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

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

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