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May 18, 2011

Arts in the Valley, Saturday, May 14, 2011, 8 PM, PST, Merced, CA

by arthouseflower

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To listen to Kim interview Staci Santa & Gail Benedict, click onto the link:Staci_Santa
Listen to Arts in the Valley host Kim McMillon interview Merced Arts Council Executive Director Staci M. Santa, UC Merced’s Gail Benedict, and author Scott Bonn on Saturday, May 14th at 8 PM, PST.

Staci Santa joined the Arts Council in July 2006, when she moved to Merced from Tucson, Arizona. A year later, she became the executive director, managing a 16-person staff and a 28,000 square foot facility.

On Saturday, May 21st from 6:30pm to 9:30pm, the Arts Council invites the public to Casino Royale. Black jack, poker, craps and roulette, as well as classic James Bond cocktails, a scrumptious dinner and an array of desserts will be a part of this 21 and over fundraiser. DJ LeLe will spin the music for this exciting night. Tickets are $60 each, or a table of 4 for only $200, and include $50 of gambling chips. Get yours today by calling (209) 388-1090 or go on line at

Gail Benedict serves on the committee that is planning the May 21st fundraiser, and is a big supporter of the Merced County Arts Council having served as a board member for over 5 years, and was the recipient of the “Arts Angel Award” in 2009. Gail represents UC Merced in the Merced County Performing Arts Presenters Coalition that is dedicated to promoting arts presenting organizations in Merced County.

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To listen to Scott Bonn’s interview on Arts in the Valley, click onto the link:Scott_Bond
Scott A. Bonn is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey. Dr. Bonn is not your average academic. He combines the knowledge and skills of an academic scholar with more than twenty years of senior-level corporate experience as an advertising and media executive. As such, he has unique insights into the public’s attitudes and beliefs, how they are shaped, and the agenda-setting powers of the government and the news media. Bonn has developed a unique, integrated, and interdisciplinary theory called “critical communication” to explain how and why political elites and the news media periodically create public panics that benefit both parties. Dr. Bonn is a frequent public speaker, consultant, media expert and critic. He is the author of a new book titled “Mass Deception: Moral Panic and the U.S. War on Iraq” from Rutgers University Press.

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