Arts & Entertainment

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Top 10 books of 2014: a holiday reading list

The holidays are upon us in earnest. It's an ideal time to put down the smartphone or iPad and curl up with a good book.

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Nasser '56: A movie you might have missed

It captures the moment in history of the nationalization of the International Maritime Company, which gave Egypt control over the Suez Canal.

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A lament for Eric Garner

A poetic response, one among many from around the country, is based on Biblical passages and other religious and philosophical texts.

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"I Was Nineteen": Movies you might have missed

The 1968 film "I Was Nineteen" was written and directed by Konrad Wolf, who used the film to relate his experiences in the closing weeks of World War II.

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The life of jazz great Will Connell to be celebrated in New York City

The four-day program is called the "Will Connell Memorial Week: Celebrating the Life and Music of the Heart and Soul of Downtown."

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A life forsaken (with apologies to Robert Frost fans)

"Two men converged on Canfield Drive, one man just walking down the middle. My squad car passed him and I stopped; would I make this something big or little?"

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F.I.S.T.: A movie you might have missed

In 1978, Sylvester Stallone was cast to portray a labor leader with a story remarkably similar to that of the late James R. Hoffa.

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Revolutionary Soviet ballet premieres in the U.S.

It took a full 82 years, but a revolutionary Soviet-era ballet that was purported to be Joseph Stalin's favorite has finally come to American shores.

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the bus to blunderville

"bought the ticket  in my hometown, all aboard for the shootin' place, won't see his hands up high, death in his eyes, tears runnin' down his mama's face..."

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"Train to Zakopané" is a hard hitting play about bigotry

The plight of Jews in 1928 Poland, with the rise of the Nazis lurking and looming in the background, is strong stuff.

 

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