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

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

On Tap: Tim Blake Nelson

On Tap Tim Blake Nelson

You can count on seeing many great guests at The High Bar during Season 4, kicking off early next year, including filmmaker Walter Salles, screenwriter Stewart Stern, actor Tim Blake Nelson (below), WARM BODIES’ Isaac Marion (Author), Tom Skerritt and Ari Kohn, founder of the Post-Prison Education Program. Set your dvrs and expectations to… stunning.

January 23, 2013 at 12:57 am 0 comments

On Tap: Colum McCann

On Tap: Colum McCann
January 29, 2013 at 2:39 pm 0 comments

On Tap: Ari Kohn on Post Prison Education

On Tap: Ari Kohn on Post Prison Education

Ari Kohn will visit The High Bar during Season 4. If you’d like to get a feel for the amazing work he is doing, having founded the Post-Prison Education Program, tune into Community Stories on the Seattle Channel this Monday at 7pm, or just watch the segment now:http://www.seattlechannel.org/videos/video.asp?ID=3171209

January 23, 2013 at 12:32 am 0 comments

On Tap: Stewart Stern on Multiple Personality Disorders

On Tap: Stewart Stern on Multiple Personality Disorders

Beloved screenwriter Stewart Stern (REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE) visited The High Bar to raise the bar for multiple personality disorders, that’s why he brought along much of his research for SYBIL, including transcripts and recordings of the real Sybil’s therapy sessions.    

January 23, 2013 at 12:40 am 0 comments