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Co-architect of the Wild Beast music pavilion at CalArts will be President of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA)

April 11, 2013
Morning Star

Hsinming Fung of SCI-Arc Appointed ACSA President-Elect

By Globe Newswire

LOS ANGELES, April 11, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) today announced that the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) designated Hsinming Fung, SCI-Arc's Director of Academic Affairs, as president-elect of the prestigious organization representing accredited architecture colleges nationwide. The appointment recognizes Fung's leadership and forward-thinking vision in today's rapidly shifting political and economic context that has brought about profound changes in architecture education.

"It is time to re-tune the expectations of our programs," says Fung. "As the practice of architecture transforms, and it will, it is the schools and their programs which must look ahead to exploit the opportunities of new, practical and effective roles for the profession."

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CalArts first generation of animators cited in article on 25th anniversary of film

Cartoon Brew
April 11, 2013

By Ross Anderson

On Thursday evening, April 4th, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences hosted the first public screening of the new digital print of Who framed Roger Rabbit. The preparation of the digital print coincides with the release of the 25th anniversary Blu-ray edition of the film, and the Academy hosted a terrific show.

When the tickets were made available on-line they sold out within a day or two. The film was enormously popular when it was released and it has been a touchstone for film and animation enthusiasts ever since. I can’t take credit for the touchstone/Touchstone remark—that came from Rich Moore, director of Wreck-It Ralph, who was the moderator of the panel discussion that followed the film screening.

The event attendees were polite and mature in their behavior, although many of them hadn’t been born when the film was released. The enthusiasm for the film has some of the earmarks of coltishness, but it is not as though the adoration is a personal ‘find’ and a delight against all reason. There are ample reasons to delight in the film, and everybody has their own joys that they find in it. Mine – is that I had been a life-long animation enthusiast who found it difficult to share my enthusiasm with friends. I was in university when Robin Hood was released. I would have been harassed unmercifully if my interest in Disney animation had become known to my dorm-mates. Who framed Roger Rabbit made animation ‘cool’ again…and it made money, which increased the enthusiasm of the studios. Many people in the animation industry credit the film with ushering in a silver age of feature animation.

Academy member and veteran animation director Bill Kroyer introduced the screening. Bill was a young animator at the Disney studio prior to the first onslaught of CalArts grads, who included John Lasseter, Tim Burton, Brad Bird, Henry Selick, John Musker, Jerry Rees, and Darrell Van Citters. They were all frustrated with how Disney animation was functioning in the early-1980s. Read More.

Going the Distance: School of Dance Dean stages site-specific performance in Metro stations

April 3, 2013
LA Stage Times

Underground Dance in Red Line Time

by Steven Sabel

Stephan Koplowitz wants to take you on a ride. The award-winning creator of more than 62 site-specific performance pieces stages his latest effort along the stations of LA Metro‘s Red Line. Red Line Time takes audiences on a journey from Union Station to North Hollywood and back, this Friday and Saturday.

“It’s a site-specific performance that involves public interaction,” says Koplowitz.

Travelers can see the performance begin at Union Station, and then board the train with the performers to follow them from stop to stop to watch as the performance changes to suit the differences in locations along the line. The performers and audience members will disembark and perform at half of the stations on the way to North Hollywood. They’ll visit the remaining stations on the return trip.

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Oral history: former faculty John Baldessari discusses early years of CalArts and more

April 3, 2013

Interview: "Oral History Interview with John Baldessari" (1992)

By Christopher Knight


The following oral history transcript is the result of a tape-recorded interview with John Baldessari on April 4, 1992. The interview took place in Santa Monica, CA and was conducted by Christopher Knight for the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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Founding Board Chairman Harrison “Buzz” Price will be awarded a window on Disneyland’s Main Street

April 4, 2013

Finally a Window on Main Street for Buzz Price – Part 1

By Sam Gennawey

Two years ago, almost exactly, Sam Gennawey pulled out a megaphone right here on MiceChat and declared that Harrison “Buzz” Price should be awarded a window on Disneyland’s Main Street. Next week, in a private ceremony in the park, that wish will come true. While Buzz didn’t live long enough to see the window himself, it is no less a deserved tribute to a remarkable man. In honor of his window dedication, we are rerunning the two part article that Sam first posted in April of 2011. – Dusty

Excuse me for a moment. I am going to reach over here and grab a soapbox. There. Very good. Now I would like to stand on top of this box and bleed my heart out for a few minutes. Okay?

One of the great traditions at Disneyland and the Magic Kingdom is to honor those who have made an impact on the Disney Company and its parks with a window on Main Street. Walt Disney himself started the idea. According to legendary Imagineer, Marty Sklar, the rules for achieving this honor are:

  • Only on retirement 
  • Only the highest level of service/respect/achievement.
  • Agreement between top individual park management and Walt Disney Imagineering, which creates the design and copy concepts.

So, can somebody please explain why Harrison “Buzz” Price does not have a window on Main Street in either Disneyland or Walt Disney World? Let me build a case for why he should.

