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Doing the Work

Just turned in an essay on Prince. Be out sometime next year. It contains this line: Thanks to my background—raised by truckers, loggers, and small-patch farmers—I still struggle to get past the dumb trope of sneering at art as work. As if any given roadie hustles any less hard than any given logger. As if…View post

“Roughneck Grace” Television offers up surprise appearances

Every week the Wisconsin State Journal runs “Roughneck Grace,” a weekly column written by Mike (many of the columns will be adapted from Mike’s Tent Show Radio monologues). This week’s “Roughneck Grace,” titled, “Television offers up surprise appearances” can be seen online here.

New Tent Show Radio Tonight: The Blue Canvas Orchestra and Singers

If you’re within range of (or can stream) one of these stations tonight (Saturday, June 9th) we hope you’ll join Mike as he hosts another edition of Tent Show Radio from Big Top Chautauqua. This week’s show features the Blue Canvas Orchestra and singers performing excerpts from the original Big Top Chautauqua production of “Superior!” In between all the music, Mike…View post

New Tent Show Radio Tomorrow: The Blue Canvas Orchestra and Singers

If you’re within range of (or can stream) one of these stations tomorrow (Saturday, June 9th) we hope you’ll join Mike as he hosts another edition of Tent Show Radio from Big Top Chautauqua. This week’s show features the Blue Canvas Orchestra and singers performing excerpts from the original Big Top Chautauqua production of “Superior!” In between all the music, Mike…View post