We sit down with comic Ashley Ray to talk about adding randoms on facebook, Astrology roasting, balancing marketing expertise and DIY aesthetics, being unapologetically genuine in an age of “#blackwomanmagic” rhetoric, showing up for Chicago, and Daniel apologizes three times in three minutes
It’s Questionable Internet Opinions! Josh is here to talk about Imposter Syndrome, what has AGMA done for me lately, the call for coalitions in Chicago’s Opera Community (shout the fuck out Chicago Vocal Arts Consortium,) Daniel got a VPN, and we go over to talk about Homophobia in Opera’s most popular facebook group.
We sit down with Joshua Millman from Passion House Coffee Roasters to talk about standards in craft coffee, building direct relationships in coffee sourcing, realizing you need to carve your own way, and numerology BUT WAIT THERE’S MORE! At some point in the episode, Joshua announces a giveaway! The first three folks to email firstname.lastname@example.org with Maureen, Daniel and Joshua’s correct birthdays will receive a free three month coffee subscription from Passion House! The only catch is, now we’ll know you know our birthdays and you’ll have no excuse not to bring us all cake.
We sit down with Alycya Magaña, Director and Writer of Un Ratito Mas – A Little While Longer, to talk about telling Immigrant stories through an artistic lens and the importance of having an all-immigrant cast and crew, the limits of the “Dreamer” immigration Stereotype, the problems with all-white “now more than ever” projects, and we shoehorn Opera in there
We sit down with Gisella Faggi from the Chinese Mutual Aid Association to talk about Asia on Argyle’s balance of Vietnamese identity and supporting diversity, administrating courses in English as a second language, the nature of social work in a changing Chicago, and Daniel tries to verbalize his emotions after watching San Junipero
It’s Sounding Board, we have our first guest (It’s Tom,) we invent communal gathering on Sundays and the workweek, then we talk about The Legend of Zelda, Kringle and Keeping Up With the Kardashians, then at 43:15 we talk news: Chris Kennedy walking out of a gun violence forum in response to tone-deaf Jeanne Ives, and Troy LaRaviere running for Mayor.
We sit down with Sarah Pearson and Samantha Hana Hentzen of the Wisconsin Women’s March in Milwaukee to talk about organizing regionally, the need for intersectionality, there is no such thing as reverse racism, “not all women have pussies, not all people with pussies are women, and not all pussies are pink,” and Sarah receives 203 text messages
We sit down with Performance Artist Corey Smith to talk about his project The New Prairie School, The Great Lakes and The Midwest as environments for thought, Using ecology as a springboard for artmaking, Frank Lloyd Wright and problematic men stumbling on great ideas, and Maureen and Daniel both have a grandpa named Richard Smith
This episode spans two separate days, the first twenty minutes is cat shenanigans, talking about the sounding board facebook group, and Chris Kennedy accusing Rahm Emanuel of a ‘strategic gentrification plan.’ Then we’re back Monday morning to talk about building artistic and political coalitions in Chicago, Harry Potter, Why Dismissing Taco Bell’s Vegan Options is Classist, and Oscar is a dog
Maureen and Daniel are on vacation, but here’s this episode from before we left where we sit down with Ryan Wilson and Joe Nelson from the South Side Mural Project to talk about making art for a community, art as outreach, development without displacement and what kind of jerk honks a horn for more than 30 seconds
It’s Questionable Internet Opinions! We talk about candles, candles, candles, how facebook can be a space that is both an interesting place for discourse and extremely divisive as evidenced by the conversation around range extremes and the high note at The Met, and conservatives prove they’re bad at protesting by buying kuerigs to smash them
It’s Questionable Internet Opinions, for the first ten minutes we talk about Josh being the Avatar of Halloween and needing to master the four spoopy elements, then we talk about latent misogyny in the internet’s biggest classical singing group, we talk about #metoo (CW: 43:00) Sexual Assault, and what is Cashmere
We sit down with Joachim Luis, Megan Fletcher, Anna DeOcampo Kain, Malcolm Herbert, and Nicole Besa to talk Hearing in Color: The Philippines, the importance of music in the culture of The Philippines, resiliency, the white supremacy of colonialism and its effect on culture, and Steven Universe is mentioned
It’s the most guests we’ve had yet! We sit down with Joelle Scillia from the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce, Rick Verkler from The Guesthouse Hotel, Tim Gillengerten from Transit Tees, Megan Donahue from Raven Theatre and Sean Sheridan from The Wooden Spoon to talk Andersonville Art Week, Collaboration and Individualism in Small Businesses, and Daniel almost burned the black bean burgers
We sit down with Rose Freeman, Lucía Mier YTerán Romero, and Isabel Davis Velazquez from Third Eye Theatre to talk about With Blood, With Ink, making art in a post-Trump America, Latinx Representation, the United States and America are not the same thing, self love and the cats are into the weather change
We sit down with Mac Anderson-Cooper, Tiffany Renee Jonson, Kenya Ann Hall, and Greg Geffrard from Poetic Forum Collective to talk about their upcoming production Saint Joan, presenting the work of George Bernard Shaw in a contemporary lens, using non-traditional casting as a tool to highlight the nuances of patriarchal white supremacy, and Daniel’s getting used to all the microphones
We’re back in Milwaukee! Specifically, we’re in the MSOE library joined by Katie Merriman, Artistic Director of Bard and Bourbon, one of Milwaukee’s TWO boozy Shakespeare companies. We talk fight choreography, choosing to place importance on maintaining the story, how there’s more to intoxication than being funny, and Maureen makes a weak Parks & Recreation reference.
