Friday, January 18, 2019

194 - Salt Lamps (with Sarah Thibault)

This week artist and arts organizer, Sarah Thibault guest hosts while Maysoun is doing a covert international mission. We do some real shop talk about painting and Minnesota politics! Also Sarah helps Kate discover her geographic astrological zones.

All the music in this episode is by Toro y Moi

Sarah Thibault
David Lasley
The Painting Salon
New American Paintings
Why So Many Icelanders Still Believe in Invisible Elves

Take the survey to figure out arts funding in SF!

Don't lick them!?

Saturday, January 12, 2019

193 - First Ramble of 2019

Research assistant Katy Kondo joins us this week while Maysoun is engaged in spy work somewhere outside of the United States. We will share some delightful upcoming events with you!

All the music in this episode is by Ma Crow and the Lady Slippers

Take the poll for SF arts funding!!!
Tell your friends!

Shoutout to radio stations WOSU!

Friday, January 4, 2019

Friday, December 28, 2018

192 - Kiln Secrets! (with Nicki Green)

This week we are overjoyed to talk to artist, Nicki Green. She gives us the deep dish on Vulcan hand gestures, mushrooms, mikvehs, and so much more! Have a safe and happy new year, listeners!

CORRECTION: Nicki's performance lecture is at Fused Space from 4 - 6pm on January 9th and is in tandem with a reading from Claudia La Rocco.

All the music in this episode is by XOA

Nicki Green
Ehrin Toole
John DeFazio
Peter Voulkos
Viola Frey
The Bay Area's Best Visual Art of 2018 (IMHO) by Sarah Hotchkiss
Peephole Cinema

Kiln Furniture!

Friday, December 21, 2018

191 - Crochet the Land (with Beatrice L. Thomas)

This week we talk with artist, performer, and everything, Beatrice L. Thomas. We talk land art, drag, racial edging, gaming your brain, cowboy hats, and so much more!

All the music in this episode is by Twilight

Beatrice L. Thomas Coaching and Consulting
Black Benatar on KALW
Brava Theater
The Hitter (1979)
Crochet the grand canyon!

Friday, December 14, 2018

190 - Anarchy (with Dena Beard)

This week we have a rollicking chat with Dena Beard, the director and plumber of the LAB! She shares her leadership philosophy, her fashion secrets, and her love for parking garages.

All the music in this episode is by FM-84

The LAB (Donate!)
Sign this petition to save the Red Stone Labor Temple (the home of the LAB!)
Bay Area Common Wealth
Bay Area Art Ecosystem map by Carrie Hott
Where do you feel belonging in the Bay Area? - Christine Wong Yap's project

Potatoes are an excellent source of carbohydrates and fiber.

Friday, December 7, 2018

189 - Living at the Crossroads

This week we talk about stuff happening at the Wattis, being post-exhibition, and robots that have the dexterity of a human hand. We're also sad that Sarah Thibault is moving away. Plus the laundromats are disappearing!

Pretty much all the music in this episode is by Idris Ackamoor and the Pyramids

Roscoe Mitchell
Craig Calderwood
Stephanie Rohlfs
Sarah Thibault 
Alysse Stepanian
Martha Rosler and Hito Steyerl

I might meet you up at the crossroads.

Friday, November 30, 2018

188 - Rabbit Holes (with Jenny Odell)

This week artist, writer, and birder Jenny Odell tells us about the invasion of the business snatchers! I can't even type anything about it, because it's too byzantine and bizarre. We also talk about other internet things and whether humanity is fucked or not.

All the music in this episode is by Ghosts of Lightning

A Business With No End
How to Internet
How to Do Nothing
There's No Such Thing as a Free Watch

The World's Most Expensive Free Watch on Reply All
How the weird, unfiltered internet became a media goldmine by Joe Veix
Something is wrong on the internet by James Bridle

This is what the internet is like.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

187 - Group Dynamics

This week we have a ton of listener questions to answer! We talk about art colonies, cults, group dynamics, and John Cage. Maysoun also reviews a talk given by Carrie Mae Weems and the Ragnar Kjartansson performance piece that happened at the Women's Building.

