P-sign Paul House Guest for 2/22/11

Taken by Gabrielle Cianfrani

Local artist, musician, theater person and sand drawer, Paul House came up to the station to talk about his upcoming photograph installation and opening reception at the Windmill Cafe, March 4th.

Paul has been creating giant sand drawings at several beaches in Santa Cruz for nearly a decade. He was inspired to pick up the stick and draw by the sadness of war, particularly the US in Iraq.

The picture on the side was taken by a facebook friend while on a trip from New Jersey in ’08. How small the world?  This coincidence epitomizes the strength in the symbology of Paul’s art and its ability to move people deeply.

We talked about Paul’s beginnings of practicing this art that gets swept away, an impermanence that is site specific, activist and dialogic.  He shared stories of people walking away changed after speaking with him.

The photographs of Paul’s sand drawings will begin hanging at the Windmill Cafe (our local purveyor of great healthy food and art gallery for the mind)  March 1st and be up for the duration of the month.

The reception is March 4, 2011 at 7pm (a part of our First Friday Art tour – a fabulous Santa Cruz tradition) at 21231 East Cliff Drive near 13th. For more information visit the Windmill Cafe and/or call 831-464-4698.

Here’s a little movie about P-sign Paul that was done a few years ago by Santa Cruz CCTV.

If you missed any part of the live broadcast, please click on the triangle below.

Lori, Gitanjali, Rivera for 11/9/10

The Guest for Artists on Art radio interview show for November 9, 2010 was local performer, singer, choral director, actor, Lori Rivera. We talked about the upcoming event, Universal Worship in Song, Celebrating the Divine Feminine, on November 14th, at the First Congregational Church at 900 High Street beginning at 7pm.  For this event, Lori sings and directs the Jazz on High and The Happiness Choir. At the concert, the audience, that includes representatives from the Hindu, Buddhist, Wiccan, Jewish, Christian and Muslim faiths, is encouraged to sing along.

We began our interview with a question of how Lori began singing and performing.  She studied at Hunter College and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, both in New York.  Lori spoke of her singing spiritually through her involvement with  The Sufi Movement and The Sufi Way, as a multi-faith worship service that acknowledges and pays homage to the expressions of divine truth as they are revealed through all religions.

This event, Universal Worship in Song, Celebrating the Divine Feminine, is a benefit for Land of The Medicine Buddha, Central Asian Institute and Bread for the Journey. Tickets are $20 and available at Gateways Books and Gifts and at the door. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Please come and add your voice and spirit to this beautiful celebration.

We also talked about Lori’s other upcoming events. The following week after the Universal Worship in Song event, Lori will be performing with So Vo So (for the second year in a row)  in the upcoming Tandy Beal & Company’s Production of “Mixed Nutz! The Nutcracker Re-Mixed”, Presented by the Theater Arts Dept, Friday, November 19, 2010 – Sunday, December 5, 2010.  This astonishing and gorgeous staged spectacle is the ideal way to begin the holidays.

Lori will also be a part of the New Music Works Women’s Voices, Saturday, January 15, 2011, 7:30pm – UCSC Music Recital Hall, Santa Cruz. Lori will be directing the Happiness Choir. The repertoire includes Phil Collins’ Sappho Songs.

Lastly, we talked about another upcoming performance in the new year in Smoke, a one woman show, written and produced by Joe Ortiz of Gayle’s Bakery and writer of the musical, Bread. In this one-woman show, the Lori brings to life two endearing characters—the innocent Celeste, looking for Mr. Right with a dangerously open heart, and the worldly Francesca, master of erotic strategy.  Stayed tuned for more information on the next upcoming productions of Smoke.

Hopefully, Lori will come back and talk to us more.  I also hope she’ll do a little singing.

If you missed any part of the live broadcast, you can hear the whole show by clicking on the play icon below.

4/27/10 Guest Chris(Topher) Maraffi

The Artists on Art guest for April 27, 2010 was Topher Maraffi. He is  the last in our series of Digital Arts and New Media pending graduates exhibiting at the new Digital Arts Research Center that is having its grand opening (ribbon-cutting ceremony) Thursday April 29, 2010 at 3:15.  Since March, I’ve interviewed Kathleen Kralowec, Jessica Hayden and Chris Molla, and last week, Nick Lally.

Topher will perform at this event directly after (between 3:45 and 4:15pm) Chancellor Blumenthal and Dean of the Arts Yager speak at the UCSC Digital Arts & New Media MFA research.

The name of his overall performance is Mimesis & Mocap with two performances, the Avatar Dance and  Magic Mirror Game (inspired by the  Marx Brothers Mirror Scene). These performance are  a cross-disciplinary study in creating believable real-time interaction between human performers and 3D characters within a theatrical environment. His two performances,  and The Magic Mirror Game, envision future methods of re-creating classic dance and pantomime movements with a digital double.   There will be at three more performances that he will do during the show DANM MFA 2010 Exhibition Everything is Possible (running April 30th-May 9th with the reception on May 7th at 5:30pm).

