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At UC Santa Cruz, Intervene! Interrupt!, a four day festival of socio/political art practice, included such luminaries as Helen and Newton Harrison, who were instrumental in inspiring San Jose’s Guadalupe River Park when they were guests of the City and at San Jose State University in the ’80s. Intervene! Interrupt! included panel discussions, many related installations, performaces and exhibitons, a film festival, and concluded with the green wedding of Annie Sprinkle and Elizabeth Stephens. SJSU Graduate student, Dina Ropele presented her films as part of the festival. San Jose State Professor of Art History, Dore Bowen presided over “a creative lunch with the SJSU archival lounge.”

The City of San Jose is conducting an important survey of artists needs, with emphasis on the role of studio space to both the performing and visual artist. It is very important that artists respond to this survey. It could well influence the role the City of San Jose plays in support for artists survival in this increasingly costly living environment. Please take a moment to respond: http://cciarts.org/cep/index.htm

Also from the City of San Jose:

Artists: The City of San Jose Public Art Program Wants You!

Are you an artist looking to expand your horizons? Are you interested in learning more about public art and public art opportunities in San Jose ? We have opportunities and calls for artists coming up and want you to know about them. Here is a sampling of what we have to offer:
· Call for Artists: Airport Artist Pool for Temporary and Permanent Artwork
· Calls for Artists for Permanent Artwork in other San Jose sites and facilities.
· Workshops: Kit of Parts, learn to work with developers and how to encourage artwork in new buildings
· Neighborhood projects: Work with San Jose neighborhoods to integrate art into the environment
To be on our list, send us your name, email address, mailing address (including city and zip code) and genre of art, and be the first to know about our exciting calls, workshops and other happenings. Send your information to publicart@sanjose.gov with Artists Resource in the subject line.

In Martha Gardens, artists in the Citadel Studios are relieved to hear rumors that there will be no rent increase on studios in the near future. The new Citadel owner has become intrigued with the small artist community he has inherited, and feels friendly toward the City’s attempts to envigorate the concept of the Martha Gardens Art Community. A group of Citadel Artists calling themselves the Thundercats – Ben Alexi, Matteo Serna, Willl Clark and Michael Boldrey, will celebrate with the opening of their exhibition at Empire Studios, 8:00pm, Friday May 30, 525 North 7th Street.

San Jose sculptors Tom Walsh and Julia Jacobson are part of an exhibtion opening May 17th, at the Santa Rosa Performing Arts Center.

San Jose State Professor, Gale Antokal is currently showing at the Patricia Sweetow Gallery in San Francisco.

Los Angeles Artist, Maggie Tenneson, whose work was seen in Works’ last exhibiton, From California to Bangkok and Back, announces that art runs in the family! Her niece, Sarah Lowe, a gradute student at SJSU, received a James Irvine Grantto create an inflatable iceburg to appear soon in downtown San Jose.

Also opening on May 17th, at the Jack Fischer Gallery in San Francisco, is the exhibiton of ceramic wall reliefs of San Jose State MFA graduate, Amanda Lynch.

Opening on May 15th, the sculpture of Santa Cruz artist David Kimball Anderson will be seen at Spur Projects in Woodside. Anderson’s show reflects his affinity for the work of the artist master, Morris Graves.
The City of San Jose’s Office of Cultural Affairs announces an important lecture series: the GREAT CITIES SPEAKER SERIES
International leaders in urban planning, design, architecture, art and sustainability to help provoke discussion, thought about San Jose’s future

Beginning June 5th and continuing through December, the Great Cities Speaker Series will consist of monthly public lectures designed to provoke thought, discussion and imagination about the city of the future and to bring important outside perspectives to local and regional efforts on civic planning, culture, art and design. The lectures are free. Each lecture will be followed by a reception from 7 – 8 p.m. to continue conversation among audience members.
The Great Cities Speakers Series is also intended to engage residents as well as business and civic leaders who will be directly impacted by the evolution of the Envision San Jose General Plan 2040—the key planning document that will guide San Jose’s growth, character, and service ambitions over the next 10-30 years.
The Great Cities Speakers Series schedule is as follows (subject to change):
• “City Planet,” Stewart Brand, co-chairman and co-founder of The Long Now Foundation, 6-7 p.m., Thursday, June 5, San Jose City Hall Council Chambers, 200 E. Santa Clara Street
• “When Cities Tango: The Art of Glocal Public Space Design,” William Moorish, professor of architecture, landscape architecture, and urban and environmental planning at the University of Virginia, 6-7 p.m., Sunday, June 8, San Jose City Hall Council Chambers, 200 E. Santa Clara Street
• “Great Ideas for Building Livable Communities,” Dan Burden, director of Walkable Communities, 6-7 p.m., Monday, July 14, San Jose Repertory Theatre, 101 Paseo De San Antonio
• “The New Majority-Minority City,” Dr. Glenna Matthews, author of “Silicon Valley Women and the California Dream,” 6-7 p.m., Monday, August 18, San Jose Repertory Theatre, 101 Paseo De San Antonio
• “The Distinctive City,” Dr. Ann Markusen, professor of Urban Planning and Policy Development and director of the Project on Regional and Industrial Economics at Rutgers University. 6-7 p.m., Monday, September 15, San Jose Repertory Theatre, 101 Paseo De San Antonio
• “The Next Generation City,” Carol Coletta, president and CEO, CEOs for Cities and host, Smart City Radio, 6-7 p.m., Thursday, October 9, venue TBD
• “The Power of Zero: The Mayan Key to Vibrant Communities,” Luis Valdez; playwright, film maker, educator; 6-7 p.m., Monday, November 3, San Jose Repertory Theater, 6-7 p.m.
• “The Reframing of the Everyday: Artists and Public Space,” Anne Pasternak, president and creative director, Creative Time, 6-7 p.m., Monday, December 1, San Jose Repertory Theatre, 101 Paseo De San Antonio

Funded by the Office of Cultural Affairs and 1stACT Silicon Valley, the Great Cities Series is also supported by the American Institute of Architects-Santa Clara Valley Chapter, American Institute of Certified Planners, the Commonwealth Club of California, Fairmont Hotel San Jose, the San Jose Repertory Theater and the San Jose State University Department of Urban and Regional Planning.
For more information, or reservations, please visit www.commonwealthclub.org.
To receive notice of program changes or additions, please go to www.1stACT.org.

As part of FotoFest 2008, at Rice University in Houston, Texas, Kathryn Dunlevie presented Matter Unmasked, her exhibition of photograhic collage, in the Hooks-Epstein gallery.

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