Arts & Entertainment

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"Red": Abstract art's odd couple makes great drama

John Logan's multiple Tony Award-winning Red is a theatrical time machine that transports audiences back to those heady days when abstract expressionism was the vogue.

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A feast of films from Traverse City Film Festival

Another film feast for discerning viewers of progressive cinema has come to an end; here's the round up.

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"The Butler" brings civil rights era to life

Forest Whitaker Is incapable of anything that isn't stellar. The rest of the cast, basically everybody in Hollywood, Is completely stunning.

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From "Reel Bad Arabs" to "Valentino's Ghost"

The group that has been consistently maligned since the days of silent star Rudolph Valentino's portrayal of The Sheik in 1921 are the Arabs. They have now become the caricature of the "terrorist."

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“Nickel and Dimed” – rich drama of working poor

The crisis of capitalism has led to a glorious rebirth of left-leaning theatre: Nickel and Dimed is one of this dissident wave's finest, most compelling dramas.

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Progressive U.S. singer banned from entering New Zealand

"You can't board that flight. You're not welcome in New Zealand."

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Love, war, and hell in a prison cell

The Uptown Players, near the Dallas Arts District, are performing "The Kiss of the Spider Woman."

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A poem for Detroit

I'm going to tell to you a story; the details are a little gory. Detroiters are under attack; they're trying to stab us in the back.

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“Breaking Bad” belongs to pantheon of great, dark TV

Breaking Bad has made a centerpiece out of the realities of class and economic vulnerability.

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“Elysium” gives sci-fi twist to immigration, health care

Sci-fi is such a perfect microscope for examining contemporary problems!

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