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The Dark Side Of The Hive Podcast
134 minutes | Mar 14, 2020
Episode 5: "Monsters, Inc"
Monsters, ghouls, and demons, the horror … the horror!Our fascination with the macabre goes back millennia and, yet, our thirst for this dark & gritty underworld shows no signs of being quenched anytime soon. Vampires and zombies, aliens and sea creatures, we’ve romanticized them for so long now, it’s hard to tell where fantasy ends and reality begins. We just can’t seem to get enough of the spooky shit. Nevertheless, it takes a special kind of artist to operate in this dark realm. Luckily for us Salt Lakers, we have Kelly Donahue, a specialist in all things Horror.Working in the theatrical industry over the years has provided me with numerous opportunities to meet a widely diverse group of artists and individuals from all sorts of different disciplines. In the fall of 2013, I happened to meet an artist that would completely change the way I look at practical make up and special effects. Kelly is an adamant professional, a visionary, and just about the nicest person you’ll ever meet. I recently had the chance to sit down and pick Kelly’s brain (Mmmmmm … brains!) about life as an MUA here in Salty Town.As an actor, I’ve learned to apply makeup when necessary, I can hold my own, I even thought I had a knack for it, that is … until I witnessed the force of nature that is Kelly Donahue. She can transform her subjects with minimal effort and make it all seem like a walk in the park. And not one of those sketchy ass parks where you might get shot, solicited for sex/drugs, or both. Oh no, this is a nice little park with a flower garden and a cute little pavilion.We discussed our experience working together on a show called, Steadman & Walker, Zombie LLC and reminisced about spirit gum and latex prosthetics, among other things like scary movies, makeup chair gaffs, You Tube tutorials, cancel culture, and the ‘monster’ within us all.We also listened to the smooth sounds of local hip hop artist, Donnie Bonnelli, all while sipping on some sweet local mead from Utah’s own – Hive Winery. Lots of shits and giggles to be had with this episode folks, give it a listen! (3-15-20)Stay weird, SLC!Yours truly,Jared Greathouse Featured theme song music: “The Dying Breed” by AMOROUS Featuring: “Shakeface” by Donnie Bonnelli
122 minutes | Feb 29, 2020
Episode 4: "The Escape Artist"
It can be a thankless job; seldom seen, rarely heard, hunkered down backstage, waiting for that brief moment of glory, a moment that will pass in a flash, void of praise, unlikely to be lauded when the reviews come rolling in. The life of a Stage Technician; it’s a tough gig, but someone’s gotta do it, right? Someone reliable and quick on their feet, someone with a sharp wit and a keen eye for the aesthetic, someone like Austin Stephenson.Austin holds an impressive artistic resume, filled with both a diverse technical skillset and a wide range of talents. When Austin isn’t busy on stage as an actor, it’s a safe bet you’ll find him deep in the wings of your favorite local theater, working hard to put the finishing touches on your favorite local productions, staying late, long after the cast has gone home, dangling from the lighting grid, doing his thang.I met Austin while attending some weird ass play about God knows what, so many years ago. We immediately hit it off and have been friends ever since. We would later work together on stage and our chemistry together was palpable, to say the least. You grow pretty close to someone, working in that kind of capacity; fight scenes, page after page of impossible dialogue and stage direction, the spittle flying, nose to nose, hanging on every word.It was a blast to shoot the shit with Mr. Stephenson and chat about the good times we’ve spent together. We talked about escapism, depression, the therapeutic qualities of the arts, the validity of video games as an art form, and the re-staging of a local production of TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD after a 2019 legal dispute and, of course, we knocked back a few beers from Ogden’s own … ROOSTER’S BREWING.Now, not many of us possess the emotional range of a great actor AND the analytical mindset for Stage Tech/Theatrical Design. I will forever be in awe of this man’s talents and I’m excited what the future holds for my good friend, Austin, a legend in my eyes, the man in black, the escape artist. Stay weird, budday! Yours Truly,Jared Greathouse FEATURED THEME SONG MUSIC: “The Dying Breed” by AMOROUS
132 minutes | Feb 15, 2020
Episode 3: "Junk"
Dear Journal,Clutter, rubbish, JUNK; we humans seem to produce heaps of the stuff, in behemoth proportions no less. That pile of rotten plywood out back, Old Man Jenson’s tire farm, that diverse collection of discontinued cell phones you cling to for some God forsaken reason, it’s all become so common place in our day to day lives. Like junkies hunting for a fix, there seems to be no end to our addiction, our ever-growing thirst to consume as much as we possibly can, as fast as we possibly can, and of course, when it’s all said and done, we put it all into a pile and move on with our lives, out of sight … out of mind.In times like these, we often turn to some sort of hero to ease our fears (at least temporarily), a white knight figure to spearhead our cause and voice our concerns; leaders, politicians, that creepy- ass Arbor Day Owl, angry Swedish teenagers, and the like, but what role does the artist play in all of this? How does one go about conceptualizing our current predicament into an esthetically pleasing form? Can the humble artist make a difference?Enter Sarah Kastelic … Sarah and I have been friends since grade school; high school theatre