Culture on My Mind – Quarantine Con, Episodes XVI-XIX

Culture on My Mind
August 24, 2020

 

It’s been another busy set of weeks around these parts, including busy times at the day job and preparations for Dragon Con’s virtual panels. With some time simmering on the back burner, I’ve amassed another backlog of “can’t let it go” panels from the Classic Track Irregulars

On July 30th, the Dragon Con American Sci-Fi Classics co-conspirators Gary and Joe opened their doors to the Ask Me Anything format.

 

Panel #17 made us wonder if, surely, they were joking as Gary and Joe invited the Earth Station One crew to talk about the 40th anniversary of the cult classic Airplane. Gary was joined by Mike Faber, Michael Gordon, Ashley Pauls, and Alex Autrey.

 

Panel #18 comes to us from the depths of the sea. On August 6th, Joe hosted Deanna Toxopeus, Alison Richards, Bobby Nash, and Jessa Phillips as they profess their love for SeaQuest DSV.

 

The nineteenth panel took a hard look at the reality of science fiction. In particular, how the genre has always been about politics and social issues. It’s not just a new theme.

This panel was Sue Kisenwether’s idea, and she gathered Bethany Kesler, James Palmer, Sherman Burris, Michael G. Williams, Joe, and Gary to discuss Star Trek, The Twilight Zone, Babylon 5, Deep Space Nine, and metric tons more about the genre that we love.

 

Gary and Joe have a lot more fun discussions planned in the coming weeks, especially over Dragon Con. Stay tuned to the YouTube channel and the group on Facebook. If you join in live, you can also leave comments and participate in the discussion using StreamYard connected through Facebook.

 

Culture on My Mind is inspired by the weekly Can’t Let It Go segment on the NPR Politics Podcast where each host brings one thing to the table that they just can’t stop thinking about.

For more creativity with a critical eye, visit Creative Criticality.

Culture on My Mind – Quarantine Con Special Edition

Culture on My Mind
July 31, 2020

 

This week’s “can’t let it go” comes on what should have been the opening day of Atlanta Comic Con, so it makes sense to cover a couple more classic sci-fi discussion panels broadcast from COVID quarantine bunkers.

At the end of June, Gary and Joe from the Dragon Con American Science Fiction Classics Track were joined by long-time friends Rick Klaw and Mark Finn for one of their patent-pending Roll-a-Panels. This classic roulette covers movies from 1990, 1995, and 2000, including Battlefield Earth, Tremors, Exorcist 3, Mortal Kombat, and 16 more things!

 

This topic was repeated for AtHomeCon (now CosmicHomeFest) 2020, rotating through a veritable plethora of pals including Michael Williams, Michael Nipp, Beverly Goldborg, and a cool lady named Erika.

 

One more panel for your consideration is Classic Sci-Fi Court, CosmicHomeFest Edition. When some stick in the mud tells you that a movie you like is bad, don’t take the law into your own hands. You take them to court! Join Gary and Joe with guest attorneys Rick Tetrault, Scott Matteson, and Branden K. Ushio.

 

Gary and Joe have a lot more fun discussions planned in the coming weeks, so stay tuned to the YouTube channel and the group on Facebook. If you join in live, you can also leave comments and participate in the discussion using StreamYard connected through Facebook.

 

Culture on My Mind is inspired by the weekly Can’t Let It Go segment on the NPR Politics Podcast where each host brings one thing to the table that they just can’t stop thinking about.

For more creativity with a critical eye, visit Creative Criticality.

Culture on My Mind – Quarantine Con, Episodes XI-XIV

Culture on My Mind
July 24, 2020

 

It’s been a crazy couple of weeks on this end, so I have a backlog of “can’t let it go” panels from the Classic Track Irregulars!

At the end of June, the Irregulars tackled Russia. From Red Dawn to The Day After to Nikolai Volkoff, Russians were the go-to villain for everything in the ’80s, so Jonathan Williams, Darin Bush, Michael Williams, and Michael Bailey joined Joe and Gary to show that, in Soviet Russia, dystopian movies watch you.

 

Coming in at number twelve in the Quarantine Con lineup is a Mother’s Day celebration (only three months late) with a panel about cartoon moms! On this edition of American Sci-Fi Classic Track’s Quarantine Panels, they discussed mothers in animated series, from Hanna-Barbera to Disney and beyond. Because they didn’t want to have a whole panel of male idiots talking about motherhood, they recruited a real-life mother of one of the real-life Classic Track Irregulars with Bethany Kesler’s amazing mom Donya Kesler.

(Ms. Kesler is terrific and she should be on every podcast, forever.)

Gary and Joe are also joined by Kevin Eldridge.

