Tagged: new discovery

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...

Kate Berlant

It would be convenient to lump performers like Kate Berlant into a category called “experimental comedy” or “alt-alt comedy.” But sometimes what Berlant does onstage isn’t necessarily comedy. It’s a kind of art. Yes, she’s fabulously funny, especially when yammering haughtily but nonsensically, like a New Age academic on hashish. And she earns laughs by finding...

Late Quartet

Despite being handicapped by a complete absence of CGI natural disasters, murderous firearms, or human bloodshed, the feature film “A Late Quartet” is surprisingly interesting. You could say it’s an adult film — about four adults (members of a world-famous string quartet) playing adult music (Beethoven, Shostakovich), grappling with adult concerns (mortality, fidelity, honesty). Writer-director Yaron...

Enrich LA

Certain simple ideas have the power to transform humanity (for the better). Creating an organic community garden is one of those life-changing concepts. The forward-thinking nonprofit, EnrichLA, builds gardens at schools, using students, parents, and community volunteers to construct irrigated planting beds, trees, flowers, and vegetables. In the tradition of Habitat for Humanity, it all happens...

The Fake Gallery

Hollywood’s strange and wonderful Fake Gallery, not far from the grand gates of Paramount Studios, is a better place to visit and experience than write about. It’s a refreshingly clean space, a fertile garden where things happen: comedy, spoken word, music, art, happenings. The stench of “industry interest” is blissfully absent. At The Fake, art and...

Moshe Kasher

Wise, strong, and polished way beyond his years (33), writer and comedian Moshe Kasher is quickly establishing himself as his own category. He’s becoming known nationally for uncommon confidence in his sexuality (ambiguous), intelligence (superior), and willingness to speak what he believes to be the truth (always). He’s on tour and on Twitter and on TV,...

Risk of Ruin

Arnold Snyder’s new novel Risk of Ruin is set in the biker, blackjack, and body-ink subcultures and features as one of the main characters God Almighty — in the form of a 15-year-old runaway Vegas stripper. In other words, our kind of book! The beauty of RoR is how elegantly the author entwines some sensationally subversive...

Rocky Anderson

So much for stereotypes! Apparently one can be an elected official in Utah without being a reactionary Mormon. Meet Carl Ross Rocky Anderson, former mayor of Salt Lake City and candidate for President of the United States, running on the newly formed Justice Party ticket. His views align consistently with the editorial board here at MK.com —...

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...

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...