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The Student News Site of Sonoma State University

Sonoma State Star

The Student News Site of Sonoma State University

Sonoma State Star


Fall Dance returns with in-person screening

Cléa Upcher, Staff Writer December 8, 2021

The dance department showcased student choreography and talent with another virtual Fall Dance concert from Dec. 2 through Dec. 5, this year with an in-person screening on Dec. 1. Students performed as both dancers and choreographers in the months-long process of creating various pieces.


STAR Spotlights Jenny Braun, Art Lecturer

Cléa Upcher, Staff Writer December 1, 2021

For Jenny Braun, lecturer in the art department here at SSU, art has been an ever-present source of joy since before she can remember. “It's hard to say where it started, but I can say that I’ve always enjoyed using my hands to make things and I think it was that affinity to craft and materials that led me into art,” wrote Braun via email.


Theatre Arts puts on Super Mega Molten Hot Lava New Play Festival

Cléa Upcher, Staff Writer November 17, 2021

From ice cream planets and sci-fi thrillers to a creative take on Native American land stewardship, the Super Mega Molten Hot Lava New Play Festival was filled with innovative work from students from SSU’s Playwriting I and Playwriting II classes.


Theatre Arts puts on collection of one-acts from playwright Suzan-Lori Parks

Cléa Upcher, Staff Writer November 10, 2021

The Theatre Arts department put on a collection of one-act plays called “365 Days/ 365 Plays” from esteemed playwright Suzan-Lori Parks, the first African American woman to receive the Pulitzer Prize in Drama. The performances streamed virtually from Nov. 4 to Nov. 7. The 18 plays chosen for these performances reflect on the concepts of beginning, middle and end.


Sally Tomatoes hosts weekly “Tuesday Night Comedy” event

Cléa Upcher, Staff Writer November 3, 2021

Sally Tomatoes in Rohnert Park is a one-stop destination for music, food, and entertainment. By day, the venue resembles somewhat of a conference room; come showtime, the lights are dimmed and round tables fill the space around the stage with eager patrons ready to laugh.


The Mitote Food Park serves up culture and brings community together

Cléa Upcher, Staff Writer October 5, 2021

Familia, communidad, comida. These are the three most important parts of the Mitote Food Park in Santa Rosa. The food park consists of three different food trucks that exclusively serve Mexican food from different regions in Mexico. The three trucks, Lucha Sabina, Antojitos Victoria, and Maria Machetes, operate from 12 p.m. to 12 a.m. and are located at 665 Sebastopol Road in Roseland.


Petaluma beer garden hosts weekly live music from local musicians

Cléa Upcher, Staff Writer September 29, 2021

Nestled in the heart of downtown Petaluma beside the bank of the Petaluma river lies Brewsters Beer garden. Concealed behind a wood-slatted fence is an all-outdoor concept with room for over 350 guests. The restaurant hosts live music events performed by a range of local bands on Brewsters’ stage every Sunday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.


SSU celebrates anniversary of local art installation “Running Fence”

Cléa Upcher, Staff Writer September 22, 2021

A letter from University Art Gallery Director Jennifer Bethke that describes the exhibition she curated, “Running Fence at 45 years”, is the first thing situated on the walls of SSU’s Library Art Gallery. The exhibition, on display now through Oct. 10, celebrates the 45th anniversary of artists Christo and Jean-Claude’s project, “Running Fence”.


Local dahlia farm aims to be community hub amidst COVID-19 and beyond

Cléa Upcher, Staff Writer September 15, 2021

For six years, the Happy Dahlia Farm in Petaluma has connected locals to their environment against a vibrant floral backdrop. After the pandemic, the flower farm’s goal is to reconnect with their community through hosting a wide-variety of events and selling build-your-own dahlia bouquets.


Green Music Center Hosts Iconic Funk and Soul Band Tower of Power

Cléa Upcher, Staff Writer September 8, 2021

The Green Music Center hosted the Bay Area’s Tower of Power on Saturday, Sept. 4 as part of its Summer at the Green series. Established in Oakland in 1968, Tower of Power, or TOP, has been at the forefront of the funk and soul music genres for over 50 years.

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