Category Archive for 'Cultural events'

The Critical Mass

Americans are exceptional confabulists The singer-songwriter Bat MGrath writes earnest, heartfelt songs of relationships. Every word rings true. Nothing political. Yet it seems as though every time I see him play, he lets slip some hint of where his sentiments lie. As he did Saturday night. Between songs he described himself as an optimist, which […]

Read Full Post »

The Critical Mass

Did someone put something in Bill Cosby’s drink? I think it was after Game 2 of the World Series last week when the television – which is rarely on in the Spevak household these days – drifted over to The Colbert Report. I’d read that Stephen Colbert is closing down the faux-news cable show, which […]

Read Full Post »

The Critical Mass

America isn’t ready for a transgender Tea Party Last night I spent $4.99 to see Dallas Buyers Club, the first time I’ve ever purchased a movie on my TV. The cable folks sure make it easy to take your money, don’t they? I’m now a big fan of the movie’s star, Matthew McConaughey, thanks to […]

Read Full Post »

The Critical Mass

Live at SXSW: On line with the homeless You bump into all kinds of interesting people at the South by Southwest Music Conference, in Austin Texas. Yesterday, it was Thomas Dolby. Dolby…? Dolby…? Yes, the fellow with the huge ’80s MTV hit “She Blinded Me With Science.” I had just stepped out of a club […]

Read Full Post »

The Critical Mass

The land of reality-show bottom feeders I’m plunging into total news blackout for the next eight days. As is always the case with any detoxification program, there will be a period of decompression from the unrelenting media stimulus. Like yesterday. We’re sitting with a handful of Boston firemen and cops in a tiki bar on […]

Read Full Post »

The Critical Mass

If the choice was high school reunion or holding my hand on a hot grill for a minute… An e-mail arrived a few weeks ago. My 35th high school reunion is coming up. Nordonia High School, a suburb of Cleveland. I will not be attending; The folk singer Peter Case is playing at a friend’s […]

Read Full Post »

The Critical Mass

Live from SXSW No. 1: Human trafficking, right beneath the bomb-sniffing dog nose of Homeland Security With one salmonella outbreak in the chicken enchiladas, a huge piece of the popular music industry could be wiped out. The South by Southwest Music Festival begins Wednesday in Austin, Texas, with an estimated 1,800 acts officially playing, and […]

Read Full Post »

I read The Sunday Times, so you don’t have to: Feb. 21 Friends have pointed out that in these weekly synopses of The Times, my liberal leanings seem overly obvious. I can’t apologize for that, I come by it honestly: Every time I visit my parents in Ohio, they have the TV tuned into Fox […]

Read Full Post »

The Critical Mass

Tiny, tiny turds that can easily be kicked into the gutter Yet another overly manicured dog is the 2010 Best in Show of the Westminster Kennel Club. A Scotch terrier. Oh, excuse me. Scottish terrier. I’m the Scotch terrier. Anyway, the night’s winner, Sadie, is perky, lovable and completely useless. She couldn’t hold a tennis […]

Read Full Post »

I read The Sunday New York Times, so you don’t have to: Feb. 14 This morning’s first music: the indie psychedelic-folk rock band Vetiver’s haunting Tight Knit. It is Valentine’s Day, I must remember to call my parents…. 1, As is too often the case in tragedies, the death of a Georgian luger during a […]

Read Full Post »

Older Posts »