Rody “Rodolfo” Ortega

This week’s show for July 25 will have music composer Rody (Rodolfo) Ortega. He is a composer and sound designer for two Shakespeare Santa Cruz show in the Glen this year – “The Three Musketeers” and “Henry IV, Part One”. This is the 3rd consecutive season he’s composed for us. He also wrote the music to our 2008 holiday show “The Wind in the Willows.”

Rody lives in Portland and his day job is as an airline pilot.

On July 22, the season opened with William Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors, directed by Danny Scheie, playing the indoor UCSC Mainstage Theater. The other plays in this year’s line-up are, the Three Musketeers (July 20 – August 28, 2011) and Henry IV, Part One by William Shakespeare (August 2 – 28, 2011).

Next week for the August 1st show, costume designer & UCSC Theater Arts professor, Brandin Barón will be the guest.

The Shakespeare Santa Cruz‘s 30th Anniversary Season opened Friday, July 22. For more information, please go to their ticket page.

To hear our show, please click on the play button below.
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Here’s a quick video of Rody.

Chris Yonge Guest for both Artist on Art and Gamers on Game

Local educator, architect trained designer, animator and visualizer, Christopher Yonge came into the KZSC studio July 18, 2011 to talk about his newest project, MakersFactory, opening in October 2011.

Chris started his career in Scotland studying architecture and then designing furniture before moving to Santa Cruz over a decade ago. Specializing in the use of 3D computer graphics, Chris has run Studio Cruz since 2001, creating 3D animations, interactive media, and digital models for a wide range of clients including Google, Microsoft, and the US Navy. He teaches 3D computer modeling and animation part time in the Baskin School of Engineering at UCSC.

Along With partner/collaborator, Dave Britton, they have envisioned a space that pioneers access to exciting new technology for the Santa Cruz community. MakersFactory will be a facility equipped with computer controlled 2D and 3D fabrication equipment. MakersFactory classes will include: Electronics and robotics, Business and entrepreneurship, Using computerized machines, 3D modeling and animation, Designing low volume products, Using open source software.

These classes will be affordable and flexible. Students will become part of the MakersFactory community, a center for integrated hardware/software training and projects. Classes will be in the Cruzioworks building (old Sentinel Building) at 877 Cedar Street, Santa Cruz.

MakersFactory is your teaching/learning/making opportunity. What do you want to make or change? What do you want to learn – and teach? Let them know. Because the program is now being formulated, this is your chance to shape an exciting part of the Santa Cruz creative/tech community by giving input. Talk about MakersFactory with your friends and send them your ideas to You can also reach Chris at

Press play button below is to hear our show: [haiku url=”″ title=”Chris Yonge” graphical=”true”]

Robert Sward Reads His Poem Iowa

Recently, the Iowa Writers’ Workshop celebrated their 75th Anniversary, June 9-12, 2011, at the University of Iowa with the printing of 500 copies of ‘Iowa’ a poem written by Robert Sward.

Robert’s newest book, ‘New and Selected Poems, 1957-2011’, will be published by Red Hen Press this coming October 2011.

Kathleen Kralowec and Chris La Rue of ZABU

Kathleen Kralowec was the guest on July 11, 2011 for both Artists on Art and Gamers on Game. This talented multi-media artist, animator, curator and game illustrator came into KALX to catch up and talk about her work at Zabu Studio. Kathleen is a recent graduate of the DANM program here on campus of the MFA, Digital Arts + New Media, UC Santa Cruz 2010. This is her second time on Artists on Art.

To see her beautiful work, here are two of her blogs that we discussed during our show: caliway days (time is not the enemy…) and Alley in Avalon (making a (masked) man).

We talked about her life since graduating from the DANM program and with her on-going art project involving the many manifestations of Inner Mask man. Kathleen’s movies, including Voyage of the Inner Mask, can found on her Vimeo channel.

