Annual Turkey Calling Show

The UCSD Arts Library presents their annual Turkey Calling Show at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 25, 2009 (yes, that is their official Short Attention Span Series offering for the day before Thanksgiving). Lower level, West Wing, Geisel Library, UCSD.

About the show: come to the exhibit case area of the UCSD Arts Library to see an artful turkey calling exhibit.  Hear UCSD undergraduate performance artist Lazaro Rabago recite an Aztec poem about our native turkey.  Perform a slapstick tone poem with old-time radio sound effects artist Scott Paulson and learn how to turkey call. Story lady Melanie Treco will read a new family-friendly turkey story. The Teeny-Tiny Pit Orchestra will perform some appropriate tunes. Free show.  Call (858) 822-5758 for info or visit http://artslib.ucsd.edu

What to expect: part performance art and part old-time radio show, hosted by Scott Paulson, outreach coordinator of the UCSD Arts Library.

What the critics have said:

”Paulson’s brand of G-rated fun, a sort of modern day morphing of Captain Kangaroo and Spike Jones, is always lively and at times wonderfully chaotic”–LA Times

“Unique and popular…Scott Paulson’s merry band of eccentric nightingales is an inspired notion.”–SD Union Tribune
“An out-of-the-ordinary experience”–LA Times
“Weird and wonderful”–SD CityBeat
“Classically trained and charmingly twisted”–SD CityBeat
“Madcap and somewhat in the Spike Jones/Dadaist tradition.”–SD Union Tribune

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7th Annual Home Movie Day!

Don’t let your films decay, bring them to Home Movie Day!

This annual event puts the spotlight on those old home moves moldering in your garage. Dust off those 8, Super 8 (you have 16? bring those too!) reels and bring them in. We’ll provide free evaluation of your films, screen some and also show some of the great films from our own amateur film collection here in the Arts Library. Saturday October 17th from 2:00-5:00 pm in the Seuss room in Geisel Library. For more info go HERE or call 858-822-2784. See you then!

There’ll be cracker jack and lemonade too, plus parking and this event are FREE!

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Our 9th Annual Toy Piano Festival!


Come join us for a PROGRAM OF MUSIC for September 5, 2009, 2:00 p.m., UCSD Geisel Library, Seuss Room

Here in San Diego, toy pianos are celebrated with great fanfare in the month of September (because John Cage’s birthday is September 5!!) at UCSD’s Geisel Library. It is there that Scott Paulson and his colleagues at the UCSD Arts Library host an annual toy piano festival. Composers visit the Library and pick a specific toy piano from the collection, and a piece is written specially for that instrument. Some toy pianos only have nine notes, some three octaves—so each piece has its own special charm and special limitations.

The Toy Piano Collection at Geisel Library consists of actual instruments, recordings, extant literature and commissioned scores. In 2001, because of our Toy Piano Collection’s activities, the Library of Congress issued a special call number and subject heading for Toy Piano Scores: M 175 T69
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KPBS Covers Our Nancy Drew Exhibit & Performances!

From KPBS and Angela Carone:
Scott Paulson, outreach coordinator at UCSD’s Arts Library, is going to change history and give Nancy Drew her due. Paulson is staging a live radio play of the Nancy Drew book “The Whispering Statue” (1937) to coincide with the library’s month-long Nancy Drew exhibit. He’s partnered with WriteOutLoud, a local theater group that specializes in reading literary works in front of a live audience. He’s also created 150 sound effects for the show (listen to my feature above to hear some of them), all of which he’s performing! Paulson is an ardent old-school radio fan, and his enthusiasm for this particular project should make the whole experience loads of fun. The radio shows take place (and they’re FREE!) Saturday, August 15th at 2:00 p.m. and again on Monday, August 17th at 12:30 p.m. Both events will take place at UCSD’s Arts Library. Audience members will get to help with the sound effects. Wanna learn how to make a cricket sound? This is your chance!

Read the whole story, listen to clips and see pix HERE!!!

