Steve is a 5-tool writer (plays, screenplays, novels, poetry, journalism) who has had 11 books published, 10 plays produced, and has written for the New York Times “Arts & Leisure”, Village Voice, New Republic, and many others. He is one of the few people on the planet who can lay claim to spending time with Lee Strasberg, Stella Adler, Sandy Meisner, Allen Ginsberg, Andy Warhol, and Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, as well as so many other extraordinary people who refused to color inside the lines. He is always on the lookout for the original and the incisive.

CAN'T STOP THE BEAT, CAN'T STOP THE BEAT

It's happening, folks.  Whether you want it to or not - and why wouldn't you want it to? - SPRING is exploding all over Los Angeles, and not just any spring either.  The snowy plovers are back in LA (at Dockweiler Beach) for the first time in 70 years,...

INTRO TO BETTER-LEMONS NEW EDITOR, STEVE FIFE

Well, here we are - on the verge of a new chapter for Better-Lemons.com, and certainly something different for me.   I've been writing since I was 15 - that's a while ago, folks - and I've been a journalist in many venues - New York Times, Village Voice, New...

ON THE MOVE IN THE CITY OF ANGELS

HIPSTER TIP OF THE WEEK
Brad Schreiber's non-fiction book investigating the Patty Hearst case, REVOLUTION'S END, is a matter of the right writer coming together with the right subject matter.  Many journalists have been enticed onto the dance floor with rich girl Patty in her guerilla garb and Kalashnikov rifle - most...

CARNAGE AND COMPASSION IN TRUMP'S AMERICA

HIPSTER TIPS OF THE WEEK
Faqir Hassan and Melissa Chalsma in Sharr White's THE SNOW GEESE

When Sharr White's play The Snow Geese opened in New York, Ben Brantley wrote in the New York Times that "it is unlikely to stir any emotion except bewilderment as to how this...

LA LA LAND part 2a: LA-BASED ACTRESSES SPEAK UP

HIPSTER TIP OF THE WEEK:  Do not miss PLASTICITY by Alex Lyras at the Hudson Guild Theatre.  I beg to differ with Lovel Estell III for his prickly and nit-picky Stage Raw review of a show that has the best visual scheme and the most of on its mind of...

LIVING IN LA LA LAND, part I

Love it, hate it or feel indifferent about it, Damien Chazelle's film La La Land is more than just a movie for those of us in the arts living in the Hollywood area.   Dealing as it does with the unexpected and yet somehow inevitable love affair between two aspiring artists,...

"THE ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE"

"Everything is political."

That was the word on the street in the late '60s and '70s, when the Twisted Hipster came of age.

The age came by it honestly: From the assassination of JFK to the anti-Vietnam War movement to the killings of Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King and the...