Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Coming Soon to a Radio Near You

I wanted to let everyone know that I'll be on Front Row Center with Celeste Headlee this coming Sunday to talk about my new movie The Sleepy Guy. I'm not sure when the segment with me and Mary Abraham will air, but the show itself runs from 11 a.m. until noon on WDET 101.9 FM.

If you not in the Detroit area, you can also listen to the show via the station's web site. http://www.wdetfm.org/listenlive/

Monday, October 30, 2006

Good News/Bad News

I'm afraid I have some good news and some bad news to share with the world.

The bad news is that there are now two more newly minted lawyers in Michigan.

The good news is that they are Matt and Kim Clayson, two good friends of mine from Detroit Synergy. Congrats on passing the bar exam, you two!

Sunday, October 29, 2006

Garnier Fructis Hair Care

I was in my local CVS the other day, picking up some stuff. I used my ExtraCare card because I think getting those "Extra Bucks" every quarter is darn cool.

Anyway, the system also spits out these coupons with every transaction. This time around, I got a coupon for $1 off any Garnier Fructis hair care product.

I mean, really now?

Does it look like I'm likely to buy many hair care products any time soon?

Yes, I know. I could give the shampoos to someone else.

But really now.

Can you imagine me walking up to some woman in a bar and saying, "Hey, baby - would you like $1 off your next purchase of any Garnier Fructis product?"

Somehow, I just don't see that happening.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Winter is Fast Approaching

If there was any doubt that summer is over and that Old Man Winter is getting ready to make an appearance in Detroit, it's definite now.

I was downtown yesterday afternoon. While there, I noticed that workers were busy setting up the ice rink in Campus Martius Park.

Monday, October 23, 2006

Overtime for a Rock Star

There's only one thing better than seeing one of the hardest - rocking women in Detroit's music scene - and that's seeing her twice in one weekend.

I saw Mary Abraham of Mary Abraham and the Lincolns on Saturday night. They were playing for Battle of the Bare Naked Ladies at Memphis Smoke in Royal Oak. She totally rocked the house in an effort to be lucky one to open for the Bare Naked Ladies when they play in town next month.

(More photos from that evening, by the way, are on my Flickr page.)

Why the folks at 96.3 WDVD didn't pick her band for the gig is beyond me - but that's a subject for another blog posting.

Anyway, when I left Memphis Smoke that evening, I thought it was over.

I thought I had my Mary Abraham fix for the week.

I went downtown the next day to watch the Detroit Tigers beat up the St. Louis Cardinals 3-1 in Game 2 of the World Series. An impromtu World Series party broke out in the streets of Detroit after their victory.

Let's face it: Detroiters love their Tigers and we really, really love the fact that the Detroit Tigers are playing in the World Series.

I started snapping some more photos of it for my blog and Flickr page. I figured that a few World Series party photos that didn't involve a fire of any kind would definately be a good thing.

And then I recognized one of the people who were cheering for the Tigers in front of a television camera.

Yep, it was Mary Abraham again.

Because - let's face it - rock stars like the Detroit Tigers, too.
Kevin Federline gets Body Slammed

Oh, this is the funniest things I've seen in months. I haven't watched wrestlings since the days of Hulk Hogan & Andre the Giant, but this makes me want to watch again.

Thursday, October 19, 2006

My Moral Dilemna

Okay - so I have this moral dilemna of sorts.

Mary Abraham - who is this incredibly talented musician; super wonderful person and who contributed music to my short film Sleepy Guy - is in a battle of the bands this Saturday at 7 p.m. at Memphis Smoke in Royal Oak. The winner of this gets to open for the Bare Naked Ladies.

However, at almost the same time that evening, the Detroit Tigers are in game one of the World Series.

The World F-ing Series!

Something that I've waited 22 years to see the Tigers play in again.

22 years.

Plus, Detroit will now officially be the first city to ever host the Super Bowl and the World Series in the same year.

But then there's Mary.

Amazing musician.

Super wonderful person who helped me out when I needed music for my film and never asked for anything in return.

It just kills me as to what I should do. I mean, I don't have tickets to the game - but there are going to be so many amazing parties downtown near Comerica Park when that game happens. It's going to be insane.

But again - there's Mary who has a coolness factor that pretty much does rank right up there with the Tigers in the World Series.

Ugh! What am I going to do?

Any comments or suggestiongs are greatly appreciated. (Click the comment link below.)

Suicide car bombing in Mosul kills 12 - Yahoo! News

Suicide car bombing in Mosul kills 12 - Yahoo! News

There was yet another suicide bombing in Iraq; one that targeted Iraqi civilians at a gas station. It almost wasn't news, because bombings like this happen all of them. One line in the story, however, struck me.
Lines outside gas stations are routine in Iraq because of persistent fuel shortages.
Iraq has one of the world's largest oil reserves. Little to none of their oil is coming onto the international market - yet they still don't have much fuel in their own country.

