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  • Episode # 63 - Jeffrey Lo - Playwright
    Jeffrey Lo received the Arts Council Silicon Valley 2012 Artist Laureate: Emerging Artist Award (the precursor to the SVCreates/Content Magazine Emerging Artist Award). Lo is also the founding artistic director of San Jose’s ‘06 Ensemble where he wrote and directed “A Kind of Sad Love Story,” “Barcelona Love Song” and “The Chase.” He is producer of the New Play Development Factory which highlights and develops the work of local Bay Area playwrights.
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  • Episode #62 - Toni Vanwickle - Adobe Sr. Director of Digital Workplace Technology and Services
    Toni Vanwinkle is the Senior Director of Digital Workplace Technology and Services, focused on keeping Adobe's diverse and global workforce innovative, collaborative, and productive everywhere.
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  • Episode # 61 - Danny Sanchez - The City Peace Project
    In our conversation, we talk about Danny's transformation to being the founder of the City Peace project as well as discuss his book "Post Traumatic Quest: From pain to purpose, purpose to peace, his memoirs, which is accompanied by three songs he had written and remastered for the May 2021 release.
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  • Episode # 60 - Fil Maresca - Filco
    Whether they realize it or not, anyone who has been to an outdoor festival in San Jose in the past 20 years has probably encountered Filco Events, the aptly-named production company headed by Fil Maresca, quietly one of the city’s most significant drivers of cultural community events since he moved here in 1989.
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  • Episode #59 - Doug Hughmanick -ANML
    Doug Hughmanick is the found and creative director of ANML Design, a digital agency that crafts simple and elegant design solutions, marrying form and function to create valuable connections between businesses and people.
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  • Episode #58 - Maryela Perez - Visual Artist, DJ, and Curator for MACLA
    Maryela originally came to San José after graduating from UC Santa Cruz. She was looking to gain experience and develop a resume to become an urban planner. Through AmeriCorps and a program called Public Allies, she landed an internship with the Park and Recreation Department of San José. Once in the city, Maryela began to connect with the creative community, which led her to become a curator at MACLA.
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  • Episode #57 - Emily McEwan-Upright - Gallery 1202
    In our conversation, Emily shares her mission for Gallery 1202 and her large aspirations to provide the South Valley arts community affordable creative spaces to pursue their dreams through the recently formed non-profit 6th Street Studios and Art Center.
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  • Episode #56 - Chris Jalufka - Evil Tender
    Chris Jalufka is a Bay Area-based artist and writer focused on the world of design, illustration, and limited edition posters. His articles have appeared in Content Magazine, HOW Magazine, Print Magazine, Juxtapoz, and various sites and his venture, Evil Tender.
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  • Episode #55- 3Below- Shannon Guggenheim
    In our conversation, Shannon sure about the journey to opening. The road they have been on through COV-19 and the spark of hope they feel as they can see the light a the end of the tunnel as they slowly to reopen.
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  • Episode #54 - Elizabeth Jiménez Montelongo
    Elizabeth Jiménez Montelongo is a visual artist, poet, teacher, and 2021 Creative Ambassador with the Office of Cultural Affairs for the City of San Jose.
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  • Episode #53- San Jose Spotlight
    For a city that has been fasting in a desert for years, San Jose Spotlight might be just the thing to quench the community’s thirst for news.
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  • Episode #52 - Peter Hsieh - Writer and Director
    Peter Hsieh is a writer and director from San Jose, California, who has written over 30 staged-plays. His full-length play "Tangerina" was a finalist for the 2015 Orange County New Play Festival, and the short play "A Room with Modern Furniture" won 3rd place at Playwrights CageMatch 2013 at Douglas Morrisson Theater. His feature film, "Drive All Night," which he wrote and directed, is premiering at Cinequest Film & Creativity 2021 online festival.
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  • #51 - Eric bui - San Jose Artists
    Eric Bui looking through his social media feed, you will notice that he enjoy drawing with ink and pen to a digital tool like Procreates.  Recently, Eric has been found himself in the local spotlight because of a piece he had submitted to a group exhibit curated by the City of San Jose called "Holding the Moment," a series of works by 77 artists displayed at the San Jose International Airport.
