Paul Cocking of Gabriella Café

Local restauranteur, Paul Cocking came onto Artists on Art to talk about the art exhibitions and the monthly salons that take place the first Tuesday of every month at his restaurant Gabriella Café.

The July salon, happening July 1st features Michael Urban talking about New Orleans Jazz.

When Paul opened up Gabriella in 1992 with chef Jim Denaven, of Outstanding in the Field and local Santa Cruz sand artist, the idea was to cook with seasonal local farm food. Today, that idea continues.

Wes Modes

Artist Activist, Wes Modes came onto Artists on Art, June 18, 2014, to talk about his newest project, The Secret History of American River People, a slow meandering trip down the Mississippi in a shanty boat collecting stories. Using audio, video, and digital media, Secret History archives and presents oral histories of major American rivers, including the lost stories of river people, river communities, and the river itself, as well as the personal chronicle of his research journey. It will use digital and social media to present and connect river people and and their stories to those far from the river.

Here’s his beautiful movie describing the project.

Wes Modes is an artist activist who cofounded FreeSkool Santa Cruz, SubRosa the Anarchist Cafew, Guerilla Drive-In, & founded The Spoon, an international storyteller’s group. Wes is a radio star and writer among many other accomplishments. He is currently working on his Masters in Fine Arts at UCSC in the Digital Arts and New Media program.

Michael Bryant and Keith Rozendal

KZSC‘s Station Advisors Michael Bryant and Keith Rozendal came onto Artists on Art June 11, 2014 to talk about the art of college radio making.

Michael Bryant has been the station advisor for 14 years and on the radio air for over forty years. He was the host of the beloved KZSC Beatles show, Here, There and Everywhere.

Michael and is handing the reigns over to Keith Rozendal on Solstice, June 21st, 2014 . Keith is scientific and medical journalist, and former new, public affairs director and program director at KCSB, UC Santa Barbara’s college station.

Annapurna Pandey

Screen Shot 2014-06-16 at 5.43.17 PMUCSC Professor of Anthropology, Annapurna Pandey came onto Artists on Art on June 18, 2014 to talk about her work with Indian Traditional and Bollywood dance and promote the upcoming event, Mokshya! featuring the world acclaimed Rudrakshya Odissi Dance Troupe.

Professor Pandey work with the Indian Performing Arts Promotions the are bringing the Dance Troupe presentation Mokshya! An Intoxicating Spiritual Journey Through Dance Featuring the world acclaimed Rudrakshya Odissi Dance Troupe And Special Guest Mythili Kumar.

This event is happening for one show only June 20, 2014 at the Santa Cruz High School Auditorium 415 Walnut Ave. Santa Cruz, CA. Click here for tickets.

Also, Rising International will be there is with a pop-up shop selling wares that empower women locally and globally out of extreme poverty.

Last week’s guest Revital Carroll founder and director of Shakti Bhakti Ensemble  has been learning Odissi Dance by the very same, Rudrakshya Odissi Dance Troupe. She goes to India to see them and now they are coming here. What a small beautiful world!

This is their sixth trip to the US and Santa Cruz. This is also an amazing opportunity to see men perform Odissi dance. 



Revital Carroll


On May 28th, local dancer, artist, choreographer and yoga teacher, Revital Carroll came onto Artists On Art to talk about herinnovative dance performance, Lotus Moon by Shakti Bhakti Ensemble,

Shakti Bhakti was started by Revital dedicated to the exposition of classical Indian dance and eastern spiritual art.

The event took place at Louden Nelson Auditorium (301 Center St. Santa Cruz) on Saturday, May 31st, 2014 at 2 PM and 7 PM (two show times). A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Rising International, a local non-profit organization dedicated to supporting women and ending poverty.

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