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This episode is one for the [art] history books. Sit back and relax as you listen to Dana and Duncan get schooled by the greatest living painter to ever grace this lowly little podcast, an artist who literally needs zero introduction, Alex Katz. We discuss the brand new paintings in his recently opened exhibition, Grass and Trees, Alex’s interest in “fancy painting,” and how one develops style and technique in their work. Our hosts even get a much-needed lesson on fashion in this episode of Bad at Sports.

Alex Katz’s Grass and Trees is on view at the Richard Gray Gallery Warehouse through June 2, 2018

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1.Traversing the Scaffolding

April 21, 2018, 7-10PM
Work by: Tannaz Motevalli, Violet Eckles-Jordan, Katryna Oliveau, Sarah Pletcher, Sophia Karina English, Micah Dillman, Jesus Hilario, and Maria Luìsa (Curated by: Jerico Domingo)
The Condo Association: 2700 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60647


2. Out of Sight, Out of Body

April 21, 2018, 3-6PM
Work by: Evan Fusco and Elise Parisian
Apparatus Projects: 2639 W Ainslie St, Chicago, IL 60625



April 20, 2018, 7-10PM
Work by: Mev Luna
062: 1029 W 35th St, Chicago, IL 60609


4. What I Learned From Flower Arranging

April 20, 2018, 7-10PM
Work by: Beth Adler and Nancy Gardner
Firecat Projects: 2124 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60647


5. Address

April 21, 2018, 5-8PM
Work by:Richard Rezac
The Renaissance Society: 5811 S Ellis Ave, Chicago, IL 60637

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1. Strange Birds

April 12, 2018, 7-10PM
Francesco Kiàis, ieke Trinks, Colin Roberson, and T Sam White
Defibrillator Performance Art Gallery: 1029 W 35th St, Chicago, IL 60609


2. Dysphoric Objects

April 14, 2018, 7-10PM
Work by: Violet Eckles-Jordan
Hume: 3242 W Armitage Ave, Chicago, IL 60647


3. Handkerchiefs and Flowers

April 13, 2018, 6-9PM
Work by: Dan Miller and Aaron Walker with Carolina Poveda in the Window Gallery
Roots & Culture: 1034 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60642


4. Night In

April 14, 2018, 6-9PM
Work by: Kyle Vu-Dunn
Julius Caesar: 3311 W Carroll Ave, Chicago, IL 60624


5. I want to be pretty until I die

April 13, 2018, 7-10PM
Work by: Carmen Chaparro, Traci Fowler, and Alex Bach
Baby Blue Gallery: 2201 S Halsted St, 3-4s, Chicago, IL 60608


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1. The Registers

April 8, 2018, 3-6PM
Work by: Dianna Frid and Monika Müller
GOLDFINCH: 319 N Albany Ave, Chicago, IL 60612


2. ANTECEDENT and Delta

April 7, 2018, 6PM
Work by: Kristin Abhalter Smith and Kevin Link
Ignition Project Space: 3839 W Grand Ave, #1, Chicago, IL 60651


3. One: A Series of Mini Solos

April 6, 2018, 6-9PM
Work by: Sunday Lai (April 6), Adam Hurwitz (April 13), and Mitch Patrick (April 20)
LITHIUM: 1932 S Halsted St, STE 200, Chicago, IL 60608


4. Stone Shover

April 6, 2018, 6-8PM
Work by: Ruby T
Randy Alexander Gallery: 1926 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60616


5. Madame Web

April 6, 2018, 6-9PM
Work by: Matt Morris
ADDS DONNA: 3252 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60647


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This week on Bad at Sports Center, Gabe Holcombe of Lillerne Tapes joins Brian Andrews, Dana Bassett and special guest host, smaller Dana (aka Alexis Bassett aka DJ Lil Sis), to discuss ten years of cassette releases and what types of audio are, and are not, allowed in prison. Enjoy some smooth jams as Holcombe previews the latest Lillerne releases. More information available at

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1. Where Do We Go From Here?

