Playing an Art Show – On Site

Monday I talked all about how I prepare to play music at an art show. Lots of lists and a pile of panic get me right to the door, but once I’m inside there’s a bit more that needs doing. It helps me burn up the nervous energy on the …

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Playing an Art Show – Getting Ready

As someone who makes music on the internet and is a local super-recluse, I’m rarely booked for live shows, but it happens now and again. I have a sort of standing invite at a local nerd art show called Altekrea, I think because I’m the only person they know who’ll do …

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Mad Art Cast with Jamie Bernstein and Show Me Your Ugly Things Debut

Welcome to a fabulous episode of Mad Art Cast- NOW with bonus content! In this episode we are joined by photographer and data analysis expert, Jamie Bernstein. Jamie comes on the show to talk with us about what it’s like having photographs stolen on the web and how she responds …

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 …