Thursday, March 23, 2017

The Lisa D Show with Zoe Zolbrod




Today our conversation with writer Zoe Zolbrod focuses on balancing paid work, parenting, writing and literary citizenship. We’re also going to explore how one puts together a creative life in the hopes that we inspire others to do the same.


Zoe Zolbrod is the author of the memoir The Telling (Curbside Splendor, 2016) and the novel Currency (Other Voices Books, 2010), which was a Friends of American Writers prize finalist. Her essays have appeared in Salon, Stir Journal, The Weeklings, The Manifest Station, The Nervous Breakdown, The Chicago Reader, and The Rumpus, where she is the Sunday co-editor. She’s had numerous short stories and interviews with authors published, too.


As a public speaker, she’s given talks at universities, workshops, and conferences on topics such as narrative voice; the differences between writing fiction and nonfiction; balancing paid work, parenting, and writing; child sexual abuse; and writing about trauma.


Born in western Pennsylvania, Zolbrod graduated from Oberlin College and then moved to Chicago, where she received an M.A. from the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Program for Writers.


Aside for periods of traveling in Southeast Asia and Central America, she’s almost always worked full time, making her living as an editor of comic books, text books, and other kinds of books and educational materials, despite her difficulties with spelling and proper nouns. She lives in Evanston, IL, with her husband and two children.
Learn more about Zoe at zoezolbrod.com

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The Lisa D Show is a podcast celebrates creatives. Listen to 20 minute, unedited conversations with host Lisa D. and the creatives who make our world a more connected, interesting and beautiful place to live. Podcasts will be posted at https://thelisadshow.blogspot.com



This podcast is recorded at 1100 Florence, an art event space in West Evanston, IL, owned and operated by Lisa Degliantoni and Dave Ford. It is a former Polish Grocery store, probably not the BEST place to record a podcast (boomy to say the least) but we're new and it will get better. Reach out to thelisadshow[at]gmail.com

Thursday, March 16, 2017

The Lisa D Show with Bill Swislow




Bill Swislow, a founder and longtime executive at Cars.com, is now a digital media consultant, writer and art collector, and a lecturer at Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism. He also operates the cultural website interestingideas.com and sits on the board of Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art.

Today’s conversation covers Bill’s early pioneering days on the internet in the early 1990s at the Chicago Tribune and his personal interest as an outsider art fan.

You can hear Bill speak at his upcoming talk at the Skokie Public Library, March 23 at 7p.m., when he talks about the outsider artist Henry Darger 125th anniversary of his birth. 

His website interestingideas.com is about outsider art, roadside art and architecture, vernacular culture, occasional political despair and really weird store names.

From Bill: Some of the most powerful art of the last 100 years has happened beyond museum walls. This “Outsider Art” is now starting to seep inside as it gains increasing acceptance even in the most conservative bastions of the art world. Find out what’s so exciting about this “art that doesn’t know its name,” created by people with no formal training but often touched with creative genius, including Chicago’s own Henry Darger (creator of the image to the right). Learn about Chicago-based Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art, one of the world’s leading institutions devoted to this work.

We talk about Bill’s works as a board member at Intuit Chicago, one of the premier museums in the world dedicated to presenting self-taught art, defined as the work of artists who demonstrate little influence from the mainstream art world and who instead are motivated by their unique personal visions.

We also discuss how you can become an active outsider art collector, which starts with a visit to Intuit on Milwaukee Ave. Learn more at www.art.org (great url!).

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The Lisa D Show is a podcast celebrates creatives. Listen to 20 minute, unedited conversations with host Lisa D. and the creatives who make our world a more connected, interesting and beautiful place to live. Podcasts will be posted at https://thelisadshow.blogspot.com

This podcast is recorded at 1100 Florence, an art event space in West Evanston, IL, owned and operated by Lisa Degliantoni and Dave Ford. It is a former Polish Grocery store, probably not the BEST place to record a podcast (boomy to say the least) but we're new and it will get better. Reach out to thelisadshow[at]gmail.com






Thursday, March 9, 2017

The Lisa D Show with Melissa Blount



In this interview we talk about a community arts activism project Dr. Melissa Blount, PhD is creating in Evanston, the Black Lives Matter Witness Quilt. The public is invited to create this quilt together during M.E.E.T. Social Justice Sewing Circles this spring and will be on display this June in Evanston. Click here to RSVP for the next sewing circle.

