Courtesy of Sol Hill Sol Hill was surrounded by art his entire life. In fact, the day after he was born his parents opened the first contemporary art gallery in the creative mecca of Santa Fe, New Mexico. So it makes sense that he, too, would become an artist. But when he announced that he wanted to study art in college, both of his parents urged him to do something more practical. Hill admitted this “took the wind out of my sails.” That, coupled with his ongoing dissatisfact
Courtesy of Robin Walker When people think of California and creativity they image the bright lights and glamour of Hollywood. But about 45 minutes away lies Topanga Canyon, which has been a rustic breeding ground for musicians and artists for decades. So it’s no surprise that growing up in this hot bed of inspiration might seep into native Angeleno Robin Walker’s psyche while he was a local kid. As he recounted in a recent interview, “I grew up in Topanga Canyon. My parents
A NOTE FROM THE PASSIONISTAS: In 2009, while working on a retro pop culture website called GetBack, we were given our first interview assignment to visit the set of a new show called "Ruby and the Rockits." Imagine how excited we were to discover that we would be interviewing ALL of the Cassidy brothers — David and Patrick, who starred in the show, Shaun, who was the Executive Producer, and Ryan, who was working in the Art Department. Parts of it are especially poignant today
Every year during the holidays we watch at least three, if not four, versions of Charles Dicken’s A Christmas Carol. We typically start with our favorite Scrooge — the musical starring Albert Finney — on Thanksgiving night to ring in the season. Then between the two holidays we always sit down for the Bill Murray incarnation Scrooged and usually the classic Alastair Sims A Christmas Carol. And on Christmas Day we round it out with our favorite animated version starring Mr. Qu
Photo by Pop Culture Passionistas If you’re a rock and roll fan, imagine the thrill you’d feel if you could see the Beatles reunite. Love baseball? What if you could be in a room with the players from the 1975 Cincinnati Reds? Well last night we had what might go down in Passionistas' history as our greatest Pop Culture Bucket List moment of all time when we saw our rock stars, our heavy hitters together all in one place. We still can’t believe we were lucky enough to be invi
Courtesy of FX A NOTE FROM THE PASSIONISTAS: We tend to shy away from our biggest pet peeve in life, SPOILER ALERTS, in our interviews. But once you see this season of American Horror Story: Cult, you’ll understand why that wasn’t possible when we talked to Chaz Bono. So if you haven’t watched this season yet, go do it. And then be sure to come back and read our article with Chaz.
Anybody who only knows Chaz Bono from Dancing with the Stars, as being the offspring of the i
In 1978, we used to dance around the living room with our brother singing the songs from “Grease,” starring John Travolta and Miss Olivia Newton John. Strains of “You’re the One That I Want,” “Summer Lovin’” and “Hopelessly Devoted to You” rang out from our house for months on end. While our somewhat thin singing voices were proof we would never be Olivia, we vowed one day to see her in concert.
Flash forward to a few weeks ago when a press invite showed up in our inbox wit
Courtesy of Jerry McLaughlin Growing up in the small rural town of Portsmouth, Ohio, Jerry McLaughlin never felt he fit in. Although he describes his childhood home as a “safe place to grow up,” he knew that if he was going to thrive, he would have to leave. He never could have anticipated where that journey would take him. McLauglin vividly remembers the first time he was impacted by art. As he recounted in a recent interview, “I was a nerdy kid growing up and used to flip t