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Starting The Conversation

Starting The Conversation

I first met Alicia Valenzuela last year when I led an art flash mob parol (Filipino Star Lantern) activity at DeltaFusion.  Her gratitude made an impression. 

Since then I have learned just how special Alicia truly is, having graduated from UOP and being devoted to making real change.  She has a unique point of view believing that, “artists and scientists are one in the same.”

As a freshman Alicia started the bottle cap project collecting over 10,000 bottle caps making some of them into a mural. Alicia likes using the things around her to create art.  Where others see post consumer waste she sees value, “because nothing is really trash.”

DeltaFusion

DeltaFusion

Giant puppets are coming to Victory Park?  That may sound incredible but this is the fourth year that the amazing DeltaFusion Puppet Pageant is being performed in Stockton.

Cathie McClellan, Associate Professor of UOP’s Theatre Arts Department, got the idea for DeltaFusion from “In The Heart Of The Beast Puppet And Mask Theatre” in Minneapolis now celebrating their 40th Mayday Parade and Festival that DeltaFusion takes after.

DeltaFusion highlights a different theme every year.  In 2011, the Potato King and Tomato Queen were the stars.  “Meet Me At The River” was the theme for 2012 featuring trappers and beavers.  Last year, “The Strength Of Many” included some of the diversity of the area - Filipino, Sikh, and Italian and this year, “Weaving Tales With A Common Thread” tells the story of Maxine Hong Kingston’s family among others.

The Amazing Adventures of the Marvelous Monkey King

The Amazing Adventures of the Marvelous Monkey King

The Confucius Church/Chinese Benevolent Association, with partial funding from the Stockton Arts Commission, created the Red Dragon Youth Theater which culminates with a performance of "The Amazing Adventures of the Marvelous Monkey King" taking place this Saturday, June 21st at 1pm in the newly refurbished Confucius Church annex called Colliver Hall accessible through the Confucius Church located at 212 E. Lafayette Street.  Tickets are $5 for adults, $4 for students and 3 and under are free. 

The play, written by Elizabeth Wong and directed by Val Lee Acoba combines old and new - Chinese Opera and hip-hop music.  The impish Monkey King, after much dancing, battles and heroics triumphs over his adversaries learning about leadership, responsibility, and forgiveness.

Delta College Summer Theater - Retro Garage

Delta College Summer Theater - Retro Garage

RETRO GARAGE, June 19-21, 8pm, Alfred Muller Studio Theatre

Director Harvey Jordan brings a unique summer theater mixture of music, cabaret, and comedy improv with Retro Garage. Do you remember "Service with a Smile?" See you at the show!

Tickets - $10 - $12
DCA Box Office - http://bit.ly/1b0M9we
209-954-5110

Another SMART Project

Another SMART Project

On a weekly trip to the movies my husband and I parked on El Dorado and started crossing Weber when I noticed the utility box on the corner had a tape around it. I looked closer and saw that a design was being painted on it. Then I remembered the Utility Box Design Contest I had written about.

It seemed that everywhere I looked there was another decorated utility box – one across from French 25, another just above De Carli Plaza on El Dorado and one set in the landscaping of the B & M Building by Janet Leigh Plaza – four utility boxes in all.