Clowning Around in LA

Clowning Around in LA

Lorenzo Pisoni is a clown. I mean that. In a good way. He stumbles through his professional predicament, inflicted upon him from birth, in his mirth-making, back-breaking one-man pratfall of a show, Humor Abuse, now playing at the Mark Taper Forum. If you’re not in LA, catch Lorenzo at The High Bar, explaining away a… Life in the circus.

October 9, 2013 at 12:32 pm 0 comments

Alex Gibney: on The First Amendment

Alex Gibney: on The First Amendment

Did Julian Assange ever watch ISHTAR? If so, he would have heard Dustin Hoffman and Warren Beatty lyrically forewarn: “Telling the truth can be dangerous business. Honest and popular don’t go hand in hand.” Of course, whistle-blowing is no laughing matter. While the majority of those in power deem secret-spilling an act of treason, others define it a patriotic act befitting [...]

June 14, 2013 at 11:16 am 0 comments

Trigger Unhappy

Trigger Unhappy

You could argue that guns kill people or that people kill people; it’s semantics mixed up with semi-automatics. What cannot be denied is that people kill themselves… with firearms… a lot. in 2010, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 11,078 Americans were killed by firearms, a depressing statistic, for sure. However, did you know that the same [...]

May 29, 2013 at 3:40 pm 0 comments

Nat Motulsky

Nat Motulsky

Intern Extraordinaire

Favorite Drink: Cold brew at Stumptown.
Favorite Bar: Smith.

May 21, 2013 at 11:39 am 0 comments

Ahead in the cloud(s)

Ahead in the cloud(s)

Tiffany Shlain, the critically-adored techno-anthropologist auteur is dead-set on changing filmmaking as we know it… but she needs your help to revolutionize the art form. Check out her keynote address presented at The Tribeca Film Festival’s Interactive Day 2013 to find out your role in the new-fangled industry. (If you’re not part of her solution, are you part of the problem?) [...]

May 9, 2013 at 8:59 am 0 comments

Not to scale?

Not to scale?

The Mountaineers hosted one heckuva a hoedown this weekend according to this report. Why? Because they’re there! And by they, I mean RFK Jr., Jay Inslee and Big Jim Whittaker, the latter of whom picked up a lifetime achievement award for being a climber, and a social one at that. Apparently, scaling Mt. Everest is one of those things that [...]

April 23, 2013 at 10:15 am 0 comments

About face

About face

Learning to appreciate ourselves for our flaws as well as our strengths is a hallmark of self-compassion. Of course being self-compassionate can be extremely challenging as our inner critics are vocal, persistent and, too often, cruel. Courtesy of Upworthy comes a video that demonstrates our common incapacity for honest and kind self-assessment; a forensic artist sketches people based on their [...]

April 17, 2013 at 10:55 am 0 comments

Life beyond bars

Life beyond bars

You will be seeing Ari Kohn at The High Bar during Season 4. I have the utmost respect for the man; someone who has managed to transform earnest rage into meaningful reform. Till then, read more about the amazing work he is doing, having founded the Post-Prison Education Program, an organization that offers second chances to folks who never got [...]

April 3, 2013 at 11:04 am 0 comments

Point Our Camera at Demetri?

Point Our Camera at Demetri?

I don’t laugh out loud much. Certainly not on the bus. Even when I’ve been tempted. (Yes, I *was* looking at you, man-playing-Lane-Splitter when you provided your own awesome sound effects of speedy motorcycle in traffic for all of us to hear so we could enjoy your virtual game, virtually.) However, the deceptively simple line and one-liner drawings in Point [...]

March 13, 2013 at 6:57 am 0 comments

The Warren vs. Larry Flynt

The Warren vs. Larry Flynt

Was it Frank Sinatra or Phil Hartman as Frank Sinatra who said, “You don’t need to work blue, kid?” Either way, it’s a lesson that may get blown up next week when I welcome self-proclaimed “smut peddler” Larry Flynt to The High Bar during our Season 4 shoot in Los Angeles. Will he raise the bar for free speech? Sex [...]

February 13, 2013 at 5:25 pm 0 comments

Getting swanky

Getting swanky

We’re raising the bar for ourselves. For the first time, The High Bar will venture outside of Washington state. Soon, we will be shooting episodes for Season 4 in Los Angeles at the world-class Hotel Bel-Air. Guests confirmed to appear thus far include: actress/filmmaker Illeana Douglas (Easy-to-Assemble), who will raise a toast to moving image media actress/activist Amy Brenneman (Private [...]

February 13, 2013 at 11:06 am 0 comments

Zing Bars

Zing Bars

It all started innocently enough. As practicing nutritionists, we simply wanted to find a good nutrition bar that we could recommend to our patients. Something consistent with our professional training and experience. It presents a challenge for anyone in the nutrition business: our recommendations have to taste good enough to eat because people want to, not because they have to. [...]

February 10, 2013 at 5:30 pm 0 comments

Mark Lipsky

Mark Lipsky

Producer

Favorite Bar: Cicchetti
Favorite Drink: vodka or… Lagavulin

January 22, 2013 at 3:40 pm 0 comments

Do teachers make the (pay) grade?

Do teachers make the (pay) grade?