All the music in this episode is by the Homophones


Donate to these:
The Women's Buidling
GoFundMe Sites for people dealing with the wildfires
Camp Fire Evacuation Relief Fund

 Breakdown the hierarchies! 

Friday, November 9, 2018

186 - From the Car

This week Kate is giving Maysoun a ride to the de Young. We talk about the election results, a guy who wrote a book, and French sociologists. Plus we have some treasured listener feedback!

All this music in this episode is by Favors

Carrie Mae Weems
What it Means to Write About Art by Jarrett Earnest
Kate's weird video
Distinction: A Social Critique of the Judgement of Taste (Introduction)

Welcome to my two year campaign to get CA progressives to move to the midwest!

Friday, November 2, 2018

185 - Trouble on Steroids

This week Kate has poison oak in her eye and is on Prednisone. Be careful in the woods, people! We talk about the trouble going on at SFAI and Galleria de la Raza and some of the other bullshit going on.

All the music in this episode is by The Coup

Galleria de la Raza
What Happens When All the Curators are Gone? by Sarah Hotchkiss for KQED

Leaves of three let it be, but really just don't touch ANY plant matter!

Friday, October 26, 2018

From the Archive: Christine Wong Yap

This week we're digging into the archives. Enjoy a classic interview with beloved artist and thinker, Christine Wong Yap! This interview was originally aired on February 8th, 2015. Where does the time go? Check out Christine's project, Belonging at the CCA Hubbell Street Galleries in San Francisco from now until November 16th!

The music in this episode is by Creative Adult and Tycho

Christine Wong Yap

We love archives!

Friday, October 19, 2018

184 - If you get, give. (with Lex Leifheit)

This week we get into the nitty gritty of email organization and arts education with Lex Leifheit! She is the former director of SOMArts, currently works in the San Francisco Office of Economic and Workforce Development, and is running for the Board of Education in SF! The election is November 6th!

All the music in this episode is by Lumerians

Lex Leifheit
About the show at Fused Space
Planet Celadon!
Loco Bloco
Performing Arts Workshop
Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts
SFUSD Frequently Asked Questions

Everyone deserves access to arts education!

Friday, October 12, 2018

183 - Fall 2018 Voter Guide

This week we give our endorsements in the upcoming election!

Yes on prop 10!

Yes on E! (in SF)

Cat Brooks for Mayor of Oakland!

Jovanka Beckles for the 15th Assembly District!!!

All the music in this episode is by JEEPNEYS

Alameda County Green Party Voter Guide
East Bay Young Dems
DSA East Bay
League of Pissed Off Voters
League of Women Voters
48 Hills

Tell your friends and family!

Friday, October 5, 2018

182 - Jack Fisher's Got a Show Up

We're back! We got a ton of listener feedback while we were gone, so we sort through that this week. We went to some shows also! We're easing back into it, people. Plus we celebrate our 15 new production interns.

The only music in this episode is Reunited by Peaches and Herb

What Happens When All the Curators Are Gone? by Sarah Hotchkiss
TWR Radio at SFAI
The Welcome Project
Wave Pool
Our interview with Amanda Curreri all the way back from 2015

This animal is called a fisher.

Friday, August 3, 2018

181 - Season One Finale!

We're closing the curtain on season one of Congratulations Pine Tree! We'll be back for season two in October! Send your listener feedback to!

All the music in this episode is from the album Club Chai Vol. 1

Rainbow Shots
American Chemical Society

See you in the fall!

We're bowing out until October!

Friday, July 20, 2018

180 - Danger Science!

This week we fire up the Bunsen burner and learn about the science of performance art! We talk about snake venom, meat dangers, and how screaming messes up your throat. Our art degrees basically make us scientists!

All the music in this episode is by Z-Man & Elon

Throat Problems
Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease
Why raccoons wet their food
Effects of snake venom on blood
Guide to poisonous snakes
Throat Anatomy
Food Safety
Why Does Water Boil Quickly At High Altitudes?
History of SFAI

Science is fun!

Saturday, July 14, 2018

179 - Summer Haze

This episode is up late, but not forgotten! We talk about shows, gallery bathrooms, and silicone vs. silicon.

