Thursday, February 25 2016
Over-stylised and strangely unaffecting, Katie Mitchell’s staging of Sarah Kane’s controversial play yields mixed results.
Tuesday, January 26 2016
There's an interesting play somewhere in the thin structure of China Doll, but not even a dutiful performance by Al Pacino can bring it to life.
Tuesday, July 21 2015
Hip-hop, free speech and misogyny at North by Northeast.
Wednesday, July 8 2015
There is a large community of alt-black folks out there, and Afropunk has given them a big tent to party under.
Monday, June 8 2015
Bob Dylan's current show is a book musical without the book, crafted by the American Shakespeare.
Monday, January 19 2015
Grammy nominations in jazz are rarely adventurous and usually confusing. Yet this year's slate is intriguing.
Monday, November 10 2014
GeekGirlCon may not be a "comic-con", but it has helped to bring about positive change in comics culture.
Thursday, October 30 2014
Haunted houses. Extreme haunts. Big scares. Big money. Maybe even big health benefits (when used with caution, of course). Step inside, if you dare.
Monday, October 13 2014
The trend in alternate reality gaming fits a traditional definition of hyperreality; the condition where fiction and the real become indistinguishably blended together.
Friday, September 12 2014
Categorizing the world we live in may be one of the most primal of human appetites.This exhibit challenges how we do that.
Friday, May 16 2014
Artists feed off their fans. Fans feed off the artists. A good live performance leaves the spirit relieved of its hunger. Hear that, Chvrches?
Monday, November 11 2013
I can't think of another gathering of academics, practitioners, and fans that places comics alongside not just other pop media, but also science, math, and technology.
Wednesday, June 26 2013
Rarely does a one-off side project generate so much interest a full decade after the band's lone release.
Wednesday, April 3 2013
What do Dracula, The Pink Panther, Rocky Horror, The Exorcist, Thomas Edison and Danny Elfman have to do with Cirque Du Soleil? The Next Reel explores the 'Two Billion Nickelodeon'.
Monday, March 18 2013
Four days, six stories, one column, dozens of tweets and nearly 10,000 words later, I'm still wondering how we define success at SXSW.
Tuesday, November 27 2012
Caitlin Blackwood and her television counterpart, Amelia Pond, have something in common: their lives have been forever changed by meeting the Doctor and traveling far from home.
Monday, November 19 2012
The buzz word from the 2012 presidential election is "diversity". It's a good story. The look of the Obama crowd had both the structure and randomness of a Jackson Pollock painting. It was the ol' melting pot writ large.
Monday, September 17 2012
In his golden years, Smokey Robinson is more convincingly and excitingly sexual and sensual than nearly every young performer who will join the parade of sensationalistic imagery on the MTV VMA awards.
Monday, September 3 2012
In my review of last year's convention I made the case for Marvel and DC to be in attendance. After attending this year's convention, I think a case could also be made for the major publishers to stay away.
Sunday, June 17 2012
Pay attention to the rumblings of E3 2012 and you'll hear what may be a series of forthcoming storms.