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Graphic Design Program alumnus discusses his work for Urban Outfitters

April 2, 2013
Sight Unseen

Joel Evey, Graphic Designer

By Monica Khemsurov

Joel Evey owes his career to Pixar, believe it or not. He made a name for himself as part of the team that was bringing edgy, high-brow graphics to Urban Outfitters back in 2010 — with a style some like to call the “new ugly” — but at age 15, it was Toy Story that changed his life. “I saw it for the first time and was like, wow, that’s crazy! You can do that with a computer?” recalls Evey, who at the time was already about to head off to college early to study computer science. Instead of hard coding, he decided to pursue animation and 3-D graphics instead. “But animations took so long to render that I started to think, ‘Well, what happens when I take this image and just render one of them?’ Then, ‘What if I put type on it? What would that look like?’” The rest, as they say, is history. He started designing crazy neon flyers for the raves he was attending outside school hours, proceeded on to a graduate graphics program at Cal Arts, and helmed his own studio for a bit before he got the call from Urban, where he’s been an art director ever since. We first spoke with Evey over Vietnamese food in South Philly about what it’s been like working for the clothing company, then we asked him to name his essential fonts, graphics techniques, and more.

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Interview: alumnus Don Cheadle discusses career and new film

April 2, 2013
News Blaze

Don Talking to Me about Talk to Me

by Kam Williams

Donald Frank Cheadle, Jr. hails from Kansas City, Missouri, where he was born on November 29, 1964. His peripatetic parents moved the family around a lot, and Don ended up graduating from East High School in Denver. He then attended the California Institute of the Arts before starting his showbiz career as a dancer in Angela Winbush's music video for The Real Thing. (see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q3AyKLRT4M4)

He found his breakout acting role in Colors where he shoots a rival gang member in the movie's memorable opening scene. Since then, the versatile thespian has enjoyed enviable career which has landed him plenty of accolades and Emmy, Oscar and Image Awrad nominations, and a Golden Globes win for his impersonation of Sammy Davis, Jr in The Rat Pack.

Don has two daughters, Ayana and Imani, with his longtime girlfriend, actress Bridgid Coulter. Here, he talks about his latest picture, Talk to Me, a bio-pic where he serves as executive producer and stars as the late Petey Greene, a convict-turned-radio DJ in DC who rose to fame during the turbulent Sixties.

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CalArts alumni release new album

March 29, 2013

Breaking Sound Barriers with Fol Chen

By Catherine Wagley

A while back, Samuel Bing and Sinosa Loa, members of the synthpop band Fol Chen, hosted their beta You Will be My Music workshop at artist-run storefront, Machine Project. They plan to do these workshops at as yet undisclosed art spaces while on tour promoting their recently released album, "False Alarms." Each session lasts one hour, and Bing and Loa spend that time helping one person impressionistically "cover" a song of their choosing, using various instruments and digital tools.

One instrument they had with them at Machine was a little red sampling keyboard that can record vocals you make and then play them back to you, more or less syncing them to the notes on the chromatic scale. During the first You Will be My Music session, a soft-spoken Woodbury college student covering George Michael's "Careless Whisper" recorded herself saying "meow" on the keyboard. But whenever Loa tried to play a phrase from Michael's song using the calibrated meows, it sounded off. Read More.

Alumnus Klay Hall directs Disney's "Planes"

March 27, 2013
Huffington Post

Vocal cast for Disney's "Planes" includes a "Top Gun" cameo, top names from stand-up comedy

So how did Klay Hall wind up as director of Disney's "Planes" ? First there was this train derailment ...
Or should I say: First an earlier project that Hall was going to helm -- one built around a talking steam train -- got derailed.
"This must have been June or July of 2009. I was just finishing up directing 'Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure.' And John Lasseter asked me what I wanted to do next," Klay remembered. "As it turns out, John and I are both big train buffs. So for a while there, we knocked around an idea for a movie that would kind of built off of the steam train from 'Dumbo.' Where this train would transport animals that could talk, and you'd only see the people who ran this steam train in shadow. It was a fun sounding concept, but the overall story never really jelled. So our steam train movie idea eventually wound up getting shelved."

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Dean Stephan Koplowitz Creates Performances in LA's Metro Stations

Koplowitz driven underground with “Red Line Time”

March 27 2013

We received an intriguing note from our friend Stephan Koplowitz, the Bessie-bearing, Guggenheim-garnering, Alpert-awarded choreographer, who is also Dean of Dance of the Sharon Disney Lund School of Dance at CalArts. Despite all of Steve’s awards and accolades he’s apparently being driven underground. And he seems to like it!

Writes Steve:

I’m proud to say that the LA Metro has granted us one of the first permits to perform inside their walls at all 14 metro stations on the Red Line. The negotiations were a performance unto itself … but the Metro is looking to the future. Of course, it’s ironic that after living in NYC for 23 years, it’s in LA that I’m making a work in the subways.

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