PREVIEW: Hobo Johnson & The Lovemakers

If you don’t know who Hobo Johnson is, you’re missing out—Frank Lopes Jr., known for his stage name Hobo Johnson, has a repertoire of wacky, sometimes-political, spoken-word, hip-hop inspired music.

When I first heard Hobo Johnson’s music, it was on Twitter. A clip from his Tiny Desk Concert instantly intrigued me. It was rap, but it wasn’t—it was something that felt so raw, perfectly messy, encapsulating my frustration and amusement with the world and the lingering longing of heartbreak. I remember showing the Tiny Desk Concert to my friends. Some were into it, some didn’t like it at all. Hobo Johnson is definitely not everyone’s cup of tea, but its unapologetic character is what draws me so much to it.

Frank’s most recent two albums, dropped this year, have signified a change in sound and style for Hobo Johnson, a move away from melodramatic scream-singing towards more goofy punk. After recently starting his own record label, Hobo Johnson seems to be moving into a different stage of his artistic career, one focusing his angst into the politics of the music world as well as his music. 

UPDATE: Hobo Johnson & The Lovemakers were scheduled to appear at the Blind Pig on Monday, October 18th, but the show was cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns.

Preview for 12 Years A Slave

If anybody is curious to know how life would be like as the living dead.. well then this is the movie for you. This film gives you a window of how it would be like as a person who does not have any room to do anything they want, say what they want, talk when they want, not to be able to eat what they want, not have choices of what to do with their own body, and so much more.
If you are interested in vicariously living something.. then this is it for you. But, I also remember a teacher once told me that history shouldn’t be just remembered but experienced/visualized, and perceived by as many of the senses as possible. This film lives up to that.
I cannot think of a better way to experience the tragedy of being kidnapped and enslaved and to honor the souls who experienced such atrocities than to see this movie. I guarantee that you will feel not just more empathy after seeing it, but also have immense gratitude for your own life’s blessings.

PREVIEW: August: Osage County a family tale, which will

August: Osage County is an amazing, compelling and complex family story. I am excited to see this Michigan Theater Department production of this incredible piece of theater.

The production of August: Osage County will on stage at:
The Arthur Miller Theater
April 4 & 11 at 7:30 PM
April 5, 6, 12 & 13 at 8 PM
April 7 & 14 at 2 PM

PLEASE go see this production… I will have more to report on Saturday.