Category Archives: Oscars

Chatting with Bob & Steve: The Oscars, Sympathy For The Loneliest President & Upsetting Martha Stewart

Two regular contributors to Life Elsewhere join Norman B to chat about everything from the extraordinary mess-up at the Oscars to pissing off Martha Stewart. Noted film and media critic, Bob Ross weighs in with his take on the relevance of the Oscars and asks, “Do movies cause social ills?” Esteemed political caricaturist and social commentator, Steve Brodner wonders if Mr. Trump could possibly be the loneliest man to hold the office of President. pat-windpipe-windy-teamplayerWhile Brodner has crafted many satirical cartoons of Mr. Trump, to date he has not received an early morning tirade from the President, but he does recall hearing from an angry Martha Stewart at a time she was under a cloud of legal scrutiny. All this plus new music from the unlikely named, Pat Windpipe & Windy Teamplayer

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How Did Our Experts Fare?


Yesterday, just a few hours before the big shindig in Hollywood, we asked our two experts on film to give their predictions before a live studio audience for the Annual Life Elsewhere Oscar Special. The always exuberant, actress, writer, raconteur and media aficionado, Lisa Jane Persky and erudite film and media critic Bob Ross took their task seriously. After thoughtful deliberation, and at some moments having our live audience in fits of laughter, Lisa Jane and Bob came up with a well-considered selection for their predicted Oscar winners. In the aftermath, there are some  surprises. Now we know the outcome of the ceremonies, its fun to go back and listen as Lisa Jane and Bob give their earnest predictions. 

Click here to listen to Lisa Jane Persky and Bob Ross’s Oscar predictions.

On the next edition of Life Elsewhere, we’ll talk with Lynsey Addario about her new book, It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life of Love and War. She is a photojournalist whose work appears regularly in The New York Times, National Geographic and Time magazineLynsey has covered conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon, Darfur and the Congo. In her new book, she graphically describes harrowing scenes, including her capture in Lebanon, being beaten and molested. In gruesome detail, Addario recounts seeing  bits of brain and skull embedded into the parcel shelf of a car, just hit by an air strike, then she writes, “I had a bad feeling that something was going to happen.” Make sure you don’t miss Norman B’s interview with an extraordinary journalist with stories from her exceptional book.

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Read Norman B’s interview with acclaimed architect Yann Weymouth at Trebuchet Magazine

Lisa Jane, Bob & Oscar

Earlier today, before a live studio audience, actress, writer, raconteur and media aficionado, Lisa Jane Persky, and renowned film and media critic, Bob Ross predicted the outcome at tonight’s Academy Awards for the Annual Life Elsewhere Oscar Special, If you happened to have missed the live broadcast when our guests,  “cheered, chatted and nitpicked”, as Lisa Jane tweeted, no worries, Life Elsewhere Oscar Special will be broadcast again, tomorrow at 5.00pm PT (8.00pm ET) at NWCZ Radio.

The Hit That Never Was for this special edition of Life Elsewhere was selected by a listener named, Nicholas, who asked to hear The Clash with their song, The Right Profile about the revered, but tragic actor Montgomery Clift, from their 1979 album, London Calling.Two books about Clift were mentioned and highly recommended by Norman B as must-reads, for anyone interested in learning about one of Hollywood’s heart-rending legends. Montgomery Clift by Patricia Bosworth, a detailed, fact-filled book, is considered the definitive work on the gifted, haunted actor. While, Montgomery Clift: Beautiful Loser by British writer, Barney Hoskins covers the same harrowing story, but also includes rare archival photographs.


Listen again to the The Life Elsewhere Oscar Special to hear if Lisa Jane Persky and Bob Ross were close in their predictions. The show airs Monday, February 23 at 5.00pm PT at NWCZ Radio


Can You Stand Perfectly Still And Hold This Moment Open?

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Lights On Tampa is a program developed by the City of Tampa’s Art Programs Division, in conjunction with regional businesses, volunteers, and art supporters. An ambitious project that reaffirms Tampa’s commitment to arts and technology by presenting highly visible, innovative light installations created by juried artists. Multiple artworks are installed in and around Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, downtown Tampa. UpLit, a vintage rooftop-style installation features the phrase, “Can you stand perfectly still and hold this moment open?” by poet Silvia Curbelo. In October 2014, the public was asked to submit an original phrase to be considered by the jury. Norman B was invited to be one of the three jurors who selected the UpLit installation. Curbelo says of her UpLit work, “I had been thinking about the concept of happiness – how hard we chase it; how tirelessly we work for it; how it’s always ahead; or, something to look forward to down the road. But, that road is long. It’s hard to be content and at peace when we’re always in motion. By the time we come to understand and appreciate a place or an experience, it’s already behind us.” 

Make sure  you don’t miss the Annual Life Elsewhere Oscar Special, with actress, writer, raconteur and media aficionado, Lisa Jane Persky, and renowned film and media critic, Bob Ross. This year our show will air before a live studio audience, a few hours before the big shindig in Hollywood. Listen in to hear if you agree with Lisa Jane and Bob’s predictions, and the reactions of our live studio audience. The Annual Life Elsewhere Oscar Special airs Sunday, February 22 at 12 noon ET at The Source WMNF HD3 and Monday, February 23 at 5.00pm PT at NWCZ Radio

photo c/o Jason Behnken/Tampa Tribune

The Annual Life Elsewhere Oscar Special!

OscarWill American Sniper beat Selma? Could Birdman take top honors? Is Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel too quirky for the Academy? Does Richard Linklater’s critically acclaimed Boyhood qualify to win? Is it time for Michael Keaton to claim an Oscar for Birdman? Was Julianne Moore’s performance more deserving than Rosamund Pike? Can Patricia Arquette collect an award? Has J.K. Simmons proved himself at last? These question and more will be asked and answered in the Annual Life Elsewhere Oscar Special, Sunday 22nd at 12.00 noon ET. Before a live studio audience, our very special guests, actress, writer, raconteur and media aficionado, Lisa Jane Persky, and renowned film and media critic, Bob Ross will give their expert predictions. Join us, and listen to hear if you agree with Lisa Jane and Bob’s predictions, and the reactions of our live audience.

Because you are here at Life Elsewhere, we know you are interested in Art Media & Culture, which is why we bring you BACK. It’s the page where you’ll find an amazing collection of links, curated by Norman B. Take a look, there’s videos you won’t find anywhere else, music that’s yet to be discovered by other sites, the occasional story and curios you’ll want to share. And, make sure you keep on scrolling down, there’s a lot to discover and enjoy at BACK.

The Life Elsewhere Oscar Special before a live studio audence, airs Sunday, February 22 at 12 noon ET at The Source WMNF HD3 and repeated Monday, February 23 at 5.00pm PT at NWCZ Radio