Here’s a list of his performances:

DANM Building Dedication, Thursday April 29th @ 3:45pm
Saturday May 1st @ 2:00pm
Tuesday May 4th @ 3:45pm
Show Reception Friday, May 7th @ 7:00pm

Additional evening and matinee times may be announced for the 8th & 9th. Check back on his website for details.

Topher came to the KZSC studio a few months ago (March 2, 2010) for only part of the Artists on Art show.  I wanted him to come on the show to talk about the DANM and Theater Arts co-production Stop the Press, an audience-interactive production about the demise of print and the rise of digital media. I had already booked with the Queer Queen of Comedy Poppy Champlin when I heard about this successful and acclaimed.  One person that has their finger on the pulse of Santa Cruz and has for decades said it was one of the best student productions in years.

I wanted  him back  for a full show and better explanation of his studies and work as  a performance artist, technical animator, educator (dance SWANGO and 3d animation along with other subjects) and author. Prior to joining the DANM program in Fall of 2008, he taught on the topic of 3D character creation and wrote three books on the subject such as MEL Scripting a Character Rig in Maya.

We started the show with a quick download of all the upcoming exhibitors in Everything is Possible. The Artists are: Karl Baumann, Lyès Belhocine, Drew Detweiler, Christoph Girard, Nik Hanselmann, Jessica Faith Hayden, Antoine A. Jaoude, Kathleen M. Kralowec, Nick Lally, Chris(Topher) Maraffi, Kyle McKinley, Christopher Molla, Elizabeth Travelslight, and Alex Walter.

If you missed the live broadcast, you can listen to our show in entirety by clicking on the triangle below.[audio: http://www.miljkovic.org/old_public_html/nada/aoa42710.mp3].

This is a TwitVid we did right before the show on Tuesday of Topher dancing.

I’m hoping he’ll be back on the show sometime in the future.  In the fall 2010, Topher will start as a PhD student in the UCSC Computer Science program.  He plans to continue in collaboration with Theater Arts and to develop expressive and improvisational real-time synthespians.

Jess Hayden & Chris Molla Guests for 4/6/10

Graduating Digital Arts and New Media artists, Jessica Hayden and Chris Molla were the guests on Artists on Art for April 6, 2010 to talk about their upcoming installation entitled “SET” or “Seemingly External Things” a narrative/documentary/fiction theatrical interactive piece about growing up in Nevada in the 50s during nuclear testing, “a mobile theatrical installation in which visitors may play to trigger audio, video and live performance events that reveal a story. The project questions the roles that the spectator and the environment play in generating narrative meaning.”  The piece will be in a 1951 Silver Streak that will  be parked out in front of the DARC otherwise known as the NEW Digital Arts Research Center on West Campus.

We talked about Chris and Jess’ backgrounds leading up to going back to school to get their MFAs.  Chris is a musical composer, teacher and  former member of Camper Van Beethoven.  Jess is a theatrical performer/writer/interactive object creator.  They are both amazing artists doing wonderful collaborative participatory new media art.  We got to hear some of the sound art that you’ll hear playing around in their Silver Streak. We talked about the seeds of the piece; Jess’ science fiction short story about a girl coupled, the desert sounds, their road-trip to Nevada, and trying to harness technology.

That’s the beauty of their art. It is meant to be touched and investigated while learning and experiencing through the participation.  I can hardly wait to see their shiny informative piece.  I asked them about their future.  They said they’re taking it on the road, a traveling  art installation.  I think it’s brilliant that their MFA piece can be their home and car.

“SET” is a part of the larger DANM 2010 MFA Exhibition, Things that are Possible, showcasing digital art with social impact at the DARC. There are 14 graduate students taking part in this exhibition that runs April 30th to May 9th with a free reception on Friday May 7 from 5:30-7:30PM. For details visit danm.ucsc.edu.

If you missed the live broadcast,  you can listen to our show in entirety by clicking on the triangle below.

[audio: http://www.miljkovic.org/old_public_html/nada/aoa4610.mp3]

Here’s a twitvid we did right after the show.

This is a trailer for Chris and Jess’ recent collaborative theatrical ensemble “Stop the Presses“.  At 1 minute 20 seconds, you’ll see Jess’ “Gypsy Fortune” piece that was performed in March 2010.  This piece came out of the Performative Technologies group research.

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.

[audio: http://www.miljkovic.org/old_public_html/nada/aoa3210PC.mp3]
[audio: http://www.miljkovic.org/old_public_html/nada/aoa3210TMaraffi.mp3]

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

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