Author: Michael Konik

Homey Prophet Speaks

Where you want to put it, fool? On the dark? All right. I’ll say it again: All right. All right. You know it’s gonna be all right. Everything is gonna be all right even when it’s not. Perfection includes imperfection. And that includes you, fool. So where you want to put it, my brother, My...

February 22, 2015

February 22, 2015

MK Punky hosts and performs in “Revolutionary Words” at Elderberries Café, in Hollywood — with Utkarsh (UTKtheInc)

March 7, 2015

March 7, 2015

MK Punky hosts and performs in “Revolutionary Words” at Elderberries Café, in Hollywood — with Eddie Pepitone!

Marina Abramovic

Marina Abramovic is one of the most powerful artists of our time. Her medium is performance, the human body as a maker and object of art. In the arresting and illuminating documentary “Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present,” about her landmark 2012 exhibition at New York’s Museum of Modern Art — entitled “The Artist is...

Chapter Fourteen

Jefferson Jiminez had never seen so many naked women in his life. Not in person, anyway. This was different than those gangbang videos, for sure. No doubt the girls here in this house, they weren’t as fine as the young, tight tramps you saw in the jerk-off movies. But damn! They sure were enthusiastic. Tammy,...

Slow/Fast’s “Settle”

Reedman, composer, Bang-on-a-Can-All-Star and Gutbucket alum Ken Thomson leads his Slow/Fast Quintet — Russ Johnson, trumpet; Nir Felder, guitar; Adam Armstrong, bass; Fred Kennedy, drums — through a universe of musical possibilities on the group’s September, 2014 release “Settle.” Everyone here is a virtuoso, which helps with music as technically demanding and intricate as Thomson’s, but that’s...

Chapter Thirteen

Ruthie Linder, the casting director, looked up from her stack of headshots and resumes. She peered over her glasses at the handsome young man standing on the other side of her desk. He was cute. (Weren’t they all?) And his skin: so pure. It was more than unblemished. His skin glowed, as though his face...

Poem: The Power of Being Humane

The United States of America has surrendered all claims to moral superiority. We’re the world’s largest exporter of state-sponsored terrorism and international perfidy. We operate one-thousand overseas military bases in places that, best case scenario, put up with our presence begrudgingly, sullenly, involuntarily hosting the bellicose bully with a B-2 bomber, the abusive uncle who shows...

Chapter Twelve

“Possibly the worst poker players I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing.” Between ravenous bites of a low-carb chicken wrap, Lenny Wizenberg repeated the sentence twice, putting emphasis on “the” the first time and “worst” the second time. Doug Bishop wasn’t really listening to his partner’s declamations, or watching him, either. Lenny’s hungry bites reminded...

Kira Hooks

The Los Angeles-based Filipino-American singer-songwriter Kira Hooks has a beautiful life ahead of her. Based on her debut recording, “Elephant Heart,” twelve well-produced original songs that defy strict genre categorization — think “jazz and soul-inflected pop” — almost anything’s possible for this extravagantly talented musician. Hooks is a good writer, and a good instrumentalist. But...