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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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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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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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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Will Durst

13323326_10154918935964535_3164406814251109362_oOn May 25th, San Franciscan stand-up comedian and political satirist, Will Durst came onto Artists on Art to talk about his latest one-person show, Elect to Laugh: 2016 on June 4th at the Vet’s Hall.

Elect To Laugh: 2016 with Will Durst is a brand- new, hysterical, one- man show stalking the presidential election cycle like white on rice. Ably assisted by his trusty overhead projector, this hilarious 80-minute production reflects Durst’s outraged and outrageous sensibilities, accessing the topical through the jugular, as current as Bernie Sanders’ lead staffer’s latest tweet.

12987141_984016668301850_6437878304734826097_nWill Durst will be in town for one show only, Saturday, June 4 at 7:30pmAT Santa Cruz Veterans Memorial Building, 846 Front St, Santa Cruz, CA.

Tickets are $20 and on sale now www.brownpapertickets.com.

some rich asshole says he wants to run the country like a business, which is worrisome, because he looks like the kind of guy who would burn it down for the insurance.”  

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Cid Pearlman & Collette Kollewe

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Dancers & Choreographers Cid Pearlman and Collette Kollewe came into KZSC to talk about the newest CID PEARLMAN PERFORMANCE, Economies of Effort: 3 at the Felix Kulpa Gallery in Santa Cruz.

The Show dates are March 17-20 & March 24-27, 7:30 & 9:30pm.

It’s free admission and reservations suggested and entry is limited to 35 people per performance.
Go to cidpearlman.org to reserve your spot.

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Margaret Niven

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Visual Artist and Educator, Margaret Niven, came into UCSC’s KZSC to talk about curating the upcoming  Radius Gallery Exhibition, RAIN PERCUSSIONS.

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During the show, we spoke by phone on the participating artists, with Reenie Charriere.  Her piece for the show involves found plastic filled with water.

RAIN PERCUSSIONS runs March 23- May 8, 2016, at the Tannery Arts Center, 1050 River St, Unit 127, Santa Cruz, California.

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Beth Stephens Talks About EcoSex

On June 3, 2015, UCSC Art Professor Beth Stephens came onto KSCS’s Artists on Art to talk about her work and EcoSex.

Tandy Beal & Wallace Baine

Director, Tandy Beal & Writer, Wallace Baine came on to KZSC Artists on Art January 7th to talk about the play, Oscar’s Wallpaper, with Nada Miljkovic. Oscar’s Wallpaper premiers at the 20th 8 Tens @ 8 Festival beginning January 9th of 2015 and running through February 8th at the Actors Theatre.

Screen Shot 2015-01-08 at 6.25.52 PMBoth Tandy and Wallace are Santa Cruz Treasures and that do much more than directing and playwriting. Wallace has been and continues to be the one of the main reporters on local Arts and Culture at the Santa Cruz Sentinel. He is a writer, essayist, blogger and author of the soon-to-be published book, The Last Temptation of Lincoln. The play, Oscar’s Wallpaper, was first a chapter in that book when Wallace was inspired to submit to the 8 Tens @ 8 play Festival.  Tandy Beal is a producer/director/writer/dancer/choreographer/educator and celebrating this year her 40 years of the Tandy Beal & Company.

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