The Soloist, 2009-2010

August

The Soloist–movie

Tuesday, Aug. 4 at 2 p.m.
Butte County Library, Oroville Branch
1820 Mitchell Ave., Oroville

Robert Downey Jr. and Jamie Foxx star in the film adapted from Steve Lopez' book of the same name. Please bring a non-perishable food item donation for a community food bank.


September

Pursuit of Happyness

Tuesday, Sept. 8, at 3 p.m.
Butte County Library, Oroville Branch
1820 Mitchell Ave., Oroville

Based on a true story, this film follows Christopher Gardner as his life spirals out of control. Living on the streets with his five-year-old son, Gardner works as an unpaid intern at a prestigious stock brokerage firm. Against all odds, Gardner rises to the top and becomes a millionaire. (G rated) Please bring a non-perishable food item donation for a community food bank.

The Soloist–Touchstone Book Group

Tuesday, Sept 8 at 7 p.m.
Lyon Books
121 W. 5th Street, Chico

Join a community reading group to discuss The Soloist and other books chosen by the group.

The Soloist–movie

Thursday, Sept. 10 at 10 a.m., and every two hours; last show is 8 p.m.
BMU Auditorium

Robert Downey Jr. and Jamie Foxx star in the film adapted from Steve Lopez book of the same name. A.S. Presents and FYE

Kick Off for 2009-10 Community Book in Common!

Thursday, Sept. 17 at 6:30 p.m.
Chico City Plaza

Join Chico’s Mayor Ann Schwab and Supervisor Maureen Kirk as they proclaim support for the Community Book in Common; enjoy music from the book by local musician; and hear excerpts from the book.

The Fisher King

Tuesday, Sept. 22, at 3 p.m.
Butte County Library, Oroville Branch
1820 Mitchell Ave., Oroville

A story about a talk radio DJ who suffers an unexpected tragedy and falls into a psychotic depression. The DJ joins forces with a vagabond, and the duo searches for the Holy Grail in Central Park. (137 minutes; R) Please bring a non-perishable food item donation for a community food bank.

North State Symphony plays Beethoven's Fifth

Sunday, Sept. 27, at 2 p.m.
Laxson Auditorium, CSU, Chico

Tickets: University Box Office 530-898-6333

Resonance: Music/Visual

Monday, Sept. 28 (and continuing through October 30)
The Turner in Meriam Library

Enjoy an exhibit that explores the energy of musical structure in the visual.


October

Resonance: Music/Visual

Sept. 28-Oct. 30
The Turner in Meriam Library

Enjoy an exhibit that explores the energy of musical structure in the visual.

Book Discussion: The Soloist

Saturday, Oct. 3, at 2 p.m.
Barnes and Noble Bookseller

Emily Fisher, an attorney with Legal Services of Northern California, will talk about the book and how the community and students can get involved in advocacy on behalf of the homeless or those with mental health issues. Emily currently serves on the Mental Health Services Act local housing committee.

Homeless in Oroville

Tuesday, Oct. 6, at  4 – 5 p.m.
Oroville Public Library

Carol Zanon, vice-chair of the Greater Oroville Homeless Coalition who works with the chronically homeless and chronically mentally ill residents of Oroville begins the community discussion. Please bring a non-perishable food item donation for a community food bank.
Contact: Brenda Crotts at 538-7196

The Soloist–Touchstone Book Group

Tuesday, Oct. 13 at 7 p.m.
Lyon Books
121 W. 5th Street, Chico

Join a community reading group to discuss The Soloist and other books chosen by the group.

Town Hall Meeting

Wednesday, Oct. 14, at 6:30 p.m.
BMU on CSU, Chico campus

Campus & community Town Hall focused on local issues of homelessness and mental health. This event involves all attendees in conversation and possible solutions. Please RSVP to 898-6579 to hold a space.

Going Solo: Social Justice Lessons from The Soloist--talk

Michael Coyle, CSU, Chico
Thursday, Oct. 15 at 7 p.m.
Lyon Books
121 W. 5th Street, Chico
 
Professor Coyle discusses how modernity encourages the construction of a self that leads to alienation from others, especially those of the wrong color, bodily function, or social situation. He also traces the possibilities for transcendence that exist not only in The Soloist, but in our everyday lives as well.

Planning meeting for National Alliance on Mental Illness Walk

You are invited to help plan the first ever Chico walk to raise awareness in Chico. Your help is welcome!

Monday, October 19, at 6 p.m.
Club Stairways
1297 Park Avenue Suite #100, Chico

Basquiat

Tuesday, Oct. 20,  at 3 p.m.
Butte County Library, Oroville Branch
1820 Mitchell Ave., Oroville

Jean-Michel Basquiat started out as a street artist in New York City, decorating building exteriors with graffiti. While living in a cardboard box, Basquiat is soon enveloped into Andy Warhol’s art world and becomes a star. Basquiat struggles with friendship, love, and eventually loses his life due to drugs. (106 minutes; R) Please bring a non-perishable food item donation for a community food bank.

Sphinx Chamber Orchestra

Wednesday, Oct. 21, at 7:30 p.m.

