It’s Our Annual Turkey Calling Show!

This Wednesday, November 23 at noon in the Seuss Room of Geisel Library at UCSD, free!

Always held the day before Thanksgiving, this Annual Turkey Calling Show is a campus favorite. Turkey call lessons, turkey trivia and much more: the American turkey actually got to Europe in the 1500’s and immediately the bird became celebrated in European art and song.
Hosted by sound effects expert Scott Paulson with special guests:
Elizabeth Podsiadlo (San Diego’s opera-singing chef)
Wes Hawkins (UCSD undergrad and banjo aficionado)
Melanie Peters (Library Story Lady)
Aislinn Sotelo (appearing as ‘radio ballet teacher’)

For more information, contact Scott at or call (858) 822-5758

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Passage to Proxima Radio Drama!

Sunday, October 30,7:00 p.m.
Seuss Room, Geisel Library at UCSD, free!

Join radio sound effects expert Scott Paulson and Union Tribune science writer Gary Robbins for a special premiere performance of a live sci-fi radio drama “Passage to Proxima!” written with specially solicited help from the readers of the science section of the Union Tribune and assistance from the listeners of the Science Talk show on The action is set in 1935 San Diego (with some perilous time travel, as well!) Featuring live actors, live music & lively sound effects. For more information, contact Scott at, call (858) 822-5758 or visit this site!
More Info HERE at SignonSanDiego!

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11th Annual Toy Piano Festival!

at UCSD Geisel Library, in the Seuss Room
Live performances on September 3 at 2:00 p.m. and September 6 at noon.

At these two free events (Sept 3 at 2:00 p.m. and Sept 6 at noon) you’ll hear new works for toy piano. Come early or else you’ll have to sit on the floor (the performers have to sit on the floor, so you’ll be in good company!). The Toy Piano Collection at Geisel Library consists of actual instruments, audio recordings, extant literature, and commissioned works. In May of 2001, the Library of Congress issued a subject heading and call number for toy piano scores because of the activities of the Toy Piano Collection at Geisel Library. The call number is: M 175 T69

For more information, contact Scott Paulson at (858) 822-5758 or

Annual Paper Theater Festival

It’s the smallest show on Earth!

A full production in a scale model theater is featured, much like was done in the Victorian Era (when families gathered, after hours of cutting & pasting, to bring a play to life). Performance takes place Thursday, August 25 at noon, with an encore performance immediately following at 12:30 p.m. on the lower level, West wing of Geisel Library at UCSD.

Paper Theatre was a popular Victorian Era educational toy. These colorful scale model theaters were cut and pasted together from posters promoting specific playhouses or plays. The paper doll characters included were often in the likeness of popular actors of the era and were costumed as seen in the actual stage play. Distinctive architectural elements of the historic playhouses were meticulously recreated on the paper sheets of these scale-model promotional kits, including accurate miniature backdrops. Scripts, translated into several different languages, were included in these kits, showing the international popularity of these toys.

An exhibit of Victorian Era replicas and modern takes on paper theater is featured in the UCSD Arts Library the day of the paper theater performance. This year’s featured play, about shape-shifting folk legends of Hawaii, will be performed in a tiny replica of a 1922 theater still active in downtown Honolulu called the Hawaii Theater.

About this production:
Annie Flager of UCSD’s Pan-Asian Staff Association helped write and will perform this paper theater play along with readers Nancy Relaford and Glen Motil. Live music is provided by UCSD alumnus Scott Paulson. UCSD alumna & artist/playwright Miriam Manning created the play and built the replica theater for this production.

For more information, contact Scott Paulson at (858) 822-5758 or

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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:

Lower Level, West wing, Geisel Library, UCSD
Info:  (858) 822-5758, or

Roger Reynold’s PING

The UCSD Libraries are pleased to collaborate with Professor Roger Reynolds and MFA student Ross Karre for sound and image restoration services for Reynold’s Ping. Some of these digitized materials will be used for a performance of Ping on Friday, May 27th, 2011, 8:00 pm, at the Conrad Prebys Music Center Recital Hall (free!) The performers are Rachel Beetz (flute), Paul Hembree (live electronics), Ross Karre (percussion and video), and Roger Reynolds (piano).  The concert will include a screening of “Ping Migration,” a documentary short by Ross Karre.

The Arts Library is also hosting a “Ping Migration” exhibit through June 10th,  presenting images and artifacts related to Ping’s creation and UCSD premiere in 1968, while using an audio/visual component to contrast them to the new performance technologies.

The Ping digitization project involves excerpts and creative materials such as compositional sketches and diagrams, as well as interviews with Reynolds and photographs from both the 1968 and 2011 UCSD performances.  These digitized images will be part of the Libraries’ collection and made available to the public online.

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!

Blue Planet Blues display up now!

The UC San Diego Arts Library will hold an exhibit featuring the work of San Diego-based writer-illustrator Geoff Relf and his soon to be published book, “Blue Planet Blues by Gordon the Giant Clam with ESP.”

The exhibit, which pays homage to Earth Day (April 22), will be held in the Geisel Library building on the lower level of the West wing from April 4 through May 31.

The exhibit is centered on the fanciful characters and environmental messages of the book, featuring Relf’s colorful illustrations and rhyming and narrative-style text. For those interested in the book publishing process, the exhibit shows how the book is prepared for traditional color printing, as well as for electronic delivery as an e-book for viewing on computers and other electronic devices.

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Have A Request?

During winter and spring quarters, in honor of UCSD’s 50th Anniversary, Scott Paulson, the University Carilloneur and outreach coordinator for the UCSD Arts Library, will take song requests and play requested tunes on the Geisel Library carillon at noontimes.  Members of the campus and surrounding communities should send their song requests to Scott Paulson at!

Paulson, a UCSD alumnus (Warren, ’84) and a well known musician and entertainer, has long taken song requests for the carillon from members of the campus and local communities.  Requests have ranged from  The Ramones to Salt ‘N Pepa –  He’s also received requests to play theme songs from the “Twilight” movies on Robert Pattinson’s birthday and was once asked to “Rick Roll” the carillon to the strains of Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up.” For more on this, the carillon and Scott Paulson!

Short Attention Span Series Celebrates Bells

Come to the Short Attention Span Series of the UCSD Arts Library for a seasonal musical offering on Wednesday, December 15, from 12:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Seuss Room of Geisel Library here at UCSD.

It’s free! Refreshments will be served at this lively show celebrating bells.

Bells from around the world will be heard in person and via live feed and via historic recordings. Also:  The Teeny-Tiny Pit Orchestra will play some seasonal music and story lady Melanie Treco will read a special tale.

University Carillonneur Scott Paulson is your host at this event. A carillonneur is the person who performs music on clock-tower chimes and carillon bells.  Paulson cares for and performs on the chimes atop Geisel Library, commissioning new works for those bells and playing song requests live.  Yes!  There really are chimes atop Geisel Library–it is NOT a recording.

Questions?  Call (858) 822-5758 or e-mail:

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