J563 Audio Week 7 2/28/18

Allison Frost

Wow, Frost is a whirlwind. Per usual, the guest appearance afforded some much needed optimism during a rough week. It’s an odd experience to have finally found joy and purpose in a career to only realize that the newspaper industry may not exist in a few years…

Frost’s description of “Think Out Loud” makes it sound like a steady and rewarding place to work. The “On the Road” segment in particular seems like a blast and tailored to my skill set; just starting a conversation and listening almost never fails to elicit engaging stories.

Frost provided good perspective on job expectations—reporters are expected to possess a multimedia skill set, for instance—and recording tips like always, always get more than you think you need. It was also great to hear that as producer, Frost embraces audience participation and solutions-based journalism in particular. Her perspective on the process of convincing OPB to adopt these changes prods me to have some patience where I work.

Interning at Eugene Weekly is an interesting experience because while the paper is open to these ideas, they aren’t yet ready to welcome them with open arms. Organizational change is a patient, political process and I need work in both of those arenas. Native Detroiters tend toward the aggressive and the abrasive side of things…

Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art Field Trip

Just an excellent field trip. I am a huge supporter of art. My feature “Hyperphotographic” to gain entrance to the SOJC covered an art exhibit at the Museum of Wisconsin Art in West Bend, just north of Milwaukee. I have not found the time yet to visit the Schnitzer yet this year, but it’s a treasure.

Their write offs for private works on loan is a well-known tax shelter so, consequently, the Schnitzer is able to get rare and significant pieces unavailable for public view except for their time at the museum.

It also turns out that the Schnitzer’s got a hell of a staff—enthusiastic, knowledgeable and willing to talk. As I mentioned earlier, it never fails to amaze my what stories just speaking to strangers opens. As our class scooted out the lobby and scattered throughout the museum, eager to get their eyes on art, I lingered, fiddling with my stuff and chatting with the docent.

Inside the right entrance to exhibits, a young man was working on hanging Schnitzer’s newest addition, Don’t Touch My Hair. Turns out his name is Ricky Garcia and it’s his last day working at the Schnitzer. A random job that he landed in college has turned into a career as a museum tech. Ricky’s moving to Seattle to work for a firm hanging paintings for wealthy collectors in their homes and he’s making good money doing it.

After chatting with Ricky awhile, the recently arrived Becky and I headed upstairs and ended up checking out some of the Masterworks on Loan. And holy shit, the list is impressive: Basquiat, Calder, Freud, Grotjahn, Holzer, Klimt, O’Keefe, Picasso, etc.

Yet again, there was someone there working, taking notes on an exhibit in the form of a set of light bulbs hanging from the ceiling. So, after introducing ourselves, Lillian Almeida, Collections Registration Assistant was nice enough to briefly describe her job assessing the condition of works that arrive at the Schnitzer and then move on to explain her love and perspective of the paintings at the museum.  

The experience turned me on to the Schnitzer, but, more importantly, the visit (and Lillian especially) turned a new generational cohort onto art’s transportational experience. This cohort wasn’t even aware such a treasure trove existed at their university. Understandable so deep are we in the microscope of our own perspective. More brilliant is life’s shine when that snow globe gets shaken.  


Haley Submission: Episode 1 of The Monocle’s The Menu Podcast Series “Secrets of the Wine Business,” “Cork Dork”

Bianca Bosker’s epiphany that opened her to the world of wine highlights why I can’t get into wine: I can’t wrap my head around caring so much about wine. I respect people who find something that so consumes every aspect of their lives. Honestly, though, with so much else to explore, I cannot wrap my head around the wine obsession. Licking rocks? Cellar rats? Delivering an emotional experience with a meal? Developing your own sense of taste through clarifying the senses and colors and feelings toothpaste evokes? Actually, that sounds kind of cool. I just don’t have the gastronome gene. Rather than traveling to Milan to walk through an orchard that produces grapes for a Swedish restaurant, I would rather jump off of cliffs in Oregon, surf in Pacific in November or rock my face off. I prefer the salty taste of sweat and grease to the subtle tang of earth and grape…

The podcast production is very clean and the follows an organic flow. I enjoyed this podcast if only because of its quality and ardor that easily transcend the boundary between producer and listener.

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