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ArtPower presents: Student New Media Festival
Wednesday, May 10, 2017

The 10th anniversary of the juried ArtPower Student New Media Festival includes a variety of programming that offers UC San Diego emerging filmmakers a public forum to showcase their work and connect with other filmmakers and industry professionals. This year, ArtPower will be hosting a special Virtual Reality competition at the festival! Stay tuned here for workshops and guest speaker

ASCE Presents: You At The Loft
Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Doors 6pm / Show 7pm

Music. Spoken word. Rants... everything is welcome!
Take the stage and share your talent with us at our first You at the Loft of the quarter... this time with free food!

Not a performer? Come on by and enjoy some great performances by fellow students and enjoy complementary flatbreads provided by Zanzibar Cafe.

Santos Orellana Presents: Catracholandia (movie)
Monday, May 8, 2017
Doors 6:30pm / Show 7pm

CATRACHOLANDIA is an intimate, raw, and emotional documentary following an immigrant artist returning to his country of origin, Honduras, to paint murals for orphanages. This minimalistic road trip takes us to a land ruled by greedy cartels where most children are left with only three options: join, migrate, or die.

Movie link: https://catracholandiathemovie.com

Directors Statement:

In march of 2015 I travelled to my country of origin with the intent to paint murals in various orphanages in Honduras. Basically I wanted to bring a little bit of joy to the children even if it was just for a couple of days.
Going into the project I was unable to establish contact with any orphanages by email so I was not very confident that it would work but I was very hopeful that visiting the locations in person would make a difference.
The expedition was an absolute success because I was able to paint at 3 locations spread out throughout the country. I normally capture video and photography of my art projects but something else happened on this trip. As always I started to get to know the people and as always they were very trusting of me and began to share their personal stories.

Because I had enough gear I decided to capture and record interviews of anyone and everyone that would talk to me. As the idea developed I started to realize that it was now imperative for me to see this through and to express it to the largest audience possible.

The documentary film is entitled Catracholandia because the people of Honduras are known as Catrachos and our country has been known as one of pure natural beauty.

Elise Trouw - CD Relase Concert w/ special guest: Tolan Shaw
Sunday, May 7, 2017
Doors 5pm / Show 6pm
$5.00 UCSD students / $10.00 general

Celebrate the debut album and birthday concert for Elise Trouw, with special guest, Tolan Shaw!

All Ages
FREE Parking at UCSD on Weekends!!

GA Advance: $10.00
GA Door: $15.00
UCSD Student with Valid ID: $5.00


ArtPower Presents: St. Lawrence String Quartet ArtTalk
Friday, May 5, 2017
$9.00 UCSD students / $40.00 general / $45.00 reserved

ArtPower presents
St. Lawrence String Quartet ArtTalk
Friday, May 5, at 7 pm

Early Bird: $4054 ; Regular: $4559
UCSD Students: $9

Join us before St. Lawrence String Quartet takes the stage for a pre-performance ArtTalk. Open to St. Lawrence String Quartet ticket holders only.

More Info: http://artpower.ucsd.edu/event/st-lawrence-string-quartet/
Tickets: https://ucsdboxoffice.com/Online/seatSelect.asp?BOset::WSmap::seatmap::performance_ids=C43E2161-BD6C-4F82-871F-377D3E86C0AE

Julia Vari - Borderless
Thursday, May 4, 2017
Doors 7:30pm / Show 8pm
FREE UCSD students / $10.00 general

Tickets Available Online and at Entrance to Show

Julia Varia - vocals
Mahesh Balasooriya - piano
Kevin Axt - bass
Steve Hass - drums

Special Guests:
Xavier Beteta - piano
Leanne Chen - violin
Alex Vargas - bass

GA Advance: $10.00
GA Door: $15.00


International singer-pianist, Julia Vari, will take you on an exhilarating musical journey all over the world, surprising you with a wide variety of styles and sounds from the north of Mexico to French cafes and the Israeli sea. Julia will warm your heart and leave you wanting more after hearing her fresh and original pop, jazz, Latin, and bossa versions of timeless tunes like La Vie en Rose and Mexican classic Besame mucho, as well as lesser-known jewels and fusions. Julia will be accompanied by top-level Los Angeles musicians: a spectacular event not to be missed!

Band Member Bios:

MAHESH BALASOORIYA - Performances include Arturo Sandoval at the White House, Natalie Cole, Stanley Clarke, Ravi Coltrane, Wayne Shorter, music director for Engelbert Humperdinck).

