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

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

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

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

Phillip Montgomery: on Activism

Phillip Montgomery: on Activism

Kids these days. Can’t live with them, can’t change the world without them. But does today’s youth want to make a difference? Do they think they can make a difference? And if not, why not? Filmmaker Phillip Montgomery documents the era of cynics, slacktivists and the just plain indifferent in #ReGENERATION. Phillip visits The High Bar to raise a toast [...]

June 5, 2012 at 8:33 am 1 comment

Dana Gould: on Rage

Dana Gould: on Rage

I’m as mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore. That is, unless someone out there feels my pain or, more accurately, my anger. Comedian Dana Gould, a long-time writer for The Simpsons, visits Warren Etheredge at The High Bar, to raise a toast to and raise the bar for… Rage! Don’t get mad, get into the [...]

May 29, 2012 at 12:01 am 0 comments

Eric Lanlard: on Baking

Eric Lanlard: on Baking

  Some chefs will tell you that cooking is an art while baking is a science. They mean that in an almost disparaging sense. However, anyone who has ever sampled a lemon meringue roulade, an Apple Charlotte or a Tarte Bourguignonne prepared by Eric Lanlard will argue that these are not just successful experiments, they are culinary masterpieces! Master Patissier [...]

May 22, 2012 at 9:58 am 1 comment

Dr. Cornel West & Tavis Smiley: on Economic Justice

Dr. Cornel West & Tavis Smiley: on Economic Justice

Chances are, if you’re watching this episode, you are a member of the 99%. Unfortunately, in this case, there is little safety in numbers. As the gap between the Haves and the Have Nothings grows, our nation suffers, not just our bank accounts. Dr. Cornel West and Tavis Smiley are touring the country, stirring conversation about an issue even more [...]

May 15, 2012 at 5:28 am 1 comment

John Medina: on The Human Brain

John Medina: on The Human Brain

  What do you and The Scarecrow from THE WIZARD OF OZ have in common? You both have brains, but neither of you have learned best how to exploit them. John Medina is the world-renowned developmental molecular biologist and author of the best-selling users manual, Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School. In lay language, [...]

May 8, 2012 at 1:00 am 2 comments

The High Bar Matters: Dr. Cornel West & Tavis Smiley

The High Bar Matters: Dr. Cornel West & Tavis Smiley

I don’t get nervous. I speak with stars. I speak with smarties. I speak with thousands. I don’t get nervous. I speak with authors and artists I greatly admire — Howard Jacobson, Guillermo del Toro, William Gibson, Sir Salman Rushdie — and actors I truly adore — Jodie Foster, Gary Oldman, Tilda Swinton, David Strathairn. I don’t get nervous. I [...]

April 26, 2012 at 4:40 am 2 comments

Eliaichi Kimaro: on Cultural identity

Eliaichi Kimaro: on Cultural identity

Genealogies are big business nowadays. It seems lots of folks want to examine their family trees. (I’d prefer to prune mine.) However, if you start digging up the roots, you may discover where you come from, but through the process, you are just as likely to wind up covered in dirt. Documentarian Eliaichi Kimaro set out to make a film [...]

April 17, 2012 at 11:58 am 4 comments

Gail Simmons: on Eating professionally

Gail Simmons: on Eating professionally

If we are what we eat, Gail Simmons is the most worldly woman. As a perennial judge on Top Chef and the host of Top Chef: Just Desserts, Gail has tried and critiqued just about every imaginable dish. Today, the boisterous and beautiful Ms. Simmons visits Warren Etheredge at The High Bar to promote her delectable memoir, Talking with My Mouth [...]

April 10, 2012 at 10:07 am 1 comment

Adrian Hanauer: on Soccer

Adrian Hanauer: on Soccer

If futbol should ever surpass football in the United States in terms of popularity, much credit should be given to Adrian Hanauer. As general manager and co-owner of the Seattle Sounders FC, he has changed the way Americans see the sport by recalculating how to run a professional franchise. He’s refunded fans who attended a poorly played game, he regularly [...]

April 3, 2012 at 12:05 am 0 comments

Ninive Calegari: on Teachers

Ninive Calegari

It’s not just the late Whitney Houston who believes the children are our future, politicians have always been quick to pawn off today’s challenges to younger generations. Yet if we are going to rely on our offspring to solve all of our problems, wouldn’t it make sense to ensure they get better educations now? Wouldn’t it be prudent to invest [...]

March 27, 2012 at 7:00 am 3 comments

Luis J. Rodriguez: on The Social Order

Luis J. Rodriguez: on The Social Order

                You can’t have street cred if you’ve never been in the streets. Luis J. Rodriguez has enough cred for Crips and Bloods to give the man his props, both as a former gang member and as… an award-winning author.   Luis — whose books include the ground-breaking high school classic, Always Running: [...]

March 13, 2012 at 4:48 pm 1 comment

Sandy Cioffi: on Justifying Film Education

Sandy Cioffi: on Justifying Film Education

  Fifty states are united in facing severe budget cuts. Washington State faces many fiscal challenges that now trickle down to the institutions they help support; among them Seattle Central Community College which has decided to make ends meet by bringing an end to one of its most beloved and successful components, its 2-year Film & Video Communications program. Today, [...]

March 6, 2012 at 9:12 am 0 comments

Sam Brower: on Child Protection

Sam Brower: on Child Protection

There have been many heinous acts committed in God’s name and still more evil deeds done in accordance with the wishes of false prophets. Warren Jeffers, leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints — a twisted, outcast branch of Mormonism — created a community that fosters systemic child abuse in the form of underage polygamy and habitual, almost [...]

February 28, 2012 at 6:59 am 3 comments

Wesley Strick: on Hollywood Thrillers

Wesley Strick: on Hollywood Thrillers

Movie-lovers enjoy their chills, spills and thrills, but honestly, the latter have been in short supply on screen for quite a while. Sure, you can catch a decent horror film, but how long has it been since we saw something as sharp as 3 DAYS OF THE CONDOR or, even, THE FUGITIVE. A-list screenwriter Wesley Strick (CAPE FEAR; WOLF; TRUE [...]

February 21, 2012 at 9:46 am 0 comments

Ann Bannon: on Lesbian Pulp Fiction

Ann Bannon: on Lesbian Pulp Fiction

Once upon a time, the love that dared not speak its name inspired many books that “spoke” of that love either openly and proudly or, more often than not, illicitly and tittilatingly. Ann Bannon, wrote of lesbian intrigue in a series of pulp fiction novels that would later be collectively staged (under the guidance of Lily Tomlin and Jane Wagner) [...]

February 14, 2012 at 6:00 am 10 comments