Water Makes Us Wet, a film by Beth Stephens & Annie Sprinkle

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unnamedYou’re invited to the Santa Cruz Film Festival’s “test screening” of Water Makes Us Wet! An Ecosexual Adventure, Beth Stephens & Annie Sprinkle’s newest film happening October 15, 2017 at the Tannery Arts Center’s Colligan Theater 1010 River Street, Santa Cruz, CA

Join Beth & Annie, cast & crew LIVE, for discussion after the movie.

Water Makes Us Wet! An Ecosexual Adventure With Sandy Stone as the Earth is a poetic blend of curiosity, humor, sensuality, and concern, that chronicles the pleasure and politics of H20 from an ecosexual perspective.

Travel with UCSC professor/artist Beth, and former sex worker/artist Annie Sprinkle, and their dog Butch as they interact with a diverse range of folks including biologists, white water rafters, activists, water treatment plant workers, scholars, a tarot reader, doggie detective, flamboyant performance artists, and others.  The adventure climaxes with a shocking event that reaffirms the power of water, life and love.  

Guaranteed not to be a dry environmental documentary!

Tickets available at Brown Paper Tickets.

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Jess Prudent

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Tauna Coulson

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Dawn Nakanishi and Angela Gleason

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Trippin through Kazakhstan

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FullSizeRender 8 copy Do you know anything about Kazakhstan other than the movie Borat, which was actually filmed in Romania? On the July 19th show, three fellow travelers who recently visited the small city of Aktobe spoke about their shared adventure

The guests, author/educator, Jessica Topacia Long, and local Santa Cruzian Eva Miljkovic-Ammann joined host, Nada Miljkovic to discussed the differences, the similarities, the food, the customs, to name a few, of the 9th largest country in the world. Both guests are currently expats living in Slavic countries; Jessica in Moscow, Russia, and Eva in Belgrade, Serbia.FullSizeRender 11

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What is Lost When a Species Goes Extinct?

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Within the question, “what is lost when a species goes extinct?”, is embedded another question, “how do we talk about it?” To investigate these questions and more, Irena Polic, Managing Director of the Institute for Humanities Research, brought Claudio Campagna, Adjunct Professor in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and Daniel Guevara, Chair and Associate Professor, Philosophy Department, all at UCSC, onto KZSC‘S Artists on Art Radio Program, April 4, 2017.

We began the discussion about the new research group, The Language of Conservation, and their inaugural event, What is Lost When A Species Goes Extinct? A Colloquium on the Unspeakable Value of Life, that happened, April 14, in Humanities 1. It was a conversation between a philosopher and three scientists about the impact of language—how particular words and concepts impact the public’s thinking about topics such as “sustainability,” “conservation,” and “extinction.”

Here’s an excerpt of our interview with Claudio Campagna talking about his journey as an animal behaviorist to researching the philosophy of the environmental movement and starting the new IHR research group with Daniel Guevara on language and conservation.

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Alex Perez reads his poem Pablo Pueblo

Ryan Page

17349580_10155104079201665_1092508686179610993_oEver wonder what is music? That was one of the topics composer and performer, Ryan Page and Nada Miljkovic spoke about when he came onto the KZSC radio show, Artists on Art.  To inform the answer to this question, we played music by John Cage and Pauline Oliveras as well as Ctrl-Z and discussed their similarities and differences.

Ryan Page is a composer, performer, and tinkerer who focuses on human interaction with technology.  In 2015 he founded the live electronic music group Ctrl-Z with Daniel Steffey and Nicholas Wang. Ctrl-Z performs and commissions new electronic works, along with classic works of 20th-Century experimental music. Last year, he started a record label, Cutty Strange Records and is currently working towards his Ph.D. in Film and Digital Media at UCSC.

We discussed Ctrl-Z’s collaboration with Listening to Ladies and their call for composers of any age or nationality who identify as women, nonbinary, or gender fluid are invited to submit scores for live performative electronics for a series of concerts to take place in California and New York in the Fall of 2017 (venues/dates to-be-determined). The program will showcase hugely important yet often overlooked contributions to the history of electronic music by women alongside new pieces written by non-cis-male composers working on the cutting edge of experimental electronic and electroacoustic music. The resulting program will be recorded and released by Ctrl-Z in late 2017/early 2018. Applications are due June 1st, 2017.

To hear our interview, please click on the play button below.

Gail Rich Award Winners 2017

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It was a full house in the radio studio for our show on February 15, 2017. The talk was about the annual Gail Rich Awards which celebrates the spirit of the arts in Santa Cruz by recognizing those who inspire our diverse and culturally rich community.

Jennifer Gallagher, representing the Arts Council of Santa Cruz County and the Arts Council Associates, brought into the KZSC Studio three out of five of this year’s recipients; Gina Garcia (Dancer, Educator and Founder, Worldanz, Julia Chiapella (Writer and Program Director, Young Writer’s Program) and Mike Ryan (Actor and Artistic Director, Santa Cruz Shakespeare), listed in order by which they appear.

GR-2017-Page-Slider-2The 21st Annual Gail Rich Awards is happening Wednesday, February 22 at 7:30 pm at the Rio Theatre, 1205 Soquel Ave. in Santa Cruz. It is free and open to the public.

To hear our show in its entirety, please click on the play button below.

Michelle Williams

The director of the Arts Council of Santa Cruz County, Michelle Williams came on to Artists on Art to talk about what the Arts Council does. She and her team support and invest in Santa Cruz County artists and arts organizations Last year, more than $180,000 was awarded during our 2016 grant cycle.

For artists seeking grants, the Spring Grant Cycle opened February 8 for artists seeking: Create Grants – for individual artists and organizations seeking support for their art and culture projects and Develop Grants – for individual artists and arts organizations seeking support for their professional and business development activities.View guidelines here.
Deadline to Apply is March 15, 5:00 pm.

The Arts Council does more than giving money away to support art, it also supports a wide range of arts education opportunities, advocate for ongoing support for the arts and lead community collaborations and partnerships.

The National Endowment of the Arts has come under attack with calls for ending funding. Please listen to Michelle Michelle argue for the intrinsic and economic value of the arts at a local and national level.

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