Posts tagged ‘cool’

September 10, 2009

Bloodlust: in anticipation of the True Blood season finale

Yes, I am one of them. A would-be fangbanger lusting after Eric, loathing Maryann, adoring Lafayette, sympathizing with Sam, being embarrassed for Jason and tolerating Sookie (whom a friend of mine unaffectionately refers to as “Sucky”.)

What has developed into an epic battle of good and evil, antihero against hypocrite will come to a close this Sunday, Sept. 13 on HBO and fans everywhere are stocking their refrigerators with the new True Blood drink (which is selling for $9 per bottle on Ebay) for their viewing parties.

My son has a theory about the show which I tend to agree with: the vampires are a metaphor for the marginalized in contemporary society–especially the gay/lesbian community. The war waged against them by the Christian right mimics the real life assault of right wing America on anyone who doesn’t fit their pattern of morality. But, of course the vampires are turning out to be the more compassionate race and we’re counting on them now to save the world or at least the lil town of Bon Temps, LA.

What separates the races in True Blood is not their biological/racial differences, it is their judgment and hatred, something the late great ancient vampire Godrick, who laid down his unlife (or simply tired of immortality). Godrick understood that the vampires’ brutality and lack of mercy is what brought the wrath of their detractors upon them. He knew the future of all the races was dependent on their compassion for and acceptance of one another. Love conquers all, right? Interesting message from a buncha bloodsucking sex fiends. 😛

As this, my favorite show and beloved weekly ritual comes to a close (not to mention the ending of Hung), I take comfort in the season premiere of Grey’s Anatomy. Yeah, yeah, say what you will but I still like it and I’m looking forward to seeing what happens with George.

Meanwhile Big Love should be starting back up soon– I wonder if it will continue to fascinate me like it did last season and Entourage is well into its umpteenth season. Damn, I wish I had Tivo.

BREAKING: The Vampire Diaries premieres on the CW tonight. Sheesh… I’m anticipating disappointment; I hated Twilight. We’ll see how it compares to TB.

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August 20, 2009

CNN at Zoey’s Cafe

The video is courtesy of Missy Ellis. Thanks Missy!

Technically CNN’s Headline News taped a segment at Zoey’s Cafe in Ventura this week to spotlight the venue’s popular “bluegrass jam” that’s been held twice a month for seven years. Why is little ol’ Zoey’s getting attention from CNN? Because Phil Taggart, a longtime poet and artist in Ventura, is also a producer for Time Warner Cable, and as such has been showcasing Ventura County hotspots and points of interest for CNN’s local version of Headline News.

The jam routinely draws upwards of 50 musicians and fans to the cozy venue for top-shelf finger pickin’ and all around good vibes.

For something totally different file, the jam is getting ready to evolve into a “Swing Jam” beginning Sept. 1 and every first and third Monday thereafter from 6:30-9:30 p.m. The jam is hosted by Gene Rubin, Zoey’s Cafe (Steve Hoganson) and Phil Salazar.


June 11, 2009

An overdue welcome

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It’s been many moons since Chris O’Neal joined our stable of freelancers with his gaming column “The Gamer’s Notebook.”

Last week, Chris attended the E3 convention in Los Angeles and gave VCReporter readers lots of tasty video game previews to nibble on as gaming advances to levels unimagined only a few years ago.

Take a few minutes to read his story, look at the pictures and drop him a line. We’re the better for having him on the team.

April 30, 2009

Public art is not always pretty

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From Michele Chapin's Door Project Exhibition. "Public Art Is Not Always Pretty," by John White (Sylvia White Gallery).

From Grant Ensminger's hip, impromptu exhibit at ArtWalk. He also created Rey Fresco's album artwork.

From Grant Ensminger's hip, impromptu exhibit at ArtWalk. He also created Rey Fresco's album artwork.

January 12, 2009

New Spires

One of my favorite bands from Ventura, the Spires—who also operate Beehouse Records—have released a new songrecordvideo. Enjoy!

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