pals, partying together throughout our college years, she was even part of Tiff and I’swedding line. We’ve seen it all; the high’s and low’s. It always fascinates me when I get to observe someone else’s life like that. Sarah has shown me what ‘perseverance’ really means, she has picked herself up numerous times now, and has become a better person for it. There is a lot we can all learn from Sarah and I’ve been lucky enough to learn these lessons early on in life.Sarah has been working with Junk Journals for quite a few years now; a mixture of book binding, Zine making, and junk art. We got to discuss local “junk dealer” The Clever Octopus, SLC garage-rock phenoms Magda-Vega, we even looked back on the weirdness that was … Captain Planet & The Planeteers. We also discussed Sarah’s experiences with the Queer/Polyamorous lifestyle and how it has affected her as an artist here in Mormon Country. And of course, one of my personal favorite highlights from the episode was hopping the train to Tasty Town with High West’s “Double Rye” whiskey. Whoa Nelly, that’s some damn fine whiskey!Sarah and I don’t get to hang out as much as we did in our youth, which is a God Damn shame I tell yuh, but it was a pleasure to see her again, and I can’t wait to see what I have to learn from her next. Thank you, Sarah! Keep on journaling, keep on smiling, keep on being your awesome self! Yours Truly,Jared Greathouse Featuring: “Smash & Grab” by Magda-VegaFeatured theme song music: “The Dying Breed” by AMOROUS
142 minutes | Feb 1, 2020
Episode 2: "Sex, Drugs, & Photoshop"
Every time I get an opportunity to sit down and talk with my good pal, Scott Newton, I seem to learn something new. Not only is Scott an exceptional photographer, but his thirst for knowledge and his everlasting quest to shape and mold the world around him have always been extremely admiral traits in my eyes. I first met Scott years ago at a house party gone awry, or “the garage party” as we like to call it. There we were, smack dab in the asscrack of suburbia, my band at the time, DACHO, played an overwhelmingly loud ten-minute set before the red and blue lights came around to poop on the party. That was it … the end of one EPIC concert. Oh, if you could have been there, friends,it was one for the ages, believe you me, one for the ages.Now, you really don’t need to dig too deep in the salty top soil to discover Scott’s treasure trove of skills and talents; You Tube guru, musician, poet, performer, singer, and owner/operator of Double Vision Foto, a small SLC outfit he maintains with his lovely wife, Emily. The man knows his stuff, I tell yuh. Scott is an asset to the local arts community. He’s also one helluva a guy!It was a lot of fun catching up with the man behind the lens. We talked about Free Kittens Comedy Show, Photoshop, boudoir sessions, sex cams, and the ever-awkward … dick pic . . . Dun,dun, dun! We also reminisced on our favorite Goosbumps novel, the connection between drugs and art, and washed it all down with some tasty brew from the all-powerful wizards at Roha Brewing Project. I also shared a little story about Tiff and I’syouthful exploits back in beer school. Ahhh, those were the days.Even now, after all these years, I still find myself contemplating on Scott’s work, his ability to execute his artistic vision, whatever it might be at the time, and produce a polished product with style, substance, and imagination, time and time again.Here’s to you, Scotty. Stay weird, my friend!Yours truly,Jared GreathouseFeatured theme song: “The Dying Breed” by AMOROUS
134 minutes | Jan 18, 2020
Episode 1: "American Psycho"
Holy macaroni! What a way to kick things off! We tackled a pretty tough topic for our first episode in the Land of Salt. Recently, Utah Rep Theatre was center stage amidst a firestorm of complaints and online allegations, sighting "sexual misconduct" and "unsafe working conditions" within the company, according to local media outlets.Shit went and got real as the cast/crew prepared for their production of American Psycho: The Musical". At their wit’s end, a member of the cast decided to make one helluva’n exit, quitting on opening night, and vandalizing the set on their way out the door. Within days, the cast organized and mounted a walkout, bringing the entire production to a screeching halt. Possibly feeling the sting, Utah Rep shuttered their doors for good, bowing out of the SLC Theatre Scene, and making for a rather awkward curtain call. We were lucky enough to sit down with one of the cast members of the ill-fated production, Sterling Shane Allen, who shared his personal experience behind the scenes of the whole debacle.We also chatted with local playwright/producer, Elise Barnett-Curran about her ongoing serial play, The Open Syrup. And of course, after a healthy amount of bullshitting about robots, time travel, and Meryl Streep, we sampled some local brew from KITTO’S BREWERY and rocked out to our favorite SLC deathcore metal band … AMOROUS!We had a really great time discussing a variety of topics. It was a lengthy discussion on stage intimacy, safety in the performing arts, and the pitfalls of method acting. Enjoy our inaugural episode of DSOTH We had a blast with it and hope you do too. If not, well …"Hasta La Vista Baby!"Yours Truly,Jared GreathouseSpecial thanks to: Sterling Shane Allen, Elise Barnett-Curran, Atheist, Moonwalker Boombox, Relevant to Our Interests Podcast, and of course … AMOROUS!Featuring: "The Dying Breed" by AMOROUS from their self-titled 2014 EP & "Black Limb" from their 2019 album "MDXI"
1 minutes | Dec 22, 2019
A preview of things to come. Welcome to the "Dark Side Of The Hive"! Featuring Music By:Atheist & Moonwalker BoomboxFrom their 2013 "Roger EP".
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