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Exhibit on Cultural Icon and Supergirl Sleuth Nancy Drew

What do Supreme Court Justices Sandra Day O’Connor, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor have in common? Besides the obvious fact that they are all women with Supreme Court ties, as girls they all read and were inspired by Nancy Drew books, and have cited her character as a formative influence in their development as confident, accomplished women.

During the entire month of August, the University of California, San Diego Arts Library will be celebrating all things Nancy Drew with an exhibit that will include two live events on Saturday, August 15 at 2 p.m. and Monday, August 17 at 12:30 p.m. At the live events, which will include refreshments prepared from the Nancy Drew Cookbook, classic Nancy Drew mysteries will be performed in the style of old-time radio drama entertainment by actors from San Diego’s Write Out Loud project.

Sound effects and music will be provided by the UC San Diego Arts Library’s Scott Paulson and the Teeny-Tiny Pit Orchestra. Also featured at the events will be Nancy Drew expert Jenn Fisher. The exhibition will be held in the foyer of the Seuss Room in the west wing of Geisel Library. The live events, which are free and open to the public, will be held in the Seuss Room.
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Annual Paper Theatre exhibit and live event!

Now through mid-July come view our exhibit and then come back for a live performance at the exhibit site on Saturday, July 11 at 2:00 p.m.

What is Paper Theatre?

In the Victorian Era, the best theatre houses produced posters from fine printing presses showing architectural elements of their playhouse. Colorful images of actors in full costume from productions of the season were also on the posters. Also sometimes on the poster sheets were aspects of the set design from a show. Families would purchase the posters and cut & paste together a scale-model replica. A script was included in this kit so that families could mount their own theatrical production on a table-top in their home.

Questions about the reproductions in this paper theatre exhibit and the planned live events can be directed to: Scott Paulson, outreach coordinator at the UCSD Arts Library, (858) 822-5758

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New Collections in ArtStor

The California Digital Library has licensed three major segments of Archivision’s images of architecture and public art for all UC campuses. The Archivision Base Collection has 16,370 images “representing major Greek, Roman, Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, 18th & 19th Century and Modern sites”.

Archivision Module One has 5,893 images that build on the above periods and also includes Ancient and Islamic Egypt. Archivision Module Two has 6,395 images of Early Modern and Modern European architecture, Islamic Turkey, and more US sites. All the collections include drawings and plans that complement (owner & photographer of the images in Archivision) Scott Gilchrist’s photographs. You can explore the more than 28,000 new images through ARTstor – look under “Institutional Collections”.

Dave Kesner! Emmy Winner!

The Arts Library’s own Dave Kesner won an Emmy! Read all about it here!
(That’s him all the way on the left)

Do you know Noh?

The UCSD Arts Library presents an exhibit from the costume design graduate students of Professor Judith Dolan (Tony-award winning designer at UCSD’s Department of Theatre and Dance). The exhibit will be in the Lower level, West wing in Geisel Library at UCSD. The exhibit runs April through May of 2009. Call (858) 822-5758 for more information about this exhibit.
Costume Design for Noh Drama
Graduate designers from the Department of Theatre and Dance — Allison Crutchfield, Rachel Shachar, Christine Crook, and Sohhee Han — will install their costume designs, art images and research for three Noh plays and adaptations:

* Hagoromo (A Robe of Feathers) by Seami Motokiyo (1363-1444)
* At the Hawk’s Well by W. B. Yeats (1917)
* DeMusset’s “A Supper at the House of Mademoiselle Rachel” (MAY 29, 1839) by Ezra Pound (1916)

The designers’ research is contained in boxes modeled after the mixed media sculpture of Marcel Duchamp (1887-1968) and will be a part of the installation.

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Dr Seuss’s Birthday Celebration!

On Monday, March 2nd the campus will be celebrating once again the birthday of beloved children’s author Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss. Please join the festivities on Library Walk, in front of Geisel Library, at 11:45 am. The Teeny Tiny Pit Orchestra will tap out some Seussian tunes, while Chancellor Marye Anne Fox, Mrs. Audrey Geisel, and The Audrey Geisel University Librarian Brian E. C. Schottlaender serve birthday cake and punch to the first 2,000 celebrants. Don’t miss it!

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