Writer/director/actor/comedian Mike Birbiglia joins John and Craig to talk about writing for yourself, and how his one-man shows have translated into his films Sleepwalk With Me and My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend. We talk movies and television, stand-up and screenplays, and the upside of failure.
While the luxury end of the commercial art world was trying to attract billionaires in Miami, Roberta Smith reviewed “Come Together: Surviving Sandy,” an exhibition of and about the New York art community’s post-storm resilience. Christopher Knight asks how it took a Strozzi 70 years to make its way through the Nazi era to LACMA when [...]
This week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast features Phyllida Barlow. Barlow’s work is included in the Carnegie International, which is on view at the Carnegie Museum of Art through March 16, 2014. In addition, the Norton Museum of Art is showing “Phyllida Barlow: HOARD,” through February 23, 2014. Briton Barlow may be the most prominent European artist with [...]
Our weekly find from the Mike Richter collection: Le nozze di Figaro from the Bayerische Staatsoper with a geniunely A-list cast.
In tribute to Mel Henderson (November 10, 1922–October 4, 2013). “I’ve been involving myself with the landscape of San Francisco since 1969—its abrupt geology, the beauty of its architectural geometry, and the diverse composition of its people. The city offers a lot of physical options for outside public events, especially events that can center around […]
Craig and John talk readers and coverage, centering their discussion on profound_whatever's infographic charting 300 submissions and the lessons screenwriters can take from it.
Among the many reasons La Cieca has to be thankful: the legacy of Mike Richter on his CD-ROMs.
The Thanksgiving edition of The Modern Art Notes Podcast features two excerpts from previous conversations. This week the expanded Kimbell Art Museum opens in Fort Worth. To celebrate, we’ll feature an excerpt from my conversation with art historian Helen Langdon. She joined me last year to talk about her “Caravaggio’s Cardsharps: Trickery and Illusion,” which the [...]
Aline Brosh McKenna joins John and Craig to discuss watching movies with an open mind and why it's important to befriend other writers.
Ever wonder what was going on in John Ashbery’s “These Lacustrine Cities“? Well, straight from God’s lips to your ear, you can find out! Al Filreis presents PennSound podcast #18 which features John Ashbery reading the poem and following it up with a close reading/explication. A rare occurrence indeed! From Al’s intro: Rare it is [...]
From the NYT, this study demonstrates that art education makes for better humans. In the LAT, Leah Ollman reviews Lari Pittman’s ongoing exhibition at Regen Projects. It might be the best show of new paintings I’ve seen all year. Randy Kennedy profiles an evasive Isa Genzken. In many, many ways, ‘Genzken’ is the kind of show of which [...]
This week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast features Serge Guilbaut, the editor of the recently published “Chatting with Henri Matisse: The Lost 1941 Interview.” This week’s show was taped live at Getty Center and published by Getty Publications. “Chatting with Matisse” is a fascinating book: In 1941 art historian Pierre Courthion conducted an extensive interview with Matisse [...]
Our weekly peek into the Mike Richter treasure trove yields a live recording from his "Operas of Richard Strauss" CD-ROM, Die Frau ohne Schatten from the Bayerische Staatsoper on July 16, 1988.
John and Craig wind back the clock with writer-director Richard Kelly to look at the origins of Donnie Darko, and how a recent film-school grad gets a movie made.
Christopher Knight reviews “Richard Diebenkorn: The Berkeley Years,” which has touched down at the Palm Springs Art Museum. Exhibition co-curator Timothy Anglin Burgard was the guest on Episode No. 85 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast. NYTer Damien Cave says scholars are pushing for Mexico to treat Jose Clemente Orozco’s work with more respect. SF Chronicle architecture [...]
This week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast features Erwin Redl. The Toledo Museum of Art is exhibiting Redl’s newest work, Floating, In Silence (2013) in its SANAA-designed Glass Pavilion. Redl developed Floating, In Silence as a resident artist in the TMA’s Guest Artist Pavilion Project. It is the first work he’s made that does not include [...]
Another treasure from Mike Richter's trove: the only studio recording of Dorothy Kirsten's celebrated Tosca.
John and Craig take an extended look at how sound works in movies, and how screenwriters can take advantage of it on the page.
In a different life I would have been the person who produces soundtracks for movies. I love music, but more importantly I like thinking about what songs go together, however disparate they may seem from one another. My brother and I have been exchanging CDs for twenty years, and I also love making song lists [...]
Craig and John love women and jeopardy, but folks, we gotta stop kidnapping girlfriends as plot devices. We discuss ways to avoid this trope.