HIPSTER TIP OF THE WEEK California native son Shane Guffogg is back in the southland at the Manhattan Beach Art Center (until June 11th) for his first solo show of new work since his triumphant exhibitions in St. Petersburg and Baku, Azerbaijan. While those shows were huge symphonies of images (75 and 73 paintings respectively), "The Dance of Thought" is more like a … Continue reading "BILL MAHER IS A BIGOT" - in Conversation with Muslim Screenwriter Kamran Pasha
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HIPSTER TIP OF THE WEEK Brad Schreiber's non-fiction book investigating the Patty Hearst case, REVOLUTION'S END, is a matter of the right writer coming together with the right subject matter. Many journalists have been enticed onto the dance floor with rich girl Patty in her guerilla garb and Kalashnikov rifle - most recently Jeffrey Toobin in American … Continue reading ON THE MOVE IN THE CITY OF ANGELS
HIPSTER TIPS OF THE WEEK When Sharr White's play The Snow Geese opened in New York, Ben Brantley wrote in the New York Times that "it is unlikely to stir any emotion except bewilderment as to how this lifeless play wound up on Broadway." Such reviews are the kiss of death for any new play, and The … Continue reading CARNAGE AND COMPASSION IN TRUMP'S AMERICA
HIPSTER'S LAMENT The ABC-TV dramatic series American Crime is just two episodes into its third season (Sundays 10-11 pm), and it's already a crashing bore. As usual, the series is pursuing multiple storylines, which include a Mexican man searching for his lost son in the fruit-picking fields, the many Grapes of Wrath-type exploitations of workers … Continue reading Pasadena Film Festival, part 3: THE WORLD IS BROKEN. CAN IT BE FIXED?
The great 20th Century theater critic Harold Clurman said that the relative health of any society could be measured by the vitality of its theater scene. I'm not sure that this is true anymore in the age of Trump, where his election can be viewed as the triumph of self-interest over conscience and moral self-sacrifice, … Continue reading Pasadena Film Festival Roundup, part 2: FEARING (AND BEING) THE OTHER
Hipster Tip of the Week: 33 VARIATIONS by Moises Kaufman at The Actors Coop. They just added two more performances - Saturday the 25th at 8 and Sunday the 26th at 2:30 - of this brilliant production about a contemporary musicologist stricken with ALS who is determined to solve the mystery of why the dying Beethoven devoted so … Continue reading Pasadena Film Festival Roundup, Pt. 1: Funny in Search of Money
For the ten days between March 8 and March 17, the Hipster felt as if he was trapped inside some Twisted version of the Bill Murray movie, Groundhog Day. Each weekday mid-afternoon he would get into his 20 year old car and head East toward Pasadena with the hope of getting to the Film Festival there … Continue reading Hello, Aspiring Filmmakers! - and Goodbye to an All-Time Hero
"Everything Donald Trump is doing now is right out of the Authoritarian Playbook. Right out of it. Make people feel powerless and overwhelmed? Check. Attack the press as the enemy of the people? Check. Portray yourself as the only one who can save the day? Check." It's a beautiful March day in Los Angeles, … Continue reading A Serious Talk with A Serious Man: Robert Schenkkan, Pulitzer-Prize Winning Playwright
HIPSTER BLAST FROM THE PAST: 25 years ago, the Twisted Hipster had a play running Off-Broadway that got 17 rave reviews, including from the NY Times. He got a call to come pitch movie ideas to Dustin Hoffman, at that time the Hipster's favorite actor, who had won the Oscar for Rain Man just a few … Continue reading LA LA LAND, Part 2b: LA-BASED ACTRESSES HAVE A LOT TO SAY!
HIPSTER TIP OF THE WEEK: Do not miss PLASTICITY by Alex Lyras at the Hudson Guild Theatre. I beg to differ with Lovel Estell III for his prickly and nit-picky Stage Raw review of a show that has the best visual scheme and the most of on its mind of anything the Hipster has seen on … Continue reading LA LA LAND part 2a: LA-BASED ACTRESSES SPEAK UP
Love it, hate it or feel indifferent about it, Damien Chazelle's film La La Land is more than just a movie for those of us in the arts living in the Hollywood area. Dealing as it does with the unexpected and yet somehow inevitable love affair between two aspiring artists, a jazz pianist (Sebastion) and an … Continue reading LIVING IN LA LA LAND, part I
"Everything is political." That was the word on the street in the late '60s and '70s, when the Twisted Hipster came of age. The age came by it honestly: From the assassination of JFK to the anti-Vietnam War movement to the killings of Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King and the riots at the 1968 … Continue reading "THE ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE"