Saturday, February 15, 2020

232 - March 2020 Voter Guide

This week we give our endorsements in the upcoming elections in Oakland and San Francisco! Text us if you're confused. Call 311 if you need to know where to vote. Get your friends to vote!

Most of the music in this episode is by CAPE

Indivisible Guide to Registering to Vote
Join the DSA USA!
SF League of Pissed off Voters
SF Tenants Union Endorsements
SF Berniecrats Endorsements
Alameda County Green Party Voter guide
Official Election Site of Alameda County

Vote early, vote often!

Saturday, February 8, 2020

231 - In Public (with Zoë Taleporos)

This week we have a traveling chat with Zoë Taleporos, project manager at the San Francisco Arts Commission and independent curator. We do a little tour of all the public art at the Hyatt hotel, which is connected to the San Francisco International Airport. You can go there and hang out any time you want!

The music in this episode (that isn't part of the hotel) is by No Vacation

Premiere Jr.
Look! Up in the sky! It’s public art—with Premiere Jr. from 48 Hills
San Francisco Arts Commission

Continental Breakfast!

Friday, January 31, 2020

230 - Joan5000 Lost Tape

This week Carrie Hott is helping Kate move. They find a mysterious cassette tape in Kate's closet.

Cheetah Legs

Friday, January 17, 2020

Friday, January 10, 2020

227 - Tanuki and Friends

Happy 2020! We're back on our regular schedule! This week we talk about the show up at the Wattis, BDSM masks at the Berkley Museum, the SECA show at SFMOMA, cat eyes, cartoon ducks, and East Bay representative Barbara Lee.

Almost all the music in this episode is by Sun Hop Fat

CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts
In Praise of the Strangest Painting I’ve Ever Seen by Sarah Hotchkiss
2019 SECA Art Award
Jimi Hendrix - National Anthem
How to Read the Hierophant Card
Barbara Lee’s Long War on the War on Terror

This is a tanuki

Friday, December 20, 2019

Winter Break!

Hello, gentle listener! We are going on winter break. See you in 2020 for more rambles, bathroom reviews, hottt goss, and painting with cats!

Our holiday wish is for you to donate to RAICES (Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services) and the Coalition on Homelessness if you have some money to spare. 

Have a lovely end of December and email us your comments, questions and concerns while you're avoiding your loved ones!

RIP Thomas Kinkade

Sunday, December 15, 2019

226 - Can't Talk About It

Maysoun tells us about what she saw on her trip to New York! She went to the newly remodeled MOMA, a Nathalie Djurberg show, and she walked by a long line for an infinity room. We also can't talk about a bunch of things and Kate tells a story from her semester teaching at SJSU.

All the music in this episode is by Introflirt

There are too many things we can't talk about!

Saturday, November 30, 2019

225 - What's a curator? (with Elizabeth Thomas)

This week we go off with independent curator, Elizabeth Thomas. She helps us figure out what a curator is, how not to organize emails, Saddam Hussein's plates, and the state of Wisconsin. We also get into a short round of Like or Don't Like!

The music in this episode is by The Gonks

The Pew Charitable Trusts
Curators are many different things.

Saturday, November 16, 2019

224 - Chicanery

This week we just chat about some odds and ends. In the middle of the show we go to a talk by Jennifer A. González then we come back and talk about it. It's a wild ride!

All the music in this episode is by Y La Bamba

Swing Left!
Jennifer A. González
Theresa Hak Kyung Cha: Avant Dictee
After Harlem Community Protests, Simone Leigh Withdraws Proposal for Central Park Sculpture

Silence your ice buckets!

Friday, October 25, 2019

221 - Power Tulle (with Dana Hemenway)

This week we talk to artist, Dana Hemenway! We discuss growing up in Petaluma, being a punk kid, tutu material, art handling, and the sounds of electricity.

Most of the music in this episode is by Nineteen Eightyfour

Dana Hemenway
Eleanor Harwood Gallery
Camille Utterback
50 Best ASMR Youtube Videos That Tingle and Relax

This is a Tasmanian devil.

