Rhan Wilson & Patti Maxine

On November 28, 2012,  Gail Rich Award recipient, Rhan Wilson, and steel guitarist and singer, Patti Maxine, came into the KZSC radio station to talk about the upcoming event, Altared Christmas, happening December 8th, at 8pm at the Rio Theatre.

Featuring nearly 2 dozen local performers, this show takes your typical holiday songs, puts them in minor keys, and lets them tell a very different story than you are used to.

Be aware that if you want to see this amazing show, buy your tickets quick. It usually sells out and will be the last one before taking a break to work on a new Altared Christmas presentation. Tickets are available at: Altared Christmas, Streetlight Records (downtown Santa Cruz), and Tomboy (next door to the Rio Theatre).

We also talked about another project imagined by Patti and Rhan, The Patti Maxine Living Wig Foundation.  With a contribution, you too can see yourself with Patti’s hair. All Donations go to the WomenCARE, a local organization that provide services to women with all types of cancer.

To hear our Artist on Art broadcast, please click the gray ‘play’ button below: [haiku url=”http://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/miljkovicaudio/old_public_html/nada/rhan.mp3″ title=”Rhan Wilson & Patti Maxine” graphical=”true”]

Carmen Kubas Guest for Feb 15, 2011

Carmen Kubas came onto the show to talk about her art activism as founder and CEO of Lightfoot Industries. (LFI)  This unique local business for sustainable vocational training helps “at risk” (a term that Carmen does not like to use) teenagers learn all life skills while discovering their life passion and “soul craft.”

How does this work? LFI is a social enterprise solution that provides entrepreneurial training for teenagers. They use a holistic approach that involves a restaurant, retail line, and innovative curriculum to model social, environmental, and fiscal responsibility. In conjunction with Delta High School at Cabrillo College, this year is the pilot program and will last one year. The first cohort is now in their second half of the year.  LFI has future plans for the program to be 2 to 4 years.

LFI hosts a weekly supper club at the Backstage Lounge, next to the Rio Theater on Soquel and Seabright, every Friday and Saturday beginning February 18th and will run until May with two seatings per night, the first at 6pm and the second at 8pm.

For more information and to get advanced tickets (highly recommended because the dinners usually sell out), visit their site and FaceBook page.  Also, the Good Times recently published an article entitled “Teenage Dream.”

Along with a sumptuous five course meal, the Friday night supper clubs will feature guest speakers.  This week will feature, former AoA guest, Rocky Romano to talk about his Go Big Project.

Here’s a video we took right before the show:

If you missed any part of the broadcast, click on the triangle below to hear the whole show.

3/2/10 Artists on Art Poppy Champlin and Topher Maraffi

Queer Queen of Comedy Poppy Champlin

This radio show on KZSC was a little different than usual by featuring  two guests, Poppy Champlin who’s bringing the Queer Queens of Qomedy to Santa Cruz, and Topher Maraffi talking about the  experimental theater production, “Stop the Press”.

The show began with Poppy Champlin speaking about her show “Queer Queens of Qomedy” at the Rio Theater happening March 6, 2010. She is bringing this “make you laugh so hard you’ll crack a rib or at least be crying” show for everyone not just gays and lesbians.

We talked about her co-Queens (feisty Latin Diva of Comedy”, Sandra Valls, and multi-talented “secret love child of Steve Martin and Better Midler”, Roxanna Ward).  We spoke of  Poppy’s beginnings as a comedian in Rhode Island and moving to the big times by becoming a member of the famed Second City Comedy Troupe.  We also talked about her upcoming Showtime Comedy Special “the LOL Comedy Festival”.

For tickets, you can go  the Rio Theater or to tickets.com.

Next, Topher Maraffi and I spoke about the experimental performance, “Stop the Press!”.  This is a collaborative production of the DANM Performative Technologies Group (Topher, Jessica Hayden, Chris Molla, Kathleen Kralowec) and select faculty from the UCSC Theater Arts Department.  Jim Bierman helped with writing, The performance was directed by Kimberly Jannarone.  David Cuthbert worked with the group as well.

The performances take us into two worlds. the golden age of newspapers and the triumph of the digital age.  Where else are you going to see Topher in a spandex mocap suit dancing with his realtime 3D digital double, or go through Leland’s electrifying video tunnel to the future, or enjoy Kathleen’s amazing dancing animations, or interact with Jessica’s cool fortune telling devices, or immerse yourself in Chris’ timeless soundscapes? Just a few more hints on what you will see: animatronic Ray Kurzweil, embodied Bill Joy, The Carousel of Progress, and a gigantic realtime 3D eyeball controlled by a joystick. The actors directed by Kimberly Jannerone are excellent, the set is mesmerizing, the costumes are sexy android steampunk, there is tons of digital media, and the story is thought provoking.

Not to be missed or you’ll be really sad upcoming shows are: Mar 4, 5, & 6, Thurs-Sat at 7pm & 9pm, and March 7th, Sunday matinee at 3pm. UCSC students with ID get one free ticket! General Admission $14. Other students and seniors $11.

Tickets for “Stop the Press!” can be bought at the UCSC Ticket office (call 459-2150) or online at SantaCruzTickets.com.

Listen to the different guests on the show in entirety by clicking on one of the triangles below.  The top triangle is Poppy Champlin’s interview the second triangle Topher Maraffi.

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Here’s a little video of Topher that I took right before the show:

Steven and Bonnie Barisof Guests on Artists on Art 1/26/10

Steven and Bonnie Barisof were on the Artists on Art KZSC interview show hosted by Nada Miljkovic for January 26,2010.  The Barisofs are local Santa Cruz pottery artists.

Also, they are the founders of the second annual event, Three Cups of Tea Santa Cruz , in association with  the Central Asia Institute inspired by Greg Mortenson‘s book, Three Cups of Tea.  The book is helping create a huge number of schools, particularly for girls,  in Afghanistan and Pakistan.  He helps those  communities that come to him and are able to build the school themselves.

Local Santa Cruzians can help with this urgent and necessary endeavor by going to the Three Cups of Tea, Santa Cruz fund-raising event February 11th at the Rio Theater and/or by being involved with on-line auction of art pieces that have been donated by Santa Cruz County artists.

Our show can be heard in entirety by clicking on the triangle below. [audio: http://www.miljkovic.org/old_public_html/nada/aoa12610.mp3]

Artists on Art Guest for 1/19/10 LizAnne Jensen

For the Artist on Art KZSC radio show, LizAnne Jensen came on to talk about her use of weather vanes as her art medium.  She and her husband, Ken, have have a company, Westcoast Weather Vane, for 22 years making custom weather vane.  Their studio is in Bonny Doon.

We talked about the history and collaborative art of making this beautiful handcrafted weather vanes.  We also talked about the fundraiser with which West Coast Weather is involved in along with the CAI (Central Asia Institute). Part of the means for the fundraiser is donations or art work given by artists.

On February  11, 2010 from 5:30 t0 9:00pm at the Rio Theater, there will be the second annual Three Cups of Tea fundraiser.  This organization is led by Greg Mortenson who has the vision and drive to build schools, especially for girls, in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Our show can be heard in entirety by clicking on the triangle below. [audio: http://www.miljkovic.org/old_public_html/nada/aoa11910.mp3]

Here’s our TwitVid from the show.

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