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The Naked Liszt is an intimate look at the life, love and music of celebrated Hungarian composer Franz Liszt. World renowned pianist Cecil Lytle performs a selection of the composer's favorite pieces-with a twist. Each piece of music is introduced by readings of letters to, from or about Liszt and his music, creating a vibrant multimedia image of the life of the influential 19th century musician.

Established in 1982, the Stuart Collection at UC San Diego is a unique assembly of commissioned works by leading contemporary artists, including Niki de Saint Phalle, Robert Irwin, Bruce Nauman, and William Wegman. Each project is tailored for a specific site on the 1200-acre campus, and the diversity of forms, materials, and scale reflect and enhance the topographical and architectural distinctiveness of UC San Diego. Many of the artists who have designed works for the Collection are seldom represented in public sculpture collections and a significant number of the artists were better known for work in other media before creating their first permanent outdoor sculpture for the Stuart Collection.

The Department of Film and Media Studies at UCSB welcomed the legendary make-up artist Michael Westmore, who revolutionized the make-up industry for his work on "Star Trek: The Next Generation" and won an Academy Award for the movie "Mask." Westmore sits down for a conversation with UCSB professor Cheri Steinkellner, and talks about his work bringing aliens to life and other tales from his career. Recorded on 12/12/2014.

E. Randol Schoenberg, the grandson of the composer Arnold Schoenberg, is an expert in handling cases involving looted art and the recovery of property stolen by the Nazi authorities during the Holocaust. He tells the story here of his most prominent case, "Republic of Austria v. Altmann" which resulted in the successful return of six paintings by Gustav Klimt, including the "Golden Lady," to their rightful owners. Recorded on 05/06/2015.

Executive Producer/Director Jack Bender unlocks the production secrets of translating Lost from script to screen. And, he might just provide some clues to unlock the secrets of "The Island."

On the occasion of San Diego Opera's West Coast premiere of GREAT SCOTT, Nicolas Reveles engages composer Jake Heggie in a lively conversation about the work's conception. Known for his landmark modern classics DEAD MAN WALKING and MOBY DICK, Heggie's newest work concerns Arden Scott, an international opera star who returns to her hometown with the intention of saving the ailing company that started her career. However, her homecoming coincides with the home team's first National Championship. GREAT SCOTT sparks some interesting questions around how we perceive the Arts and what purpose they serve today. Recorded on 12/10/2015.

1941 screenwriter Bob Gale (who also wrote the Back to the Future Trilogy), actor Perry Lang, 2nd Assistant Director Chris Soldo, assistant casting director Stanzi Stokes, and score restorer Michael Matessino look at this 1979 Steven Spielberg farce.

Spotlight goes behind the scenes as San Diego Opera mounts a traditional production of Giacomo Puccini's TOSCA, one of the most beloved operas in the repertoire.

In a veritable feast for fans of Giacomo Puccini, San Diego Opera's Nicolas Reveles delves into the history, influences, and musical intricacies of Puccini's TOSCA and MADAMA BUTTERFLY, two of the most popular works in the operatic repertoire.

In the finale concert for UC San Diego Jazz Camp 2014, drummer Willie Jones III leads an ensemble of talented students in a performance of standards and new works. Recorded on 06/26/2015.

Go behind the scenes with cameraman/editor, Mark Romanov, who specializes in hard-to-get shots which is apparent in his work on Rick Rosenthal's documentary, The Dark Side of the Ocean. Recorded on 07/22/2015.

Jacqueline Rose, University of London, examines the film Niagara, its star Marilyn Monroe and Hollywood, and what Rose terms the "loving cruelty of cinema in relation to women." Rose is welcomed to UCSB by UCSB Professor of Film and Media Studies, Constance Penley Niagara is unique specimen of baroque Technicolor film noir, starring Marilyn Monroe and Joseph Cotten. The film tells the story of a pair of couples at Niagara Falls -- one honeymooning, the other disintegrating -- and explores desire, insanity, and the drive toward fatal attraction. Recorded on 10/20/2015.

British TV chef Jamie Oliver has an unparalleled instinct for trending topics from money saving recipes to humane meat production. Now he's got his finger on the pulse of time once again with 'Everyday Super Foods.'
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