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Take Your Broken Heart, Make it into Art

Last night at the Golden Globes award show, Meryl Streep took her moment in the spotlight accepting her Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award to highlight the horribleness of our incoming president-elect. She did this while bringing the room to silence and without mentioning his name. It was beautiful, it …

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Is #TrumpPence Trolling, or Being Trolled?

SCENE: a marketing meeting at Trump 2016 HQ/secret lair Director: Okay, folks, I know the big guy said he was gonna postpone the VP announcement because of that whole Nice, thing, but he’s gone ahead and done it anyway. Whatever you’ve got for a Trump/Pence ’16 logo, he wants six to choose …

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Performance Art

Adventures in Comedy II: Story Time

[Note: this is the second part of a multi-part series. Read the first part here.] The first rule of stand-up–our teacher told us in our first class–is that it has to be true. Maybe not always literally or entirely true, but true on some deeper level. The job of the …

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Performance Art

Adventures in Comedy, Part I

I’m technically a professional music historian, but I’ve been essentially unemployed since finishing my PhD thanks to the long and arduous process of landing an academic job (a process you can read all about over on School of Doubt). Finding myself with a very open schedule after moving to a new city, …

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Mad Art Cast: Performance Anxiety

This week A gives us an update on the “female Viagra” and Ashley brings us a story about Adele and news of her managing her anxiety when performing. SHOW NOTES: Filbenserin Update Info Nitric Acid Cycle Beta blockers and “stage fright”   http://traffic.libsyn.com/madartcast/31_MadArtCast_Episode_31_-_Performance_Anxiety.mp3

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A Tale of Physics, Betrayal, and Art: The World Premiere of Delicate Particle Logic

It has been 70 years since nuclear fission co-discoverer Lise Meitner was passed over for the Nobel Prize, and for many, the wound is still raw and open. While we largely understand why Chien-Shiung Wu or Rosalind Franklin were denied the award (the former, because experimentalists are always passed over …

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Performance Art

Show Us Your Ugly Things, Standup Comedy Edition

Showing your ugly things is a theme that Mad Art Lab harps on regularly. The idea is that the silly drawings or crafts or songs or writing you do behind closed doors for yourself and yourself alone, no matter how terrible you think it is, shouldn’t be kept secret. Putting …

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Album of the Week – tUnE-yArDs’ “W H O K I L L”

Hello there, Lab Rats. If you’re anything like me, there’s nothing quite like a great bit of art to light that fire under your social activist ass. In my case, nothing burns hotter than a great album, so I’ve decided to share a favorite of mine every week with you lucky …

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