After our conversation, we were joined with Gamers on Game co-host Patrick Reilly and Kathleen’s co-worker and CTO of Zabu Studio, Chris La Rue. We talked about the games that Zabu has made for social platforms such as Facebook and going to make such as the following titles: Knizia’s original title of Poseidon’s Realm, Knizia’s “Ra Solo”, Peter Burley’s “Take it Easy”, and Pickomino.

To hear our shows, please click on the play button below. The first show is Kathleen on Artists on Art.  
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The second show is the Gamers on Game where we were joined by Chris La Rue and Patick Reilly.
The play button below is to hear our show:
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Here is a quick video we took after our radio show:

More information about Zabu Studio:

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Jay Silver 7/4/11 Guest for both Artists on Art and Gamers on Game

Post-disciplinarian, Jay Silver is an inventor, MIT PhD Student, Lifelong Kindergarden Lab Research Associate and “Maker” Artist repurposing, reusing, rethinking the world digitally. He is currently working at Intel Research helping them develop a more “Maker Culture”. He cofounded Joy Labs, Experiendipity, and Beginners’ Mind.

We had a great conversation on many topics including his projects, awareness mapping with the Drishya “un” School in Bangalore, India, which was also the inspiration for the Drawdio (a gizmo that turns the world into a circuit and then into a musical instrument) to the book that helped him parenting, The Continuum Concept.   To get the full scope of his projects, they are listed at his MIT Media Lab page such as Singing Fingers (a smart phone app that I can highly recommend).

During the Gamers on Game show, Patrick Reilly joined us in the studio and had some great questions such as “What’s the scoop on SCRATCH” and “Folk Computing“?  Both Pat and I met Jay at the TEDxSantaCruz that happened June 11, 2011 at the Cabrillo Music Hall where he presented “the World as Construction Kit. That is also the title of his PhD thesis.

To hear our interview, press the first play button below for the Artists on Art show: [haiku url=”″ title=”Jay Silver” graphical=”true”]
The play button below is for the Gamers on Game show. It’s in this part of the interview that Jay explains his state of “post-discipline” and answers Pat’s questions:
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Here’s a quick video we took right before our live radio show:

Felicia Rice Guest on Artists on Art for 6/27/11

Book Printer, Visual Artist, Felicia Rice came on the show to talk about her current exhibit, The Art of the Book in California: Five Contemporary Presses at the Stanford Cantor Art Center that runs, June 1 – August 28, 2011.

With her  Moving Parts Press, Felicia has published handsome and innovative books, broadsides and prints since 1977.  She collaborates with visual artists, performing artists and writers to create book structures in which word and image meet and merge. She employs traditional typography and bookmaking methods in conjunction with digital technology, bringing the flexibility of screen-based design to the texture and history of the letterpress-printed page.

Moving Parts Press, Documentado/Undocumented (Relia Box), Work in progress. Courtesy of Felicia Rice.

During the show, we talked about her collaboration with Guillermo Gomez-Peña, Jennifer A. González, and Gustavo Vazquez. It was love at first sight when I saw this “work-in-progress” museum installation in a box, multi-media book/altar/suitcase art piece. This piece defies the common understanding of “book.”

Moving Parts Press Codex Espangliensis from Columbus to the Border Patrol, 1998, Stanford Library Special Collections

This was the second time that Felicia was guest on Artists on Art. The first time was when Felicia was one of the recipients of the 2008 and 2009 Rydell Visual Arts Fellowship Program at The Community Foundation of Santa Cruz County and had a wonderful exhibit at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History.

The Cantor Arts Center is open Wednesday – Sunday, 11 am – 5 pm, Thursday until 8 pm. Admission is free. The Center is located on the Stanford campus, off Palm Drive at Museum Way. Parking is free after 4 pm weekdays and all day on weekends. Information: 650-723-4177.

Our show can be heard in entirety by clicking on the play button: [haiku url=”″ title=”Felicia” graphical=”true”]

Here’s a video of Felicia talking about the show and the other people in the exhibit:

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