After nine months of development, Sierra Nevada College will be opening its Poetry Center on Friday, March 28.
To celebrate the opening of the Poetry Center, SNC will host a reading by poets Juan Felipe Herrera, as well as Jane Hirshfield. Herrera was educated at Stanford University and is best known for his poetic works “Senegal Taxi” and “Half of the World in Light.” Jane Hirshfield is an award-winning poet whose most famous works include “Alaya,” “The October Palace” and more. The celebration will take place from 5:30-8:30 p.m. in the Poetry Center, which is located in the middle of the Prim Library’s first floor.
“The Poetry Center brings a wealth of contemporary poetry collections to the college and community, and serves as a place where literature lovers throughout the area can have access. Also, the opening events featuring Juan Felipe Herrera and Jane Hirshfield provide an amazing opportunity for us to listen to and interact with very prestigious poets,” said June Saraceno, English program chair at SNC.
To begin the “Girl Rising” presentation, Senior Kelly Benson, president of the Justice Club warned the audience that she had only seen a clip of the film and she felt that she received a kick to the stomach in the best possible way.
Every tattoo has a story, and campus is chock-full of inked up bodies. You can’t stereotype tattoos people with tattoos anymore, since according to StatisticBrain.com, 36 percent of US citizens from 18 to 25-years-old have at least one tattoo. Tattoos are here to stay.
Sierra Nevada College Alumna Jessica Hayworth will be presenting a solo exhibition of her insomnia inspired work at 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 6, in the Tahoe Gallery in Prim Library.
“This series of work is supposed to show you what the world can be like from an un-slept state of mind,” said Hayworth.
“I call my house the Jessica Museum, because I’ve collected a lot of her work, I love it. It’s amazing and I really appreciate her imagination and sense of humor,” said professor Sheri Leigh O’Connor. “We want to support our alumni and we feel like her work is incredible and want to showcase it again.”
Almost exactly two years ago, Hayworth presented her work at SNC for her BFA show prior to graduation. Still involved heavily in the SNC Fine Arts department, she was approached by professor Russell Dudley asking her if she would be interested in doing another show in the the Tahoe Gallery, this time as an alumna.
“I didn’t think that I would get the opportunity to show here again so when they offered it to me, I was really excited to take it,” said Hayworth. “This is my first solo exhibit, it has been really interesting coming back and doing a show in the same space that my BFA show was in. It’s a really cool opportunity to see how my work has changed over two years.”
“I know Jessica is working on her graduate applications and I think it’s really important to support alumni in their movements out of school and I thought it would be good for Jessica to put up a show quickly with a little less support as a student,” said Dudley
Feedback is an important factor of presenting work in an exhibition. However, being a student and presenting a BFA show receives different feedback than being a visiting artist.
“The process is really different because when you’re working on your BFA you have committees and you have alot of feedback from the faculty consistently, and this time around I was getting the feedback a different way. I was just talking to people rather than official meetings or official feedback. It’s coming from a different context but it’s been just as helpful talking to people the second time around,” said Hayworth.
Hayworth was invited late October to do her solo show. She was excited and pleased to know that she had six months to prepare for the show. However, she was in the middle of applying to grad schools, which took up three months of her time.
“I just had to figure it out after all my grad applications were in. This is going to make me sound so disorganized, but as soon as my grad school stuff was taken care of I was able to focus on my work. I got it really together in January, but it was rough,” Hayworth said.
Hayworth’s inspired work for the show will be discussing sleeping issues and insomnia, something she has always struggled with.
“I’ve always had some form of insomnia or some form of sleep issues and I was noticing it pick up pretty drastically at the end of last fall, which was weird. I’ve never talked about that in my work before which was surprising. It’s been an issue I’ve had to deal with a lot,” Hayworth said.
Hayworth recognized that she was not alone in her sleeping issues and saw this as a great opportunity to discuss this topic through her work.
“It occurred to me that sleep issues is something everyone has to deal with at some point. It was a new way to process how that works for me and how the world works when I’m not sleeping. It also felt like a really neat way to open up that topic and make it broader instead of narrower and let people experience that in any way they want to,” Hayworth said.
“It’s really good for our community to have Jessica presenting. She’s invested a lot in the community post graduation, helping interpret for Crystal Phan, and I wanted to take the opportunity to give something back for her,” said Dudley.
Some Sierra Nevada College students participated in a “Dating Game” Feb. 13 to get in the mood for the day following, Valentines Day. The way the game is played is one contestant is chosen to leave the room with a list full of questions to ask the potential anonymous men or women they might go out with. The contestant, after asking multiple questions like:
“Do you prefer a Trail or the Gym?”
“What’s one thing no one knows about you?”
Through these tough and rigorous questions, the question asking contestant then would choose the anonymous candidate who they would take on the date to local restaurants in Incline Village. The winning couples each won 50 Dollars to Hacienda’s, Yoshimi, or Wild Alaskan funded by Sierra Nevada College Residents Life.
The game turned into a big joke by the second round when Aria Shahm decided to be the question asker. Three lovely ladies, Scout Sorcic, Haley Gray, and Amber Hart, stepped up to the plate. Then unexpectedly a wild card, and Shahm’s buddy Heath Pierson thought it would be funny to secretly participate without Shahm’s knowledge. Lots of laughs and hugs were shared by the odd and silly questions that were asked by Kat Fulwider, Aria Shahm, and Cory Johnson.
The Devil Makes Three has been playing rowdy American music to eager crowds for over a decade. The three piece string band tours hard and fast, with their most recent campaign passing through South Lake Tahoe on Feb. 8. After hundreds of high energy, sold out concerts and exponentially increasing popularity, one might worry the DM3 is getting close to jumping the shark. Did Devil Makes Three jump the shark? No way.
Friday, Feb. 14
9 p.m. – “Valentine’s Day 80’s and 90’s Dance Party” at the Crystal Bay Club and Casino. After party with Coup Da Loop and SubDocta, tickets $15
5p.m.-8p.m. – Full Moon Snowshoe Adventure offered by Tahoe Adventure Company, $65- includes snowshoes, poles, snacks, drinks, guides, and history.
Fish Taco Fridays at Caliente’s in Kings Beach, drink and food specials.