Emily King and Moorea Masa at Doug Fir, Portland, Oregon

If I thought Portland wasn’t in the mood to pack themselves into the Doug Fir for Emily King’s show Tuesday night, I was mistaken. When I walked in with my bike helmet and camera bag, the sellout-sized audience was already climaxing over Read More …

Red Clay: Guillermo del Toro’s “Crimson Peak”

First a brief film studies quiz. Blood colored clay is a metaphor for which of the following? a) violence, b) the red ink of insolvency, c) menstruation, d) all of the above. Hyper-obvious metaphors aside, Crimson Peak is the most Read More …

Sao Paolo, Brazil

Today we arrived in Brazil to start our four-week South American tour for “A Miracle”. Compared to last year, the mega-megalopolis of Sao Paolo looked virtually unchanged as it passed under the wing of our plane. Overcast, as always. The Read More …

What Price, Badassery: Damien Chazelle’s “Whiplash”

I was fourteen years old when I first saw Buddy Rich play live. My best friend at the time was a jazz drummer, and after our Saturday afternoon rehearsals we often found ourselves lying on the floor of his living Read More …

Fumble in the Jungle: Sam Harris vs Noam Chomsky

  I missed the Pacquiao/Mayweather bout last week, but I stumbled upon a conflict of comparable proportions in the form of a heated email exchange between eminent linguist and political analyst Noam Chomsky and the philosopher and noted atheist Sam Read More …