Saturday, October 19, 2019

220 - Sunrise

This week Maysoun shares an account of going to the Indigenous Peoples Day Sunrise Gathering in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the occupation of Alcatraz. We also talk about gemstones and lighting.

The Continuous Thread: Celebrating Our Interwoven Histories, Identities and Contributions
SOMA Pilipinas Events
Litquake Schedule

Saturday, October 12, 2019

219 - The Best Restrooms

This week we accidentally explore the best restrooms of the Bay Area while we're trying to answer a listener question about YBCA's new open call for curatorial proposals.

All the music in this episode is by No Vacation

Need to pee? Just download this app. What could go wrong?
Oakland Museum of California announces $85 million improvement plan
Ear Hustle
Alternative Exposure
Oakland Stock
The Awesome Foundation

Look at the size of that plant!

Saturday, October 5, 2019

218 - We're back again!

This week we're back on our regular schedule. We really mean it this time! We mainly talk about Morgan Bassichis, our new favorite of all time. We also talk about some shows, some babies, and some corrections.

All the music in this episode is by Morgan Bassichis

More Protest Songs by Morgan Bassichis

Shoutout to Elaine Stritch!

Saturday, September 21, 2019

217 - Forensic Forms!

CORRECTION: NORWICH IS ON THE EASTERN SIDE OF THE UK! This week we catch up on all the stuff we didn't get a chance to chat about while we were on our summer break. We do a Forensic Forms™ segment where Maysoun describes an artwork and Kate tries to guess how it was made. There are a few television show references in this episode, so we're sorry if you're not tapped into pop culture and you don't understand what is going on. You can email us for explanations.

All the music in this episode is by XUXA SANTAMARIA (buy their new album!)

The Emma Goldman Papers
Eleanor Harwood Gallery
Casemore Kirkeby
Royal NoneSuch Gallery
Central Iowa DSA
Pittsburgh DSA
Episode where we talk about the meaning of art

This is a kitten heel.

Saturday, September 14, 2019

216 - Think About Fish (with Anne Walsh Jr.)

Wow, listeners. We had a hell of a chat with artist, Anne Walsh. Kate was really on one. We talk about the afterlife, fan letters, studio visits, exchanging energy, and Leonora Carrington.

Most of the music in this episode is by Beyoncé

Hello Leonora, Soy Anne Walsh
Anne Walsh Jr.
The Hearing Trumpet

Aspiring crones unite!

Saturday, September 7, 2019

215 - Pop Culture and Trauma (with Việt Lê)

This week we chat with artist and scholar, Việt Lê. He weighs in on the Bay vs. LA! We also chat about failure, K-pop, the Vietnamese diaspora, and empathy machines.

All the music in this episode is by Wizard Apprentice

 Việt Lê
The Queer Art of Failure
The Wonder Gays

The fog rolls in!

Saturday, August 24, 2019

214 - Eye Pleasure (with Craig Calderwood)

This week we have a glorious conversation with artist, Craig Calderwood. We talk about Dance Moms, hand massages, integrity, becoming ambidextrous, Fresno, and video games.  Craig is in a show opening tonight (8/24) at Guerrero Gallery from 6-9! Up until September 21st! Go!

Most of the music in this episode is by Giraffage

Craig Calderwood
Dance Moms ASMR
The Fresno Art Museum


Friday, August 9, 2019

213 - Miracles! (with Lindsey White)

This week we ponder comedy, magic, and sandwiches with Lindsey White. Lindsey is an artist and educator in San Francisco. We also do a musical number and Maysoun recovers from a cold.

Most of the music in this episode is by Jack Hertz

Lindsey White
Quarter of Oklahoma
Morgan Bassichis
Jo Firestone
American Museum of Magic


Saturday, July 27, 2019

212 - Making Sponges (with Nancy Lim)

This week we talk to Nancy Lim! She is the assistant curator of painting and sculpture at SFMOMA. We chat about sponges, zoos, children's books, and so much more. Even though New York comes up in this interview we do not discuss pizza. So points to us for self control.

