News focusing on the arts and culture along California's Central Coast.

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Here's your chance to share a story on the radio! It is time once again to be a part of the annual Ears On Art story sharing programs. Our theme this year is “Celebrations.”

Classic Michigan Theater in downtown Ann Arbor
Thomas Wilmer

Join correspondent, Tom Wilmer in Ann Arbor, Michigan for a visit with Michael Kondziolka, the Director of Programming at UMS, and Marian James, the Executive Director at the Ark—“ Where Music Lives ”. The University Musical Society , located in Ann Arbor , Michigan has been presenting a full spectrum of performing arts since 1880.

Crissa Hewitt and Steven deLuque explore the art of fused glass with Stephanie Wilbanks .

Ears On Art talks with local painter Jason Towne and car restorer Gene Kruger discuss their work and talk about their special Art After Dark exhibit.

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A conversation with Heather O’Connor, a Morro Bay artist who specializes in the illustration of birds and other animals.

Marisa Waddell

Our KCBX microphones were embedded at this year's Live Oak Music Festival where Reporter Rebekah Nolan heard some incredible stories and sounds. In this piece, she shares much of what she heard and introduces you to those who founded the Festival, and those who say their lives have been forever changed because of it.

Dena Gershon

This month, Ears On Art, visits with Dena Gershon , an artist who works with fiber in wonderfully inventive ways.

Thomas Wilmer

Tom Wilmer reports from the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Missouri . The Nelson-Atkins maintains more than 35,000 works of art, and houses one of America’s premier collections of Asian Art.

Ears On Art visits with cartoonist and painter Jerry Scott.

Eccentric socialite Peggy Guggenheim [GOO-gen-hym] had an affair with Samuel Beckett, smuggled art out of Nazi Germany, and introduced Jackson Pollock to the American art scene. A new play about Guggenheim begins its tour with Central Coast performances featuring Cal Poly students and alumni. Marisa Waddell talks with play’s creator, Cal Poly professor Al Schnupp.

Jeanette Wolff

This week Ears On Art visits with two long time central coast residents, Sue McKee and Jeanette Wolff .

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Ears on Art discusses the collaboration between Orchestra Novo and The Grizzly Academy. The student paintings created while listening to a work by Maurice Ravel will be presented simultaneously at Orchestra Novo's season finale concert on May 29.

Ears on Art” features Dennis Kehoe, a Los Osos artist of many disciplines, including painting, printmaking, and sculpture.

Brittany App

Central Coast filmmaker Brittany App is working on her upcoming feature-length documentary film about California’s critical ongoing drought, titled ' Where There Once Was Water '.

Broadcast date: 03/02/2016, 03/09/2016 Crissa Hewitt and Steven deLuque talk with Grover Beach watercolor painter Roseanne Seitz.

Larry Kappen

Broadcast date: 02/03/2016 Part 1: Part 2: Commemorating 50 years of Montaña de Oro as a state park, 50 paintings by members of San Luis Obispo Painters of the Environment (SLOPE) will be displayed all month at the Morro Bay Museum of Natural History. Ears on Art hosts Crissa Hewitt and Steven DeLuque speak with some of the artists. Further information on the exhibit is at .

Jordan Bell

Jordan Bell speaks with scholar and San Luis Obispo resident George Cotkin . He’s the author of the recent Feast of Excess: A Cultural History of the New Sensibility . They’ll discuss the book that covers icons like John Cage, Marlon Brando, and Patricia Highsmith.

Broadcast date: 01/13/2015 For Ears on Art, Steven and Crissa visit Jim Ap-Roberts of San Luis Obispo.

Broadcast date: 1/6/16 Today's guest is Kevin Christian. By day, he works for the city of San Luis Obispo, but he also finds time to create in his workshop. He’ll share why creativity is important to him and how he incorporates it at work and daily life.

Lisa Osborn

Take a look at Santa Barbara's poetry scene with Lisa Osborn, as she speaks with Gunpowder Press publishers and emeritus Santa Barbara Poet Laureates, Chryss Yost and David Starkey in a gathering to celebrate the release of Rare Feathers, Poems on Birds and Art (Gunpowder Press 2015) .

Broadcast date: 12/2/2015 Broadcast date: 12/9/2015 It's time for the annual Ears on Art story sharing programs. This year's theme is "The Gift is Immaterial."

Patty Thayer

A massive costume collection aggregated over three decades on the Central Coast is being sold to a theater group in the area. The transfer signifies an end of an era, while providing a big upgrade for one local non-profit.

Broadcast date: 11/11/15 Ears on Art presents part two of the tribute to local artist, composer, and teacher Botso Korisheli, who died in July at age 93.

2015 theme: The Gift is Immaterial What have you given or received that made an impact beyond the gift itself? Was the gift even a physical object? How did good intention not succeed and perhaps produce an unexpected outcome…an unexpected gift? What: This is your opportunity to share a personal story on air (KCBX) based on the selected theme. KCBX streams world-wide. How:
1: Write a personal story (prose or poetry) of 500 words or less (three minutes max when read) based on the...

Broadcast date: 11/4/2015 Ears On Art pays tribute to local artist, composer and teacher Botso Korisheli, who died earlier this summer.

Hear from local actress and author Mara Purl about her upcoming role in the play ‘The Other Woman.’ She’ll explain how the play’s themes and messages are important for the act’s beneficiary—the SLO Women’s Shelter.

Broadcast date 10/07/2015 Part 1 ( Broadcast date 10/07/2015) : Part 2 (Broadcast date 10/14/2015): Guest Sharon Emerson discusses her participation in the upcoming Open Studios Art Tour.

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Live cabaret performances were a popular Sunday evening destination in downtown San Luis Obispo this past spring. Recently, there’s been a push to form a cabaret community on the Central Coast.

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A controversial piece of art at a county building in Santa Maria will remain on public display, but will no longer be in its original location.

Andy Greensfelder

Hear from local author and retired attorney Andy Greensfelder , winner of this year’s Ross Short Story Contest by the American Bar Association Journal.