March 29, 2018, 10:30AM-12PM
Work by: Stacia Yeapanis with Kathy Trumbull Fimreite, Brent Fogt, Melinda Thorpe Gordon, Jaclyn Jackunski, Jenny Kendler, Meg Leary, Geoffry Smalley, and Erin Washington
Robert F. DeCaprio Art Gallery: 9000 W College Parkway, Palos Hills, IL 60465


2. Surface vs. Sap

March 31, 2018, 6-9PM
Work by: Lauren Carter and Nico Gardner
Comfort Station Logan Square: 2579 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago IL 60647


3. PALABRArmas

March 29, 2018, 6-9PM
Work by: Cecilia Vicuña
Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society: 5701 S Woodlawn Ave, Chicago, IL 60637


4. Hero•ism

March 29, 2018, 6-9PM
Work by: Roger Carter, Maxwell Emcays, and Raymond A. Thomas
Gallery Guichard: 436 E 47th St, Chicago, IL 60653


5. Jeremiah Chiu & Adi Goodrich

March 31, 2018, 5-8PM
Marz Community Brewing: 3630 S Iron St, Chicago, IL 60609


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This week in the studio, we enter the virtual cave of sculptor, Daniel G. Baird. Dana and Ryan join Daniel in traversing the temporal expanse, dragging the prehistoric into the hyperreality of the Anthropocene. We muse on the museological and disambiguate our guest from his 90’s roots rock alter ego. Daniel’s current solo exhibition, “on the water,” is on display at New York’s Grimm
Gallery and is additionally featured in “Unthought Environments,” at the Renaissance Society.

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1. Sensing Connection to the Time Left

March 24, 2018, 6-9PM
Work by: A. Laurie Palmer
Iceberg Projects: 7714 N Sheridan Rd, Chicago, IL 60626


2. Threshold

March 24, 2018, 6-9PM
Work by: Giselle Mira-Diaz and Qais Assali
The Overlook: 3323 W Armitage Ave, Chicago, IL 60647


3. On Love, Friendships, and Coexisting in Multi-Temporals Spaces

March 23, 2018, 6-8PM
Work by: Alejandro Jimenez Flores
Efrain Lopez Gallery: 908 N Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL 60622


4. Moving_Image_00:03

March 23, 2018, 6:30-8:30PM
Work by: ATOM-r and Julia Pello, Gabriela Saucedo, Dana Nechmad, Corey Smith, Crystal Beiersdorfer, Erika Råberg, Jan Brugger, Jeanne Donegan & Eileen Rae Walsh, JI YAng, Sherae Rimpsey, Angela Lopez, Yeng Madayag, Andrew Bearnot, Jacqueline Surdell, Meredith Leich, and Considered To Be Allies (Curated by Jose Santiago Perez)
Lithium Gallery: 1932 S Halsted St, Ste. 200, Chicago, IL 60608


5. comfort Zone

March 23, 2018, 8-10PM
Work by: Jo Geczy, Madeline Horvath, Sean Leftwich, and Lauren Sullivan
z1 Gallery: 2850 W...


Karsten Lund is Assistant Curator at The Renaissance Society with recent curated exhibitions including Ben Rivers Urth and Sadie Benning’s Shared Eye. Previously, Lund was Curatorial Assistant at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, contributing to major group exhibitions including The Way of the Shovel: Art as Archaeology and The Freedom Principle: Experiments in Art and Music, 1965 to Now.Additionally, he has produced curatorial projects at other venues, including the Museum of Contemporary Photography, New Capital Projects, Hyde Park Art Center, and a factory shortly before its demolition.


Start with the ancient elements—earth, water, fire, air—and then expand your view of our elemental world. Think about sunlight, weather systems, rare earth minerals, and electromagnetic forces, to name only a few other things. Phenomena like these are integral to our daily lives but they can be elusive, easily forgotten, or deliberately kept out of sight: the hidden components of our virtual worlds, factors in geopolitics, or deeper influences on human habits and cultures. What are our “unthought environments” today? Our elemental surroundings become another kind of vital infrastructure, seemingly there to be used and overlooked, but the...