From the invite: Please join MEET (Making Evanston Equitable Together) as we work to expand and highlight the Black Lives Matter movement here in Evanston. Recently our community was fortunate to have in our presence Seneca artist Marie Watt at Northwestern University's Block Museum. On two occasions she brought our community together around issues of equity through participatory sewing circles.

In that spirit, MEET wants to continue gathering our community to engage in social justice handwork activities and create what we are calling a Black Lives Matter Witness Quilt. We want to honor and draw attention to the lives of Black women and girls lost to violence in Chicago by incorporating their names into our community quilt.


We also discuss Melissa's work with community groups in Evanston, MEET (Making Evanston Equitable Together) and OPAL (The Organization for Positive Action and Leadership).

Melissa Blount is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice in Evanston, Illinois. Dr. Blount has spent over twenty years studying human behavior, specifically interested in the way racism, gender and class impact physical and psychological outcomes for communities of color. She lives in Evanston with her husband and her precious and precocious tween girl.

Learn more about Melissa at www.blountpsychology.com

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 The Lisa D Show is a podcast celebrates creatives. Listen to 20 minute, unedited conversations with host Lisa D. and the creatives who make our world a more connected, interesting and beautiful place to live. Podcasts will be posted at https://thelisadshow.blogspot.com

This podcast is recorded at 1100 Florence, an art event space in West Evanston, IL, owned and operated by Lisa Degliantoni and Dave Ford. It is a former Polish Grocery store, probably not the BEST place to record a podcast (boomy to say the least) but we're new and it will get better. Reach out to thelisadshow[at]gmail.com

Thursday, March 2, 2017

The Lisa D Show with Dana De Ano



Dana De Ano is a visual artist living and creating works in Evanston, IL. Her work hangs on walls, but has three dimensional elements, using domestic castaways sewn onto paper resulting in captivating and playful landscapes, always with a tiny house somewhere in the composition.
An alum of the Art Institute of Chicago, De Ano has always made room in her life to create art, is incredibly prolific, shows at galleries across the Midwest and has works in numerous personal and professional art collections. Recently De Ano’s work has undergone a change in both size (she’s stretching herself) and color, the results are fantastic, images below.
In this conversation we talk about De Ano’s creative routine, how domestic castaways like dryer lint inspire her and why size matters. 
 See her body of work at www.danadeano.com and reach out direct for a studio visit, De Ano welcomes the conversation and chance to engage around her work.
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 The Lisa D Show is a podcast celebrates creatives. Listen to 20 minute, unedited conversations with host Lisa D. and the creatives who make our world a more connected, interesting and beautiful place to live. Podcasts will be posted at https://thelisadshow.blogspot.com

This podcast is recorded at 1100 Florence, an art event space in West Evanston, IL, owned and operated by Lisa Degliantoni and Dave Ford. It is a former Polish Grocery store, probably not the BEST place to record a podcast (boomy to say the least) but we're new and it will get better. Reach out to thelisadshow[at]gmail.com

Thursday, February 23, 2017

The Lisa D Show with Victoria Loeb, unedited




Today’s conversation with artist Victoria Loeb talks about her life as an artist, the benefits of finding a mentor and her current body of work. Victoria is hosting an open studio on Saturday, March 4, 5-8 p.m., at Strange Lofts on Darrow & Church, #1711 in Evanston. You can also see her work online at victorialoeb.com/eng/bio.html
 

About Victoria Loeb

Born in 1980 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Victoria Loeb had a bilingual German and Spanish education. In 1992 she met Argentine artist Alicia Maffei and began studying with her. She continued working with Maffei throughout the ’90s, during which she was accepted at the Fine Arts Institute Prilidiano Pueyrredon in Buenos Aires, where she studied from 1998 through 2002. She also studied painting under Argentine artist Miguel Angel Bengochea and spent time in Germany furthering her education. She later attended the studio of contemporary artist Eduardo Medici, in Buenos Aires. She met her husband on a trip to Chicago in 2002, where they now live with their daughter. Since her move to the United States, she’s been working intensely on her paintings at her studio in Evanston.



