Horror on October 31: In silent film they can’t hear you scream…

Frightful silent films will be screened on Halloween in the Seuss Room of Geisel Library, including some 16mm surprises featuring hauntings, vampirism, demons & ghosts, some in a German expressionist style.

The Teeny-Tiny Pit Orchestra performs live music & sounds as these silent films roll.

The audience (that’s you!) will help underscore the action:

Howl on a real Theremin, if you dare! Execute a mysterious glissando on a full orchestral harp! Rattle ritual percussion instruments from exotic lands!

Your host for the evening is soundscape artist Scott Paulson, a UC San Diego alumnus with an unusual apocryphal pedigree: he has been described by San Diego’s U-T as: “the love child of Garrison Keillor and Vincent Price.”

Spooky Silent Films

Free! Thursday, October 31 at 7:00 p.m.

Seuss Room, Geisel Library, UC San Diego

Info: (858) 822-5758 or http://libraries.ucsd.edu


“Classically trained and charmingly twisted.”

San Diego CityBeat

“An out-of-the-ordinary cinematic experience.”

Los Angeles Times

“Weird and wonderful.”

San Diego CityBeat

“This madcap ensemble is reinventing an art form.”

Los Angeles Times

“Madcap and somewhat in the Spike Jones/Dadaist tradition.”

San Diego U-T

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The silent films of La Jolla Cinema League, screened with live music!

Saturday, May 25th at 3:00 p.m.  Seuss Room, Geisel Library, UCSD. FREE!

The La Jolla Cinema League, a silent film club active in the 1920’s, was an amateur group with professional standards. League members wrote their own screenplays and produced, directed, shot, developed and edited films with their own equipment.

Familiar landscapes and landmarks in these movies will surprise you: a handsome early campus of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, elegant newly-built Irving Gill architecture, ocean vistas –and acting from local residents of the day!

A small exhibit about La Jolla Cinema League is on display on the lower level, West wing of UC San Diego’s Geisel Library through June 15th.

(Here is a link to a digitized version of a 1929 issue of the official magazine of THE AMATEUR CINEMA LEAGUE….which shows the kind of guidance that club provided to its members)

A free screening of the films of LJCL with live music from UC San Diego alumnus Scott Paulson and his silent film band takes place Saturday, May 25th at 3:00 p.m. in the Seuss Room of Geisel Library.

La Jolla Light Article on event and exhibit.

http://libraries.ucsd.edu or (858) 822-5758 or spaulson@ucsd.edu


MAYker Mondays @ the UC San Diego Library

Recently a lot of libraries have been developing ideas and spaces around the maker movement and the maker culture. We have seen a leap in libraries as spaces to make and Do It Yourself (DIY,) and for this community to come together and learn. Of course, libraries have always provided the knowledge for being creative and learning new skills through our print and digital collections, but we are seeing an emergence of libraries creating dedicated space, programming, and occasionally the tools to help our communities make fun stuff. MAYkerMonday will be held nationwide in libraries throughout May on every Monday, but we’ll have some additional times as well!

Come get your hands dirty and join us for this fun series in May:

UCSD TESC’s Triton Junkyard Derby

Monday, May 6, 9am – 3pm, Library Walk outside Geisel

The UC San Diego Library will award a prize to the team that demonstrates the “maker spirit” and their cart will be displayed in the Library.


 Make Origami with origami Master Bruce Gemmel

Monday, May 6, 12 – 4pm, S&E in Geisel Library

Drop in and explore origami with Bruce Gemmel, San Diego origami artist and teacher at the Reuben Fleet Science Center. Bruce makes folding origami easy, with step-by-step instructions and plenty of encouragement. Whether you’re new to origami or an expert, come and learn, talk, fold, and de-stress.


Screen print t-shirts with a Geisel or Biomedical Library building design

Monday, May 13, 12 – 1pm @ Geisel, 2-3pm @ BML

Bring your own t-shirt or tank top, and add a Library design to it(we’ll have some tee shirts if you don’t have your own!).


