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MikeyPod 218 | Minister Micah Bucey

I am so grateful and proud to know a spectacularly glittery person like Micah Bucey. He’s Associate Minister at historic Judson Memorial Church here in New York City where he has shepherded many artists (like me!) into the performing world. His kindness and insight seems unlimited, and I am just so pleased to have him as my guest on the podcast this week.

Micah and I chatted a bit about where we go next as queer, artist-y, left-of-center folks, especially in light of the news of our President Elect. We talked about communities, spiritual and otherwise, and the events of his life that led him to become a minister.  Continue reading →

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MikeyPod 217 | Filmmaker, Comedian, and Vine Star Jason Nash

When I got obsessed with watching Vine videos a few years ago, Jason Nash was one of the first people I started to follow. There are a ton of brilliant creators on Vine, each crafting great stories in these little 6 second looping videos. Jason’s humor and self-awareness about being an old guy famous on an app populated largely by millennials was especially appealing to this old guy who was fascinated with an app populated largely by millennials. Continue reading →

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MikeyPod 216 | Musician and Broadway Performer Sawyer Nunes

Sawyer Nunes is a 14 year old musical powerhouse. Not only does he hold two Broadway credits for Matilda and Finding Neverland, but just last week he released his first EP, “Songs I Wrote In My Room.” Sawyer wrote and arranged all the music, played all the instruments, engineered the recording, and mixed and mastered the whole project as well. In his bedroom. No big deal, right?

Sawyer and I have worked together for a few years with Cabaret for a Cause and I have always been fascinated and inspired by his talent and remarkable maturity as an artist and as a human. I’m super excited to share this interview with you, I’m sure you’ll agree that he’s a really exceptional person.

Speaking of Cabaret for a Cause, we have an event coming up on November 27th at The Cutting Room benefitting Project Renewal and their En Casa program for families. Click here for tickets and more info! Continue reading →

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MikeyPod 215 | Comedian and Performance Artist Adrienne Truscott

Thanks to my diligent sister, I found my way to Joe’s Pub a couple of months ago to see Adrienne Truscott‘s Asking For It: A One Lady Rape About Comedy. It was a fantastic thought provoking show that also inspired me pretty deeply in terms of how I approached some of the material in my recent show. Adrienne is an award winning choreographer, dancer, and stand-up comedian who has performed all over the world. I was really thrilled to have the chance to speak with her.

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Director Ace Salisbury

MikeyPod 214 | Director Ace Salisbury

I ran across the new web series Everything’s Okay last week (via Shark Party Media) and fell immediately in love with it. The very next day I found myself conducting an interview with its creator,  Ace Salisbury, which I share here for your listening pleasure.

EVERYTHING’S OK is an episodic series best described as a ‘post-apocalyptic cardboard punk’ adventure. Its first episode debut’ed as a short film at Cannes this year, and the entire 8-episode series will be premiering online, one episode every other week through the coming months. Most notably, the series was scored with brand new, original music from Rob Crow of Pinback. The brand new trailer includes the song, “Dismal Failure (Hold Me Stay Away)” by Rob Crow, exclusively heard in this trailer and in the series finale of Everything’s Okay. Continue reading →

Lady Bunny

MikeyPod 213 | Lady Bunny

This week, I was thrilled to talk with legendary drag icon, Lady Bunny, about her new show, Trans-Jester, which is running now at the (also legendary) Stonewall Inn. It was so much fun to talk with Bunny about her work, and our currently somewhat sensitive culture. Bunny’s long history as a drag queen gives her a unique perspective on the language that we use to describe ourselves that I can’t wait for you to hear. Even if we don’t all precisely agree, these are conversations that need to continue. Please feel free to join the conversation here in the comments or on my Facebook Page! Continue reading →

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Photo by Diana Bezanski.

Photo by Diana Bezanski.

Michael Harren has been podcasting about art, music and activism for over ten years. Since the launch of the podcast, Michael has lived in Houston, then rural Georgia at the intentional community Koinonia to his current home in Brooklyn, NY. Each Monday(ish) Michael  presents interviews with fellow creatives and presents his perspective as a professional musician and performance artist in New York City. Notable guests include musician Jane Siberry and Habitat for Humanity founder Millard Fuller.

Brooklyn-based composer and performer Michael Harren combines elements of classical composition with experimental electronics and storytelling to create hypnotic and boldly intimate work that walks the line between Laurie Anderson, Peter Gabriel and Dead Can Dance. He is artist-in-residence at Tamerlaine Farm Animal Sanctuary where he is creating The Animal Show, a solo multi-media theater piece which will be performed at Dixon Place in NYC on October 27, 28, and 29.

In his first solo show, Tentative Armor, he combined piano, synthesizers, various electronics, and live musicians with his unique storytelling, resulting in a deeply moving, highly entertaining performance. Through his resonant, powerful, very personal stories, Harren envelops the audience in a funny, poignant, highly intimate tour of his own self-discovery through spirituality, sexuality, and grief. Music, text and photos from the show were released in an album and book of the same name.

Michael Harren has toured as pianist with Sandra Bernhard, is the musical director for Cabaret for a Cause, and has performed at Dixon Place, (le) poisson rouge, Joe’s Pub, Judson Memorial Church, Manhattan Theater Source, The Duplex, Don’t Tell Mama, The Laurie Beechman Theater as well as numerous venues around the country.

Learn more about Michael Harren at his main website.