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The Lisa D Show is a podcast celebrates creatives. Listen to 20 minute, unedited conversations with host Lisa D. and the creatives who make our world a more connected, interesting and beautiful place to live. Podcasts will be posted at https://thelisadshow.blogspot.com


This podcast is recorded at 1100 Florence, an art event space in West Evanston, IL, owned and operated by Lisa Degliantoni and Dave Ford. It is a former Polish Grocery store, probably not the BEST place to record a podcast (boomy to say the least) but we're new and it will get better. Reach out to thelisadshow[at]gmail.com


Thursday, February 16, 2017

The Lisa D Show with Donovan Mixon




Donovan Mixon is a musician and first-time young adult novelist, debuting his book Ahgottahandleonit published by Cinco Puntos Press of El Paso, Texas. This interview features Mixon reading a passage from his new book and playing an original song. On Feb. 22 at 7 p.m., Mixon will do a reading at the Evanston Public Library in the Small Meeting Room, 1st floor. 

Bio:


For decades Mixon enjoyed international success as a jazz musician. In 1988, as a full-time faculty member at Berklee College of Music, you won an NEA grant for jazz composition. Moved to Europe for professional and artistic development, turned out to be a 17-year sojourn living as a freelance performing artist, clinician and college professor (Istanbul Bilgi University, University of Bologna), performing at major jazz festivals (Umbria, Monticello, Istanbul, Ankara) and as a clinician at educational institutions in Istanbul, Budapest, Shanghai and Singapore.


During these years, Donovan released four recordings featuring prominent musicians from Boston to Milan to Istanbul. The apex of his recording career was the recording Free With Lee with the great alto saxophonist Lee Konitz. (More information can be found at donmixon.com).


Donovan lives and works in Evanston with his wife Diana and son Ozan.




Ahgottahandleonit


Ahgottahandleonit is Donovan Mixon’s first novel. Audio renditions of Tim’s poems (main character)  from Ahgottahandleonit can be found at donovanmixonwriter.com


It has been said that he has an ear for dialogue like August Wilson, the African-American playwright who wrote a play for every decade of the century. Wilson wrote Fences, now a movie in theaters Starring Denzel Washington and Viola Davis,. August Wilson's dialogue is stunning and so is Donovon Mixon's dialogue.


Tim, already two years behind in a Newark inner-city high school, will be a sophomore again if he doesn’t pass the English proficiency exam. He’s got good street creds, riffing strange rap-rhymes and running like the wind. Marie, a girl in his class, catches his eye, but he’s still thinking about his ex, Rene.


At home, he’s packed into a 3-flat with his mom, sister and Uncle Gentrale. His father, a drunk, recently walked out on the family, wanting some “freedom.” He tells Tim, “Ahgottahandleonit.” He doesn’t. Nor does Tim. The last day of school before summer, in front of his classmates, Tim insults Mr. Jones, the one teacher who has wanted to help. Tim doesn’t know why he did this. It was just always there, a rage born of some dark history, one his dad cannot explain.


His uncle tries though––it’s about some crazy shit going down when he and Tim’s dad were young, living on the farm. In a fight with some gangbangers, Tim’s rage boils over. He ends up slamming Chucky’s head with a rock. He steals his phone and carries it, like an albatross, throughout the summer. He wants to run, to hide, to get revenge, to be free. Maybe Mr. Jones will understand?


Tim wants his life to matter.


How autobiographical is this book, was this your youth?


Why are you writing a young adult novel? Why that audience, who will read this book?


