Counting down with Nick & Brandon of the 10ish Podcast
April 15, 2020
I listen to podcasts. Several of them. All day long. Honestly, it's a little much. But among the podcasts I look forward to the most every week is the 10ish Podcast. 10ish hosts and creators Nick and Brandon blend information and entertainment in a unique and hilarious way, counting down the very best (or worst) of any category. Whether it's serial killers or half time shows, the 10ish Podcast always delivers. Somehow, I conned them into speaking with me! So. Much. Fun.
"Welcome to Hi" Cameron Werme, copyright 2018
"Hackbeat" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License
Raylene Taskoski, Stand Up Comedy Sex Ed
April 1, 2020
When it comes to sex education, it's sometimes difficult to get the information across. If you're awkward or uncomfortable talking about sex, maybe you'll struggle to engage your audience. But if you can make it funny and relatable? Enter Raylene Taskoski, comedian and sex toy expert, whose show "Stand Up Comedy Sex Ed" combines real sexual health education with comedy. It's a blend that resonates with audiences and gives answers to questions some might be too embarrassed to ask. Check her out at standupcomedysexed.com. (NSFW content may be sensitive for some listeners. Please take care.)
"Welcome to Hi" by Cameron Werme
"Let's Talk About Sex" by Salt 'N Peppa, 1990
Monty Python's "The Meaning of Life" 1983
The impact of pandemic on creativity, with Dr. James C. Kaufman
March 20, 2020
As COVID-19 continues to alter social and economic landscapes around the world, some are more immediately impacted than others. Lots of creative people have been forced to stay home, cancel performances, and lose lots of creative outlets. Dr. James C. Kaufman is a professor at the UConn Neag School of Education, and has written several books about creativity. He's also a returning guest on Table to Stage (definitely check out his earlier episode to learn more about the study of creativity). You can follow Dr. Kaufman on Twitter @JamesKaufman, or visit his website (jamesckaufman.com) to learn more about the psychology of creativity.
Movie clip from "Contagion" (C) 2011 Warner Bros.
"It's the End of the World As We Know It" (C) 1987 R.E.M., from the album "Document"
Hip Hop Animation Dance with Ghost
March 5, 2020
Ghost (Andrew Mattei) found his love of Hip Hop dance thanks to a friend and a YouTube video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LXO-jKksQkM) - and nearly a decade later he's a dance instructor and three-time contestant on So You Think You Can Dance. The groove has taken him places, for sure. And the creative energy of animation style dance (if you haven't seen it, you absolutely must) is unique and entertaining. You can see Ghost get his groove on by following him on Facebook under Ghost of CT, on Instagram @theghost_of_ct, and on Twitter @ghostdancer0916.
"Pumped Up Kicks" (c) Foster the People
Carousels and Acanthus Carving with Bob Yourburg
February 19, 2020
Master woodcarver and carousel enthusiast Bob Yorburg has written the book on Acanthus carving. It's called "Acanthus Carving and Design", and it's available wherever you get your favorite books (or at Amazon). Bob is based in New York, but travels all over sharing his skill and expertise with the iconic design style that we all recognize. Bob recently visited the New England Carousel Museum in Bristol, Conn., to tech a workshop, and he gave me a brief tour before heading back to New York. You can see Bob's work at bobyorburg.com, and learn more about the museum at thecarouselmuseum.org.
#carousel #woodcarving #restoration #acanthus #carving
Dungeons & Dragons with Jason & Meghan Gagne
February 5, 2020
Excuse me while I geek out for a while. I love Dungeons & Dragons. I dabbled briefly in my teens, but only rediscovered the game in the past 3 or 4 years - so I can't claim to be a long time player. I'm definitely a part of the game's resurgence in popular culture. But long time players and newbies can share the table with 5th Edition, and the creative energy is always enjoyable. Jason and Meghan Gagne have been playing the game together for a while now, and have started incorporating some of Jason's hand-made miniatures into their sessions. It was awesome to be able to talk with them about a game that creates limitless possibilities for creativity.
“June Cleaver, Sexual Deviant” with Benjamin Smith & Trenton Bennett
November 25, 2019
"The great mystery of June Cleaver, her life, her marriage and her family, has plagued mankind for generations. How could such a perfect woman exist, loving a husband, raising two sons, and cooking so immaculately while never appearing stressed, over-worked, fed-up, or unsatisfied?"
Or, at least that's how the Amazon description of "June Cleaver: Sexual Deviant" begins. I don't remember feeling any sense of mystery around the characters on Nick At Night - they seemed pretty straight forward. And downright bland. But for author Benjamin Smith there was a backstory to be explored. So he created one, giving a new life to the matriarch of "Leave it to Beaver." His stage play centers on June and Ward Cleaver in their golden years, tackling their roles as grandparents and coming to terms with their pre-"Leave It ... " lives.
A play requires characters - usually several. And it's a challenge to bring multiple characters to life in audio format, but Trenton Bennett faced the challenge head on. June, Ward, and the rest of the cast are brought to aural existence by a single performer, and each voice presented its own challenge for Trenton.
On this episode of Table to Stage we hear from author and performer about "June Cleaver: Sexual Deviant."
Music from https://filmmusic.io
"Wholesome" by Kevin MacLeod https://incompetech.com
License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
Mckenzie Chapman on Chick Flicks podcast, stitching artwork, and feminism
November 11, 2019
Mckenzie Chapman is the co-host of the Chick Flicks podcast (https://chickflickspodcast.com/), discussing the feminist viewpoint - and overall worthiness - of some of the world's most popular (or dismal, as the case may be) films. She's also a skilled needlepoint artist, and if you visit mckenziechapman.com you can see her work for yourself. Whether the Chick Flicks are hating on some of my best childhood memories (see: Goonies) or celebrating some of my favorite modern action films (I'll watch John Wick all day), their perspective on cinema is refreshing. Check it out!
#keepcreating #creativity #stitchisland #needlepoint #chickflicks #feminism
Kyle Pasciutti on zombies, popsicles, and the art of effects fabrication
October 28, 2019
Kyle Pasciutti likes to create things the world has never seen before. His company, Decimated Designs (decimateddesigns.com) specializes in horror, but also works in whimsy and the fantastic, creating custom makeup, costumes, set pieces, and oversized animatronic puppies. And, of course, popsicles. Obviously. Whether it's creating an on-the-spot zombie at a convention, or sending oversized backpack heads (yeah, backpack heads) across the country, Kyle and his team love a creative challenge - and the skillset and artistry required to pull off these projects are varied and extensive. Get a peek behind the scenes of some special effects wizardry this week!
#zombies #makeup #scenicdesign #staypuft #ghostbusters #thanos #decimated #creativity