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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Smith Renaissance Society

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21761510_1719242668140509_7134149134421266908_nOn Wednesday, October 11, 2017, former President of the Smith Renaissance Society, Shawn Cervantes came into the KZSC Radio Station to talk about the organization and the current exhibition at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History “Lost Childhoods,” about California foster youth, and an opportunity to spend time with the creators of this powerful exhibit, including current and former foster youth, Smith Society students, and artists and advocates. Shawn brought with her a former Smith Fellow, Bonnie Bea, and current “Smithie”, Jack.

The mission of the Smith Renaissance Society is to create a cross-generational community that provides academic, personal, social and financial support to UCSC students who lack the traditional family support afforded to most of their peers. Typically, these students have multiple adverse childhood experiences including, but not limited to, neglect, abuse, abandonment, or homelessness. Students may identify as being current or former foster youth, wards of the court, runaways, orphans, children of incarcerated parents, or children of parents with severe mental illness.

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Angela Gleason & Dawn Nakanishi

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D-Nakanishi-Lotus-Ring-copy-781x1024Artists, activists and educators, Angela Gleason and Dawn Nakanishi and discuss their beautiful jewelry and small metals art on KZSC’s Artist on Art.

HaveB550We discussed how to get started making art at Cabrillo College, a 400 hundred year metal layering technique brought from Japan, and the general of benefits of knowing how to make things using metal as the medium.

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Cynthia Connolly – Banned in DC

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sdp01Cynthia Connolly is a photographer, curator, and co-author/publisher/distributor of the book Banned in DC. She’s coming to Santa Cruz to share stories and show images of the beginning of the now legendary hardcore punk scene in Washington DC.

Originally published in 1988,  “Banned in DC”  is one of the first books on punk of its kind. It illustrates and documents DC in the late 70s to mid 80s with hundreds of photos, flyers, stories about the bands, the venues, and the people who populated the shows. This particular scene embodied a spirit of DIY that has come to be synonymous with punk, and it has continued to be an influence on many regional punk scenes around the world.

The event, Talk and Book Signing: Banned in DC with Cynthia Connolly is Thursday, Aug 3, 2017, at the Santa Cruz MAH 705 Front Street, Santa Cruz, CA. Enjoy a talk from Cynthia Connolly from 6:30-7:15 pm, and book signing and buttonmaking from 7:15-8:00 pm.

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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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Gerd Stern

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Gerd Stern is an Artist, original BEAT poet, a long-time friend of Allen Ginsberg and many others, one of the founders of KPFA,  Digital Media Artist Innovator, Co-founder of USCO and creator of Electronic Innovation of Immersive Multimedia Events…the list goes on and on.a_003

Gerd read his poems and spoke at the Blitzer Gallery, on Thursday, March 23rd. The Blitzer Gallery was showing some of his work from his time with USCO.

You can also see his work with USCO is at the BAMPFA exhibition, “Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia, showing through February 8–May 21, 2017.

The US Company is a media art collective that continues today and had its heyday in the 1960s and 1970s. It was co-founded by Gerd and Michael Callahan. Gerd also founded Intermedia Systems Corporation which produced multimedia art internationally using stroboscopes, projectors, and audiotapes in their performances. The USCo and Gerd were greatly influenced by media theorist Marshall McLuhan.  

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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.

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Newton Harrison

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UCSC Professor Emeritus, Newton Harrison is the featured guest on KZSC’s Artists on Art. We discussed his work with Helen Mayer Harrison, the Harrison Studio, the Center for the Study of the Force Majeure, and the event hosted by the UCSC’s Institute of the Arts and Science, CELEBRATING HELEN AND NEWTON HARRISON – 45 YEARS OF ECOLOGICAL ART, happening, Thursday, March 9, 2017, in the Digital Arts Research Center. This event is free and open to the public.

The Harrisons have worked for almost forty years with biologists, ecologists, architects, urban planners and other artists to initiate collaborative dialogues to uncover ideas and solutions which support biodiversity and community development. Their most recent project is the Force Majeure.

Based at UCSC, The Center for the Study of the Force Majeure brings together artists and scientists to design ecosystem-adaptation projects in critical regions around the world to respond to climate change.

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Greg O’Malley

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Our monthly show featuring Irena Polic, Managing Director of the Institute for Humanities Research continued in March. Irena brought onto the show UCSC Associate Professor of History, Gregory O’Malley, who is a UCSC Faculty Participants in the IHR World History Research Cluster that focuses on new research in the world and transnational history.

We talked about Greg’s book, Final Passages: The Intercolonial oMalley_final_PBSlave Trade of British America, 1619-1807, that examines the dispersal of African captives throughout the Americas after their initial arrival from Africa and redraws the map of the forced African immigration during the slave trade era. Building on the scholarship of the Atlantic slave trade and the material in Voyages: A Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database, he extends the study of the Atlantic slave trade to what he terms ‘‘final passages’’: the voyages of the intercolonial and intra-American slave trade. 

Now with the help of a $220,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities for a project titled Final Passages: The Intra-American Slave Trade Database, O’Malley is creating an interactive, free Web-based database about the slave trade within the Americas that will be integrated into the Voyages site.

“I think what drew me to the colonial period was an interest in race relations as a core dilemma of American society,” O’Malley observed. “We are living in a country where black lives are often treated as if they didn’t matter, and it’s built on this trade of slaves,” O’Malley added. “This disregard for their welfare and well-being is really important background for modern race relations. I think it shows we have a long history of devaluing black lives in American society.”

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