KEVIN AXT on bass - performances include Natalie Cole, Jack McDuff, Jimmy Smith, Hank Jones, Phil Woods, Lalo Schifrin, Shelby Lynne, Queen Latifah, Placido Domingo, Pat Williams, Russell Watson, Patti Austin, Bobby Shew, Chuck Mangione, Bernadette Peters

STEVE HASS - performances include Manhattan Transfer, Patti Austin, Cher, Wynton Marsalis, Debbie Gibson, among many others

JULIA VARI - hailed by the press as one of the most important Latin American jazz singers of our time, dynamic jazz-pop-world music artist Julia Vari has dazzled audiences with her extraordinary stage presence and outstanding vocal technique at the most important festivals and theaters throughout the world. Julias most recent albums, Lumea: songs of the world in jazz (sung in eight different languages), and Adoro, both remained six months on the Top Five jazz-world music charts in Latin America, competing with artists such as Diana Krall and Michael Buble, and consequently allowing this extraordinary singer-pianist-composer to share the stage and collaborate with musical icons such as Arturo Sandoval and Armando Manzanero.

Currently based between Southern California and Mexico, Julia was born with music in her blood, as her mother is a pianist and her father plays the guitar. She had the opportunity to study voice and piano at the prestigious Eastman School of Music, as well as musical theater at New York University.

Since her return to music in 2011, Julia has performed all over Latin America, North America, and Spain, including venues such as Mexico Citys National Auditorium Lunario, the Zocalo (Mexico Citys main plaza), Carifesta International Festival (Port au Prince, Haiti), CLAZZ Continental Latin Jazz Festival, National Arts Centre (Ottawa, Canada), Vitellos E Spot (Los Angeles), Dizzys (San Diego), Bogui Jazz Hall (Madrid, Spain), Garufa Theater (Corunha, Spain), CEIBA International Festival (Tabasco, Mexico), Pablo Villavicencio Theater (Sinaloa, Mexico), IGA Theater (Guatemala), Fedenador Theater (Ecuador), and FEPADE Theater (El Salvador), among many others. She has also participated in countless well-known Mexican and international radio and TV programs. Julia sings in eight different languages and is known for her fusions of music from different countries, languages and genres into fresh and original arrangements.

Julia is currently in the process of preparing her new album, an exciting mix of original tunes and covers that fusions electro, jazz, pop and flamenco and includes a duet with the famous Cuban artist Francisco Cespedes.

Tritons for Irael Present: I-Fest
Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Doors 7pm / Show 7pm

Join TFI on Tuesday, May 2nd, at the Loft, UCSD to celebrate Israels 69th birthday in style -- after all, Yom Haatzmaut can't go unnoticed! Blessed with the musical talent of DJs Orr Yakobi and Sean Paknoosh, lots of dancing, delicious Mediterranean food and inumerous fun activities, this will be a night to remember! You dont want to miss out on the BEST I-FEST EVER!

In order for us to rep Israel to the maximum at this party, we ask that everyone wear blue or white clothing to match the flag!

Monday, May 1, 2017
Doors 6pm / Show 7pm

Have a song or story to share? Blabbermouth is a monthly event held at The Loft, giving writers of prose, poetry, and fiction, as well as musicians and performers a place to share their art.

You can sign up to perform up to a 10 min. set here: tinyurl.com/BlabbermouthSignUps

Doors: 6:00PM
Show: 7:00PM

Abstrack w/ Cameron Calloway and Black Expression
Friday, April 28, 2017
Doors 8pm / Show 8pm
FREE UCSD students / $10.00 general

Abstack - Bio:

By sampling hip hop music and genre bending across house, dubstep, and tropical EDM, Abstrack has created a unique blend of contemporary electronic music. They are joined by special guests, Cameron Calloway, from Las Vegas.

Cameron Calloway - Bio:

Gibson/Epiphone artist Cameron Calloway is a man of soul based in the heart of Sin City. "A former chocolate factory worker, Calloway has worked his way from the ground up thanks to his pure, unadulterated vocal talent, drive, and discipline"

Ariadna Sáenz Marín Presents: Red Black & White - New Flamenco
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Doors 7:30pm / Show 8pm
FREE UCSD students / $10.00 general

Tickets Available at the Entrance to the Show!


  • Dusty Brough (guitar)
  • Angelita Agujetas (vocals)
  • Miles Shrewsbery (tabla)
  • Ariadna Senz Marn (piano)

From Spain and visiting us from London (UK), where she currently works, we have the honor of having in our group:

  • Lourdes Fernndez Menayo (Flamenco dance)

7:30pm Doors
8:00pm Show

UCSD Students w/ Valid ID: Free
General Admission: $10.00*
Box Office service fees may apply

Promotional support by: The UCSD Theater & Dance Department

Ariadna Senz is a classical pianist, playing concerts as a soloist and with orchestras in Spain, Germany, Latin America and USA. Some of her teachers include Mariana Gurkova, Uta Weyand, Maria Teresa Naranjo, Rita Wagner, and in the jazz field, Adrs Alen, Federico Lechner, Jorge Vera. Additionally to her musical training as a classical musician, she is interested in other musical influences and how to integrates them to generate her own language being inspired by Jazz, World Music, Flamenco and Fusion Music. She looks for performative concerts where experimentation, dance and improvisation makes the music alive and unexpected. Additionally, she is a Neuroscientist, Dancer, Painter and Performer.

