Tue, 22 September 2015
Another successful Funk Zone Art Walk and another successful talk at MichaelKate!
Jan Ziegler--who you will hear mentioned in the recording--curated this show called Mood Swings featuring three Santa Barbara artists and on Friday night I sat down with two of them, Iben Verstergaard and Tom Post, to talk art. (The third, Rosemary Gelbart, was out of the country.)
Thanks again to MichaelKate for inviting me to host this event! Event photos by Zofia Kowalik.
Mood Swings is up through November 29, 2015 at MichaelKate Interiors.
Thu, 17 September 2015
I met Liv Zutphen back when she showed her art in 2013 as part of a show at MichaelKate. I even reviewed it for the News-Press at the time. She's turned up now and again at Roy Restaurant where her current show hangs, so after talking to her at the end of September's very successful First Thursday Art Walk, I had her come on the show.
We go into how she might be a reincarnation for the Summer of Love, how she gets into the painting mood, and her upcoming (no pun) series on magical penises. What a long, strange trip this interview turned out to be. (Well, not as long as other episodes!)
You can find her art on her Facebook page.
By the way folks, it's OUR FIFTIETH EPISODE. Just wanted to point that out. Onward!
Tue, 8 September 2015
I met Joe Woodard back in the days when I wrote at the Independent. Later he and his group Headless Household would score my second short film Walk Cycle. Since then I'e covered the band on and off as they've gone on long hiatus after long hiatus and then come back with an interesting, left-field album, (yes, including that polka one) with Woodard on silvery jazz guitar, Tom Lackner on drums and electronics, Dick Dunlap on keyboards, and Chris Symer on bass. (And usually a guest singer or two). Now they're back with their latest, Balladismo, a mix of Woodard's melancholic songs and free jazz workouts.
And since I've known him, he's been writing on jazz sax man and Santa Barbara resident Charles Lloyd. That's culminated in the new biography, Charles Lloyd: A Wild, Blatant Truth.
In this interview we get into the making of the book, his own and Santa Barbara's arts history (the two are entwined), the new album, influences, favorite interviews (this one, for sure!), and songwriting.
His website is here, while his label HouseHold.Ink is here.
Wed, 2 September 2015
Santa Barbara's best known architect
A Jeff Shelton building is unmistakable once you know his style. And as he is a Santa Barbara native *and* devoted to only building in his home town, so Santa Barbara is the only place you'll see his curvy, Dr. Seuss-like creations.
The Ablitt House, located right behind State Street's busiest clubs and bars, was the first Shelton building I remember coming across, and once I studied the style--The Gaudi-style roofs, the Escher-like tile work, the wrought iron (made by his brother), the cute and whimsical touches--I began to spot more of his buildings.
The man's studio is tucked away downtown, not far from the Ablitt Building (you can see it from the street), and is as wondrous and colorful as you'd expect, not anybody's cliche'd idea of what an architect's office should look like.
In this hour-long chat, we talk about growing up in Santa Barbara, building codes, what makes our town special, and how he creates. (Shelton sketched and doodled the whole time we talked, and wound up drawing a chicken.)
His website is here.