CSU, Chico News

Calendar of Events Set for ‘The Soloist,’ Community/CSU, Chico Book in Common

Date: 07-29-2008

Kathleen McPartland
Public Affairs
Brooks Thorlakkson
College of Humanities and Fine Arts

A preliminary calendar of events has been established for this year’s Book in Common (BIC), “The Soloist.” The book, by Steve Lopez, raises issues of the plight of the homeless, the challenges of mental illness and the humanizing role of music and the arts in human life. It follows last year’s book in common, “Three Cups of Tea,” which enjoyed widespread community participation.

“The book is a natural follow-up to ‘Three Cups of Tea’ and Mortenson’s message that a single person can make a difference,” said Brooks Thorlaksson, associate dean of the College of Humanities and Fine Arts at California State University, Chico and a member of the BIC committee. ‘The Soloist’ inspires the readers in a similar way. We have in place many community agencies dedicated to the issues of homelessness and mental illness.

Other important themes of the book—friendship, music and healing, state of newspapers, ethics in journalism, etc. make this a book that connects across campus, and across the county. The North State Symphony will play music that is featured in the book, for example, and The Janet Turner Print Museum has scheduled a print exhibition that deals with music.”

“Discussion of homelessness is particularly urgent now due to the foreclosure crisis, rising unemployment and general economic downturn that has more people facing the prospects of short- and long-term homelessness,” said Bill Loker, dean of Undergraduate Education and a member of the BIC committee. “Mental health is an issue that is always timely to discuss, but often swept under the rug.”

The BIC university-community partnership is organizing a Town Hall Meeting on issues affecting the homeless and mental health on Oct.14 (see schedule below) that will bring a diverse group of people together to discuss and plan actions to deal with issues related to homelessness and mental health in the community and region.

CSU, Chico’s Community partners include Butte Community College, Butte Library, Enloe Medical Center, Lyon’s Books, Barnes and Noble, Torres Shelter, Jesus Center, Passages, Chico Enterprise Record, Chico News and Review, Butte County Task Force on Homelessness and Butte Behavioral Health. Students in the FYE program will be working with agencies such as NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) and Stairways Recovery Center.

Calendar of Events for August, September and October
Tuesday, Aug. 4 2:00 p.m. Oroville Branch, Butte County Library
The Soloist: Robert Downey Jr. and Jamie Foxx star in the film adapted from Steve Lopez book of the same name.
Address for library: 1820 Mitchell Ave., Oroville

Thursday, Sept. 10 10 a.m. Bell Memorial Union, CSU, Chico
Showing of the Movie “The Soloist” “The Soloist,” starring Robert Downey Jr. and Jamie Foxx, will be shown every two hours throughout the day. AS Presents is a co-sponsor of this event. The last show will begin at 8 p.m.

Thursday, Sept 17 6:30 p.m. Chico City Plaza
Kick Off for 2009-10 Community Book in Common
Chico’s Mayor Ann Schwab and Supervisor Maureen Kirk will proclaim support for the Community Book in Common. Excerpts from the book will be read, and a local musician will perform music from the book.

Sunday, Sept. 27 2 p.m. Laxson Auditorium
North State Symphony Plays Beethoven’s Symphony #5
Tickets: University Box Office 530-898-6333

Monday, Sept. 28—October 30 The Turner in Meriam Library
Exhibition: Resonance: Music/Visual
Enjoy an exhibit that explores the energy of musical structure in the visual.

Saturday, Oct. 3 2 p.m. Barnes and Noble Bookseller
Book Discussion: “The Soloist”

Tuesday, Oct. 6 4 p.m. Oroville Public Library
Homeless in Oroville Carol Zanon, vice-chair of the Greater Oroville Homeless Coalition which 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, 530-538-7196

Wednesday, Oct. 14 6:30 p.m. BMU
Town Hall Meeting A campus and community Town Hall will focus on local issues of homelessness and mental health. This event is free and open to the public. Attendees will participate in discussion and the construction of possible solutions. Please RSVP to 898-6579 to hold a space.

Thursday, Oct. 22 7:00 p.m. City Council Chambers
Don’t Judge a Book by Its Cover: Homeless in Chico

The complete calendar of events for 2009–2010 is available at