Make Crafts with Duct Tape

Monday, May 20, 12 – 1:30pm, outside Geisel Library

Duct tape isn’t just for home-repair! Bring your imagination and make something awesome!


Make Origami and attend lecture by Robert J. Lang

Wednesday, May 22, 12-1:30pm, S & E events room, first floor in Geisel Library

Show off your paper folding skills or learn how to make origami! Then attend a lecture by Robert Lang, one of the foremost origami artists in the world as well as a pioneer in computational origami and the development of formal design algorithms for folding. Register for the lecture HERE.


Make your very own Button

Tuesday, May 28, 12 – 1:30pm, outside Geisel Library

Everyone is handing out badges; now you get to make your own!

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Andy Warhol’s San Diego Surf

In May 1968, Andy Warhol filmed San Diego Surf on the shores of La Jolla. It was only partially edited and never released—until now.

MCASD La Jolla will host the West Coast premier of the film on Saturday, March 16. Guests are invited to come early for a pre-screening happy hour beginning at 4:30 PM, which will include light snacks and a no-host bar as well as the opportunity to view archival footage of Warhol and Paul Morrissey making the film.

This never-before-seen footage was filmed by La Jollan Lee Pratt.

sdsurfSan Diego Surf was filmed on the shores of La Jolla in May 1968. Shot in color on 16mm with two cameras manned by Warhol and collaborator Paul Morrissey, the film features Factory superstars Viva, Taylor Mead, Louis Waldon, Joe Dallesandro, Tom Hompertz, Ingrid Superstar, Eric Emerson, Nawana Davis, and others. Its loose narrative concerns an unhappily married couple (Taylor Mead and Viva) that rent their beach house to a group of surfers.



After it was filmed, the work was only partially edited and never released. In 1995-96, The Andy Warhol Foundation commissioned Morrissey, under the supervision of Foundation curator Dara Meyers-Kingsley, to complete the editing based on existing notes and the rough cut. Andy Warhol produced more than 4,000 reels of film between 1963 and 1971, when the works were withdrawn from circulation. In the early 1980s a project began to preserve and re-release his films. One of the last films in which Warhol had direct involvement, San Diego Surf is being released by The Andy Warhol Museum.

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Make Your Own Kind Of Music

There is an interesting new exhibit at the always awesome Mingei:

Drawn from the collection of Mingei International Museum and other institutional and private collections, this exhibition draws the eye to the art of music making, sharing the beautiful form and design details of musical instruments, bells, gongs, rattles, whistles and noisemakers from cultures across the world. Visitors moving through the exhibition will also be able to listen to recordings of a number of exotic instruments.

Check it out HERE

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Late-night Halloween horror film!


October 31, 10:00 p.m.
Seuss Room, Geisel Library, UC San Diego
Local premiere of a black & white horror movie from Midwest-based filmmaker Christopher Mihm, “House of Ghosts.”

Info: spaulson@ucsd.edu or (858) 822-5758

Special features of this screening:
Audience will assist with live over-scoring, providing additional horror sounds: play on a real Theremin, if you dare! Also: coax some spooky sounds from ritual percussion instruments and orchestral oddities such as the thunder sheet, flex-a-tone, vibra-slap, waterphone, etc.
This film will be screened in Esperanto! (A frighteningly good linguistic educational opportunity.)
Also, celebrating some of the gimmicks of 1950’s era spooky movies, “horror guards” will be issued for those too squeamish to watch every frame of the film. These horror guards may be placed in front of ones eyes for protection, at your discretion.

About the filmmaker:
Christopher R. Mihm is the writer, director, and producer of feature-length black-and-white films, inspired by 1950’s icons such as William Castle and drive-in
cinema. More information about the “Mihmiverse” of Christopher Mihm’s films is available at: http://www.sainteuphoria.com

Your host at this screening is Scott Paulson, outreach coordinator at the UC San Diego Arts Library and director of the Teeny-Tiny Pit Orchestra, who is leading the audience in the live over-scoring of the film, utilizing a collection of Theremins, ritual percussion instruments and orchestral oddities.

