Waaaaaaayyyyyyyy back in 2008, when most of you were thinner and better looking (I’M JOKING!!!!!!!) I gave out the first annual WELLES AWARDS, named after the great Orson Welles, who was a seminal figure in the world of entertainment, being a renaissance man who didn’t just dabble, but fundamentally changed every medium he lent his hand to.
First reshaping Broadway with his Mercury Theater (the 20 year old wunderkind in 1935 spearheading an entirely Black Cast in a ground breaking production of Macbeth) , to reshaping Radio with game changing works such as WAR OF THE WORLDS, and his own inimitable voice (defining not just the character of THE SHADOW but with men such as Norman Corwin defining the outer edges of the still nascent medium of radio) to finally exploding like revalation across the landscape of cinema, Orson Welles has been synonymous with Art.
So naming an award after him was an easy choice.
Keeping up with it annually has been harder. Outside of that first award where I sent podcast winners a CD containing selected segments from each of the winners, the Award is more defined by its absence than its presence.
Time to change that. And like paying business taxes, the solution for me was this…. Going Quarterly!
Without further ado here are the 2016 1st AND 2ND quarter WELLES AWARD WINNERS!
Favorite DRAMATIC TV show (I only watch streaming, so what is new to me, may be old for you):
- WAYWARD PINES – The show started off as THE PRISONER meets TWIN PEAKS And then got even stranger. Great show and has along with THE VISIT has revitalized M. Knight Shyamalan’s flagging career.
- ROSEWOOD – Charming, fun, and great chemistry between the leads, makes this a decidely refreshing addition to the often dour Police Procedural monotony.
- GRIMM – Along with THE GOOD WIFE and RIPPER STREET is consistently the best show on TV. Those 3 are in a 3 way tie for # 1.
- Honorable mentions are DAREDEVIL SEASON 2, WALLANDER, PERSON OF INTEREST, THE PLAYER, LONGMEYER, MR. SELFRIDGE, SPARTACUS, THE MESSENGERS SEASON 1.
FAVORITE THEATRICALLY SEEN FILM 1st/2nd Qrt :
CAPTAIN AMERICA CIVIL WAR
FAST COMPANY is in a tie with BACK ISSUE MAGAZINE
THE HEAVY – discovered them listening to the TV show STRIKE BACK, and have bought all their CDs, continue to listen to them constantly in the car
SONS OF SERENDIP
FAVORITE LIVE CONCERT:
GREGORY PORTER brought the house down at Town Hall in New York this past Valentines Day! Great venue, sublime concert.
Very hard as I’ m going back and forth between dozens of books. But some of the ones in rotation are:
MARVEL COMICS THE UNTOLD STORY
SPIES, VIXENS, AND MASTERS OF KUNG FU: THE ART OF PAUL GULACY
GUXTAVE DORE 1832-1883 : MASTER OF IMAGINATION
DIGGING : THE AFRO-AMERICAN SOUL OF AMERICAN CLASSICAL MUSIC
I could go on endlessly, so let’s cut it there for now.