requesting family stories – How did the Dust Bowl affect your life? What was your experience? Local artists will then be asked to illustrate these written experiences in a collaborative community-wide project.
Visiting Sculptor Series
Spring 2014 – CSU Bakersfield
Public sculpture and art installations. Currently three installations are planned:
The 10th Annual KIE Fall Lecture by Andrew Sullivan
October 1st, 2014 - Location and Time TBA
The conservative author, pundit and blogger extraordinaire. Mr. Sullivan's blog, The Dish is among the is among the most world's most widely read, in part because of his extraordinary intelligence and range of views. His talk will continue KIE's contribution to CSUB's Grapes of Wrath anniversary celebration.
1930s Modernism in Architecture, Art, and Literature
October, 2014 – TBA
A celebration of Modernism in Bakersfield, highlighting the examples of Modernist architecture, art, and literature connected to the area. Site visits and events at architectural landmarks, such as the Richard Neutra houses of Patricia Leddy and David Coffey.
One Book, One Bakersfield, One Kern
The Kern County community reads one book in the libraries, schools, and in the universities. CSU Bakersfield leads the effort by choosing the book and requiring it in First-Year Experience program. This year’s book will be Enrique’s Journey by Sonia Nazario.
Theatrical Performance of “From Dust Thou Art”
November 6th, 7th, 8th & 9th, 2014 – Doré Theatre, CSU Bakersfield
The CSU Bakersfield Theatre Arts Department presents a play by Peter Grego based on oral histories of Dust Bowl immigrants of the period.
Cultural Legacy of The Grapes of Wrath. An Interdisciplinary Academic Conference
November 7th & 8th, 2014 – CSU Bakersfield
Academic conference including all disciplines from the arts and humanities (history, literature, philosophy, religious studies, communications, modern languages, linguistics, art, music, and theatre). Keynote and other featured speakers: Rick Wartzman (journalism), Susan Shillinglaw (literature), James N. Gregory (history), Peter La Chapelle (history), Daniel Goldmark (music), Dan Morgan (journalism). Click here to read Call for Papers.
Popular Orchestral Classics of the Dust Bowl Era: The Plow that Broke the Plains and Billy the Kid
November, 2014 – TBA
The Bakersfield Youth Symphony in concert featuring Aaron’s Copland’s ballet score, Billy the Kid (1938), and Virgil Thomson’s score to The Plow that Broke the Plains (1936) with a showing of Pare Lorentz’s film documentary. Selections will be introduced with historical commentary discussing the influence of Lorentz’s work on John Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath. Live music accompanying the film.