Society & Culture

Join Oakland-based countercultural darling, Rachel Lark, as she interviews artists, activists and scholars about the connection between art and activism and tries to get to the bottom of the question, “What’s The Point?”

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What’s the point of connection in an individualist society? And how can we take care of ourselves to show up best for our communities? Singer, speaker, educator, and activist Aisha Fukushima helps us ground ourselves, tap into our imagination, and re-envision our art as part of a larger, breathing whole.

Check out more from Aisha on her website, where you can tap into her music, vlogs, digital care packages, mediations, and more.

Today’s music is from Aisha Fukushima. Songs listed in order played:

-(3:52) Just Breathe

-(12:27) Flint

-(19:20) Believe In Reality

-(22:43): Rachel Lark: This Year (instrumental)

Art mentioned in this episode…

  1. “Ella’s Song: We Who Believe In Freedom Cannot Rest” by Sweet Honey In The Rock
  2. Jeff Chang (writer, historian) You can check out his book “We Gon’ Be Alright”

Organizations mentioned in this episode…

  1. Zoo Labs

Five Minute Action!

Form an affinity group! Figure out who you might want to go to protests with and start a group message thread with those people. Make sure you know each others’ emergency contact numbers, any special needs, care for children and/or animals that might be needed. Figure out if there are protests happening around the election that you might want to go to, and make a plan to meet up and take care of each other.

 

Call us and leave us a message at 415-610-4866. What’s your activist garden like? How do you lean on/ trust in others? How do you find sustainability with your artistic or activist life? We want to know! 

 

This episode was produced and engineered by booch McCandless. 

Support this show at patreon.com/rachellark

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Vinitha Watson: The Artist As An Entrepreneur 

What’s the point of art as a business? And how can creatives thrive in a system that does not value their labor? Artist, design strategist, and entrepreneur Vinitha Watson chats with us about the ever-shifting music industry, our connections under Capitalism, and why entrepreneurship is a necessary vehicle for cultural change.

Follow @VinithaWatson on social media and learn more about the life changing not-for-profit Zoo Labs and their music residency here

Today’s featured musician is Dillbilly, a genre-queer songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from the rural Midwest. You can find more from them at Dillbillymusic.com. Songs listed in order played:

(0:57 - 1:40) Dillbilly, Heavyweight

(3:45 - 4:15) Dillbilly, Marionette

(11:25 - 11:45) Dillbilly, Mouth Sounds

(22:16 - 25:20) Dillbilly, Bees Busy

Art mentioned in this episode…

  1. A Tribe Called Quest - I recommend listening to Midnight Marauders
  2. Fiona Apple - I recommend checking out Tidal and Fetch The Bolt Cutters

Organizations mentioned in this episode…

  1. Zoo Labs

Five Minute Action!

Call your senator and urge them not to confirm a new supreme court judge until after the election. You can call the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121

Call us and leave us a message at 415-610-4866. Are you an artist? Are you an entrepreneur? How do you square making a living with making art? What have you had to overcome to ask for money or launch your own project?

This episode was produced and engineered by booch McCandless. 

Support this show at patreon.com/rachellark

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Today we orient our journey with three quandaries. 

  1. Is it important for artists to be politically engaged people?
  2. Is making art self-indulgent or important to the greater community?
  3. WHAT IS THE ACTUAL POINT?

Our guest is burlesque babe of buffoonery Snatch Adams.  

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Support her Patreon at patreon.com/snatchadams

Find more from her at www.snatchadamsburlesque.com 

and follow her at @snatch.adams on instagram. 

This episode’s featured musician is Emily Afton, an Oakland-based singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. You can hear more from her at EmilyAftonMusic.com.

 

The track list for today’s episode is as follows:

(00:12 - 01:00) Rachel Lark, The World’s Really Fucked But This Show Will Be Pretty Good (Instrumental)

(01:13 - 04:20) Rachel Lark, This Year (Instrumental)

(04:20 - 05:51) Emily Afton, Just The Two Of Us

(11:40 - 12:20) Emily Afton, Thinking Bout You

(24:40 - 25:46) Emily Afton, Fractions

(28:13 - 30:53) Emily Afton, Back In San Francisco

 

Art mentioned in this episode…

  1. Nina Simone - Listen to Pastel Blues
  2. Toni Cade Bambara - I recommend her book, “The Salt Eaters”
  3. Tom Robbins - I recommend the essay “What is art and if we know what art is what is politics?”

 

Organizations mentioned in this episode…

  1. Clowns Without Borders

Five Minute Action!
Make a sign to put in your window. It could be for a candidate you support, a slogan you believe in like "Black Lives Matter" or "Abolish ICE" or a message you've come up with yourself.

 

Call us and leave us a message at 415-610-4866

 

This episode was produced and engineered by booch McCandless.

 

Support this show at patreon.com/rachellark

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October 1, 2020

Season One Trailer

But like really....What's the point? A little teaser of Rachel Lark's new podcast on the relationship between art and politics.

Subscribe to get a new episode each week, starting October 12th, and go to www.RachelLark.com to stay in the loop.

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