All the music in this episode is by Introflirt

Frankenstein’s Birthday Party at Hosfelt Gallery

Friday, July 6, 2018

178 - From the Car

This week we're locked in a hot car figuring out what the heck to do for the next week! Art shows! Labor fairs! Rootin' tootin' good times!

All the music in this episode is by the Dogon Lights

Apply for Artadia!
Jim Campbell Building Penis Tip
SwingLeft - get down to the nitty gritty with CA district 10!
Josh Harder (Democrat for CA District 10)

Stay hydrated in your hot cars!

Friday, June 22, 2018

177 - Positivity (with Patricia Cariño Valdez)

This week curator and guest host,  Patricia Cariño Valdez gives us some hot tips! Plus we talk about whether everyone should be making technological art, what's the deal with studio visits, and trying to stay positive.

All the music in this episode is by JEEPNEYS

Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES)
RAICES is the largest immigration legal services provider in Texas. For years, RAICES has been working with some of the most vulnerable members of our society to ensure they receive advocacy and fair legal representation. RAICES directly funds bond to allow parents to reclaim their detained children.

American Civil Liberties Union

The Florence Project
The Florence Project is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit legal service organization providing free legal services to men, women, and unaccompanied children in immigration custody in Arizona.

Texas Civil Rights Project
Texas lawyers for Texas communities, boldly serving the movement for equality and justice in and out of the courts.

Speak up and write to the companies involved with detaining immigrants and separating families


Friday, June 15, 2018

176 - City, O' City

This week Maysoun and Kate try to figure out a ceramic mystery in our new segment: Forensic Files! Maysoun also updates us on the SF Mayoral election results. Kate talks about Crisco and lard.

All the music in this episode is by Them Are Us Too

Rene Yanez at the San Francisco Public Library
How Galería founder René Yañez helped give the Mission its artistic soul
Kilgore Comics in Denver
The Lab
Rena Bransten Gallery
Circo Zero (Keith Hennessy)

Denver is the mile high city.

Friday, June 8, 2018

175 - Rococo Connection

Hey, it's almost our four year anniversary! Send us one million questions and listener feedback! This week we talk about Ragnar Kjartansson, the election results, and how Maysoun won a talent show with her incredible air guitar.

All the music on this episode is by Thao & The Get Down Stay Down

Bay Area Now 8
McEvoy Foundation for the Arts
Event Calendar for California's 10th District

Just say "No!" to the Rococo

Friday, May 25, 2018

173 - American Idols (with Katy Kondo)

This week Maysoun is following her dreams again, so research assistant Katy Kondo guest hosts and goes deep about some of the shows up at SFMOMA right now.

All the music in this episode is by Favors

Paul Fusco, Untitled, 1968 

Friday, May 18, 2018

172 - Ranked Choices

This week we desperately try to figure out how ranked choice voting works. We also talk about all the hot new art shows opening up. Plus Kate went to a shit ton of MFA shows.

All the music in this episode is by The Homophones

How ranked choice voting works!
Nicki Green
Rachel Stallings
Mo Sha
Alysia Davis
Sean Howe

Ranked choice is not that complicated.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Guest Episode! (un)making with Vero Majano

This week Kate an Maysoun are lost in space. Weston Teruya came to our rescue and let us share a titilating episode of his show, (un)making! Check it out and subscribe to all Art Practical podcasts today!

Donate to AP today!

Friday, May 4, 2018

171 - Mare Island

This week Kate and Maysoun go off about their Bay Area maritime interests. We also discuss mayoral elections, hot new shows coming up, and diaper commercials.

Most of the music in this episode is by FM - 84

About Treasure and Yerba Buena Islands
Mare Island
SwingLeft California District 10

Mare Island is wild!

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

May Day 2018 (with Chhoti Maa)

In observance of International Workers' Day we have a powerful spoken word piece by emcee and cultural producer, Chhoti Maa.

Friday, April 27, 2018

170 - Climb (with Rhiannon Evans MacFadyen)

This week we talk to artist, curator, and co-director of Emerging Arts Professionals, Rhiannon Evans MacFadyen! We talk about labor, mountain climbing, and staying uncomfortable.