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  • #50 - Brendan Rawson - Executive Director, San Jose Jazz
    South Bay native Brendan Rawson has worked in the local arts scene for more than twenty years. Since joining San Jose Jazz (SJZ) in 2012, Brendan has worked to increase their education programs' impact and conceived many of their most successful initiatives, including Jazz Beyond programming and the mobile Boombox Truck stage.
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  • #49 - Halfdan Hussey - CEO and Founder of Cinequest & Creatics
    Cinequest was one of the first California institutions to make tough choices to move the festival after six safe days of in-person events but then had closed the rest of the festival.  Fortunately, Cinequest leadership was already working on a digital media platform called, Creatics that they could alter to include online screenings in the summer of 2020, which has been a great test run for this year's Cinequest Online Festival March 20-30th.
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  • #48 Marianne McGrath - Independant Art Curator and Consultant
    Marianne K. McGrath is a Los Gatos, California, local who used her background in art and art history to build her own business, MKM Art Consulting, LLC., to practice curating, art consulting, and art education. Marianne holds a BA in art and 3-D design, as well as an MA in art history from San Jose State University. Her passion for art led her to a career focused on sharing art with the community, especially seen through her work with the New Museum Los Gatos (formerly The Museums of Los Gatos). Art exhibits and projects hosted by MKM Art Consulting include "To Hear and Be Heard" and "31 Women."
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  • Episode #47 Chad Johnston - CreaTV San Jose
    Chad Johnston, CEO of CreaTV San Jose, sees immense opportunity and a chance to reshape what we’ve come to know as Public Access TV, and transform it into a powerful public tool for local storytelling and media activism.
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  • # 46 - Ato Walker - Humorist, host, and emcee
    He calls himself "Mr. Walker." He started out hosting comedy nights at San Jose's Britannia Arms and now performs at the Ice House, San Jose Improv, Laughs Unlimited, Rooster T. Feathers, and the Caravan Lounge. He's also emcee'ed Music in the Park and San Jose Jazz Festival stages.
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  • #45 Jorge "J.Duh" Camacho - Contemporary Artist
    Jorge “J.Duh” Camacho uses the symbiotic duality of his creative process—fine art versus street—to create unique, vibrant, and witty works of art.
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  • #44 Dana Harris Seeger and Yori Seeger - School of Visual Philosophy Cofounders
    Their passion for art and community lead them to launch the School of Visual Philosophy in 2013. The vision was to provide a place for artists to learn, create, and develop a new pedagogy for creative craftsmanship and art.
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  • #43 Sinjin Jones - Transmedia artist and Artistic Director at Pear Theatre
    In 2019, Sinjin moved from Colorado to the Bay Area and is currently rounding up his first year as the Artistic Director at Pear Theatre in Mountain View, California. Sinjin has been able to use his skills in multiple medias to innovate creative solutions to keep Pear Theatre running during the global pandemic.
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  • #42 Juan Sanchez - Founder and Creative Director of Baunfire Digital Agency
    Juan founded Baunfire in 2003 to provide "great work" for his clients and soon realized that a "great team" is the key to the quality of Baunfire's service. As a digital design agency based in the heart of Silicon Valley, downtown San Jose, they have partnered with leading global brands and forward-thinking startups to design and develop elevated platforms on the web. Baunfire has partnered with a diverse group of high-profile clients including Nike, Netgear, Honda, Cisco, The Walt Disney Company, and more.
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  • #41 S. Sayre Batton - San Jose Museum of Art
    Sayre shares about the adjustments and changes the museum has made during COVID-19 and some of the plans for the museum moving into 2021.
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  • #40 Joe Miller - Graphic Designer, Educator, and Arts Administrator
    In our conversation, Joe shares about a design lesson "nugget" as well as talk about the roll of graphic design for cultural equity and inclusion. Jos also shares the vision and future of Works San Jose and the change they have had to make during COVID-19.
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  • Episode #39 Karen Kienzle - Director of the Palo Alto Art Center
    Karen Kienzle is Director of the Palo Alto Art Center and oversees this vital community organization's vision, budget, marketing efforts, and staffing. Karen brings more than 15 years of experience in arts administration to the Art Center and a Lecturer San Francisco State University's museum program.
