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What is the Nature of a True Gift? Thought-provoking Conversations on It’s A Question of Balance Saturday 30 Nov 8-9 PM

As the holidays approach our minds turn to gifts. British essayist, novelist and poet Robert Louis Stevenson observed “To be rich in admiration and free from envy, to rejoice greatly in the good of others, to love with such generosity of heart that your love is still a dear possession in absence or unkindness - these are the gifts which money cannot buy.” Ruth Copland features her Out and About show on ‘What is the nature of a true gift?’

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Do we still think of things like this as gifts? Or has the march of consumerism made us view gifts as predominantly material items? Giving gifts can be as much a joy for the giver as for the receiver but has gift-giving become a barter exchange where we try to give gifts of equal value to what we will receive? Or do we still gifts to engender joy with no expectation of a return? Maybe a good maxim is the Arabic proverb “If you have much, give of your wealth; if you have little, give of your heart.” In tribal cultures, a gift is given in the knowledge that it will keep being given and never be stagnant. Why do YOU give gifts and what is a true gift to you?

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Why Are We So Busy? Thought-Provoking Conversations on It’s A Question of Balance with Ruth Copland

Experts in the past thought with time-saving technology we’d have so much leisure in the future we wouldn’t know what to do with it! Sadly this has not materialised and time seems the scarcest resource of all. This feels even more true as the holidays approach and we try to squeeze enjoyable social events and gift purchasing into already hectic schedules. Why are we so busy? Is it our perception of time that has changed or do we really have more to do? Ruth Copland features her Out and About show asking ‘Why are we so busy?’

To listen to past topics click here Topics | It's A Question of Balance

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Homelessness - Is it Everyone's Problem? Thought-Provoking Conversations on It's A Question of Balance with Ruth Copland

Conversations with DownTown Streets Team personnel, Homelessness activist Joan Baez, and homeless woman Dora give insights into this complex problem and also reason for hope – for the homeless themselves and for communities affected by the issue. This week Ruth Copland presents an encore show 'Homelessness – is it everybody’s problem?' Homelessness is a pervasive issue – highly challenging for those experiencing it and also for the communities trying to find a solution to the homeless on their streets. Ruth carried out some really interesting interviews at the inauguration of Downtown Streets Team in Santa Cruz in 2017 including speaking with folk legend Joan Baez who is active in trying to support the homeless. The conversations she had on the streets of Santa Cruz cover topics that are just as relevant and important today so we hope you enjoy listening to this encore of them. Downtown Streets Team initiative has gone from strength to strength and is a great success in Santa Cruz today.

To listen to past topic shows click here Topics | It's A Question of Balance

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'The Night Circus' Fantasy Author Erin Morgenstern on It's A Question of Balance with Ruth Copland


Multi-million-selling author and multi-media artist Erin is known for her highly imaginative world-building. The enchanting domain created in her first book 'The Night Circus' has inspired devoted fans the world over. They have been eagerly anticipating Erin’s next book and this is now materialising in the form of The Starless Sea which Publisher’s Weekly describes as a “love letter to bibliophiles…dreamlike and uncanny, grounded in deeply felt emotion, and absolutely thrilling." Join Ruth Copland to find out what makes Erin such a fan favourite even though she didn't plan to be an author!

To listen to the interview click here Erin Morgenstern | It's A Question of Balance

Raised in Massachusetts, Erin graduated from Smith College with a degree in theatre and studio art, and in addition to her writing she paints, mainly in acrylics, and has designed and painted a black-and-white tarot deck called the Phantomwise. Her debut novel, 'The Night Circus', a fantastical novel that follows the impossible love of two magicians, sold three million copies and has been translated into 37 languages. It spent seven weeks on The New York Times Bestseller List and was recognized with the 2012 Alex Award, given by the Young Adult Library Services Association, as well as the 2012 Locus Award for First Novel. It has also been optioned for film. 

For more information and to listen to past shows visit www.itsaquestionofbalance.com 

 

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Highly Creative in Art and Business, Vasily Klyukin on It's A Question of Balance with Ruth Copland

Environmental themes permeate Vasily's fascinating sculptures and he’s also known for his unique architectural concepts, an inventive sci-fi novel, and for paying $1.5 million at a charity auction for a flight to the moon with Leonard di Caprio. He's also raised over $2million for charity auctioning his art. In his early life Vasily Klyukin applied his highly creative mind to business, where he has been phenomenally successful. Latterly, his creativity has moved towards art with him creating complex sculptures and installations which are located around the world including Moscow, London, Monte Carlo, Cannes and Ibiza. 

To listen to the interview click here Vasily Klyukin | It's A Question of Balance

Ruth Copland interviewed Russian artist and entrepreneur Vasily Klyukin in the Hollywoods Hills, Los Angeles, USA (see photo above) just after he returned from a hugely successful installation of his art at the Burning Man 2019 festival and before he returned to his home in Monaco via London.


Vasily Klyukin sculpture from 'In Dante Veritas' exhibition in Venice; Vasily with model for sculpture; 'Why People Can't Fly' installed at Burning Man 2019.

Vasily's solo exhibition called 'In Dante Veritas' was a huge success both at the State Russian Museum (St. Petersburg) and the sculptural park, ‘LA Collection’Air’ in Lucerne (Switzerland). An expanded multi-media version of 'In Dante Veritas', comprising more than a hundred inter-related art objects, is exhibited at the 2019 Venice Biennale where it is extremely popular with attendees. Vasily is also known for creating inspiring concepts for unusual buildings, published in his book Designing Legends. In addition, he has written a science-fiction novel called ‘Collective Mind’ published in Russia and now available in English.

Vasily Klyukin is a famous defender of the environment, working on promoting the fight against environmental pollution every chance he gets. Inevitably, environmental themes are predominant in his art. He is also known for his support of amfAR, the Leonardo di Caprio Foundation and Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation.

For more information and to listen to past shows visit www.itsaquestionofbalance.com 

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'Clothes Maketh the Man', Woman or Mouse! Hollywood Costume Designer Mona May on It's A Question of Balance with Ruth Copland

Mona May's work spans genres, time periods, and media – she’s even designed clothing for CGI star Stuart Little! In movies the clothes really do maketh the man, or woman or mouse. She’s worked with Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Aniston, Nicolas Cage, Eddie Murphy, Demi Moore, Will Ferrell, and more on all kinds of films. Take a peek behind the scenes with Ruth Copland and Mona May!

To listen to past guest interviews with Ruth Copland click here It's A Question of Balance | Guests

Much of the look and feel of our favourite films comes from the costume design. Mona May's film credits include Clueless, The Wedding Singer, 8mm, Enchanted, The Haunted House, and Stuart Little 2 to name but a few. Mona May's trademark joie de vivre is clearly evident in her work, and it injects a bold, sexy confidence into her designs. She is a master at designing costumes that flatter her actors' body types, while simultaneously hitting pitch-perfect visual notes for the character they are portraying. Mona's deep understanding of both design and anatomy combine to render the actor and the character inseparable, including many roles played by such Hollywood luminaries. Aside from movie work, Mona May is always inspired to share her passion, originality and technical experience with future designers at OTIS Parsons, FIDM and Pasadena Art Center, where she is a frequent lecturer. 

For more information and to listen to past shows visit www.itsaquestionofbalance.com 

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