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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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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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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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Freakshow and Tell Posters

A year or so ago, MAL’s Beth introduced our local skeptics group to Thom Britton and his show, Freakshow and Tell. That night during his show, he asked me to stand on his head while he was lying on a pile of broken glass. Not the absolute weirdest way I’ve …

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Art Inquisition: What’s That Sound?

While the word “multimedia” may make you think of grade-school dioramas or terrible auto-play anything on inconsiderate websites, it can be used by those unfamiliar with art not in frames as a sort of catch-all phrase for any non-traditional art. Music they understand. Paintings, sure. Sculpture can toe the line, …

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