It’s tempting, if you’re tempted by clichés, to call Orson Welles “larger than life.” But he was after all an ordinary mortal, however prodigious his gifts and imposing his persona. He was also, among other things, a struggling artist, and his travails should be familiar to anyone who’s sought creative fulfillment in a practical world.
By J.D. Hillard | KUSP News
Marco Barricelli says he felt that Shakespeare Santa Cruz had got its business figured out in the 2013 season. He noted that the company has a history of falling back on support from U.C. Santa Cruz, which was the stated reason for the troupe’s cancellation. But he says this season, revenue had come to 98 of what had been budgeted.
From monumental ceramics to breathtaking landscapes – 27 artists in 18 studios open this weekend
Artists in Bonny Doon are holding open studios this weekend for the second annual Bonny Doon Studio Tour.
Kirby Scudder’s interview with one of the artists, ceramic painter Melissa Leeds is the audio featured at the top of this post.
Leeds says she was a painter until she encountered the ceramics department at her art school. When she met renowned potter Mattie Leeds, she turned in her pains for glazes.
Kirby Scudder speaks with Greg Paroff who performs “ENGEL THE ELDER’S BARD, BEAT$, & BURLESQUE.” The show intersperse stand-up comedy, hip-hop and Shakespeare monologues. It’s one of the shows in the Santa Cruz Fringe Festival July 11-20.
The festival Web site descibes Paroff’s shows with this quote from the Santa Cruz Weekly’s Georgia Perry, ”Let me say this: You certainly do not have to be a fan of Shakespeare to enjoy this show. In fact, Shakespeare-haters may even like it more.”
2013 Fringe Festival Information: Fringe Festival Website
By Amy Guttman | NPR’s The Salt | July 6, 2013
The man once hailed as the “Salvador Dali of the kitchen” is getting his own art exhibit.
Ferran Adrià might not be a household name, but for nearly three decades, as chef and mastermind of the acclaimed Catalan Spanish restaurant El Bulli, he moussed, foamed and otherwise re-imagined cuisine in modernist ways that have inspired many of the world’s top chefs.
An event tonight at the Tannery Art Center in Santa Cruz allows artists to present their ideas for new projects. Audience members each pay $20 and votes at the end of he night for one project to take the entire pool. Organizer Kevin Devaney says the event inspires new projects.
“It allows artists all across his community to think ‘If I had an extra one- to two thousand dollars to spend on something awesome, what would I do?’”
Feast is hosted by the Santa Cruz Institute of Contemporary Art, find more information at their Web site.
Now Showing through August 25, 2013
From the Monterey Museum of Art:
“Motoi Yamamoto is an internationally acclaimed contemporary Japanese artist from Hiroshima, Japan, who creates elaborate, site-specific installations made entirely out of salt. Often in the form of large-scale labyrinths or aerial projections of typhoons, Yamamoto takes one of the earth’s oldest, most sought-after mineral elements to cover the entire gallery floors during a two-week residency at the Monterey Museum of Art—Pacific Street location. (more…)
The one and only Mel Brooks is amidst a gigantic media splash this week – starting with:
1: Interview with Jeesie Thorn on Bullseye Sunday, May 19, 8 p.m.
2. Interview with Terry Gross on Fresh Air, Monday, May 20, 6 p.m.
3. Mel Brooks: Make a Noise, American Masters Monday, May 20, 9 p.m.
Jessie Thorn write about Mel Brooks:
It’s hard to imagine what American comedy would look like without Mel Brooks. With a sharp eye for parody, a seemingly infinite supply of gags, and enough destruction of the fourth wall to make a postmodern novelist blush, his work has set the tone for countless comedy TV shows and films. It’s hard to imagine SNL‘s relentless TV parodies without Your Show Of Shows(which Brooks wrote for alongside Sid Caesar back in the 50s), The Simpsons without his filmography full of sly pop-culture references, or the careers of Airplane! creators Zucker, Abrahams and Zucker without Brooks’ shameless love of (self-admittedly) awful jokes.
Beauty surrounds us, draws us in, gives joy and creates conflict. In this hour, TED speakers conjure up beauty both ancient and modern, and suggest reasons why humans are hardwired to crave and respond to beauty.
In the attached part one of the episode, Denis Dutton was a philosophy professor and the editor of Arts & Letters Daily, before his death in 2010. Dutton also taught philosophy at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. He has a provocative theory on beauty — that art, music and other beautiful things, far from being simply “in the eye of the beholder,” are a core part of human nature with deep evolutionary origins.