Category: New Discoveries

American Tune

We were youngsters in 1973 when Paul Simon recorded his song “American Tune,” too immature to understand the profoundity of his words, too busy listening to disposable records to grasp the greatness of his creation. The song has been covered many times subsequently, but now that Kurt Elling sings it on his new album “1619...

Myq & Micah

Micah’s the tall one. Myq’s the short one (who plays guitar). They both sing. They’re both funny. With the release of their new album “Please Be Seated,” Myq Kaplan & Micah Sherman create musical comedy that’s simultaneously musical and comedic. (Imagine that!) Their work is sly, smart, and gently subversive, making larger points about music and...

The Bitter Buddha

There are a million funny comedians telling jokes and getting laughs. There is only one Eddie Pepitone. The ranting, raging performance artist and comic — think Sam Kinison, but smarter and with a social conscience — has long been treasured and revered by cognoscenti in the comedy community. Now, with the release of “The Bitter...

Flood Plain Produce

These days “organic” may not mean organic. But when you can actually see your food being grown and harvested on a charming three-acre plot surrounded by groves of ancient Redwoods, you fully understand what “organic” is supposed to mean: natural, sun-infused, unprocessed. And delicious. At Flood Plain Produce, in the tiny village of Pepperwood, along the Avenue of the Giants...

Set List

How does the comic mind work? Where does the funny come from? These and many other vital questions get answered every time Set List comes to town. It works like this: Some of the best comics on the scene are supplied with their “set list” — the topics they’ll cover — when they arrive on stage. Since these lists...

Harana Kings

In the old Philippines, before text messaging and Facebook, a gentleman courted a lady by serenading her at night beneath her window, a tradition called harana. Like Cuba’s “Buena Vista Social Club,” the new Harana Kings album joins seasoned veterans with young interpreters, creating music that’s simultaneously a cultrural remembrance and a fresh discovery. Guitars, light...

Minerva Cuevas

We need artists like Minerva Cuevas. The Mexican conceptualist and provocateur makes objects and installations exposing the pervasive control that corporations and cartels — and governments and religious institutions — exercise over our lives. She’s a cultural vandal who doesn’t descecrate; she illuminates. Her nonprofit Mejor Vida Corporation engages in all sorts of mischief (printing authentic...

Pete Holmes

His prepared material, showcased on “Conan” and “Fallon” and an hour-long Comedy Central special, is sensationally smart and wildly funny. But to see Pete Holmes live, improvising and riffing and creating comedy in the moment, is to experience the kind of alchemical magic one associates with the best jazz musicians. In a town full of funny...

Sam Lipsyte

Lovable losers. Pathetic bumblers. Lost souls who haven’t yet given up, even when abdication looks like the best move. These are the inhabitants of Sam Lipsyte’s comic imagination. To say the novelist and short-story author is funny would be obvious and true, but a disservice to his talent. Lipsyte is a brilliant prose stylist who exhibits...

Madikwe Safari Lodge

There may be places in South Africa that offer a higher density of game than the Madikwe reserve, near Botswana. But few offer as low of a humans-to-wild-animals ratio as you’ll find at Madikwe Safari Lodge. This sense of solitude helps connect visitors to the rhythms of the bush — that and a terrific staff...