 

Lucky number thirteen is a discussion of everyone’s favorite American redhead teenager: Archie Andrews. A group of hot dogs – Chris Cummins, Michael Bailey, Kevin Eldridge, Joe, and Gary – talks about Archie from the comics to cartoons to Jughead breakdancing to “Sugar Sugar.”

 

Last, but certainly not least, is Nancy Drew. Everyone’s favorite classic lady detective turns 90 this year, and Gary and Joe invited two fans to talk all about her. Join Jessica Nettles and Nadyne Neff as they discuss the books, the 1970s TV series, the movies, and the new show on The CW.

 

Yes, that is a lot of content for one week, but when you’re out of the loop for a couple of weeks, it kind of stacks up.

Gary and Joe have a lot more fun discussions planned in the coming weeks, so stay tuned to the YouTube channel and the group on Facebook. If you join in live, you can also leave comments and participate in the discussion using StreamYard connected through Facebook.

 

Culture on My Mind is inspired by the weekly Can’t Let It Go segment on the NPR Politics Podcast where each host brings one thing to the table that they just can’t stop thinking about.

For more creativity with a critical eye, visit Creative Criticality.

Culture on My Mind – Quarantine Con, Episodes IX and X

Culture on My Mind
June 26, 2020

 

This week’s “can’t let it go” is yet another panel from the Classic Track Irregulars!

Well, really, two panels. And a bonus feature.

Still broadcasting from their respective socially distant quarantine bunkers, the Dragon Con American Sci-Fi Classics Track panelists have returned. First, the panelists put their suits back on and swear under oath that Krull, Lost in Space, Doom, and Starship Troopers are okay to watch and enjoy. This week’s avocados at law are Sherman Burris, Kevin Eldridge, and Darin Bush.

As an added bonus feature, Classics Track co-directors Joe Crowe and Gary Mitchel offer a blooper reel of sorts with the lost thirteen minutes from a crossed wire. This is what happens when you think you’re streaming live to Facebook, but the panel is broadcasting to YouTube instead.

Here are thirteen minutes of fun that were had when the panel thought everyone was watching.

The tenth entry in Quarantine Con is a celebration. It was Joe Crowe’s birthday, so Gary Mitchel and Dr. Scott Viguie arranged an Ask Me Anything party where the Classics Track’s fans could ask Joe… well… anything.

There’s even a surprise phone call from Joe’s mom! “Lord have mercy,” she says.

That’s a lot of content for a week, but if there’s one thing that a track dedicated to the entirety of science fiction media greater than ten years old understands, it’s an embarrassment of riches.

They have a lot more fun discussions planned in the coming weeks, so stay tuned to the YouTube channel and the group on Facebook. If you join in live, you can also leave comments and participate in the discussion using StreamYard connected through Facebook.

 

Culture on My Mind is inspired by the weekly Can’t Let It Go segment on the NPR Politics Podcast where each host brings one thing to the table that they just can’t stop thinking about.

For more creativity with a critical eye, visit Creative Criticality.

Culture on My Mind – Quarantine Con, Episode VIII

Culture on My Mind
June 12, 2020

 

This week’s “can’t let it go” is yet another panel from the Classic Track Irregulars!

Broadcasting from their respective socially distant quarantine bunkers, the Dragon Con American Sci-Fi Classics Track panelists have returned to talk about the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

But, not the Marvel Cinematic Universe that you know. Rather, the one that might have been.

Classics Track co-directors Joe Crowe and Gary Mitchel are joined by Van Allen Plexico and Darin Bush to talk about what would have happened if we got the MCU in the 1970s!

As before, Joe and Gary will be hosting more of these, so stay tuned to the YouTube channel and the group on Facebook. If you join in live, you can also leave comments and participate in the discussion using StreamYard connected through Facebook.

 

Culture on My Mind is inspired by the weekly Can’t Let It Go segment on the NPR Politics Podcast where each host brings one thing to the table that they just can’t stop thinking about.

For more creativity with a critical eye, visit Creative Criticality.

Culture on My Mind – Quarantine Con, Episode VII

Culture on My Mind
June 8, 2020

 

This week’s “can’t let it go” is yet another panel from the Classic Track Irregulars!

Broadcasting from their respective socially distant quarantine bunkers, the Dragon Con American Sci-Fi Classics Track panelists have returned to talk about which classic vampires they would let near their necks.

Classics Track co-directors Joe Crowe and Gary Mitchel are joined by Jason De La Torre and Michael Williams to talk about vampires in ’80s and ’90s movies and TV. Lost Boys! Interview with a Vampire! Near Dark! Forever Knight!

More things like that!

As before, Joe and Gary will be hosting more of these, so stay tuned to the YouTube channel and the group on Facebook. If you join in live, you can also leave comments and participate in the discussion using StreamYard connected through Facebook.

