Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity. Composer: Gustav Holst; Music: Chicago Sinfonietta/L Donner; Video: JF Salgado (Adler Planetarium, Vectors & Pixels Unlimited). Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park, Chicago, IL.
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KV 265’s Cosmic Convergence of Science and Culture

I recently had the pleasure of experiencing a dazzling night of music and astronomy films by Jose Francisco Salgado in collaboration with the Chicago Sinfonietta. I had seen clips of his memeworthy films from time to time on social media. It is impossible for Phil Plait’s Bad Astronomy and other …

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WIP Weekend – Cover Songs

Push Play please. Thanks. I got so jealous of all the cool projects from last weekend, that I had to figure out how to post some of my own. I have mixed feelings about playing cover songs, but they’re a great way to practice without straining creatively all the time, …

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Mad Art Cast and Science Opera with Hai-Ting Chinn and Matt Schickele

Special guests for this week’s podcast are some of our favorite people, mezzo-soprano Hai-Ting Chinn and composer Matthew Schickele. We talked to Hai-Ting about her upcoming production, Science Fair: An Opera with Experiments, and all of the fascinating work that went into its creation. Get tickets for Science Fair at …

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Science Fair: An Opera with Experiments Opens in NYC

Friend of the Lab Hai-Ting Chinn (you might know her from that time she sang the ingredients of a Twinkie on the Wendy Williams Show) has a big announcement: after years of work and countless collaborations, her two-woman show Science Fair: An Opera with Experiments is opening in New York …

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Why Are There NPR Music Reporters Who Need to Police Singers’ Masculinity?

NPR arts reporter Neda Ulaby, we need to talk. Long time listener, first time blogger. Big fan, by the way — hearing you talk about upcoming movies and groundbreaking artists when I drink my morning coffee is always a treat, and usually inspires me to check out whatever you’re delving …

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Stop Making Fun of Rihanna’s Album Sales

Rihanna has become something of a meme this week, after Billboard announced that her latest album, ANTI, had only sold 460 copies in its first week: Billboard 200: #27(new) @rihanna, ANTI 15,896 album equivalent units [460 pure album sales + 4,239,279 streams]. — Chart News (@chartnews) February 1, 2016 ANTI, which …

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There’s a Science Rap Battle Brewing and We Couldn’t Be More Thrilled

It’s not every day you get a highly publicized, totally sincere spat between two celebrities about science. It’s so rare that people actually create parody videos about imagined battles between scientists, just so we can imagine some drama between the press conferences and the journal publications. Here’s how it all …

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Can You Copyright Silence?

Welcome to Mad Art Cast Episode #37! First of all SO sorry for the delay in episodes! We had recorded an entire long form holiday gift guide episode but sadly the technology demons, likely sent out by Krampus, came in and destroyed one of the tracks. We tried and tried …

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