CW: Substance Abuse After a week off, Maureen and Daniel are back and it’s a doozy. We first talk a little about our perpetual state of natural disaster and how Democracy Now! is ultimately the best place to get daily global news, and at 10:00-24:00 Daniel and Maureen talk about an ongoing struggle with substance abuse. WE also talk about Bojack Horseman’s newest season, and Biss’ running mate shuffle in the last week.
We’re joined by Marcee Doherty-Elst, Jill-Anna Ponasik, and Joel Kopishke to talk about the Theater Red and Milwaukee Opera Theater Collaboration of A Chorus Line, redefining “I Hope I Get it” by casting veteran, seasoned, stellar Milwaukee talent and how clever ideas can grow from one dream to many.
Our guest today asked to remain anonymous, but we had a fantastic conversation about her history with burlesque, her introduction to Gorilla Tango Burlesque and the recent worker’s rights violations that led to the troupe walking out of a performance. We of course stand with the folks (femme identifying and otherwise) working in the arts, and are glad to shed some light on the issue. Keep posted for the new P.S. Burlesque, as well as check the podcast “the nudes room” to check out more burlesque happenings!
First we hear an aria from Ross Crean’s The Great God Pan, then ee sit down with Ross Crean, Erin Moll, Sarah Thompson Johansen, Marysa Abbas, and John Cockerill to talk about The Great God Pan, the depth of characters and playing with gender, and genuinely it’s the most people we’ve ever had in the studio
On this Sounding Board we talk about fat-shaming and maybe don’t post your male-gaze drivel about how your size 12 girlfriend is thicc, and Daniel talks semi-sleepily and at length about Rahm Emanuel’s track record of ableist language and poor management of Chicago Public Schools in light of him suing 45 for defunding the police and ICE
We sit down with Larry O. Dean from Folk You! and Excited Utterence to talk about his poetry, formatting albums and books as a creative, letting the political side bubble in the undercurrents of art, and “repurposing” furniture donated to laundry rooms
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Maureen and Daniel sit down to talk about Lolla bullshit, Gov. Rauner’s veto of SB 1 being an indicator of his racism and disdain for Chicago Public Schools, Ameya Pawar and the gubernatorial race, and Maureen falls asleep
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IT’S OUR 100TH EPISODE! We’re in the studio with Joshua Louis Smith to talk about the difference between Abel and Isaac, the middle of the night Skinny Repeal vote and McConnell coping with his children dying on a beach shore every year, Scapi Sessions announcements, and we take a photo of Moody live on the air
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We’re at Emerald City Coffee for the first time for our Scapi Session with Tracie Rhesean Davis, LaRob K. Payton, and Kameron Locke for a concert of music performed and influenced by black lives past, present and future. We’ll be taking a break from Sessions for a couple weeks, and what a night to go out on.
In preparation for their upcoming Scapi Session on Tuesday night, we’re joined in the studio for them to perform their EP for us and we chat about going rogue towards electronic “normal” music, the relatively new intimate singer/electronic genre, and hitting machinery. Have you considered donating to Scapi? We run on a shoestring budget, and all that we do is made possible solely from those who are able to give monthly. We hope to keep all of our content free and open to the public, forever, and kind donations like yours are the way we can. If you can’t donate, no worries, but please, listen, participate and share.
We sit down with Daniel Ray Scott for a very special format for our Scapi Studio recordings. He plays a few songs, and throughout, we talk about his music, his process, and he even asks us some questions, including where we met.
We sit down with Toby Altman to talk about his new book Arcadia, Indiana, exercises in frustration, stripping political intent to find true cultural relevance, and Daniel tries to remember the exact definition of modernism
We’re back in Nitecap Coffee Bar for our first Representation Series performance, our Latinx Concert. A big thank you to all of the performers, Samantha Attaguile, Lily Guerrero, Stan deCwikiel jr., Jonathan Cebreros, Alex Salas, and Ashley Lugo. Also, thank you to Jordan Crice for fantastic work on the keys.
Maureen Smith and Daniel Johanson are in the studio! We talk a stab at trying to explain what the hell Scapi Magazine has been up to this last month, we plug a couple events, and we talk about what the hell happened in the forum last week with a dash of keeping our communities accountable. Note from Maureen: We have discovered a metric to how upset Daniel is, and it has to do with F word frequency.
The second half of the audio of our Fourth of July concert with the premiere of Anthony Barrese’s Beatitweets, an interview with the composer, and the recording of our barbershop music with Joachim Luis, Joshua Louis Smith, Joshua Poucher, Daniel Johanson
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Questionable Internet Opinions is back! Josh, Maureen and Daniel talk about the neoliberal dumpster fire that is Ivanka Trump, how Kathy Griffin pre-apology is the savior we need, ways to positively go forward in a delicate political time, and Maureen makes a case for the VP to be guilty of murder while Daniel pees