The Weird and the Beard Variety Hour happens once per month on the first Wednesday at the Milky Way Lounge in Jamaica Plain.

Angela Sawyer takes musicians, storytellers, comedians, and you on an imaginative wandering that’s not entirely linear. Mood-altering, mindbending entertainment whispered before your ears, and there will also be at least one moment with a beard to keep you feeling comfy. Come get your creep on.

Featuring field recordings, tales, loopy jokes, short bursts of ideas, music, “music”, and more unexpected things.

A suggested donation of $5 helps us keep good performers happy. All ages are welcome, though there might be scary/gross/sexy moments once in a while.

The Milky Way Lounge is the exposed brick backroom of a really lovely craft beer bar, and surrounded by a restaurant that serves a tasty, contemporary menu. It’s a lushly decorated, intimate spot that offers both healthy ingredients and comfort foods your mom could enjoy. There’s also entertainment every night of the week.

Pictures coming soon.

Once a month or so, Angela and Brett Johnson gather comedians to tell tales they’ve never told an audience before. Sometimes it’s funny, sometimes sad, but always as real as your life. It’s usually held in a very, very small space, in the dark. Attending it is like getting told a secret. Sometimes there’s even free beer.

Here’s a place where if you send me a little dough, I’ll mail you vinyl. Venmo, Paypal, cash in the mail, cookies delivered to my house, and favors are all accepted. Drop me a line anytime if you have questions.

Sometimes art is great, and sometimes it stinks, but it’s always easy to figure out when you listen to the Navel Gaze.

Welcome to the podcast that takes the tinkle out of fine art. Angela Sawyer and Ken Green visit museums, galleries, statues, and other high-fallutin’ spots around New England and then tell you what’s good and bad about it.

Episode One


Ken and Angela visited three pieces at the Boston ICA.

Before 2006, the ICA was located at 955 Boylston Street for over 30 years.

Liz Deschenes made Green Screen #4 in 2016.

Liz is from Boston, and it’s the first time she’s had a piece at the ICA.

Sondra Perry made Graft and Ash for a Three Monitor Workstation in 2016.

Sondra is from New Jersey, and has shows around the country and in London.

Hybrid Bodies is an exhibit within a larger ICA show called Art in the Age of the Internet 1989 to Today. One of it’s pieces is Safe Conduct by Ed Atkins.

Josh Kline made Saving Money With Subcontractors between 2015 and 2017.

Josh is originally from Philadelphia, but lives in New York. He is an art curator as well as an artist.

The sculptor I can never remember is Duane Hanson. This one’s called The Shoppers.

We also mentioned the box at the end of the movie Seven,

And Joe Pesci, star of Eight Heads in a Duffel Bag.

Thanks for listening!

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