Larry Miller: on A Better Life

Larry Miller: on A Better Life

  In some secluded rendezvous (the fabulous Lobby Bar in Seattle, actually), that overlooks the avenue (Pike Street, precisely), with someone sharing a delightful chat, of this and that, yes, I’m having cocktails with Larry Miller. The comedian, author and actor visits The High Bar to raise a toast to and raise the bar for… a better life. You may [...]

February 7, 2012 at 8:03 am 4 comments

Tom Shadyac: on A Better World

Tom Shadyac: on A Better World

If life ain’t a bowl of cherries, what the heck is it? Filmmaker (and reformed capitalist) Tom Shadyac visits The High Bar and has a far-ranging conversation with host Warren Etheredge about what’s wrong with Hollywood, what’s right with the world, and how we can all not just get along, but thrive when we prioritize properly. Step 1: Watch this [...]

January 3, 2012 at 5:28 pm 4 comments

Gary Oldman: On trust and loyalty

Gary Oldman: On trust and loyalty

You don’t have to be George Smiley, the lead character of TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY, to have trust issues. Whether you’re a child growing up in a stormy household or an actor tackling a classic role, believing in others and even yourself can be challenging. In this special edition of The High Bar, acclaimed actor Gary Oldman joins Warren to [...]

December 24, 2011 at 4:19 pm 2 comments

Dan Geller & Dayna Goldfine: on Venture capital

Dan Geller & Dayna Goldfine: on Venture capital

It takes money to make money and when you don’t have any of your own money but have a great idea, who can you turn to? Why venture capitalists, of course! Responsible for some of the world’s most successful companies and greatest inventions, venture capitalists are A-list gamblers whose love of profit, ideally, is equal to their respect for entrepreneurship. [...]

December 1, 2011 at 9:06 pm 0 comments

Lori Guen: on Animal ethics

Lori Guen: on Animal ethics

Turkeys don’t give thanks on Thanksgiving, but that’s the least of our lapses in animal ethics. Lori Gruen visits The High Bar to explain how our treatment of critters correlates, and not in a good way, with how we treat one another… and ourselves.  

November 18, 2011 at 7:19 am 0 comments

Charles Mudede (Part 2): on The role of the critic

Charles Mudede (Part 2): on The role of the critic

Part 2 of my conversation with The Starnger’s cultural commentator Charles Mudede about the role of the critic is worth at least two thumbs up, yes? Watch the exciting conclusion of this special episode. You be the judge.

November 11, 2011 at 5:35 pm 0 comments

Tracy Sarich: on Child abuse prevention

Tracy Sarich: on Child abuse prevention

Statistics regarding child abuse and neglect in this country are staggering and these heinous crimes are certainly under-reported. Then, when we remind ourselves that these numbers represents actual children and that the impact of their mistreatment can blossom exponentially, it is clear everyone must act to prevent it from happening whenever and however possible. Tracy Sarich, the Executive Director of [...]

November 3, 2011 at 11:40 pm 2 comments

Amy Stewart: on Bugs

Amy Stewart: on Bugs

They’re creepy and they’re kooky, mysterious and spooky. Of course I’m talking about Wicked Bugs, not the Addams Family. Though many of us like to ignore their presence, best-selling author and all-around kick-ass researcher, Amy Stewart, joins me at The High Bar for a special Halloween edition during which we raise a toast to and raise the bar for… Bugs!

October 27, 2011 at 4:10 pm 0 comments

Lorenzo Pisoni: on Life in the circus

Lorenzo Pisoni: on Life in the circus

Clowning is serious business. In fact, it can be deadly serious. But with a smile, a pratfall or a well-timed sandbag drop, the weeks, months and years of training can pay off with big laughs and delighted audiences. Just ask the folks who have seen Lorenzo Pisoni’s trouser-splitting one-man show, Humor Abuse, now playing at The American Conservatory in San [...]

October 17, 2011 at 6:56 pm 2 comments

Tiffany Shlain: On Interdependence

Tiffany Shlain: On Interdependence

If a butterfly flaps its wings in Beijing, it is arguable whether or not it will trigger a tornado in Topeka, however, there is a strong case to be made for how we, as humans, indirectly impact one another. But is our connectedness a sign of harmonic convergence or just a reflection of the chaos in Chaos Theory. On the [...]

October 13, 2011 at 1:21 pm 5 comments

Alex Gibney: on Ken Kesey

Alex Gibney: on Ken Kesey

The problem with great writers is that they often tease us with their talent; they’ll write a great book or two then slowly slip away. No doubt, Ken Kesey was a masterful writer. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Neststands up as a classic and Sometimes a Great Notion deserves honorable mention. Yet despite these time-capsule treasures and Tom Wolfe‘s portrait of [...]

