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Friday, May 16 2014

In Defense Of ... Live Performances That Make the Audience Feel Alive

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

Geek Girl Con 2013 Synthesized Pop Culture, Science, Technology, and Critical Inquiry

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

In Defense Of ... The Postal Service Reunion

Rarely does a one-off side project generate so much interest a full decade after the band's lone release. But as the Postal Service proved on a recent tour stop in Maryland, the attention is well deserved.


Wednesday, April 3 2013

A Cirque Du Soleil Performance in Hollywood Evokes Memories of the Circus of Hollywood

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

In Defense Of ... Going to South By Southwest

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

Traveling without the TARDIS: The Post-‘Doctor Who’ Life of Caitlin Blackwood

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

Color Television: What Diversity Looks Like in America Today

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

The Way You Do The Things You Do: Sex Education and Smokey Robinson

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

The Major Comics Publishers Skipped Geek Girl Again, But Is That Such a Bad Thing?

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

E3 2012: The Crowd, the Blood, The Screen

Pay attention to the rumblings of E3 2012 and you'll hear what may be a series of forthcoming storms.


Monday, December 12 2011

A Slice of Berlin in Los Angeles

Time takes away the meaning of an object. But then again, it also imbues an object, such as fragments of the Berlin Wall, with another.


Monday, October 10 2011

One Weekend, Thirty Geeks, Five Projects: ‘Hacking’ for a Good Cause

How a group of people hacked in to start-up culture to change the world.


Monday, July 11 2011

Digital Archeology: Digging Deep Into the Archives of Ancient Internet History

Imagine an old issue of Wired magazine, a monstrous cellphone (I think they were called “car phones” at that time), and a beat up Game Boy. Now, imagine the Internet, as it was, beside such artifacts.


Wednesday, July 6 2011

Hall and Oates: Still Relevant. Still Rocking.

Hall and Oates use the internet and collaboration with young bands and artists to infuse their classic songs with modern sensibilities. This is why their concerts are filled with fans that were barely born when those songs were written.


Thursday, April 14 2011

Record Store Day: The Cost in the Grooves

For a few hours each year, music geeks converge on indie record stores in hopes of scoring vinyl Holy Grails -- and then scurry back to their computers to watch auction prices soar on the items they didn’t get.


Wednesday, April 13 2011

An Infectious Case of Jazz Fanaticism

What happens when you take two friends who know little about jazz to a club for a night of totally spontaneous "eek-onk" music? The results can be surprising.


Sunday, March 6 2011

The Blessing and the Curse of the Grammys

Bieber Fever raged when Esperanza Spalding bumped the boy aside to claim the 2011 Grammys Best New Artist award, but do jazz fans really give a damn about the Grammys?


Sunday, August 22 2010

Chilled to Spill: How The Oil Spill Ruined Chillwave’s Summer Vacation

Empty nostalgia or a realignment of values, chillwave's alchemical waste-sounds may be on the cusp of a deadbeat summer.


Thursday, September 3 2009

Ride This Time Machine Down a Road Less Traveled

Jump into that ’59 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz with the maxed-out tailfins, contemplate what an original Barbie doll could fetch on eBay, and enjoy this roll call of Reasons Why Everything Changed in 1959.


Monday, February 2 2009

Concert Overload

Free-for-all shows are like a "cool" parent trying to be your friend, instead of your authority figure. While it seems like a good situation at first -- no curfew, no rules -- you realize, eventually, that what it really needs is some structure.


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