Education advocate Barnett Berry swears: “Teachers need to transform teachers.” In order to do so, we must first transform our opinion of teachers which has devolved to the point that teachers now serve as under-paid, under-appreciated baby-sitters despite the fact that many deserve battle pay… and credit for saving lives. Yes, like firemen and police and doctors, teachers save lives, daily; [...]

November 21, 2012 at 3:35 pm 0 comments

Lev Anderson: on Fishbone

Lev Anderson: on Fishbone

Ice-T, Gwen Stefani, Tim Robbins, George Clinton and Branford Marsalis walk into a bar and go over to the jukebox. Chances are they all agree to play some Fishbone… but have trouble finding a track.   Despite industry-wide consent that Fishbone is one of the most original, influential and badass bands of the last 25 years, too few know their [...]

November 1, 2012 at 5:26 am 0 comments

Gaylen Ross: on Memory

Gaylen Ross: on Memory

Do you remember…? If you’re fortunate, you do. Memory is an indispensable tool, but one, too often, we take for granted. When Caris Corfman suffered a brain tumor, she survived yet her short-term memory did not. This would be a blow to anyone, but when your career, your passion is acting — a job dependent on the memorization of lines [...]

October 14, 2012 at 1:43 pm 0 comments

Elliott Gould: on Non-conformity

Elliott Gould: on Non-conformity

Bill Cosby warns: “I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.” It would seem Elliott Gouldnever tried and, perhaps, that explains the unorthodox actor’s spectacular early success and enviable longevity. When the star of such critically-acclaimed hits as M*A*S*H, THE LONG GOODBYE and OCEAN’S ELEVEN and such indie gems as DORFMAN [...]

September 21, 2012 at 2:04 pm 0 comments

The High Bar: On The Rocks & Straight Up

The High Bar: On The Rocks & Straight Up

http://www.indiegogo.com/thehighbar Welcome to The High Bar… and our IndieGogo campaign. Sraight up, folks, we are on the rocks. To date, we have produced over 70 episodes… all out of pocket, completely reliant on the kindness of volunteer crews, equipment owners and gracious venue managers. We can’t go on like this. WE NEED YOUR HELP if we are to continue, if [...]

September 18, 2012 at 12:10 am 0 comments

Melanie Lynskey: on Bad movies

Melanie Lynskey: on Bad movies

Is it more entertaining to be bad than average? When it comes to Hollywood, you bet. Mediocrity is the curse of the unimaginative. To make a truly awful film requires a certain brand of unchecked genius. Beloved actress Melanie Lynskey (HEAVENLY CREATURES; Two and a Half Men) visits me at The High Bar for a sober tribute to the best [...]

September 3, 2012 at 11:28 am 0 comments

Dorothy Parvaz: on Global news coverage

Dorothy Parvaz: on Global news coverage

Whether the news we ingest is “fair and balanced” or “fit to print,” chances are others perceive our sources as biased. In a world where journalism no longer commands the respect it once did, is it possible to trust anyone, any outlet? Al Jazeera‘s Dorothy Parvaz — formerly a columnist and editorial board member for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer — takes [...]

August 7, 2012 at 1:27 am 0 comments

Eric Weiner: on Finding God

Eric Weiner: on Finding God

Some folks speak with God daily. Others can’t locate God given a prayer book, a GPS device and a formal introduction. After a medical emergency (that turned out to be dramatically less than that), journalist Eric Weiner (The Geography of Bliss) was asked by a kindly nurse “Have you found your God yet?” and, consequently, tried to make peace with [...]

July 24, 2012 at 8:23 am 0 comments

William Gibson: on Atemporality

William Gibson: on Atemporality

William Gibson‘s writing is timeless. For mortals, conquering time is a Quixotic endeavor, only imaginable with the aid of good religion, better hallucinogens or great science fiction. Today(?), Mr. Gibson walks into The High Bar and joins me to raise a toast to and raise the bar for… atemporality. Will time stand still and if so, what impact will it [...]

July 17, 2012 at 9:09 am 1 comment

Get your game on?

Get your game on?

“Game over, man. Game over.” I hear Bill Paxton in ALIENS whenever movie-makers and movie-lovers start bitching about the rise of the video game industry. As revenues continue to rise for the latter, ticket sales at the multiplexes keep dropping. Maybe you haven’t been keeping up on current events, but you just got your asses kicked, Hollywood! Rather than bemoan [...]

July 12, 2012 at 8:27 am 0 comments

Lynn Shelton: on Artistic vision

Lynn Shelton: on Artistic vision

Lynn Shelton is the next great American director, according to Deadspin. And whether you are ready to embrace the hyperbole or not, it is inarguable the Seattle-based filmmaker has carved her name on the festival circuit, and beyond, by being true to her own distinct aesthetic. Lynn has created an extended family of movie-makers who share her passion for honest, [...]

June 26, 2012 at 8:30 am 0 comments

Lewis Black: on Theater

Lewis Black: on Theater

Reports of Theater’s death are greatly exaggerated. That’s not to say anyone can make a living in it, but still, the theater can prove richly rewarding. Just ask beloved comedian/notorious curmudgeon Lewis Black who has returned to his first love, playwriting, after a hiatus of a few decades, with One Slight Hitch, a full-length romantic romp he has partially re-imagined [...]

June 19, 2012 at 12:49 am 7 comments