Tag Archives: social commentary

Updated: Playing the Trump Card

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The hashtag #NotMyPresident is quite popular right now.  I can’t get behind it.  Whether or not a person voted for Mr. Trump, he is now the soon-to-be Chief Executive of the country.  So he will be  our President as defined by the Law of the Land, the United States Constitution. And, because he is our soon-to-be President, there are many legal ways to interact with ...

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The Season of the Scare

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Lately my thoughts have drifted to Halloween because we live in a culture where, the moment Labor Day hits, polite women stop wearing white shoes and grocery stores start pushing orange bags of candy. As with most things in America, sophisticated marketing has changed Halloween over the years. However, the essentials of the holiday are still there: the candy, the dress-up, and the scare. I ...

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Labor Day for Artists

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There is much in the news these days about how artists, and the personnel infrastructure supporting the artists, need to be appropriately compensated.  Los Angeles theater, of course, has become ground-zero for some of this debate.  Despite claims to the contrary, you’d be hard-pressed to find a stage actor in L.A. who wouldn’t like to be more appropriately compensated.  The issue is defining the term ...

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When Intelligence is Artificial

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If you follow the popular tech press, it’s likely you’ve seen a number of stories about artificial intelligence.  The term “artificial intelligence” is somewhat loosely defined.  It fits under the category of “we’ll know it when we see it.” The mathematician Alan Turing defined artificial intelligence as an “imitation game.”  If a human couldn’t tell if the origin of the responses on the other side ...

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Deaf West Creates Music Video

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The Los Angeles theater company Deaf West has long been lauded but, with its production of Spring Awakening, it’s currently driving a national conversation.  Recently, the National Endowment of the Arts published a report of their deaf theater roundtable discussion where Deaf West figured prominently.  And now, inspired by the company’s performance at the Tony Awards, Ingrid Michaelson created an American Sign Language version of ...

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Los Angeles and the Car Go Cult

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It’s summer!  That time of year when people think about relaxing, stress-free family car trips.  When oil companies think about increasing gas prices.  And, in Los Angeles, when we realize we live in not only endless summer but also endless traffic.  Here are a few helpful driving tips to navigate the city’s hallowed asphalt.  The astute motorist will note the average Angeleno follows these simple ...

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Goodnight, Sweet Prince

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The-Artist-Formally-Known-As-“The-Artist-Formally-Know-As-Prince” is no more, having died today, April 21, 2016.   Like David Bowie, who died only a few months ago, Prince was his own musical style and his own sexual style.  And, like Bowie, he was still making music to the end. Unlike Bowie, Prince passed before even making it to age 60. Prince always had an ethereal aspect to him and it made him ...

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What do you mean, Diversity?

Do you want to start an impassioned discussion? Get a range of opinions you didn’t even know existed? Mention the word, “Diversity.”   Boom, there it is.   The word that is fraught with contention, loaded with preconception and armed with rampant militancy. It is an ideal that is sought, a concept that is at times avoided, and for most part, profoundly misunderstood. As a nation, we ...

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When the Audience Phones It In

Why are you here? This is not one of the metaphysical questions Gauguin painted.  It is a very direct question.  You are, after all, seated in a theater and waiting for the show to begin. So. Back to the question: Why are you here? Is it because you know someone in the show?  A roommate?  A friend?  Perhaps your orientationally-appropriate partner wanted to see this ...

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