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…comes to you live from the Capitol Theatre, and was recorded live on November 4th, 2017. It is a triple feature with Jimmy Herring and the Invisible Whip and John McLaughlin and the 4th Dimension, which two bands then combine to form the latest iteration of the Mahavishnu Orchestra:   Preview Open

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The Ayatollah Khomeini once said, “An Islamic regime must be serious in every field. There are no jokes in Islam. There is no humor in Islam. There is no fun in Islam. There can be no fun and joy in whatever is serious.” Replace “Islam” with “social justice” and you immediately understand why woke ideology […]

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Thanks to Rick Beato for reminding me of this one. As a pianist, seeing this level of divinely inspired playing makes me want to shake my head and give it up. He is no longer with us, mostly likely because the Creator called him back and said, “Time for you to come back home and […]

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Rob considers a mid-life career change, inspired by a couple of pilots that didn’t go forward and fridge full of exotic meats gone bad.

Four martinis for the price of three today! First, Jim and Greg are thrilled to know their vision for Disney CTU is now a reality. They also cheer the Senate for passing legislation banning imports likely produced through slave labor in China’s Xinjiang Province. Then they hammer the Black Lives Matter Organization for defending the communist regime in Cuba, blaming the U.S. embargo for the misery there, and praising the Cuban government for giving asylum to an American cop killer. Finally, they react to the American Booksellers Association apologizing for including a “violent” book in its recent mailing – because it urges parents to be wary of the transgender movement.

Print the Legend

 

My movie-obsessed daughter recently went on a Western kick. It does the heart good that a 25 year old gal, uprooted from solid Appalachian soil and replanted in the urban wilds of Brooklyn, finds a fascination with authentic American cinema. Hannah has that innate ability to see beyond the entertainment purposes of film, to the underlying messages and themes the director intends.

So great westerns were a natural fit. Big vistas and big ideas. Americans literally forging out a civilization from the wilderness – struggling with ideas of justice and duty. Westerns provided a perfect backdrop to write these truths across the wide open sky.  Men entering their houses justified.  We could use more of that sentiment today.

Being Welcomed to a Movie

 

For some, movie watching is an isolated event, especially watching a movie on television. But there is a long tradition of hosts who keep home viewers company along with Bogart and Bacall and Don Knotts.

The first TV host I remember watching as a kid in the San Francisco Bay Area was Pat McCormick hosting KTVU’s Dialing for Dollars. When I was home sick (or faking sick), Pat was a much better option than the afternoon soap operas. Old films were interrupted by commercials and McCormick phoning random people from the phone book asking if they knew the amount of money being given away (starting with $100 and going up into the thousands if no one answering their phones gave the correct amount).

I don’t really remember the movies I watched, but I remember McCormick because he also hosted kids’ shows in the afternoon: Captain Cosmic and the puppet show Charlie and Humprey.

This week, Rob explains a simple axiom of show business: if you want your agents to remain generous with free expensive bottled water and delicious mini chocolate cakes, you have to earn it. Or more accurately, you have to earn for them.

Rob explains how he once got roped into picking up a very large check and offers advice on how you can avoid making the same mistake.