January 2013

Star’s End and Space Music

Art — Produced by Michael O’Reilly

Chapter 1Chuck Van Zyl is a letter carrier during the day and a DJ at night playing space music on STAR’S END. Currently in its thirtieth year, it is one of the longest running radio shows devoted to space music in the United States. The show began at what was a tiny student-run radio station at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Chuck hosts concerts in real-life and on the radio, and he invites Jason Sloan, a Baltimore “contemplative electronic musician and composer” to play an overnight concert on STAR’S END, where Jason is surprised by the positive reception in Philadelphia to his brand of music. But just what is this kind of music? We talk with John Diliberto who (along with Kimberly Haas) co-founded the nationally syndicated radio show, ECHOES. Now entering its 20th year of production (and produced by Jeff Towne), ECHOES presents many musical styles from ambient to space. Diliberto came to Penn on a football scholarship and was soon exploring the fertile fringe of many types of music in the same tiny radio station that still goes by the call letters, WXPN. In this FRIDAY ARTS “ART” segment, we explore the seemingly inexplicable popularity of this type of music and talk with the makers and the movers of this decidedly alternative music scene.

William Kendzierski: Sculpting Life

Art of Life — Produced by Karen Smyles

Chapter 2William Kendzierski is a New Jersey painter/sculptor who concentrates on creating sculptures that incorporate lifecasting, a process of recreating objects from life. Not content with traditional sculpting mediums, Kendzierski experiments with new materials and techniques, which gives his art a fresh new look. Recently Kendzierski has been working on some hyper-realistic pieces. Friday Arts visited his studio in Oaklyn, New Jersey and had the opportunity to watch him in action a he creates his newest series of sculptures of dancers in motion.

UDairy Creamery

Art of Food — Produced by Monica Rogozinski

Chapter 3The UDairy Creamery, established in 2008, produces premium ice cream made with the milk from the cows on the farm at the University of Delaware College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Founded on science, sustainability and entrepreneurship, the Creamery encourages discovery learning, with University students involved in every aspect of making and selling ice cream “from the cow to the cone.”

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