Ariadna's artwork will be on display at The Loft, along the entire gallery wall, for the month of April.

Kei Akagi Tokyo Trio w/ Tobin Chodos Quartet
Saturday, April 22, 2017
Doors 7:30pm / Show 8pm
FREE UCSD students / $10.00 general

Join us for this special occasion with The Kei Akagi Trio, featuring Kei Akagi (piano), and from Japan, Shunya Wakai (bass), and Tamaya Honda (drums and percussion)

Special guests Tobin Chodos (piano), David Borgo (sax), Justin Grinnell (bass) and Andrew Munsey (drums).


The Trio was formed in 2000 and has given well over 300 performances. Its music is documented on six CDs. The band leader, Kei Akagi, has been a mainstay of the international jazz world for over two decades. Perhaps best known for his work as a member of the Miles Davis band in the late 1980s, his career also includes extended associations with major figures such as Stanley Turrentine, James Newton, Joe Farrell, Al DiMeola, and Airto Moreira.

Kei Akagi has also performed or recorded with Art Pepper, Blue Mitchell, Freddie Hubbard, Ron Carter, Charlie Haden, Charnett Moffett, Tom Harrell, Bobby Shew, Eddie Harris, Slide Hampton, Steve Turre, Robin Eubanks, Jean-Luc Ponty, Jeff Watts, Allan Holdsworth, and others.

Akagi has recorded 13 CDs as a solo artist and leader. As a sideman and accompanist, he is on over 60 CDs worldwide, including Miles Davis last recorded works. He has also written numerous original works for his own and others recordings, with over 60 compositions currently in publication.
Akagis performance schedule revolves around two major international concert tours a year. As Professor of Music at the University of California, Irvine, he oversees the jazz studies program, teaching jazz history, theory and composition, jazz piano, and performance. He is also a recipient of the distinguished title of UCI Chancellors Professor.


Shunya Wakai was born in 1988 in Aichi-ken, Japan. Upon entering Meiji University in Tokyo, he started playing the contrabass, and embarked on his professional career a year later. He is currently much in demand throughout Japan by major bands. He was the bassist on the recording Shiawasw Na Mori No Ghibli which was released on October 6, 2010. The recording was No.1 on Amazon, and reached fifth place for iTunes downloads, both within jazz music categories.

TAMAYA HONDA (drums & percussion)

Born 1969 in Tokyo, Tamaya Honda comes from a lineage of renowned Japanese jazz musicians. His father was pianist Takehiro Honda, a towering figure for decades in the world of jazz. His mother, Chiko Honda, is an extremely popular jazz vocalist. Sadao Watanabe, an internationally renowned saxophonist, is his uncle. Surrounded by this background, it was only natural that Tamaya started playing drums while still a child. Tamayas drumming is both powerful and delicate, with a thoroughly modern musicality that transcends genres. He was an integral part of the band Native Sun, led by his father. One of Japans most popular bands during the electric era, Tamaya took part in numerous recordings and performances of this group. Tamaya has also played or recorded with luminaries such as Toshiko Akiyoshi, Junior Mance, Kazumi Watanabe, Paul Jackson, and Sadao Watanabe. He has also toured internationally with his own groups, appearing as featured artist in major jazz festivals in Asia and Europe.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Doors 8pm / Show 8pm
$5.00 UCSD students / $10.00 general

Genre: Electronic
Band Members: Branden and Jared
Hometown: Los Angeles

Vindata is the brainchild of Branden Ratcliff and Jared Poythress based in Los Angeles, California. Blending rugged hip hop beats with deep r&b passions, and indie-pop sensibilities; the pair are on a mission to expand how we define dance music.

University Centers Presents: Color and Chill
Monday, April 17, 2017

Don't spend your money on expensive coloring books when you can head over to The Loft and color your hearts desire for FREE!

Head over to The Loft on Monday, April 17 and de-stress from your long day of classes with some coloring! All materials (coloring pages, coloring pencils, and markers) will be provided!!!


No Agenda: A Group Art Show
Saturday, April 15, 2017
Doors 6:30pm / Show 6pm

Come for an evening of art, music and libations. Tour newest works of professional artists Andrew Smith, Bat Malle, Jared Lazar and Rachel Smith as they speak to UCSD visual art students on what it is to be a professional artist in today's world.

Bomb Squad feat. Steve McKinney & The SureFire Horns w/ Chugboat
Friday, April 14, 2017
Doors 8pm / Show 9pm
FREE UCSD students / $10.00 general

Tickets available at the entrance. $10 advance / $13 at the door.

Join us for Bomb Squad featuring Steve McKinney & The SureFire Horns, with special guests, Chugboat!

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