8: Truth Teller

Aliza ShapiroAlana talks with artist and indie impresario Aliza Shapiro about DATUM, her upcoming solo show at MEME gallery.  

In addition to her visual and performance work, Aliza is also known for the many fabulous events she organizes.  Her production company, Truth Serum, is responsible for TraniWreck, a multi-genre gender cabaret; the CineMental film series; and the Boston incarnation of Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School.

4: Farm Living

Ariel BermanAlana talks with farmer and community organizer Ariel Berman about his farm education and the Access to Agriculture project.

Ariel cultivates a vegetable farm in Concord, Massachusetts with fellow-farmer Laura Sackton.  He also works to remove physical and architectural barriers that hinder people from picking or growing their own wholesome food.

3: Picture Maker

Nikhil ChopraTom talks with performance and installation artist Nikhil Chopra about Yog Raj Chitrakar: Memory Drawing IX, on exhibit through February at New York’s New Museum.

Combining elements of live art, landscape drawing, painting, and photography, Nikhil’s work challenges conventional aesthetic boundaries.  His performances, intimately connected to his personal and family history, also examine and critique orientalist representations of India. 

2: Pulp Fiction

Tom talks with historian and writer Allan Converse about his novel-in-progress, The Dying Nude.

Valentine “Val” Cowan, the novel’s hard-boiled heroine, investigates the murder of a left-leaning modern dancer in a detective story that brings 1950s New York to life. Communism, organized crime, abstract expressionism, burlesque performance, beats and bohemians, and the city’s (largely underground) lesbian community form the rich setting for Allan’s contribution to crime fiction.

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