Thursday, January 31, 2008

Will the return of Lost live up to the hype?

And more importantly, will I be able to get my damn Letters of Transport without a birth certificate? Or am I a hostage in my own country?

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

"Say You Love Satan" at the Attic Theatre

Eric Jorgenson is appearing as "The World's Most Perfect Boyfriend" in the Attic Theatre production of Say You Love Satan, by Roberto Aguirre-Sacara.

The Attic Theatre is located at 5429 Washington Blvd., between Fairfax and Hauser, in Culver City. For more information call the theatre at 323/525-0600 or go to

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Good news for Ann Coulter: she won't be roasting in Hell for all eternity alone!

Kelly Tilghman will be there with her... but hey, cheer up, Kelly. Racism was a good career move for John Gibson and Don Imus, too.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Blockade this, why don'tcha?

Too much news today had me yelling at the radio and frightening the horses. Fortunately, my sister happened to chose today to ask about how to donate perfectly good unused medical supplies that might otherwise be trashed. While there are no shortage of organizations with appropriate credentials throughout the world, here's a short-short list:

Doctors without Borders
1-888-392-0392 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week)

Rainbow World Fund
4111 - 18th St, San Francisco, CA

Volunteer for Inter-American Development Assistance (VIDA)
6251 Hollis St., Emeryville, CA

I'd much rather concentrate on being a part of crossing those borders that can't be seen from space for the good of humankind, than participate in the screaming match that tends to forget that whatever the border, whatever the conflict, on both sides there are mothers and fathers and children who all basically want the same thing out of life.

Perhaps from time to time, if someone else happens to get a little fed up at how the grown-ups of this planet are running things, they might consider looking at that little ball of dirt and air and water spinning through space and ask themselves what they can do to help it along.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

If ever the hype didn't do a show justice...

For the first time, I can say that there's a "reality" show that really impresses me. These kids can dance! I have the feeling that many of the contestants will end up stars in their own right in the future. This may be a town that chews up and spits out more talented people that you could ever imagine, but I'd like to think that they're all gonna make it.

I guess someone in televisionland figured it was time to put on a reality show where everyone seems bent over backwards to be nice to each other for a change. It's nice, especially in these times, to be able to watch a program that actually lightens your heart a bit. Television doesn't do that much anymore.

...That is, until they started to vote the participants off, one each week. Like the last thing Hollywood needs right now is a bunch of young newcomer dancers joining the ranks of everyone else in town moping around with nothing to do until the strike ends.

Saturday, January 05, 2008

A Moody California Winter

I finally made it to the "Birth of the Cool" exhibition the day before it closed. It was worth the trip --especially with the clouds that turned the sky all shades of grey threatening to open up and pour at any moment.

Chet Baker and Crew (1956) by William Claxton

Here's the sound track from the exhibition (which goes great with a rainy day, by the way):

Moon Dreams - Miles Davis
In a Mellotone - Chico Hamilton Quintet
What's New- Art Pepper
The Blessing - Ornette Coleman

Out of Nowhere - Gerry Mulligan, Joe Benjamin & Paul Desmond
Something Cool - June Christy

Let's Get Lost - Chet Baker
The Trouble With Me Is You - Zoot Sims Quintet
A Gem From Tiffany - Shelly Manne and His Men

Halima and Chet Baker (1955) by William Claxton

Thursday, January 03, 2008

Are they on the wrong planet ...or am I?

The African bishops of the Anglican Church, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Bob Allen, Pope Benedict XVI, the government of Cameroon, Dick Cheney, Ann Coulter, Larry Craig, Rudy Giuliani, Ted Haggard, Tim Hardaway, Paris Hilton, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, John Howard, Mike Huckabee, Don Imus, LeBron James, Jim McGreevey, Dina McGreevey, John McCain, Donnie McClurkin, Glenn Murphy Jr, Jim Naugle, Scott Lively, the mayor of Moscow, Rupert Murdoch, Bill O'Reilly, Ge. Peter Pace, Billy Packer, Rene Portland, Vladimir Putin, Bill Richardson, Mitt Romney, Karl Rove, Arnold Schwarzenegger, OJ Simpson, Leslie Southwick, Clarence Thomas, John Travolta, Donald Trump, Mark Wahlberg, Isaiah Washington, Rowan Williams...

...and this is just the short list. Where's Julie Andrews singing "My Favorite Things" when you need her?

Now I read that the Pope not once but twice has declared that the biggest threat to world peace is not global warming, North Korea, Vladimir Putin's suggesting he'd like to scrap all the nuclear non-proliferation treaties and outfit Russia with some new nukes (having enough to blow up the Earth a dozen times over isn't enough? Or have they "lost" all their old ones?),the generals of Myanmar, Hugo Chavez, the People's Republic of China, Sudan's genocide in Darfur, the political unrest in Pakistan, or Israel's occupation of the Palestinian Territories... it's gay people!

Am I suffering from seasonal affected disorder? Or do I just need some chocolate? When do I not need chocolate? Maybe the Pope needs some chocolate. Maybe he should read a newspaper printed after the 14th century.