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  • Episode #38 Michael Ogilvie - City of San Jose's Director of Public Art
    Michael Ogilvie, formerly overseeing public art programs in Las Vegas and Clark County, as San Jose's public art director, seeks to deepen San Jose inhabitants' appreciation of their home and leads the city's public art program by stewarding over 250 works of art, research, and plans and evaluates public art projects.
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  • Episode #37 Janice Lobo Sapigao - Santa Clara County Poet Laureate
    Lately, two topics seem to be on the mind of Santa Clara County's latest poet laureate, Janice Lobo Sapigao: death and childhood. Though "beginning" and "end" might seem polar opposites, they're closer than we often give them credit for.
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  • Episode #36 Steve Borkenhagen - Urban Confluence Silicon Valley
    Steve Borkenhagen has been an entrepreneur and business owner in Silicon Valley since 1975. He opened Camera One Theater, the first repertory cinema in San Jose, and partners in 1975. Since then, Steve had founded and operated multiple bars and restaurants in the South Bay Area, including Eulipia Restaurant from 1977 to 2012 when they transitioned to be Cafe Stritch.
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  • Episode #35 Cain Ramirez - Paper Moon Coffee Company
    Cain co-founded Cowgirl Bike Courier, a San Jose-based bike messenger service, with Amanda Muehlbauer in 2014. After running the business for a few years in the South Bay, better business opportunities led him to San Francisco; but after an injury and changes in the messenger industry, Cain retired from that business. Soon after, the contacts he had made as a messenger led him to his next gig with Paper Moon Coffee Company.
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  • Episode #34 Omar Rodriguez - Kooltura Marketing and Eastside Magazine
    Omar Rodriguez founded Kooltura Marketing to provide creative communications agency that works  through the paradigm of multicultural marketing, a form of marketing that bases its strategy and methods on the people, culture, language, and history of the community it hopes to target. Kooltura has targeted San Jose’s Mayfair community and downtown San Jose. 
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  • Episode #33 Ren Geisick - Americana Singer-Songwriter
    Ren Geisick isn't a typical jazz or country singer. As a matter of fact, she categorizes herself as an Americana singer-songwriter. Growing up with country and jazz icons playing through the stereo in her San Jose home, she is equally influenced by Bob Dylan and Nina Simone; she flows seamlessly, from the soulful delivery of a jazz ballad to the carefree lilt of an American folk song. Ren is a solo artist and co-leads new funk and soul band The Anachronistics with William Bohrer.
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  • Episode #32 Demone Carter - Rapper, Creative Catalyst, and Nonprofit Professional
    Demone Carter's original plan was to be a "famous" rapper but found himself in the arts nonprofit world after starting after school youth hip-hop dance program. He continues to Rap and make music, but that transition led his path to become an influential voice in the South Bay creative scene. From overseeing MALI and the School of Arts and Culture programs to co-hosting a Rap culture podcast with Needle to the Groove team members, Dave Ma and Nate Leblanc, which has recently been pick-up by Stony Island Podcast Network.
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  • Episode #31 Trami Cron - Chopsticks Alley Art
    Trami Nguyen Cron, the founder of Chopsticks Alley Art, and author of her 2016 debut novel, VietnamEazy: A NovelaboutMothers, Daughters, and Food. Having lived in cultural crossroads for most of her life Trami founder Chopsticks Ally Arts in 2018 to bring their people’s artwork outside of their community into the mainstream so that “our narrative, our voices, our version of things is being seen.”
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  • Episode #30 Karen Gutfreund - Activist + Feminist Curator + Artist
    Karen Gutfreund is a curator focusing on feminist and social justice themed art and is also a practicing artist. She has been a contributor to Content Magazine with her piece on "Art as Slow Change" (http://bit.ly/artslowchange104). Karen's current work is a catalog featuring 147 artists with over 350 works titled, "Not Normal: Art in the Age of Trump" as is a visual protest of the Trump administration.
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  • Episode #29 Usha Srinivasan, Founder and President of Sangam Arts
    Founder, and President of Sangam Arts Usha started reconnecting with native forms of art from her home country, which led her into the local arts and culture scene.
