Thursday, December 31, 2009

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Monday, December 21, 2009

John Blum Performs @ Pianos NYC TONIGHT!

John Blum: Piano

Charles Gayle: Bass

Sabir Mateen: Saxophone

Michael Wimberly: Drums

Monday, December 21

Sets at 9:30 and 11:00

Pianos NYC

158 Ludlow Street

$5, no minimum

Josh Alan Friedman Remembers WEIRDO

“First floor, ladies lingerie and French parfume, second floor, men’s hernia trusses,” sang out the bulbous-nosed Irish elevator men...

Josh Alan Friedman takes you on a stroll down memory lane that leads to Crumb's Weirdo. Please provide your own Leroy Anderson soundtrack.

Click here to read it at Black Cracker Online.

Xmas Balls

copyright © 2009 Wyatt Doyle

Friday, December 18, 2009

Have Yourself a Borgnine Christmas!

Christmas comes a few days early this year for the good people of Sherman Oaks when the great Ernest Borgnine visits the local Borders this Saturday, December 19th, to sign copies of his autobiography, ERNIE (details here).

Starts at 2 p.m. Drink a few bottles of Borgnine's Coffee Soda if you expect to keep up with the man, God Bless Ya!

See "The Importance of Being Ernie" here.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Monday, December 14, 2009

Josh Alan Friedman Talks With Doc Watson

"...He said, ‘Dad, what do you think about goin’ commercial?’ And I said, ‘You want an honest answer, son?’ He said, ‘Yeah, and I hope it’s the way I feel about it.’ I said, ‘I don't want no part of that rat race. Let’s do what we’re doin’ and try to stay alive in the business.’ He said, ‘Them’s my thoughts, exactly.’”

"The Circle Unbroken: Doc Watson" by Josh Alan Friedman.

Read it here, at Black Cracker Online.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

BBP!'s Jason Lenzi Explains It All for You.

Plastic Man: Jason Lenzi

One look at their catalog and you've got to agree Bif Bang Pow! is a pretty cool company. And for an operation with so many high-profile licenses in its stable, it was built on and maintains an admirably DIY philosophy.

Honcho Jason Lenzi is a friend, so we've been following BBP!'s growth from the beginning. And it's been rewarding and inspirational watching someone fulfill his lifelong dream with nothing in his corner at the start but desire and drive.

Lately Lenzi's been filing a regular column - Plastic Soul - over at Action Figure Insider, where he's been peeling back the curtain on the toy business, explaining just how a thing goes from famous/beloved entertainment property to merchandise, and revealing a few trade secrets in the process.

Whatever your feelings about toys and toy collecting, if you're interested at all in popular culture you'll find Lenzi good company. He's a spirited writer with strong opinions on subjects that extend well beyond things plastic and poseable, and his entertaining columns are worth your time.

Particularly his latest, "Tribulations of the Trade," in which he shares some of his memorable experiences in the frequently frustrating world of licensing and approvals. That's the part of the process where studios and stars get to have their say, and anyone who knows even a little about the entertainment industry knows that that's the time when things tend to become...interesting. Things certainly do for Lenzi, and he's naming names.

Click here to read "Tribulations of the Trade" before the injunctions are handed down.

photo by Wyatt Doyle

Monday, December 7, 2009

Josh Alan Friedman? Not a big football fan.

"I hate the tailgate parties in the parking lots—a heart-attack land of barbecue smokers, “pulled pork” sandwiches and big bellies. I hate the Fritos, the Cheese Doodles, the pork rinds, the guzzling from industrial beer tanks. The headache-inducing white noise of “the game,” omnipresent on TVs and radios, in restaurants and clubs..."

"Football Hate: Don't Tread on Me" by Josh Alan Friedman.

Read it here at Black Cracker Online.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Vanina Marsot in Berlin

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the Berliner Dom

copyright © 2009 Vanina Marsot

Click here to order your copy of Vanina Marsot's new book, Foreign Tongue: A Novel of Life and Love in Paris.