SF State artist forges storytelling craft

December 13, 2012 Life 2 Comments

Rather than simply picking one medium to master, April Martin Chartrand has gone so far as to completely create her own art form altogether. Her art form called  “fiberalchemy,” is her attempt to find the most personal and accurate way of expressing herself. She uses extreme heat or cold to manipulate the texture of painted fabrics ...

VIDEO: SF State takes on romantic tragedy 'Lorenzaccio'

November 27, 2012 Life

The stage of SF State’s Little Theatre is an arena of manufactured shadows. Giant mirror-plated pillars surround the stage and can be rotated on command to bounce the ominous lighting in any direction. Xpress caught up with some of the actors and the director backstage for the SF State adaptation of “Lorenzaccio,” a romantic tragedy ...

SF State's Voice winner balances love for music, education

November 7, 2012 Life

When the winner of SF State’s Voice competition was announced in Jack Adams Hall Oct. 25, Anna Nguyen seemed to freeze, standing with her mouth agape in complete surprise at hearing her name, while the enthusiastic crowd erupted with cheers and shouts. It was the first singing competition Nguyen had ever participated in and after ...

"Shotgun!" displays off-the-cuff student acts

October 29, 2012 Life

Most college students understand the feelings associated with having to produce decent work under duress and intense time constraints, but believe it or not, a large group of student directors, writers and actors intentionally create this kind of stress for themselves every semester — and they do it for fun. “Shotgun!” is a biannual theater ...

Biology major Anna Nguyen named SF State's Voice

October 26, 2012 Life

The office of Student Life has finally found SF State’s Voice with the conclusion of the month-long singing competition Thursday night. Anna Nguyen was dubbed the winner of SF State’s first singing competition. After the final competition round Monday night, SF State students voted online for their top three singers out of the remaining 16 ...

Original student plays to hit big stage at One-Act Fringe

October 10, 2012 Life 2 Comments

This fall, the biannual One-Act Fringe series expands as students are challenged in adapting their performances to a larger format at McKenna Theatre, the main stage in the Creative Arts Building. Every semester for the past 15 years, SF State students of all majors and class standings have been given the chance to write and develop ...

Virtual Vet Corp illuminates veterans' experiences, struggles

October 9, 2012 Life

On top of the trauma of investigating heinous crimes, Bob Hollingsworth’s base was under mortar fire during his entire time in Iraq. He estimates that his base was mortared more than 1,000 times — two to four times a day. Hollingsworth has since been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, an anxiety disorder that afflicts at ...

PHOTOS: SF State students show off vocal chops in 'Voice' competition

October 2, 2012 Life

Student Life has taken it upon themselves to discover who has the greatest voice on campus with SF State’s Voice Competition. The month-long singing engagement is based off the popular NBC reality TV show, “The Voice,” where judges are tasked with organizing singing teams to compete against one another. The four student judges will have ...

SF State cinema professor Pat Jackson wins Emmy for sound editing

September 24, 2012 Life

Nicole Kidman’s voice-over narrates a hectic scene of Soviet paratroopers jumping out of planes to an uncertain fate while orchestral music swells with dramatic portent, signifying the outset of the second Great War. This brief scene from the HBO film “Hemingway & Gellhorn” is filled with competing sounds: the musical score, the roar of plane ...

SF State art class to host Art Faculty Exhibition from ground up

September 18, 2012 Life

The half-empty room is itself a blank canvas. The white walls wait as they are slowly transformed into a broader work of art with the political, surrealist, contemporary and abstract works of others. Still waiting lay the more curious pieces ready to be plugged in, assembled or inflated. Art Faculty Exhibition  When: Sept. 25 to ...

VIDEO: Bisi & The Moonwalker serenades Haight Street

September 3, 2012 Life 1 Comment

Equipped with his black Fender acoustic guitar, Joshua Smith sways on Haight Street alongside his partner Bisi Obateru, who is armed with a microphone. After picking a spot they set up a makeshift performance space across from Amoeba Music. They dance and sing with full commitment as they serenade their transient audience with their eclectic ...