Are You Going To Let Your Kids Watch The New Harry Potter Movie?

It seems that everywhere you turn there's talk about the opening of the latest Harry Potter movie. The wait has not been without its drama, with Ruper Glint (who plays Ron Weasley) catching the swine flu during filming and Jamie Waylett (who plays Draco Malfoy's crony Vincent Crabbe) getting arrested for possession and production of marijuana. ...more

As someone who blogs about kids and movies (and how to NOT see ... more

Thousands Gather Across the Country for the Tax Day Tea Party Protest

Tomorrow I will join thousands of Americans in protesting continued fiscal irresponsibility by our government. The desire for fiscal responsibility is neither conservative or liberal, Republican or Democrat; it is what it is and to view it otherwise is to make it a partisan issue. It's not a partisan issue, it's an American issue. ...more

Yeah, the "Obama as Hitler" signs were charming, too.  The guy said, "Obama's ... more

Thousands Gather Across the Country for the Tax Day Tea Party Protest

Tomorrow I will join thousands of Americans in protesting continued fiscal irresponsibility by our government. The desire for fiscal responsibility is neither conservative or liberal, Republican or Democrat; it is what it is and to view it otherwise is to make it a partisan issue. It's not a partisan issue, it's an American issue. ...more

If it's about out of control spending, why weren't you/others spurred to action when Bush was ... more

Crashing the Tea Party

Fox News thinks ACORN is going to crash conservative Tea Parties...perhaps they haven't met my daughter and I? We're holding our own Tea Party. ...more

.. by working with activist groups and lawmakers who have the same concrete ideas ... more

The Basters; or Family Building is Funny!

Try this on for quirky--you're emotionally invested in becoming a single parent by choice and you decide to pursue donor insemination so you can experience pregnancy. After a careful search to choose your donor, your wacky best friend somehow swaps out the sperm sample for his skanky, untested fresh semen, you don't notice, and wham! you're pregnant with your best friend's baby. Not so funny? Yeah, I had the same thought. ...more

... just to signal "Total Absurdity Ahead."  Instead, she'll fall for the Bateman ... more

Gay Marriage Battle Picking Up Steam?

It's funny, I sometimes forget how quickly the tides can turn. Just when I start to get discouraged and begin to think a goal is unreachable, an unexpected event can shift the momentum, reigniting hope that was beginning to extinguish, and providing the spark much needed to propel me forward. My inability to see the forest for the trees sometimes, is probably why I both love and suck at playing Eurogames. Sorry, tangent. ...more

Did I miss something? (or do you mean VT?) 

 Just ... more

Gay Marriage Battle Picking Up Steam?

It's funny, I sometimes forget how quickly the tides can turn. Just when I start to get discouraged and begin to think a goal is unreachable, an unexpected event can shift the momentum, reigniting hope that was beginning to extinguish, and providing the spark much needed to propel me forward. My inability to see the forest for the trees sometimes, is probably why I both love and suck at playing Eurogames. Sorry, tangent. ...more

hey Zoe,

There's quite a force brewing here in Maine, I'm happy to report! Public ... more

Amazon.com's "Greatest Indie Rock Albums Of All Time" List Makes Me Itchy, Gives Me Not-So-Fresh Feeling

Authoring any sort of hierarchical "Greatest Albums" genre list is an undertaking inherently fraught with peril, a thankless task that can't help but invite confrontation and dissent. Those who disagree with the list-maker's choices, whatever they may be, indeed have valid points to back up their needling: how can anyone's taste and judgment be considered definitive when addressing an entire genre of music? And by what universally acceptable criteria is an album determined to be "Great" anyway? I mean, isn't every component in this equation just endlessly debatable? ...more

Wow, once you pointed out their omission, i had to take a closer look.  My first take was, ... more

Spike Jonze's "Where The Wild Things Are": I'm Already A Believer

Every once in a long while a movie comes along that seems like it might have the capacity to cross epic differences and divisions, managing to somehow please -- in equal measure -- children and adults, men and women, snarky hipsters and earnest norms. A movie made of such undeniable win that it brings warring cinematic factions of society into harmonious agreement, instituting a temporary cease fire on "Your taste sucks!"/"No, YOUR taste sucks!" moviegoer conflicts simmering everywhere, particularly upon the release of sequels with trailing numerals greater than 2 and films whose titles contain the words "Traveling Pants." In the recent past, Wall-E fit that mold nicely (I mean, who doesn't love doe-eyed robots?), and now I'm all but convinced that the coming film adaptation of "Where The Wild Things Are" will prove to be the next of Wall-E's unifying kind. ...more

I dunno if it's the AF song even more than the visuals, but yeah, what a winner of a trailer. ... more

How Was YOUR Trip to SxSW?

Thanks for asking, mine was AWESOME. And awful. And overwhelming. And awesome, again. I walked out on half a dozen sessions that I found self-indulgent or just plain boring. I sat in other sessions on the edge of my chair, transfixed. I was hungry, stuffed to bursting, hungry again, and almost always insufficiently hydrated. I walked a million miles in the oh so maddening Austin Convention Center, only to walk a million miles back again, carrying a pack that was much too heavy from schlepping around the laptop, the SLR, and something like 90 pounds of paper. ...more

Good lord, am i that old?

I was in the music biz long ago and would regularly attend ... more