My supremely well connected, thumb-on-the-pulse Dad called this election back in October, pointing out that if Raham could beat back the residency issue, which was ghosting on the horizon locally at that time, he would be our next Mayor by significant margin ... and god help him for what he's going to have to deal with once he's in.
I loved PAFF and the companion artisan market that used to be part of it, and had been every year since I moved to Cali - up until it relocated from Magic's theater to someplace down in Culver City, which irritated me so much I *flounced* off in a huff. Flounced!
To zero effect. My friends were all "yeah, you're right..." and kept going to PAFF. The only impact my flouncing had was I missed a whole bunch of movies you will not be able to see easily in this country otherwise.
As it is an amazing good festival, and I've missed it, I decided that this year I would get over Myself and return to PAFF, keyboard in hand!
But, um. The 2011 fest kind of snuck up on me right when I had neither the time nor money to attend. Oops.
So! if I had actually gotten to it this year (the festival ends today) this is what I would have seen at the Pan African Film Festival. Too, I had planned to review again:
Idiot Girl Strikes Again got so caught up doing the rest of it, I forgot to post it ON MY OWN BLOG.
As you know, Bob, last year I put together an entire stage show at the first ever Hollywood Fringe Festival, learning as I went along because I had never done something like this before. Thanks primarily to Molly, the amazing (and patient) team at ComedySportz LA, and the super-helpful HFF crew, I did it!
Even better, because of that terrifying/thrilling/amazing/exhausting experience, I met some amazing people who became friends (special shout-out to Laura and Flint).
I want to do my show again this summer at Fringe, stepping it up a bit this time, but the only way I can is if I raise the production funds needed in advance. I'm using the crowdsourcing platform Kickstarter for fundraising.
These are wiggy economic times for all. My ask here is if you want to support, but just can't contribute financially right now, please signal boost this link, which has all the details. Every eyeball helps, because you never know what eyeball has a couple of free bucks they can toss into the effort.
Here's a handy guide of the types of folks you can boost your signal to:
If you want to see if I can actually get through an entire hour without saying 'fuck' once, check out this link.
If you know someone who likes live storytelling, send them this link.
If you know someone who loves/hates Michael Bay's movies, send them this link.
If you know someone who likes geekly things in general, not just giant robots, send them this link.
If you know someone from the Midwest - OMG so am I - send them this link.
If you know Nelson, send him this link. (I have emailed him a few times over the years, and he has never once answered back. pout.)
If you know who this awesome guy is,*** send him this link. (I'm gonna Twit it at him, but can't hurt to have others nudge him!)
If for some reason you want to put somebody else's ad on your site, the embed code for the pitch video below is at the link, as is an itty bitty widget.
Whatever you choose to do to help, I thank you muchly!
*** Thanks, awesome guy, for the best, most perfectly timed direct message ever. You have no idea.
My deep admiration for the works of Kathleen Ann Goonan is no secret around here. If you can put up with dealing with what I can't at the moment - the homeport's search engine over there on the siderail - you'll find many more entries about her as person and her as work sprinkled throughout the life of this blog. But you won't find all of them because the search engine kinda sucks.
Yesterday the RSS reader thingy, where Goonan's blog is among my subscriptions, brought delightful news that she was interviewed on Jazz Connections, a radio show on NPR affiliate Interlochen Public Radio hosted by Jeff Haas, and it sounds like it went *great*! Snip:
In the full post excerpted above, Goonan mentiones that Haas is also a jazz musician. (And also a techer.) This immediately made me think of the fantabulous Campbell/Moore interview of Epic that was so incredible in no small part because the interviewer (Campbell) had WWI Trench Level Experience of his own going into it. The conversation flows differently because of that.
You can listen live and online to the interview by going to the listen link on his siderail. The show airs locally and (simultaneously online ... I think) Saturday at 7 pm (on IPR News Radio), Sunday at 6 pm (on Classical IPR), and Thursday at 10:06 pm (on Classical IPR).
The link takes you to a summary of the findings, with the option to download a pdf of the full report over at the bottom right siderail. Clicky the download.
Related, I'm proud to be associated with an organization that played a key role in demolishing the San Bernardino attempt. All I did was edit the press release and write it up in the newsletter, but still.