Stephen Kessler – the Art of Poetry & Translation

Screen Shot 2014-11-28 at 3.14.47 PMPoet, translator, essayist, editor and novelist, Stephen Kessler came onto KZSC‘s Artists on Art to talk about his work, the upcoming publication of three books in 2015 and salons at Gabriella Cafe.

Stephen has published  several books of poetry, and was founder, publisher and editor-in-chief of The Sun in the 1980s. He has also been editor and/or writer at Santa Cruz Express, and more recently, Metro Santa Cruz.  He is widely known as a translator of Julio Cortazar, Jorge Luis Borges, Luis Cernuda, Fernando Alegria and the Spanish Nobel prize winner Vicente Aleixandre. He has published several volumes of poetry.

When asked how how he got into translating Spanish to English, non-native Spanish speaker, Stephen talked about beginning his spanish translation career due to growing up in LA. He believes that all Californians are Mexican.

We also talked about Paul Cocking‘s  salons at Gabriella Cafe, the first Tuesday of every month, with dinner at 6pm and conversation at 7pm. December 2, 2014 will feature Patrice Veccione and Wallace Baine talking about creativity. Stephen will have his salon next April 2015 to talk about his translation of Luis Cernuda’s entire works of Poetry.

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.

Russ Leal of Extra Large

On December 11, 2013, Santa Cruz singer and songwriter Russ Leal of Extra Large, came into KZSC and spoke with Nada Miljkovic of Artists on Art about the history of his feel good happy vibration music and band. The band will be playing at the Crow’s Nest for New Year’s Eve 2014 Party.

Michael Villareal

Screen shot 2013-10-21 at 11.31.38 AMMulti-Media Artist, Michael Villareal came on Artist on Art at KZSC October 9. 2013 to talk about his painting and participating for the first in the Open Studio Art Tour of Santa Cruz County.

Michael’s paintings are moments of time, each having its own story in the style of representational art a little Hopper in space and color and little Maxfield Parrish in terms of illumination.

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Matthew Swinnerton

Matthew Swinnerton of Event Santa Cruz, Techraising and Interrogation Hub came onto Artist on Art to talk with Nada Miljkovic about his new monthly series, Event Santa Cruz, that showcases thriving Santa Cruz businesses and the people behind them.

Come to the inaugural night of Event Santa Cruz at The Nickelodeon theater, September 18th, 2013 at 7:00 pm and experience seven (7) Santa Cruzans telling stories about themselves, their businesses, and how awesome it is to live and work in Santa Cruz. This is not just another speaker series— please be prepared to have fun and enjoy a truly unique Santa Cruz experience!

EventSC LogoThe scheduled Speakers are:

  • Danny Keith – Director Corporate Sponsorships at Santa Cruz Warriors, Executive Director Grind Out Hunger
  • Margaret Rosas – Looker Afterer at Looker, Co-Founder of TechRaising
  • Chris Miller – Rocket Scientist at Launch Brigade
  • Shane Pearlman – CEO at Modern Tribe, Real Estate Investor & Speaker
  • Ryan Coonerty – Director of Government Relations & Strategy at PredPol, Inc., CoFounder of NextSpace Coworking + Innovation, and CoFounderSanta Cruz NEXT
  • Kendra Baker – Owner/chef at The Penny Ice Creamery and The Picnic Basket
  • Kim Luke – Writer, performer, voice of the Santa Cruz Derby Girls and The Santa Cruz Warriors

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Karen Toole

Artist, Painter, Curator and gallery owner of the Art Loft, Karen Toole came into KZSC to talk about her artistic practice as well as her new studio gallery on 1319 Pacific Avenue, second floor in Santa Cruz. Last first Friday for August, the Art Loft presented “Local Scenes” a group show, featuring the work of Shmuel Thaler, Patrick Woodman, Barbara Bailey Porter, Wayne Adachi and Karen Toole. Come out this Friday for September’s Santa Cruz Art Tour and see the new show. Karen and I talked about her recent community garden project on West Cliff. On Saturday, September 7th at 10am there will be volunteer weeding and planting day. Bring gloves, a little hand trowel and a little serrated knife. Don’t for get sun screen, hat and water bottle. For more info, the video is below. To hear Karen’s interview, please click on the grey button below:  

Laura Barnes Walker

Local artist,  belly dancer, and educator Laura Barnes Walker came into the KZSC station on February 4, 2013 to talk about her meditation/yoga/dance practice.

