Cat Willis, Dancer, Performer, Educator, Entrepreneur

Screen Shot 2014-02-28 at 11.15.30 AMFounder and Director of Tannery World Dance and Cultural Center, Cat Willis came onto Artist on Art to talk about her work as well as her presentation at the third TEDxSantaCruz event March 8th, 2014 at the Hotel Paradox.

Cat has lived in Santa Cruz for over 13 years and originally from Rochester, N.Y. She began her formal dance education with Garth Fagan Dance, with whom she studied extensively for six years. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Dance from SUNY Brockport. Her passion for cross cultural understanding, dance arts research, study, and performance has led her to Central America, the Caribbean, and West Africa. She has taught dance throughout Santa Cruz, including two years with Mountain Elementary School as resident choreographer. Her work through her dance company, DIASPORA, has been shown throughout Santa Cruz and the San Francisco Bay Area.

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David Warren, TEDxSantaCruz co-organizer, educator, technologist, activist

Screen Shot 2014-02-28 at 10.25.22 AMTEDxSantaCruz Founder and Co-Organizer, David Warren came onto Artist on Art to talk about his work with TEDxSantaCruz as well as at the third TEDxSantaCruz event March 8th, 2014 at the Hotel Paradox.

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Irene Tsouprake, Artist & Co-Organizer + Curator of TEDx Santa Cruz TED talks

Co-Organizer, Curator, and Local Multimedia Artist, Irene Tsouprake came on Artists on Art, February 19th to talk about the upcoming 3rd Annual TEDxSantaCruz:Activate event, happening March 8th at the Hotel Paradox in Santa Cruz, CA from 9am-5pm.

Screen Shot 2014-02-21 at 11.54.38 AMThe TEDxSantaCruz organizers have carefully curated a series of speakers to explore this year’s theme and we are happy to announce that we have selected the first group of speakers and performers. Our curation team will be adding speakers and finalizing the line-up of 15-20 speakers over the next few weeks. Here is a preliminary list of the speakers who have confirmed that they will appear at TEDxSantaCruz 2014: Mikey Siegel, Nicole Crane, Jessica Delgado, Captain Wayne Porter, Katie Reid and Rob Dunn to name a few. This year’s performers include Cat Willis, Derek Sebastien, and Andrew Purchin.

Screen Shot 2013-11-21 at 8.33.37 AMJoin the TEDxSantaCruz community on March 8, 2014 for a full day of exhilarating live talks, TED videos, and delicious lunch served poolside at the fabulous Paradox Hotel. Speakers, organizers and attendees will download at a celebratory after-party reception where we can all share our inspirations, comments and feedback. One thing’s certain: expect to leave ACTIVATED.

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Irene Lusztig, UCSC film professor, filmmaker, and new media artist

PrintUCSC film professor, filmmaker, media archeologist, and new media artist, Irene Lusztig spoke about curating the latest Sesnon Gallery Exhibition, COMPLICATED LABORS feminism, maternity, and creative practicethat features many practicing feminist artists from the 1969 to today.

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Irene’s film and video work mines old images and technologies for new meanings in order to reframe, recuperate, or reanimate forgotten and neglected histories. Her work can be seen at her website,

COMPLICATED LABORS GALLERY exhibition runs February 5 – March 15, 2014 at the Sesnon Gallery and features work by: Lenka Clayton, Mary Kelly, Natalie Loveless, Irene Lusztig, Jill Miller, Mother Art Collective, Alejandra Herrera Silva, Mierle Laderman Ukeles. The show also features a screening series of work by: Myrel Chernick, Beth Hall and Mark Cooley, Masha Godovannaya, Courtney Kessel, Ellina Kevorkian, Dillon Paul and Linsey Wolkowicz.

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Mikey Siegel & Beau Silver, inventors and visionaries

On February 12, 2014, Beau Silver & Mikey Siegel came onto KZSC’s Artists on Art to talk about their work at BioFluent Technologies inventing and building “Tools for Integrating the Body, Mind and Spirit.”

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  • We talked about their products; the Heartsynch, Hear Now, Nome.  Mikey is the main inventor and Beau works with the computer generated music properties. The inspiration behind these inventions are driven by questions such as:
    * What if the technology that surrounds us every day, in our pockets, on our walls, at our fingertips, could be used to help us learn about ourselves rather than perpetually distract us?
    * What if we could create technology that would help us in our own efforts to be more mindful, present, and accepting towards what is?

    To hear Mikey speak in-person about his work, he will be giving a TEDxSantaCruz talk on March 8, 2014 at the Hotel Paradox in downtown Santa Cruz.

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Claire Thorson, artist and educator at Cabrillo College

Screen Shot 2014-02-10 at 4.25.33 PMVisual Artist and Educator, Claire Thorson came onto KZSC and Artists on Art to talk about her exhibition,”Desire and Inquiry: The Art of Claire Thorson” that is available for viewing on the Museo Eduardo Carrillo, one of the first on-line museums in the world.

When you enter the museum and go to the On-View Gallery page you will find two abstract paintings by Claire entitled “Rest” and “Last Touch”. Directly under the images is a wonderful essay by Tom Maderos. Underneath the essay, you will be able to see 16 more paintings and drawings.

Claire teaches, painting, design and life drawing at Cabrillo College as well as the Monterey Peninsula College.  Currently she is showing “Near and Far”, mixed media figures by Claire Thorson at Open Ground Studios, 1230 Fremont Blvd Seaside, CA through February 22. Gallery hours are  Tues & Thurs 1:00-5:00, Sat 12:00-4:00, or by appt.

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What is Erotic? Organizers and Performers Angela Blessing, Stephano Engle & Michelle Melendez

Screen Shot 2014-02-07 at 5.11.08 PMLocal Artists and co-directors, Angela Blessing and Stephano Engle, and performer Michelle Milendez, were guests on KZSC Artists on Art to  talk about this year’s “What is Erotic?”

What is Erotic?” is a Santa Cruz tradition and the Hottest Valentines Date for the ninth year in a row, theatrical event with original performances of spoken word, dance, burlesque and more.

Always a gem, “What is Erotic?” traverses the lightness of love and pleasure and the depths of our own dark and hidden desires. Last year’s six-run show sold out. Be sure to get your tickets early at Brown Paper Tickets.

The 2014 Show Dates are February 7-9 and 14-16 at the 418 Project on 418 Front St. Santa Cruz, CA.  Friday and Saturday shows are at 8 pm,  Sunday shows start at 7 pm.

Doors open 30 minutes early because this show often sells out.  Come early!  It’s a chance to get a good seat and you can enjoy the “Erotic Salon”, where costumed characters interact with audience (if you like).

All proceeds benefit The 418 Project, since 1993, “The Place to Move and Be Moved”, in downtown Santa Cruz.

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Jayme Kelly Curtis, Celebrating Santa Cruz’s Lutherie Community

Singer, Songwriter and event producer, Jayme Kelly Curtis came onto Artists on Art to talk about the Santa Cruz County Art of Guitar Exhibit and Festival events running February 1–March 15, 2014.

Celebrating Santa Cruz’s Amazing Lutherie Community, this six week long festival is a series of events that feature 20 of the worlds most admired guitar builders who live and work here in Santa Cruz County. This week is the  First Friday: Exploring Guitars and Lutherie Friday, February 7, 2014, 5:00pm – 9:00pm at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History, with lots of events at the R. Blitzer Gallery in the old Wrigley Building on Mission Extension on the Westside of Santa Cruz.

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