Arts and Music
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.
The La Jolla Symphony presents the North American premiere of Philip Glass' Cello Concerto. In addition to the dynamic performance, this program features comments from renowned cellist Wendy Sutter, conductor Steven Schick, and the composer himself.
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.
Is it possible to define music? What is its utility? What needs does it serve? Does it have survival value? Is it biologically necessary? Are humans inherently musical? Using audio & video examples from around the globe and drawing on historical, psychological, neurological & cultural research on music making, saxophonist and educator David Borgo explores why we make music, ultimately arguing that music is a universal human phenomenon but not a universal language.
Enjoy this unique opportunity to experience Kagura (sacred music and ritual dances) from Chichibu, an important Shinto mountain shrine near Tokyo, in the first and only US performance of the shrine's Kagura troupe. Chichibu Kagura, dating back to approximately the seventeenth century, with a repertory based on ancient myths, has been designated by the government as an Important Formless Folkloric Cultural Property. Organized by the East Asia Center; East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies; the International Shinto Foundation Chair in Shinto Studies, UCSB; the International Shinto Foundation, New York; and Shinto Kokusai Gakkai.
Haydn is widely acknowledged as the father of the string quartet, but his contributions to the development of the piano literature have been unjustly overlooked. His groundbreaking efforts in the piano trio form are most evident in the Trio in C Major, composed in 1795. Recorded on 8/19/2014.
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.
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.
Gunther Holtorf quit his job, packed up his belongings and took off to see the world in his 4x4 Mercedes. Now at age 77 he returned home for good after being on the road for 26 years and traveling almost 900,000 kilometers around the globe. Today he shares his adventures with us.
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.
The Neo Noir series examines different aspects of the film noir style. The films showcase the "soul of the city," interpreting the Los Angeles of the past, present, and future. In "Collateral", director Michael Mann brings noir to a modern-day Los Angeles. Screenwriter Stuart Beattie talks with Anna Brusutti, Film and Media Studies Lecturer at UCSB, and the audience about his writing process. Recorded on 5/20/2015.