All the music in this episode is by No Vacations

Black & White Projects
Pacific Felt Factory
Emerging Arts Professionals

You don't have to go alone!

Friday, April 20, 2018

169 - Things Don't Explode (with Mitchell Schwarzer)

This week we finally get the scoop on all the new architecture going up in the Bay Area with architectural and urban historian, Mitchell Schwarzer. Apparently it's not as badly designed as we thought...? Follow along with the images below!

All the music in this episode is by The Homophones

How will SB 827 reshape California? on Your Call from KALW
Mitchell Schwarzer articles for Places Journal

Here are the building pictures!











Friday, April 13, 2018

168 - Panel Panic!

This week Kate and Maysoun discuss the event of the season: a panel on feminist curatorial practice at UC Berkeley presented by the Arts Research Center. Maysoun encourages people to write "fuck you!" on their tax forms. We also got a whole great story from a listener!

All the music in this episode is by Y La Bamba (our neighbors to the north)

Night Fishing - an art and dining experience with Isis Hockenos
Feminist Curatorial Practices: A roundtable convening
This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color (pdf)
Your Art Will Save Your Life by Beth Pickens

Sit in a horseshoe and hash it out!

Friday, March 30, 2018

167 - Intimate Sharing

This week we talk about a hypothetical art collective having a problem with one member being a douche. We also talk UFOs, horses, and some hot hot hot upcoming art events.

All the music in this episode is by Lumerians

Packard's Banana Battle
Wild Horse Sanctuary in Shingletown, CA
Pentagon confirmed existence of UFO program, incident videos released

Watch out for SAUCERS!

Friday, March 23, 2018

166 - And Beyond (with Aimee Le Duc)

This week talk to independent art consultant, Aimee Le Duc. She has been in the Bay Area for seventeen years and she's seen it all. We also talk about all the feedback we got from last week's episode. PLUS: NEW TRIVIA QUESTION!

All the music in this episode is by The Dogon Lights

Here's the form to fill out to participate in Sirin Bahar Demirel's project!

Los Angeles Art Community Reacts to Firing of MOCA Chief Curator Helen Molesworth
New Langton Arts In Crisis by Julian Myers

Dipping a toe in the water.

Friday, March 16, 2018

165 - What a World

This week talk about what the hell is going on at Southern Exposure. We also talk about shows we've seen, Falafel Drive In, and respecting the Bay Area wildlife.

All the music in this episode is by No Babies

Falafel Drive In
Gibson Art Projects
tmoro projects
Art & Dialogue: San Francisco with Helen Molesworth at The Lab
New Langton Arts

Things that make you go "hmmm"

Friday, March 9, 2018

Cat Purring

This week we're waiting for you to send in your building pictures to

Special thanks to Bungie.

What a sweet cat!

Friday, March 2, 2018

164 - Sitting (with Sofía Córdova)

Artist and legend, Sofía Córdova guest hosts this week while Maysoun is out of town! We talk studio chairs, studio snacks, being a Virgo, and taxidermy.

All the music in this episode is by XUXA SANTAMARIA

Sofía Córdova
Krupskaya Books
21 Secrets of the Virgo Personality (I don't endorse this whole list)

Does anyone make vegan string cheese? 

Friday, February 23, 2018

163 - Renaissance (with Dar+Luz Collective)

This week Maysoun and guest host, Nicholas Wylie talk to Yadira Cazares, Ave-Ameenah Long, and Alex Martinez of Dar+Luz Collective. Kate almost totally lost the interview, but then found it! Don't tell Maysoun.


All the music in this episode is by Tycho

Dar+Luz Collective (on the AltEx Grantees Page)
Yadira Cazares
Ave-Ameenah Long
Alex Martinez

Can't wait to see art on a tricycle-based gallery!

Friday, February 16, 2018

162 - Speaking of Money

This week we have some hot and fresh deals for you! We also go on a rant about new architecture. PLUS: a new trivia question! The winner gets whatever they want! (Within reason)

All the music in this episode is by BLAUS

San Francisco Artists and Arts Workers Census Survey 2018
Mission Economic Development Agency
Way Bay at BAMPFA
Adobe Books Gallery
Emily Jacir
McMansion Hell

Do they not understand what earthquakes mean?!