For nearly two decades, Laura has been studying  Tribal Belly Dance with Palika of Heavy Hips, Rachel Brice, Zoe Jakes, Mardi Love, Ashley Lopez among others. Tribal Belly dance focuses on group dancing that is extemporaneously choreographed by multiple leaders through a turn of the head and wave of a hand.

Laura started Calla Lily Tribal Belly Dance & Yoga in 2010 for art work and practice.  She teaches two classes each week at the West Side Studio on Swift Street in Santa Cruz. She believes that tribal belly dance is an incredible way to build community between women and loves watching her students make friends and move their bodies at the same time. She is organizing a performance for this year’s National Dance Week in April.

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Elizabeth Gummere


On May 7, 2012, Santa Cruz Film Festival President, Elizabeth Gummere came onto Artist on Art to talk this great annual event that brings scads of filmmakers, directors, actors to Santa Cruz for rollicking fun ten days.

This is our eleventh festival and runs May 10-19, 2012. Here’s a PDF with the list of movies and showtimes.

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Misha Bonaventura & Angela Blessing

On February 6, 2012, co-producers of the event, WHAT IS EROTIC? “In the Boudoir.”  Santa Cruz’s Hottest Valentines Date is the Seventh Annual Performance Fundraiser at The 418 Project The dates for the events are February 10 – 12 & 17 – 19, 2012.

Tickets now on sale at Brown Paper Tickets or take your chance at the door. Reservations are a good idea: 831.466.9770.

Both these local artists have been involved with “What is Erotic” from the beginning. Songstress, jewelry maker, chef and artist Angela Blessing is performing for the first time in this theatrical event. She has been helping on the side particularly with production and maintaining an erotic vibration. Along with performing in this “What is Erotic” Angela is directing two other peices. There are 18 total vingeettes.

For Misha, this is her first time not performing in this yearly event. This year, she is co-producing and co-directing. Misha is a passion and inspiration coach with Passion Playground.

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Local dancer, singer, electronica musician, videographer, producer and editor Jazz-Elle came into UCSC’s KZSC radio station December 12, 2011 to talk about her upcoming event Deckin the Holidaze Party. Jazz-Elle is also a UCSC alum having graduated from the Community Studies program with her Master in Arts in 2008.

This show will be at the Coasters Lounge, Santa Cruz Boardwalk Bowl, December 16th beginning at 9pm with three acts. Come out to this happening dancing and live music event created as a means to de-stress with partying from all the holiday pressure. It’s a free event.

Jazz-elle Lasiuk is an educator, editor and producer at Community Television of Santa Cruz. She has a show on the station called, Planet of Dreamz. You can find all ten episodes at Jazz-elle’s Youtube Channel, JazzElleMusic.

Her website,  is full of her musical and video work at Her Electro Wave music can be heard here at playing “in the heat” in Sacramento. She has a full length cd album, Test Your Taste Buds. By cross pollinating the sounds of Bjork’s “Big Time Sensuality”, with Joan Baez’s “Blowing in the Wind”, while dancing in a “Love Shack” with the B-52’s, and then “Stepping Out” to DJ Kaskade, you get a better understanding of the influences that helped to produce the Jazz-elle vibe.

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This video is from alive performance of Jazz-elle’s song “Don’t Doubt It” at the Cypress Lounge 2010. Used here to promote the Deckin the Holidaze Party Dec 16th, 2011. 9 pm at the Coasters Lounge, Santa Cruz Boardwalk Bowl.

This is my daughter’s new song obsession:

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