All the music in this episode is by the cubby creatures

di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art
Picasso and Lump
Arts + All Museums Salary Transparency

Not sea sponges, though.

Friday, July 12, 2019

211 - Pizza Wars (with Surabhi Saraf)

This week we talk to artist, Surabhi Saraf about the Center for Emotional Materiality and why Kate couldn't convince an AI that it was a dog. We also all take sides on which region has the best pizza. Turns out it's New York.

The music in this episode is by San Cha

Surabhi Saraf
Center for Emotional Materiality
Pizzeria Uno
Pizzeria Due
Root Division

Pizza time, baby!

Saturday, June 29, 2019

210 - What a Week!

This week we talk about all the stuff going on at 500 Capp St. We also chat about Kate selling her non-existent soul to Facebook, the mural at George Washington High School, and a great meal Maysoun had at Cafe Ohlone. We also have a lovely call from a listener.

Most of the music in this episode is by Sleep It Off

Remembering Kevin Killian: Poet, Playwright and Artist Who ‘Gave Us Courage’
500 Capp Street Lays Off Head Curator, Creates Confusion About Future Exhibitions
The LAB's Kickstarter!
Cafe Ohlone

Check with your cosmologist about the weeks ahead!

Friday, June 14, 2019

209 - Punk Sports (with Astria Suparak)

This week we have an energetic chat with independent curator, Astria Suparak! We talk about the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Yes Men, Riot Grrrl, and splendid small museums. Kate tries to convince the listeners to move to Pennsylvania again. Stay cool out there, listeners!

All the music in this episode is by Horrible/Adorable 

Astria Suparak
INCITE Journal of Experimental Media: SPORTS
Arts + All Museums Salary Transparency

Friday, May 31, 2019

208 - Capricorn (with Cece Carpio)

This week we have a rollicking chat with artist, Cece Carpio. We talk about painting at night, being a powerhouse, and finding love in the stars. We also talked for about 25 minutes about Game of Thrones, but I cut it. You're welcome.

All the music in this episode is by Tycho

Keep it earthy.

Saturday, May 11, 2019

207 - Bones to Pick

This week we're talking about artistic inspiration, egg timers, the 2020 presidential election, and the VA's mindfulness app. Plus Kate goes off about how Cobb's Comedy Club is a major rip off! She doesn't care who knows it!

Almost all the music in this episode is by BLAUS

Mindfulness Coach
What The Potential 2020 Candidates Are Doing And Saying, Vol. 18 from 538
The Gerrymandering Project
2020 ELECTIONS from Politico


Friday, May 3, 2019

206 - Clay Bully!

Dreams are coming true! We have more listener feedback this week! We decide what to do about a bully at the ceramics studio. We also try to help an introvert figure out how to make friends in the Bay Area art scene. Please let us know if you have better advice than what we came up with.

All the music in this episode is by Judy and the Jerks

Keep writing in!

Saturday, April 27, 2019

205 - Summer Plans

This week we talk about our plans for this summer! We also give some recommendations for toddler-friendly art shows and some more artist dating advice.

I need everyone to know that I (Kate) had a dream last night that I was driving Hito Steyerl around Oakland. It was great! Best dream ever!

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

Brad Troemel
Arts Funder Under Fire for Evicting Family Next to David Ireland House

Let the good times roll!

Saturday, April 13, 2019

204 - Spring Love Advice

It's time for us to give terrible art love advice to listeners! We're not doctor Ruth, but we do have a podcast. We talk about pretending to be poly, dating apps, ghosting people in the art scene, and the one time Kate went on a date with a man.

All the music in this episode is by Sleater-Kinney

Love is in the air!

