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Family Problems

In the aftermath of the devastation wrought by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, where thousands died and hundreds-of-thousands more were left homeless, almost everyone I spoke to asked the same question: My Filipina wife — was anyone in her immediate family affected? Everyone was greatly relieved to learn that, no, none of my wife’s immediate...

Laurence Hobgood’s “Christmas”

We’re on the record: the world needs another Christmas music collection about as much as another porno clip. We’ve got plenty. What more needs to be added, what else can be said on the subject of Christmas songs that hasn’t already been said wonderfully well by hundreds — thousands? — of others? Pianist-arranger-composer Laurence Hobgood,...

The Slow Motion Holocaust

Identification, ostracism, confiscation, concentration, and annihilation. Those are the key steps in all genocides. We haven’t yet accomplished the final solution, the annihilation part, but we’ve done a brilliant job of the first four steps in our slow-motion holocaust against the American Underclass, the perpetually poor lowest ten percent of our society. The clever part,...

The House I Live In

Eugene Jarecki’s award-winning documentary, “The House I Live In,” is necessary viewing for anyone who mistakenly thinks continuing our disastrous War on Drugs, declared by Richard Nixon in 1971, is a good idea. The genius of this film is that it examines the toll our national folly and hypocrisy takes not only on entire communities...

Poem: Connecting to the Higher Vibe

Look inward, into the light at your center, the light that came from Saturn passing through our galaxy on and around and maybe inside the same sacred molecules breathed by Gandhi. And Jimi. Everyone. All breathing the same breath, born of the same ecstatic release.   They tell you where to gaze and why to eat...

To Protect and to Serve and to Text

Terminal 3 at LAX is where we go when booked on Alaska Airlines. We’re familiar with the terminal’s passenger screening area, where, last week, an angry white male drew a gun and began shooting TSA agents, killing one, wounding many others, and sending hundreds of terrified bystanders running for safety out of emergency exits and...

Why I Died

The solo performer Katie Rubin works in the theatrical comedy tradition of Lily Tomlin and Whoopi Goldberg, portraying multiple characters, often at the same time, in the same scene. In her new show, “Why I Died,” playing through November 23 in Hollywood’s Hudson Theater, Rubin applies her considerable acting chops to a confessional memoir of spiritual...

Dirty Thoughts

We’ve learned from experience, from having a surfeit of dirty thoughts. Voluntarily removing more than 3,000 pieces of litter from Hollywood’s Runyon Canyon (and the streets around it), has taught us several abiding lessons that the City of Los Angeles should consider in the ongoing battle against trash blight. + Getting folks not to litter in the...

Money Well Spent

California’s overseers of worker’s compensation awards have determined that Lt. John Pike, the University of California cop who pepper-sprayed non-violent student protesters as they sat peaceably on the ground, is entitled to $38,000 from state taxpayers in light of the actual pain and acute stress suffered as a result of the incident. Seems Officer Pike got...

The Tomorrow Show

If you’re able to be awake and sentient at Midnight on Saturdays in Hollywood, you can experience the most wonderfully weird variety show in Los Angeles: “The Tomorrow Show.” Hosted by the incomparable Ron Lynch, a comic genius who Duke Ellington would have complimented with his highest praise “beyond category,” TTS is unpredictable — a fictional...