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This energetic, site-specific dance video uses the talents of choreographer Jean Isaacs (San Diego Dance Theater) and grace of shinhae jun (BKSoul) to educate teens and young adults about the vital topic of HIV/AIDS awareness, especially the need for both prevention and testing.

Steven Schick conducts the West Coast premiere of Evan Ziporyn's Frog's Eye, a propulsive work featuring a performance by the Tijuana-based dance troupe Lux Boreal.

One of the most distinctive filmmakers of our time, Werner Herzog has been called the "romantic visionary" of the New German Cinema movement. His edgy, larger-than-life films fuse the epic with the intimate, redefining the scale and scope of filmmaking to include more than 60 works shot on every continent. He appears in conversation with acclaimed author and essayist, Pico Iyer at UC Santa Barbara.

SummerFest La Jolla completes its gala 25th Anniversary Season with works by chamber music superstars Camille Saint-Saens and Felix Mendelssohn, and Romanian composer George Enescu. Performers include the renowned Tokyo String Quartet, SummerFest favorites Felix Fan and Cynthia Phelps, and Music Director Cho-Liang Lin.

Highlights from the 2012 edition of the Jazz Camp Finale Concert, featuring student ensembles performing standards and new compositions under the direction of distinguished faculty.

After a long absence Donizetti's comic masterpiece returns to San Diego Opera, and Spotlight cameras are there to capture the behind-the-scenes sights and sounds of a major opera production.

In the finale concert for UC San Diego Jazz Camp 2013, sax virtuoso Charles McPherson leads a talented group of students in a performance of standards and new works.

The essence of the classical form resides in the music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Johannes Brahms, as interpreted in this concert by a gathering of renowned musicians at the La Jolla Music Society 2014 SummerFest.

Visual Artist Sheldon Brown presents a multimedia tour de force exploring how art and science illuminate the freedom of imagination. Using examples from his extensive body of work, the founding director of the Arthur C. Clarke Center for the Human Imagination challenges this audience to think about how developments in computation have reframed our understanding of the world and how new digital methods are affecting the means and modes of culture. Brown's talk is the final installment of the "Degrees of Freedom" lecture series presented by the Division of Arts and Humanities at UC San Diego.

Writer/director Damien Chazelle discusses the process of creating his Academy Award film, Whiplash. Chazelle's sophomore film tells the story of a promising young drummer and his ruthless teacher.

Dr. Diego Miralles, the charismatic Global Head of Innovation for Johnson & Johnson's Janssen Pharmaceuticals, inspires students from San Diego's Kearny High School with his story of leaving a comfortable life in Argentina, sacrificing to get ahead in America, discovering a drug to suppress HIV, and ultimately defining success by the positive influence he and others have on the people around them. This presentation is the first of The STEAM Leadership Series, featuring speakers in conversation with students about embracing creativity in learning. Lead sponsors for The STEAM Leadership Series include Intellectual Capital, Kids Eco Club, the San Diego Unified School District and the Education Synergy Alliance.

Finland's entry for 2015 Eurovision Contest is punk band Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät whose members all have learning disabilities. The band is the latest in a fine tradition of off-beat entrants from the Nordic country.

Malashock Dance and SACRA/PROFANA, in partnership with UC San Diego Department of Theater & Dance, present SNAKESKIN; an evening-length dance drama told through live folk-rock songs, instrumental music, and breathtaking choreography. Composer Krishan Oberoi and choreographer John Malashock explore timeless themes through a mythic story set in a small Southern town. Watch the journey unfold as uniquely flawed characters navigate feelings of isolation that lead to the discovery of intimacy and human connection.
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