Before getting into it, here is a link to Lin Manuel Miranda’s additional song for the Hamilton Mixtape:
This Week’s Show
Et Cultura Festival is a new fest celebrating the creative life of St. Petersburg. It mixes music, art, film, a kids area, projection mapping, and more than 100 makers of stuff. Cool stuff. Colin Lyman, Lindsay Dixson, Todd Bates, and Joanna Coblentz came in to give an overview of this fun fest.
Last week’s show
Artist Steven Kenny talked about surrealism; the influence, or lack of it, of the environment on his work; reality, and much more. He has a show with David David Figueroa (I love saying that) opening up at Leslie Curran’s gallery in St. Pete during this month’s Art Walk.
Busy show today! We started off with poetry, because the Writers in Paradise writers conference is bringing back a poetry segment. Peter Meinke, Poet Laureate of Florida and former Poet Laureate of St. Pete, and someone whom I admire beyond all measure, came on along with Denise Duhamel. She will be teaching at Writers in Paradise. It was great chatting with her, since I have a book of her poems sitting on my nightstand, which I got in Chicago.
Then we had artists and teacher Todd Frain from Creative Clay, to talk about the Folk Fest. WMNF is there all weekend. Creative Clay has a lot of artists who don’t fit the popular artists – they might have different physical or developmental abilities. The art is usually truly compelling, so whatever with preconceptions.
Lastly we spoke with Becky Flanders and Julie Weitz in a conversation about art that I wish could have gone on for another hour. Left is a shot from Julie’s video, which is her show opening tonight at Cunsthaus.
The conversation ranged around the depiction of women in art, by women; anti-digitazation of the images; building perception into the work, and so much more. It is totally worth going back to listen to the conversation. (I just kinda shut up and let them talk).
Becky builds kaleidoscopes and then sets up photos mirrored and distorted in them. She pictures her own genitals, and others’ genitals in them, but rather than being sexual, they are sort of primal and mysterious.
Here’s the popular TED talk from Issac Lidsky
You may have heard Asia Samson’s heartbreaking and hopeful poem, Awakening. We played a newer poem, that is hopeful and heartbreaking in a happy way, Alive.
This Sunday night is the show I have been looking forward to for months! Gringo Star + Fay Roy + Jackson Davis & the Jackettes, up at Skippers, in benefit for WMNF. We played a buncha music to get you excited!
Earlier this year
Some of the cast & director from Lizzie at the Jobsite Theater came in for the hour and they were fantastic. I forced them at ax-point to harmonize.
We went to see the show Friday night and super enjoyed it. It is not a comedy – it is a rock musical. The singing and band are great- great costumes. The dancing is a little wonky, but maybe as the show progresses it will make more sense. Highly recommend seeing it.
It is the story of Lizzie Borden and while coming down firmly on the side of having whacked those 40 whacks, it also gives a great reason to think about why it may have happened.
Thank you to the wonderful people who supported Art in Your ear this last drive! You are wonderful!
Everyone who pledges $40 or more gets an Art in your Ear sticker, first ones ever made! Collector items!
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