MikeyPod 296 | A Gay Man’s Guide to Life with Britt East

I have been deeply moved and shifted by Britt East‘s A Gay Man’s Guide to Life, and I am so grateful to have had the chance to chat with him here. I’m especially happy that I get to share that conversation with you. This book is the instruction manual for living life as a gay man I wish I had been handed when I was an adolescent, but I’m so glad it’s in the world now! I know you are going to love this conversation about living our lives fully, balancing awareness of privilege and adversity, coming of age in the shadow of AIDS, and so much more!

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MikeyPod 295 | Poet Donald Vincent

Mr. Hip is BACK! Donald Vincent returns to talk about his new poetry collection, Convenient Amnesia. It’s always a blast chatting with Hip, and this conversation ranks as one of our best. We discuss his work, its inspiration, and he leans a bit on his experience in emergency management to share some tips about how to navigate these times of COVID.

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Molly Joyce

MikeyPod 294 | Composer/Performer Molly Joyce

I saw Molly Joyce perform her music back in 2017 in an art gallery in the Lower East Side and I have been following her work ever since. Her choice of instrument (a toy chord organ from the 1970s) is intriguing, but that is only a part of what her work is about. Molly’s latest album, Breaking and Entering, is a highly personal album through which she explores disability as a creative source.

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Jaklin Romine

MikeyPod 293 | Artist Jaklin Romine

I met Jaklin Romine at the Booklyn AB/Z Fair where we were both showing our work. I loved the zines she was showing there, and was completely intrigued when she told me about her performance work and how she uses it to confront inaccessible art spaces in Los Angeles by documenting her body sitting outside for an entire art opening or closing. I knew she would be a perfect guest for the podcast, and was so happy to get this interview booked!

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Bobby Rubio

MikeyPod 292 | Writer/Director/Animator Bobby Rubio

I fell in love with the Pixar Animation Studios animated short, Float, the first moment I watched it. My pal Jeremy suggested it on social media, and I could not be more grateful to have seen this film. I was so moved by its story, that I reached out to Pixar in hopes of scoring an interview the film’s writer and director, Bobby Rubio. To my delight, I was quickly granted the interview!

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Kelli Dunham

MikeyPod 291 | Comedian Kelli Dunham

Everyone’s favorite ex-nun genderqueer cat-loving nerd nurse comic Kelli Dunham joins me on this episode of the podcast. We talk about her unique blend of stand-up comedy with storytelling, grief, and her album, Not The Gym Teacher which is available wherever you stream or purchase music.

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MikeyPod 290 | T.O.F.U. Magazine’s Ryan Patey

I met Ryan Patey some 10 years ago in the East Village where he was distributing free copies of his magazine, T.O.F.U. Since then we have remained in touch and had many moments of connection and inspiration as independent creators of stuff. His most recent release is his e-book, This Job is Shđź’©t or How I Became A Full-Time House Sitter to Travel the World. We dig into his experience in Vietnam with the current pandemic, and his recent tour of a quarantine facility.

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MikeyPod 289 | Tofurky Founder Seth Tibbott

I am so proud to welcome Seth Tibbott to this week’s podcast! Seth is the founder and chairman of Tofurky, perhaps the most recognized name in plant based meats. We talk about his company and the path that took him from a treehouse-dwelling, tempeh-loving hippie to who he is today, a tempeh-loving hippie CEO!

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Raquel Cion

MikeyPod 288 | Writer/Performer Raquel Cion

When I last spoke to Raquel Cion, it was 2015 and she was in the early years of her long running, ever-evolving solo performance, Me and Mr Jones: My Intimate Relationship with David Bowie. Since then, he has continued to perform the show in NYC and beyond through Bowie’s death, and Cion’s own life changing cancer diagnosis. We talk about the show, where it’s going, where it’s been, and how the show how evolved with her own experiences of the world.

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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 created The Animal Show, a solo multi-media theater piece which he began touring in the Summer of 2017.

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. Michael is a Moogfest artist who presented No Permission Needed: Create with Senator Jaiz at Moogfest 2017.

“Michael Harren brings you brilliant piano stylings, a firm sense of the absurd, and a genuine originality that is refreshing and honest, and he’s a very lovely man.”
Sandra Bernhard

“Harren’s work takes the science of a composer like Eno, and the spirit of a composer like Oldfield, and combines the two in a bold display of human dichotomy.”
Replicant Ears Magazine

“Magical!”
Eve Beglarian

“Awesome writing and very cool music and approach. I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything like this.”
Christopher Willits

“There are few artists out there presenting their work with such a wonderful mix of courage and care, with a never ending eye toward giving the audience a wonderful experience and a sublime uniqueness of voice.”
Adam Fitzgerald

“When Michael Harren’s writing isn’t smart and hilarious, it’s emotionally devastating. He is both a gifted musician and a great man. I am lucky to have worked with him.”
Steven Strafford

“…a beautiful sound artist and musician.”
Gardiner Comfort

“Fuck! You were great!”
Ed Asner