Apocalypse Now!

E Art Today jpegThe Apocalypse begins tonight. And it’s going to be lots of laughs!

iOOur very funny daughter will take the stage at iO West on Hollywood Boulevard tonight for her first standup comedy special event — “Emilia Barrosse: Headlong into the Apocalypse” — which runs July 8, 9 & 10th at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $10 — and you can get them here.

We’ll be filming the Saturday and Sunday shows. So, let us know if you’re coming to the show by responding at this link.

It’s not the end of the world. It’s just a great night of comedy.

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Only 2 Days Until The Apocalypse!

E 2 DaysThat’s right. The Apocalypse is tomorrow. And it’s going to be really, really fun!

iOThat’s when Emilia Barrosse will take the stage in her first standup special event at iO West on Hollywood Boulevard!

“Emilia Barrosse: Headlong into the Apocalypse” runs July 8, 9 & 10th at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $10 — and you can get them here.

We’ll be filming the Saturday and Sunday shows. So, please let us know if you’re coming to the show by responding at this link.

Don’t worry. It’s not the end of the world. It’s just a great night of comedy.

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Just 3 Days Until Emilia’s Standup Special!

Ebanner 2It’s your last best chance for post-holiday laughs!

iOThere’s just 3 days before Emilia Barrosse takes the stage in her first standup special event at iO West on Hollywood Boulevard!

“Emilia Barrosse: Headlong into the Apocalypse” runs July 8, 9 & 10th at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $10 — and you can get them here.

We’ll be filming the Saturday and Sunday shows. So, please let us know if you’re coming to the show by responding at this link.

It’s gonna be big fun. Hope to see you all there!

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One Week Until Emilia’s Standup Comedy Special!

E Art Ten #3 jpegLooking for some post Fourth of July laughs?

There’s just one week before our very funny daughter Emilia Barrosse performs her first standup special event at iO West on Hollywood Boulevard! So, get your tickets here.

E 2“Emilia Barrosse: Headlong into the Apocalypse” runs July 8, 9 & 10th at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $10 — and (did I already says this?) they can be obtained here.

Please let Emilia know if you plan to come to the show by responding at this link.

We’ll be filming the Saturday and Sunday shows. It’s gonna be a great weekend. Hope to see you all there!

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Two Weeks Until Emilia’s Big, Funny Night at iO West…

E Art Two jpegThere’s just two weeks before Emilia Barrosse performs her first standup special event at iO West on Hollywood Boulevard in — where else? — Hollywood!

“Emilia Barrosse: Headlong into the Apocalypse” runs July 8, 9 & 10th at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $10 — and can be obtained here.

Please let Emilia know if you plan to come to the show by responding at this link.

It’s gonna be a great night. Hope to see you all there!

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A Musical Metro Trip to Santa Monica…

Our songstress daughter Maura takes our grandson for a ride to Santa Monica on the new Metro train. If you haven’t taken the ride yet — here’s your chance to experience this corridor of Los Angeles to the beach from a fresh, fun perspective. And you can also enjoy two original songs by Ms. Maura.

For more info on what Ms. Maura is doing, you can access her newsletter here.

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A Post-Victory Look at My Earlier Take on the 2016 NBA Finals.

big3iI wrote this post before the Finals started. And when the Cavs were down 3 games to 1 after Game 4, it might have seemed like I would have to eat crow. But, somehow, I never lost faith that LeBron and my Cavs would prevail. (You can ask my daughter, Emilia.) With all due humility, I’ve highlighted the best parts in bold.

Okay. It’s the NBA Finals.

Starting tonight — Thursday, June 2nd — the battle between the Eastern Conference Champion Cleveland Cavaliers and the Western Conference Champion Golden State Warriors will get underway.

And as a Cleveland boy, born and raised, I must call my shot.

lebron-james_416x416So, I’m calling LeBron “King” James and the Cavs over Stephen “Mouthpiece-Masticating” Curry and his Golden State NBA golden boys.

Of course, Warrior fans will say I’m favoring Lebron and the Cavs simply because I’m a myopic, championship-starved Northeastern Ohio native looking to Lebron James through the distorted prism of a basketball-related messianic complex.

But, while that’s true — it’s not the whole reason.

15970992-mmmainI’m calling this NBA Finals series for the Cavs mostly because of the fact that, this year, Lebron is heading into the Finals with a healthy team: with All-Stars Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving fully fit for service.

In the 2015 Finals, Stephen Curry and the Warriors barely held off James and the Cavaliers in 6 tightly contested games – without Love and Irving on the court. Now, with Kevin and Kyrie healthy and ready to compete – the balance of power has shifted toward Cleveland.

150202105528-kevin-love-lebron-james-kyrie-irving-020215.1200x6723-point shooting has been the hallmark of Golden State’s potent offense. But in the first two rounds of the Eastern Conference Playoffs, the Cavs lit it up from beyond the arc. James, Love, Irving, J.R. Smith, Channing Frye and Co. rained threes in an historic fashion. In fact, the Cavs’ 3-point shooting percentage in the 2016 playoffs is higher than that of Golden State’s sharpshooters. But hoisting threes isn’t the key to Cleveland’s game.

gettyimages-474678790Golden State has no answer for Cleveland’s interior strength. As much as Golden State wants to run up and down the court jacking up crazy threes from half-court, the team that controls the paint (and the boards) will still have the advantage. And I’ll take Cleveland’s big men, Tristan Thompson and Timofey Mozgov, over Golden State’s Andrew Bogut and Festus Ezeli every game.

538861d3df6acbb8d03d65d024fe6e76_crop_northAnd let’s keep an eye on the Warrior’s volatile emotional touchstone, Draymond Green. He’s just two technical fouls away from big trouble – and one flagrant foul away from suspension. Can he last the series without getting himself suspended for a game or two? Count on the Cavs to take it to the rim against Green early and often. Draw contact. We’ll see whether trash-talking, crotch-kicking Draymond can control his dramatics – and his cheap shots.

Ch0WHZwXEAAPR3GI could go on and on about the specifics of match-ups and man-to-man breakdowns — but ultimately, I’ll confess that my take on the 2016 NBA Finals is less analytical than emotional.

Cleveland hasn’t won a major sports championship since the great Jim Brown and Frank Ryan’s Browns won an NFL Title in 1964. That’s 52 long years in the wilderness.

images-1This year — with Cleveland hosting Donald Trump’s madcap Republican National Convention this July, my downtrodden but proud, hardworking hometown needs a prophylactic, honorable, full court shot of redemption.

I believe Lebron and the Cavs will make that shot.

So, I say Cavs in 6.

Or less. (Okay, here’s where I went over the top.)

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