This extraordinary string ensemble features top Black and Latino musicians striving to advance diversity in classical music. Fresh from a standing ovation in Carnegie Hall, they will play Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Marsalis, Bach, and more. Tickets at the University Box Office.

Don’t Judge a Book by its Cover: Homelessness in Chico

Thursday, Oct. 22, at 7 p.m.
Chico City Council Chamber

Reflections and stories of the homeless who have been in our community, are here now, and those to come. Where do you fit in to the story? How might it end?
City of Chico and Greater Chico Homeless Task Force


November

Caveman’s Valentine

Tuesday, Nov. 3, at 3 p.m
Butte County Library, Oroville Branch
1820 Mitchell Ave., Oroville

Based on the novel by Dawes Green, this tale follows a talented piano prodigy who has become delusional and homeless. After witnessing the murder of a young boy, the man is determined to bring justice to the murders. . (106 minutes; R)
Please bring a non-perishable food item donation for a community food bank.

CAPE Forum:
What is our Community's Responsibility to the Indigent Homeless in Chico?

Weds, Nov 4, at 7:30 p.m.
Performing Arts Center 134
CSU, Chico

Forum presented by the Center for Applied and Professional Ethics at CSU, Chico featuring faculty members  Cynthia Siemsen and Becky White with Serena Cervantes, subject and author of June 25, 2009 Chico News and Review cover story on homelessness, and Brad Montgomery, executive director of the Torres Community Shelter.

Book Discussion: The Soloist

Sunday, Nov. 8, at 2 p.m.
Barnes and Noble Bookseller in Chico

Bill Such, director of the Jesus Center, will discuss the book and how to help the homeless in our community.

Jesus Center's Harvest Food Drive

Nov. 9-13
If you would like to help, e-mail Holly Nevarez at HNevarez@csuchico.edu

The Soloist–Touchstone Book Group

Tuesday, Nov. 10 at 7 p.m.
Lyon Books
121 W. 5th Street, Chico

Join a community reading group to discuss The Soloist and other books chosen by the group.

Notes for Hope: Piano Concert

Saturday, November 21 at 7 p.m.

Faith Lutheran Church on First Avenue just past Mangrove

Pianist Mark Ryan Friedman plays Rachmaninoff, Chopin, and Liszt in a special concert fundraiser for the Torres Community Shelter. Friedman, a Chico State alum and former Kruschke Piano Prize winner, offers this concert free and open and hopes people will donate to help homeless in Chico as part of the Community Book in Common.


December

Book Discussion

Wednesday, Dec. 9 at 7 p.m.
Butte County Library, Oroville Branch
Meeting Room
1820 Mitchell Ave.
Discuss The Soloist by Steve Lopez

The Soloist–Touchstone Book Group

Tuesday, Dec. 15 at 7 p.m.
Lyon Books
121 W. 5th Street, Chico


Join a community reading group to discuss The Soloist and other books chosen by the group.


January

Book Discussion: The Soloist

Friday, Jan. 29, noon–1 p.m.
Enloe Health Learning Center, 1465 Esplanade, Chico

Please bring your lunch and join the discussion. Contact 332-7329 for more information.


February

Book Discussion: The Soloist

Saturday, Feb. 13, at 2 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 14, at 2 p.m.

Barnes and Noble Bookseller in Chico

Help raise funds for the Community Book in Common author for next year! A percentage of purchases made in the store on either of these dates will go to the Author’s Fund as long as buyers request this or hand in a voucher with their books or other items at the checkout counter.  On Feb. 13, Brad Montgomery, executive director of the Torres Community Shelter, will discuss The Soloist and talk about the Torres Shelter helps people in our community.   Holly Nevarez, CSU, Chico and volunteer at the Jesus Center, will also speak.

Book in Common/ CAPE forum

Wednesday, Feb. 17, 7:30 p.m. 
PAC 134
, CSU, Chico 
 

A panel reflects on the issues relating to journalism and ethics as revealed in Steve Lopez' book, The Soloist.

Journalists such as Steve Lopez, author of The Soloist, who work intensively with their subjects over long time periods, often reap substantial rewards and learn much about the lives of their sources. However, these journalists also risk compromising their objectivity as they develop deep relationships with their sources that sometimes border on—or enter the realm of—friendship.  

Join us for a CAPE forum, in conjunction with the Chico Book in Common, The Soloist,where we will explore the ways in which close relationships between journalists and their sources sometimes compromise (and sometimes enhance) journalistic objectivity. Aaron Quinn, professor of journalism at CSU, Chico, will speak on journalistic objectivity as it relates to this "immersive journalism." Included in his talk will be a photo-slideshow featuring the work of a small group of photojournalism students who spent the better part of the fall semester documenting homelessness in Chico. These young photojournalists will also be on hand to recount the challenges and triumphs of visually documenting our community's homeless.

Living with Mental Illness

Monday, Feb. 22, 7:30 p.m.
PAC 134
, CSU, Chico

Join us for a panel presentation by Butte Behavioral Health and the Stamp Out Stigma program to hear discussion of living with mental illness.