Arts & Entertainment

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New directions for LA opera: "Dido and Aeneas/Bluebeard’s Castle"

LA Opera's edgy double feature takes this august art form in other directions and shows the possibilities of different modes of expression for the operatic medium.

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"Season of the Witch" examines occult history of rock

Speaking as an occult enthusiast, I prepared myself for the possibility that this book would consist of clichéd assumptions about the occult. Fortunately, the author doesn't go that route.

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“Free Radical Bluz”

"To my fellow workers going it alone, who square off with bosses but just get skinned right down to the bone..."

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Scandinavia at the Chicago International Film Festival

Scandinavia showed up in full glory at the 50th Chicago International Film Festival. A Swedish film even won the coveted Best Foreign Film Audience Award.

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Brad Pitt fires last shot in “Fury”

The film does boast some excellent performances, but by the second half, the script turns utterly preposterous.

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"Force majeure" film review: What would you do?

A stylish movie about a middle-class couple vacationing in the Alps with their childen, when something goes wrong to rock their relationships to the core.

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Two new films tackle race in depth

"The Evolution of Bert" is a labor of love, "Dear White People" is bold and challenging.

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"The Wanted 18" is a charmingly subversive human comedy

This highly creative documentary film about Palestine succeeds on many levels.

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"The Ballad of Jane Elkins," Texas slave woman hanged

A soliloquy in which African-American slave Jane comes back alive to go over the last few days before she used an ax to split open the head of slave Master Wisdom.

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Freedom of the press? "Kill the Messenger" in review

Kill the Messenger raises daunting questions about the role of the press in society. This passion play is a piece of our nation's recent and ongoing history.

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