ARTstor = The Great Campus Race = ?


Did you know that the UCSD Library gives you access to more than one million digital images in the arts, humanities, and sciences? The ARTstor Digital Library includes of that, plus software tools to view, present, and manage images.

The images in ARTstor come from all over the world, but over 250,000 come from our very own University of California.  You can use images from ARTstor for research, teaching, presentations, and as a clue to direct people to a checkpoint on campus.

Enjoy some samples of the fine images included in the collection:


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UCSD Libraries’ Book Collection Contest

Current UCSD students are invited to participate in the UCSD Libraries’ 11th annual Book Collection Competition! Collect books, build your own libraries, celebrate the printed word, and win!

Two $500 prizes will be awarded, one to an undergraduate and one to a graduate student.

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July is International Zine Month!

To celebrate International Zine Month, our rich collection of graphic novels & comics at UCSD and the wonder that is Comic-con, the Arts Library and Grrrl Zines-a-go-go present a summer exhibit at the UCSD Arts Library: Comics & Zines! (Exhibit runs July 6 through August 6)

Plus make your own zine at the exhibit site on Thursday, July 28 at 2:00 p.m. with the artists from Grrrl Zines A Go-Go, participants at the workshop will have the opportunity to construct, collage, and create their own zine! But what exactly is a zine you ask?

We’re celebrating the colorful, tactile world of comics with a month-long exhibit here at the UCSD Arts Library.
Yes, some of us still spend time in a page-turning world of paper, ink & imagery.

Exhibit is ever-changing throughout the month of July and early August, visit often!
You’ll see items from the UCSD Libraries that celebrate comics and call attention to more recent developments in the world of zines, plus some classic zines from the good old days.

The UCSD Arts Library thanks Grrrl Zines A Go-Go for all their assistance: http://www.gzagg.org/

Lower Level, West wing, Geisel Library, UCSD
Info:  (858) 822-5758, http://artslib.ucsd.edu or spaulson@ucsd.edu

Tales From the Mothership

“Tales from the Mothership: The Geisel Library, Past, Present, and Future” and an experimental Sci-Fi Film “Laboratory” are two of the age-defying events being held by the UC San Diego Libraries on May 11 to celebrate the 40th birthday of the Geisel Library building, known by many as the campus spaceship.

The event, which is being sponsored by the Mandeville Special Collections Library, will be preceded by an experimental sci-fi musical performance by musician and sound wizard Scott Paulson of the UCSD Arts Library, starting at 4 p.m. Guests will also enjoy a birthday cake and refreshments!

Presented by Seth Lerer, Dean of UCSD’s Division of Arts & Humanities, at 5 p.m. in the Seuss Room in Geisel Library. Lerer, one of the nation’s leading literature scholars, is an authority on Dr. Seuss and popular culture, and played a leadership role in the successful “UCSD by Design: Art, Architecture, and Urbanism in the Campus Context,” which featured a series of noted speakers on architecture and design and celebrated UCSD’s built environment, including the campus’ flagship building, Geisel Library.

The Sci-Fi Film Laboratory, which will be held from 4 to 4:45 p.m., will feature classic and not-so-classic science fiction film mash-ups with live music. Visitors will also have the opportunity to conduct their own sonic experiments, underscoring the films with a variety of Moog synthesizers, Theremins, and various other unusual instruments, and make their own mash-ups by choosing sounds to enhance the live screenings.

But Wait! There’s More!

And then join us on May 21st from 11 am to 5 pm for an impromptu Sci-Fi Radio & Film Laboratory – conduct your own experiments with a variety of Moog synthesizers, Theremins, and many more unusual instruments! Fun!

As some classic and not-so-classic science fiction films roll in our high-definition viewing rooms, you can choose your own sounds to overscore and enhance the live screenings. In a neighboring room, review sci-fi radio drama scripts, and create your own other-worldly score with our sound effects tools.

That’s Saturday, May 21 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m, and parking is FREE!

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