1. Cerebral Sediment

March 17, 2018, 3-6PM
Work by: Tracie Hayes
Apparatus Projects: 2639 W Ainslie St, Chicago, IL 60625


2. Tangla: S h r i n e

March 16, 2018, 6-10PM
Work by: Sara Goodman
Ampersand Cowork: 3317 W Fullerton Ave, Chicago, IL 60647


3. Chicago Bound

March 16, 2018, 6-9PM
Work by: Oscar Arriola, Stephanie Burke, Joe Compean, Jasmine Clark, Joey Joey Garfield, MMT, Zakkiyyah Najeebah, Michael Pocius, Amina Ross, and Diana Solis (organized by James Jankowiak)
Orbit: 1350 West Erie Ave, Chicago, IL 60642


4. the needle, the haystack, the thread

March 15, 2018, 6-7:30PM
Work by: Aboubakar Fofana, Lala Meredith-Vula, Maria Lai, and Britta Marakatt-Labba (curated by Monika Szewczyk)
The Arts Club of Chicago: 201 E Ontario St, Chicago, IL 60611


5. Thank you for having me

March 16, 2018, 6-8PM
Work by: Margot Bergman
Corbett vs. Dempsey: 1120 N Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL 60622


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Today on Bad at Sports(center center center center), curator and media artist Emily Eddy joins Ryan, Diana and Jesse in the cave to discuss this weekend’s Onion City Experimental Film and Video Festival, which she curated. We talk the talk about talking about moving images (which used to be movies and before that films and at some point in there videos), about recent trends in the field, about programming strategies, about the Nightingale’s tenth anniversary (!!!) and what it is teens are or are into. It’s probably radio and probably newspapers, but who knows.

Scope the full Onion City schedule here:
Learn more about Emily here:

Emily Eddy is a film, video, and digital media artist and curator based in Chicago. She graduated from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2013, where she received her Bachelors in Fine Arts. She has been curating film, video, and new media works at the Nightingale Cinema in Chicago since 2013, and she has worked with the screening series and online video curation project Video! Video! Zine since 2016. Emily has curated and programmed screenings at many venues in Chicago, as well as in Los Angeles, Reykjavik, Iceland, and her hometown, Portland, Oregon.

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1. Why Do Spiders Drink From My Mouth While I’m Sleeping?

March 10, 2018, 7-10PM
Work by Molly Colleen O’Connell
Julius Caesar: 3311 West Carroll Ave, Chicago, IL 60624


2. Hard Broom

March 9, 2018, 7-10PM
Work by: Morganne Wakefield
Baby Blue Gallery: 2201 S Halsted St, 3-4s, Chicago, IL, 60608


3. Roots


March 9, 2018, 6-9PM
Work by: Yassaman Moussavi
Spudnik Press Cooperative: 1821 W Hubbard St, Ste 302, Chicago, IL 60622


4. Three Thoughts

March 10, 2018, 6-8PM
Work by: Chilli Chen, R. Clarke-Davis, and Masao Yamamoto
gallery no one: 1579 N Milwaukee Ave, Room 303, Chicago, IL 60622


5. Now That the Sky Has Fallen, Memories That Are Not Mine and Le Lavage

March 10, 2018, 5-8PM
Work by:Kim Piotrowski, Heather Marshall, and Nina Rizzo
Linda Warren Projects: 327 N Aberdeen St, Ste 151, Chicago, IL 60607


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Rituals and Ceremonies abound as Brian and Jason sit with Frank Mauguri, Creative Director of Cabinet of Curiosity Events and the legendary Red Moon Theater. Frank unpacks his creative journey through the frames of spectacle, intimacy, and and a chilling brain diagnosis.

