Category Archives: Art and Culture

75 hours in Baltimore…. celebrating the Monkey Power Trio’s 23rd day as a band

The weekend of October 21st marked the 23rd meeting of my one-day-a-year pseudo-band, the Monkey Power Trio. For those of you who might not be familiar with our origin story, it all began back in 1995 with a promise between old friends one hot, summer afternoon in Brooklyn. On the spur of the moment, we’d […]

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What would you do with a hideous animatronic Trump?

I just watched video of Disney’s new animatronic Trump, and they apparently didn’t take my advice. The robotic Trump doesn’t, as I’d suggested, shove his way past his distinguished presidential predecessors in order to get front and center on the stage, like he did earlier this year at that NATO summit in Brussels. The Disney […]

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Val Lutton and the gilded boy

I was about a half hour into the 1942 horror classic Cat People last night, when I decided to take a break and do a little research into the film’s Russian-born producer, Val Lewton. Well, one thing led to another, and I fell asleep listening to episode number three of Karina Longworth’s brilliant podcast, You […]

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Morbid Reflection: Michigan Horror Films 1976-2014

This weekend, my friend Forest Juziuk is going to be hosting a festival called Morbid Reflection: Michigan Horror Films 1976-2014 at Planet Ant’s new Ant Hall in Hamtramck. You can find ticket information at the end of this post, but, first, here’s a short conversation between Forest and myself about how the festival came together, […]

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Eminem throws down the gauntlet, telling his fans by way of freestyle cypher that they cannot like both him and Donald Trump

The above freestyle rap, recorded a few days ago in Detroit, just aired during the BET Hip Hop Awards. In it, Eminem, after addressing everything from Trump’s racism to his criticism of John McCain for having been captured during the Vietnam War, essentially tells his fans that, if they support the President, they can go […]

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