 

Culture on My Mind is inspired by the weekly Can’t Let It Go segment on the NPR Politics Podcast where each host brings one thing to the table that they just can’t stop thinking about.

For more creativity with a critical eye, visit Creative Criticality.

Culture on My Mind – Quarantine Con, Episode VI

Culture on My Mind
June 1, 2020

 

This week’s “can’t let it go” is yet another panel from the Classic Track Irregulars!

Broadcasting from their socially distant quarantine bunkers, the Dragon Con American Sci-Fi Classics Track panelist have returned to speculate about who’s beating who.

Classics Track co-directors Joe Crowe and Gary Mitchel are joined by Deanna Toxopeus and Darin Bush in a short rounds version of Sci-Fighters! We’ve all played this game as geeks: Who would win in a battle of the Enterprise vs. the Millennium Falcon?

 

As before, Joe and Gary will be hosting more of these, so stay tuned to the YouTube channel and the group on Facebook. If you join in live, you can also leave comments and participate in the discussion using StreamYard connected through Facebook.

 

Culture on My Mind is inspired by the weekly Can’t Let It Go segment on the NPR Politics Podcast where each host brings one thing to the table that they just can’t stop thinking about.

For more creativity with a critical eye, visit Creative Criticality.

Culture on My Mind – Quarantine Con, Episode V

Culture on My Mind
May 22, 2020

 

This week’s “can’t let it go” are the awesome mullets of science fiction.

It’s the irregulars from Dragon Con American Sci-Fi Classics Track, back once again from their individual COVID-19 quarantine bunkers, this time talking about the business in the front and the party in the back as they tackle the mullets of classic science fiction.

This has been a tradition at the Classics Track when Tegan Hendrickson can make it to Dragon Con. Her presentation of the best mullets in ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s sci-fi is both a love letter and a gentle parody of the things that we love so dearly. Especially when you consider “that horse”.

The mullets panel is one of the most talked-about presentations on the track. It’s amazing.

Classics Track co-directors Joe Crowe and Gary Mitchel are joined by Tegan Hendrickson and her truly outrageous presentation.

As before, Joe and Gary will be hosting more of these, so stay tuned to the YouTube channel and the group on Facebook. If you join in live, you can also leave comments and participate in the discussion using StreamYard connected through Facebook.

 

Culture on My Mind is inspired by the weekly Can’t Let It Go segment on the NPR Politics Podcast where each host brings one thing to the table that they just can’t stop thinking about.

For more creativity with a critical eye, visit Creative Criticality.

Culture on My Mind – Quarantine Con, Episode IV

Culture on My Mind
May 15, 2020

 

This week’s “can’t let it go” are those who are about to rock, because I salute you.

It’s the irregulars from Dragon Con American Sci-Fi Classics Track, back once again from their individual COVID-19 quarantine bunkers, this time taking it to eleven with geeks who make music.

Classics Track co-directors Joe Crowe and Gary Mitchel are joined by Leigh Tyberg, Madison Metricula Roberts, Tegan Hendrickson, and Ryan Cadaver. Tune in and crank it up!

As before, Joe and Gary will be hosting more of these, so stay tuned to the YouTube channel and the group on Facebook. If you join in live, you can also leave comments and participate in the discussion using StreamYard connected through Facebook.

 

Culture on My Mind is inspired by the weekly Can’t Let It Go segment on the NPR Politics Podcast where each host brings one thing to the table that they just can’t stop thinking about.

For more creativity with a critical eye, visit Creative Criticality.

Culture on My Mind – Quarantine Con, Episode III

Culture on My Mind
May 8, 2020

 

This week’s “can’t let it go” is more classic science fiction discussion.

It’s the irregulars from Dragon Con American Sci-Fi Classics Track, back once again from their individual COVID-19 quarantine bunkers, this time discussing the works of Mister Wigglestick.

Or was that Shakespeare?

More specifically, the weirdest adaptation of the Bard’s works.

Classics Track co-directors Joe Crowe and Gary Mitchel are joined by Tegan Hendrickson and Bethany Kesler. Gary wants everybody to figure out what obvious adaptation they forgot. He also wants you to know that Deanna (his long-time co-host on the RevolutionSF RevCast) says that it’s all his fault.

As before, Joe and Gary will be hosting more of these, so stay tuned to the YouTube channel and the group on Facebook. If you join in live, you can also leave comments and participate in the discussion using StreamYard connected through Facebook.

 

Culture on My Mind is inspired by the weekly Can’t Let It Go segment on the NPR Politics Podcast where each host brings one thing to the table that they just can’t stop thinking about.

For more creativity with a critical eye, visit Creative Criticality.