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1. Carved from Sausage

March 2, 2018, 7-10PM
Work by: S. Nicole Lane
Sustain Gallery: 1201 W Leland Ave, Chicago, IL 60640


2. Portions of the Colossus

March 2, 2018, 6-9PM
Work by: Nora Chin, Roland Miller, and Ross Normandin
Fernwey: 916 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60622


3. Empire

March 2, 2018, 5-7PM
Work by: Lori Nix and Kathleen Gerber
Catherine Edelman Gallery: 300 W Superior St, Chicago IL 60654


4. Love the Giver

March 4, 2018, 4-8PM
Work by: Dutes Miller (Curated by Kristin Korolowicz) With works by Elijah Burgher and Derrick Woods-Morrow and Tarot readings by Alia Walston
The Franklin: 3522 W Franklin Blvd, Chicago IL 60624


5. Gun Ballet: the Aestheticization of Violence in Video Games

March 2, 2018, 5-8PM
Work by: Biome Collective, Karl Burke, Geissler and Sann, id Software, Stephan Martiniere, Midway Games, Trinket Studios, and Krista Wortendyke (Curated by Jonathan Kinkley)
VGA Gallery: 2418 W Bloomingdale Ave, Apt 102, Chicago IL 60647

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This week on Bad At Sports Center, Jesse and Dana wax on in anticipation of an otherworldly interview with Becca Kaufman, aka Jennifer Vanilla. A hybrid character given to live performance, music, and stand up, Vanilla joins us to discuss her current tour and what she has cooking when the Queen returns to Queens.

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1. Video Drawings

February 24, 2018, 5-8PM
Work by: Howardena Pindell
DOCUMENT: 1709 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60642


2. Morning Rage

February 23, 2018, 5-8PM
Work by: Kate Gilmore
Aspect/Ratio: 864 N Ashland Chicago, IL 60622


3. Meg Nafziger

February 23, 2018, 6-8PM
Randy Alexander Gallery: 1926 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60616



February 24, 2018, 7-10PM
Work by: Hermann Gabler, Micthell Thar, and Hermann Gabler
Obst: 1801 S Peoria St, Chicago, IL 60608


5. Dymaxion Trajectories

February 24, 2018, 7-10PM
Work by: Melina Ausikaitis, Daniel Baird, David Berman, Zachary Buchner, Ken Ellis, Nina Katchadourian, Jenny Kendler, Ryan Pierce, Faheem Majeed, Sonja Thomsen, Andrew Yang, and Pinar Yoldas (Curated by Jeremy Bolen and Andrew Rafacz)
Soccer Club Club: 2923 N Cicero Ave, Chicago, IL 60641


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Hosts Brian Andrews and Dana Bassett welcome photographer Jennifer Bastian and the triumphant return of DJ Super Older Brother, Duncan Mackenzie. Bastian elucidates the art of unpacking trauma, human connection, and we put out even more opinions on the recently unveiled Smithsonian Obama portraits into the world. Oh, and, Dana got married. All on this episode of Bad at Sports Center.

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The following THINKS to Think submission is a piece by the fabulous Marcela Torres. Enjoy!

Marcela Torres, “Favored To Win”, 2017. With Chase Calloway and Jesse Meredith. Image courtesy of the artist. Photograph by Emerson Granillo.



Pleasure into Pain


As I revisit my history in adulthood I am aware of a certain connection to lived pain. It is part of being an othered body, carrying generational trauma of colonization, patriarchal sexism – all that real real stuff. These emotions are deeply entwined in my person. In my youth it would manifest itself in manners of self-destruction and blatant rage, a confusing and alienating self-fulfilling prophesy of being misunderstood and unlovable. Over the years through these tantrums I began to wonder if I would ever be able to feel the elusive emotion of enjoyment. To me enjoyment was to be present within a situation without anxieties, insecurities or depression creeping in to soil the potential for pride, happiness, or just being present. I wanted to find a sustainable way to reach enjoyment and pleasure. I wanted to find a clarity and presence that could offset the hardships of growth and systemic prejudice that felt like a negative pool I could drown in. To reach this feeling I had to find a place or a way of recycling pain and violence into a controlled sensation.