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  • Episode #28  Jonathan Williams - Tabard Theatre
    Jonathan Williams took the helm as Executive Artistic Direct in July, amid the COVID pandemic. As a theatre, their performances (and revenue) came to an abrupt halted with the shelter-in-place orders. Immediately, the Tabard team began to think to go way to pivot and produce a live-stream format and presented one-man show performances of "Looking Over the President's Shoulder," featuring James Creer.
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  • Episode #27 Jessica Paz-Cedillos - Executive Director School of Arts and Culture
    Jessica accepted the School of Arts and Culture's role in March 2019 with years of experience in community service and activation. She brings those skills, knowledge, and passion to her new position, which has been vital. They have had to pivot t they working out the mission to catalyze creativity and empowers the community. 
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  • Episode #26 ¡Fiesta!
    Fiesta Pamplona is a documentary project from local photojournalist and San Jose State alumnus Neal Waters. The beautify shot film records the process and events surrounding the Fiesta de San Fermín in Pamplona, Spain, which include the daily running of the bulls.
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  • Episode #25 Needle to the Groove (NTTG)  - Michael Boado & David Ma
    Michael is one of the co-founders of the Needle to the Groove (NTTG) record store in San José and also know as DJ Basura. David Ma is part of the NTTG label, and is an accomplished writer, contributor, and curator to Content Magazine's Album Pick series. Check out latest selection at https://bit.ly/AlbumPicks123
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  • Episode #24  Socorra - Musician and Community Organizer
    If you have been listening to the Content Podcast, you have heard her song "Muddy Water" behind the intro and the closing credits. Socorra, featured in issue 9.2, has not only been performing and connecting with the local music scene; she has also helped organize events with Filco and raise the next generation of artists as a teacher with the School of Rock. 
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  • Episode #23 A Conversation about diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI)
    A Conversation about diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) with Valéria (“Val”) Miranda and Hannah Garcia. Valéria (“Val”) Miranda is the Executive Director of Santa Cruz Art League and a diversity, equity, and inclusion consultant. Hannah Garcia is the Grants Program Manager and the Equity Catalyst for the Arts Council of Santa Cruz.
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  • Episode #22 Jay Kim -Silicon Valley Pastor and Author
    Jay Kim, as Silicon Valley pastor, found himself wondering if the Church's quick implication of new technologies happened without giving thought to want might be lost in its application. That gave way to him penning his first book, Analog Church (InterVarsity Press).
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  • Episode #21 Rah Riley
    In our conversation, Rah discusses how her plans to resign from Eastridge Center on March 13 to work abroad four months in South East Asia with Remote Year changed and delayed because of COVID-19. As a planner, how that has been a learning experience for her. We also discuss her thoughts on social media and what we have grown to discover and love about the uniqueness of the South Bay.
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  • Episode #20 Cathy Kimball - ICA
    Cathy Kimball - Executive Director and Chief Curator San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) Cathy Kimball as been with the ICA since 2000 and has planned her retirement as the ICA turns 40, though she will continue to participate in various ways, specifically to assist with the Marcus Lyon project, "De.Coded: A Human Atlas of Silicon Valley" by the Packard Foundation, scheduled for 2022.
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  • Episode #19 Ellina Yin - Only in San José
    In addition to her prior roles as Co-Founder of Local Color and Founding Board Member of Catalyze SV, Ellina Yin is a firm believer that local government is ground zero of systemic change. As a community engagement enthusiast born and raised in Eastside San Jose, she is always on the lookout to raise awareness and encourage civic participation in more meaningful and productive ways.
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  • Episode #18 Sam Shah - Co-founder Voyager Craft Coffee
    Sam and his partner Lauren Burns have gone from a pop-up coffee trailing to three cafés. The most recent location (on The Alameda near Santa Clara University) opened right at the beginning of the Shelter-in-Place order for Santa Clara County because fo COVID-19.
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  • Episode #17 Michelle Runde
    In addition to contributing to Content Magazine, Michelle works as a Policy Counselor for one of the large Silicon Valley Social Media companies. In our conversation, Michelle reveals her love for Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, and cast her vote for Star Trek over Star War.
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  • Episode #16 Juan Carlos Araujo - Empire Seven Studios
    Co-Founder of Empire Seven Studios (E7S) and POW! WOW! San Jose, along with his partner Jennifer Ahn, Curator and Gallery Manager. ES7 was established in 2008 as an urban contemporary art gallery located in Japantown San Jose at Empire St. and 7th St.