October 6, 2011 at 3:37 pm 3 comments

Charles Mudede: on The Role of The Critic (part 1)

Charles Mudede: on The Role of The Critic (part 1)

If everyone’s a critic, why do so few get paid for the gig? Is it a thankless task or one that’s becoming irrelevant in the alleged information age? One of America’s most animated and controversial cultural commentators, Charles Mudede, visited Warren at The High Bar to examine the role of the critic over a few drinks.

September 29, 2011 at 5:02 am 10 comments

Kristin Neff Ph. D.: on Self-Compassion

Kristin Neff Ph. D.: on Self-Compassion

Hold on, there really is no use in beating yourself up? Not according to the erudite and effervescent Kristin Neff, PhD who chronicles the reverse psychology in her best-selling book, Self-Compassion.

September 22, 2011 at 3:26 pm 5 comments

Susie Bright: on Erotic Literacy

Susie Bright: on Erotic Literacy

Sex seems simple… like an IKEA instruction pamphlet, yet somehow beyond “insert screw A into slot B,” many are confounded and overlook basic steps and wind up with a lot of parts unused. In the end, folks step back, satisfied the job’s been done, but knowing in their hearts something’s missing. Emission accomplished. Thankfully, Susie Bright knows how everyone ought [...]

September 15, 2011 at 2:28 pm 1 comment

Mike Daisey: on Corporate Accountability

Mike Daisey: on Corporate Accountability

Mike Daisey has a bone to pick with Steve Jobs.* Doesn’t matter that, recently, the latter resigned his role at Apple. Mike still believes there are serious ethical, if not legal, improprieties taken by Apple in the manufacturing of iPads, iPhones, MacBooks, heck, all electronics. In this episode of The High Bar, master monologist Mike Daisey, joins host Warren Etheredge [...]

September 8, 2011 at 5:20 pm 2 comments

Trimpin: on Music Appreciation

Trimpin: on Music Appreciation

What’s music to my ears, may be noise to yours. The space between cacophony and symphony is the field in which MacArthur genius grant recipient, Trimpin, has been frolicking for a lifetime. He turns found objects into Art and that Art into music, redefining our conceptions of the discarded and the melodic while creating installations that tunefully tickle fancies. When [...]

September 1, 2011 at 3:58 pm 8 comments

Miranda July: on Connectivity

Miranda July: on Connectivity

Just because we are all caught in the world wide web, doesn’t mean we’re all connected. For actress-filmmaker Miranda July, THE FUTURE is now, both in regards to the release of her stunning second feature — a deftly ironic mesh of magical realism and near-Mumblecore malaise — and in regards to our ability to all just get along. Is there [...]

August 25, 2011 at 6:56 am 16 comments

Matthew Lillard: on Directorial Debuts

Matthew Lillard: on Directorial Debuts

When Matthew Lillard (aka Shaggy) visits The High Bar, he’s in front of the camera where we are accustomed to seeing him as in films such as SCREAM, SLC PUNK and SPOONER. However, it is his first venture behind the camera, directing the adaptation of FAT KID RULES THE WORLD which inspires this spirited conversation with host Warren Etheredge, during [...]

August 11, 2011 at 4:00 pm 5 comments

Steven Greenstreet: on Marriage Equality

Steven Greenstreet: on Marriage Equality
August 9, 2011 at 9:31 pm 1 comment

Jonathan Evison: on The Great American Novel

Jonathan Evison: on The Great American Novel
August 9, 2011 at 9:29 pm 0 comments

Stephen Gyllenhaal: on Grassroot Politics

Stephen Gyllenhaal: on Grassroot Politics
August 9, 2011 at 9:28 pm 4 comments

Ryan Henry Ward: on Public Art

Ryan Henry Ward: on Public Art
August 9, 2011 at 9:27 pm 1 comment

Brendan Kiley: on Suicide Awareness

Brendan Kiley: on Suicide Awareness

Suicide is painless? Debatable. Arguing the merits and perils of self-termination with The Stranger‘s Brendan Kiley? Priceless. Join us at The High Bar for a spirited debate about society’s wavering (hypocritical?) stance on suicide.

August 9, 2011 at 9:26 pm 1 comment

Gaylen Ross: on Heroism

Gaylen Ross: on Heroism
August 9, 2011 at 9:25 pm 2 comments

Conrad Anker: on Mountain Climbing

Conrad Anker: on Mountain Climbing
August 9, 2011 at 9:24 pm 2 comments