The Kirkus review mentioned the dialogue in this book is almost physical, spit and food flying with the raw and colloquial words. How did you create such authentic dialogue, talk about your process or technique.


In the author's note, you make the point that racism robs a black kid of the ability of being ordinary. Talk about the plight of young black men in America, which is what this book is really about.


What elements of Tim’s life could have pointed him in a different direction and do we leave Tim in a hopeful place at the end of the book?


Social Justice warrior Bryan Stevenson says we are still dealing with the aftershocks of slavery.


Visit publisher Cinco Puntos Press to purchase Ahgottahandleonit


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The Lisa D Show is a podcast celebrates creatives. Listen to 20 minute, unedited conversations with host Lisa D. and the creatives who make our world a more connected, interesting and beautiful place to live. Podcasts will be posted at https://thelisadshow.blogspot.com


This podcast is recorded at 1100 Florence, an art event space in West Evanston, IL, owned and operated by Lisa Degliantoni and Dave Ford. It is a former Polish Grocery store, probably not the BEST place to record a podcast (boomy to say the least) but we're new and it will get better. Reach out to thelisadshow[at]gmail.com


Saturday, February 11, 2017

The Lisa D Show with Jason Brown



Our guest Jason Brown (aka The Zip Code Kid) talks about the upcoming WinterHeARTh event Rocks & Rolls on Feb. 18 at Ridgeville Parks District, Collective Cartography and how our places make us and we make our places and embellishment and happenstance.

Jason has worked as a community arts advocate and organizer in the Evanston community since 2013. Jason initiated the annual Winter HeARTh public community art series in 2013, while co-chairing the Public Art Committee. He has also helped produce community and public art works and programming through Art Encounter, The Big Draw Evanston, Downtown Evanston, Evanston Made, the Evanston Community Foundation and the City of Evanston. Jason promises you that he leaves Evanston, occasionally.   
As an independent artist, Jason, also under the alias “The Zip Code Kid,” runs the brand Geocommunetrics, a multidisciplinary design practice that seeks to explore the ideas of space, place, home and belonging using abstract, minimal design. Check out the work of TZCK at geocommunetrics.com or on Instagram @thezipcodekid.

Rocks & Rolls
Saturday, February 18 at 1 PM - 5 PM
Ridgeville Parks District, 908 Seward Street

Warm the winter blues by sharing bread and soup with neighbors, and brighten your Saturday by painting with friends!

Rocks & Rolls will bring us around Evanston-made bread and tasty soup from Lucky Platter and Cross Rhodes, while we hang out and paint hopeful flowers on rocks and "plant" them outside. A craft and a snack for artists and non-artists alike, this Winter HeARTH event hopes to warm you up and keep life colorful.

All ages and families welcome. Share bread and soup with us, and bring your own bread and soup recipes to share! (Don't worry, this snack's on us, so leave the real stuff at home.) Bring a few rocks from home to paint, or paint some ours. Paint and brushes supplied.

Painted rocks can be brought home, or added to the installation in the Ridgeville Garden, right off Ridge Avenue.

Not familiar with Evanston's Winter HeARTh series? Check out our past events online here: http://www.cityofevanston.org/arts-culture/public-art/winter-hearth-series/


Geocommunetrics pieces are experimental explorations, visualizing places as data and design, to provided backdrops for life and lenses for learning.
With Geocommunetrics pieces, The Zip Code Kid (TZCK) imagines how we see "home" and "Self" as a work of place and time, art and science, and, well, a bit of magical thinking.

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The Lisa D Show is a podcast celebrates creatives. Listen to 20 minute, unedited conversations with host Lisa D. and the creatives who make our world a more connected, interesting and beautiful place to live. Podcasts will be posted at https://thelisadshow.blogspot.com

This podcast is recorded at 1100 Florence, an art event space in West Evanston, IL, owned and operated by Lisa Degliantoni and Dave Ford. It is a former Polish Grocery store, probably not the BEST place to record a podcast (boomy to say the least) but we're new and it will get better. Reach out to thelisadshow[at]gmail.com