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  • Episode #15 Grace Talice Lee - Writer
    Grace Talice is a writer and contributor writer and editor with Content Magazine.
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  • Episode #14 Joe Hyrkin - CEO issuu
    oe Hyrkin has been the CEO of Issuu, a digital publishing platform, for the last seven and a half years, the longest he has been with any company in his career. Having worked in business development and sales for companies like Yahoo! and Flickr, Joe has spent most of his career working in the intersection of content and technology.
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  • Episode #13 Ralph Buenconsejo - Graphic Designer and Animator
    Ralph Buenconsejo recently launched out on his own as a freelance designer after working several years with the Baunfire Agency.
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  • Episode #12 Esther Young - Songwriter
    In addition to being a contributing writer and editor with Content Magazine since 2018, Esther Young's main creative outline is songwriting. Though, she might not tell you that she can be found at local open mic shows and slowing releasing her songs on Spotify.
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  • Episode #11 Brad Sanzenbacher - Writer and Folk Musician
    Though Brad's day job as a public relations profession for WRIKE involves a lot of writing, he has found that "creativity isn't a finite resource." As he seeks to be inspired in what he does for work, he discovers inspiration in his creative writing and songwriting, and vice-versa.
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  • Episode #10 Kristen Pfund - Content Magazine
    Kristen Pfund has been part of the Content team since 2014, first as a volunteer, and then brought on staff to help oversee the production of our events and assist with our partner relationships. 
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  • Episode #9 Jimmy Fonseca - Downtown Screen Printers
    Jimmy Fonseca is an artist, muralist, and cofounder of Downtown Screen Printers. Join our conversation with Jimmy, who shares how being a resident artist at Local Color organically leads to form Downtown Screen Printers with Aliks Hernandez.
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  • Episode #8 Genevieve Hastings
    Genevieve Hastings is an installation artist and the director of the Art Ark Gallery in San Jose. In this episode, Genevieve shares how her curiosity has led her from studying linguistic and anthropology, to travel, and to directing a local gallery. 
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  • Episode #7 Avni Levy - Avni Creates
    Avni Levy is a contributing Content photographer and, like most of our contributors, has a growing creative content business of her own. In our conversation, Avni shared here daily routine, a few helpful practices for creatives, and three great books, including "The Miracle Morning" by Hal Elrod.
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  • Episode #6 Massimo Chisessi - San Jose Jazz
    Massimo Chisessi is the marketing director for San Jose Jazz (SJZ). In our conversation, Massimo tells about his experience in the arts, and with arts organizations. He explains the transitions the SJZ has taken to help musicians during the shelter in place order. As well as his sharing about his personal experience of the passing of his father during this COVID19 atmosphere.
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  • Episode #5 Isaiah Wilson - The Come Up
    Isaiah Wilson is one of the Cofounders of the Come Up, a collective that showcases local musicians and artists. In our conversation, Isaiah talks about his transition in the way he approaches producing shows and gathering.
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  • Episode #4 Kerry Adams Hapner, Director of the San Jose Office of Cultural Affair
    Kerry Adams Hapner has been the director of the Office of Cultural Affairs for the City of San Jose for the last 12 years. She oversees the department and staff that helps shape the City’s artistic and cultural vibrancy, resources, and vision.
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  • Episode #3 Sean Boyles
    Sean Boyles Co-Owner of The Arsenal Art Store Sean Boyles is an artist, teacher, and co-owner of the Arsenal ArtStore in Japantown, with his wife, Roan Victor. We talk about this life as an artist, shelter-in-place, and the expansion plans for The Arsenal Art Store.
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  • Episode #2 Dalia Rawson
    Dalia Rawson, Director of the New Ballet, leads San Jose's school of classical ballet but credits her online gaming experience for their ability to transition to online classes during the shelter-in-place order. If the combination of ballet and gaming appears to be an odd pairing, what about Ballet and Aliens?
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  • Episode #1 Frank Nguyen - Academic Coffee
    Frank Nguyen is the owner of Academic Coffee, which has become a community favorite over the last few years. Recently, Frank demonstrated innovation, foresight, and care for his employees, as he adjusted his menu during the beginning days of the Shelter-in-Place order due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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