Saturday, April 6, 2019

203 - Bluets (with Marcela Pardo Ariza)

This week we talk to one of our favorite artists, Marcela Pardo Ariza. We chat about the midwest, changing the bro-esque world of art handling, and doing your homework on Bart. We also have some very exciting listener feedback and Kate talks about her experience with the wacky world of kids' YouTube.

Thank you so much to donors, William Koone and Jim Prosser!!!

All the music in this episode is by Introflirt

Marcela Pardo Ariza

We're keeping it on the level this week!

Friday, March 29, 2019

202 - No, Charles!

This week we have a good old fashioned chit chat. We've got some hot goss about Charles at the Chronicle. We also talk about Kate's most recent gaffes and embarrassments.

All the music in this episode is by BLAUS

The Growlery
Once at Present
Cloaca Project
Kunstcapades (shoutout to Jimmy Twoshirts)
Gary Garrels
Southern Exposure
Johansson Projects
Et al
David Bayus
Reuben Lorch-Miller


Saturday, March 23, 2019

201 - Yellow (with Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo)

This week we have a lovely chat with artist, Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo! We talk about having a singular vision, the color yellow, and who takes out the garbage at CTRL+SHFT. We also make our official CPT democratic primary endorsement!

The song in this episode is by The Innocence Mission

Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo
Bernie 2020

Yellow is everything.

Friday, March 15, 2019

200 - Out in Public

For our TWO HUNDREDTH EPISODE we hit the streets and interview people in front of Cupid's Span, the big bow and arrow sculpture on the Embarcadero. We also chat with some folks visiting SFMOMA on family free day. Even a friendly seagull makes an appearance! Thank you all for being with us for these tender 200 episodes. We love you.

Almost all the music in this episode is by Earthbound

Tracy Chapman
Left at London (who salutes the lesbian flag)
Aggregate Space
Biking in the rain

Seagulls love to chat.

Friday, March 8, 2019

From the Archive: Ethicstravaganza!

This week we reflect on our one year anniversary episode all the way from 2015! Some familiar voices call in and help us sort out the art world's code of ethics!

Our 200th episode will be coming at you next week.

This is a cat pawing at a sliding glass door.

Friday, March 1, 2019

From the Archive: The Treasure Room!

This week we're taking a trip down memory lane to remember the first time we went to the International Art Museum of America!

This episode first aired on December 22nd, 2014.

Save the lab! (Sign this petition!)

Take a little trip down memory lane!

Friday, February 22, 2019

199 - Unseen Forces (with Claudia La Rocco)

This week we chat with writer and editor-in-chief of Open Space, Claudia La Rocco. We discuss Bay Area art criticism, the greatest hike in Maine, and performance art tropes. Claudia also shares some great writing advice for beginners.

All the music in this episode is by WIZARD APPRENTICE

Open Space
Abolish the Tiki Bar by Sarah Burke

Special thanks to Nancy!

It's Maine!

Thursday, February 14, 2019

198 - Free for All (with Maria Jenson)

This week we have a rollicking chat with Maria Jenson, the executive director of SOMArts. We chat about transitioning from working at a major museum to a community-based arts organization. We also talk about Greek theater, scooter riders, and raves.

All the music in this episode is by Idris Ackamoor and the Pyramids

Augusto Boal

SOMArts has it all.

Friday, February 8, 2019

197 - Prop E Money

This week Shannon joins us to explain what's going on with Proposition E and where all that tax money is going to go. We also do some shoutouts and talk about a badass scale model.

All the music in this episode is by Cubby Creatures

Volunteer for Southern Exposure's auction!
Take Part - the scale model of San Francisco project!

We are crunching the numbers!

Friday, February 1, 2019

196 - Peaches (with Cathy Lu)

This week we get waist deep in clay and fruit juice with artist, Cathy Lu. Plus, Maysoun is back! We talk papaya, guava, blood, Florida, lung safety, and hand care. Who could ask for anything more!?

All the music in this episode is by Dogon Lights

Cathy Lu
Johansson Projects
SFAC Prequalified Pool (Deadline: 3/7)


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!