I have to ask: what is happening to the oil?

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Rolling Stone : COVER STORY: Time to Go! Inside the Worst Congress Ever

Rolling Stone : COVER STORY: Time to Go! Inside the Worst Congress Ever

It's almost odd that the most revealing expose about the U.S. Congress this year came not from anyone in the mainstream media, but from Rolling Stone.

I say "almost odd" because it should be odd. In reality, however, most of the news media has given up on actual reporting and prefers to simply parrot out a few lines from time to time from some press release.

Monday, October 16, 2006

Oh, what a weekend

Saturday started out with a rather momentous occasion in my life - I finally got to go inside the Book-Cadillac Hotel.

The place had been boarded up since 1984 and I wasn't allowed in when I was filming my documentary on the place. Going inside the place where Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis, Jr. met for the first time; where Lou Gehrig collapsed; the place that the late-Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. referred to as "a peril in a sea of turmoil" - it was simple and magical all at the same time.

The folks from Hour Detroit were doing a fashion shoot there. They brought me on board to write an article about the place and allowed me to join them inside.

I'm truly indebted to them for those moments that I got to spend there.

When I was done there, I went to "Studio Seen, Take One" - a party that my friend Lee Runchey hosted to celebrate the launch of her new public relations agency. It was an eclectic mix of art, fashion, music and martial arts. (Her clients are artists, fashion designers, musicians and a fight cheoregrapher for independent films.)

Mare Costello was there to showcase her art. Her work is done with laminate so she wore this dress that was made out of white laminate. My first thought was that it looked a little silly, but the more I saw her in it - well, it just seemed cooler and cooler - especially when she was standing near her artwork.

It was a great evening spent hanging out with some great folks. My photos from the evening (mostly of the martial arts demonstration) are on Flickr here. Lee has some photos over it on her Flickr page.

And while we were there, the Detroit Tigers managed to win game 4 of the American League Championship Series. This means that Detroit will now become the first city to ever host both the Super Bowl and the World Series in the same year.

Then on Sunday, I spent the afternoon and evening in Southgate with the legendary Tony Dee as we filmed promotional spots for a new reality TV show that he is launching this January. It's called I Too Want to Be a TV Star.

In the show, 12 contestants will battle it out over the course of the season for the right to host Metro Detroit Entertainment Television. This should be one very cool project.

There are more photos from Sunday's shoot here and from previous shoots on Flickr here.

And - not to be outdone by the Tigers - the Detroit Lions managed to score their first victory of the season while we were filming those segments.

I'm not sure how this weekend could have been any better.

Saddam says Iraq 'liberation is at hand' - Yahoo! News

Saddam says Iraq 'liberation is at hand' - Yahoo! News

*sigh*

And folks wonder why I thought that invading Iraq would be a really bad idea?

President George W. Bush: The man who made Saddam Hussein into a "liberator".

Saturday, October 14, 2006

RIP - Gerry Studds

Studds, 1st openly gay congressman, dies - Yahoo! News

Former Congressman Gerry Studds died this morning at the age of 69. For any readers who don't recognize his name, he' s the man who was caught having a sexual relationship with a 17-year old congressional page in 1983. When Congress censured him for his conduct, he turned his back on them as they read the resolution.

This may sound really weird, but when I heard about his death - the first thought that came to my mind was, "I hope they bury him face down so can keep right on turning his back on the world."

Psychoanalyze that thought as much as you'd like.

Thursday, October 12, 2006

DREW SHARP: Roarin' home!

DREW SHARP: Roarin' home!

Thanks to last night's win by the Detroit Tigers over the Oakland A's, Detroit is now only 2 wins away from being the first city to ever host both the Super Bowl and the World Series in the same year.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Media Guy's Pop Pick: Foreign Press-o-Meter

Advertising Age - MediaWorks - Media Guy's Pop Pick: Foreign Press-o-Meter

Sometimes I read someone else's blog and find something so silly or off-base that I'm amazed that they are able to figure out how to establish an internet connection, let alone write a full-fledge blog.

And then there are moments when I read something that's so timely and on the mark that I simply wish I had written it first.

Simon Dumenco's recent post regarding "sentiment analysis" for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security definately fits into the later category.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Another Cool Wedding Cake

I posted a little over a month ago about wedding cakes that are made out of Twinkies and how they looked so cool that I had a sudden desire to get married, just because of the cakes. (Yes - armchair psychologist, or full-fledged counselors, feel free to opine on that one).

Well, I've since seen another really cool wedding cake. This one is inspired by the Discworld books.


Check it out in more detail at Boing Boing while I debate the pros and cons of logging on to GetMarriedNow.com.

(Yes, concerned readers, I was kidding about GetMarriedNow.com).

Studio Seen, Take One

A friend of mine, Lee Runchey, is hosting a party next Saturday to celebrate the launch of her new P.R. firm, Silver Media Group. It should be a blast and I will be there.