Arts & Entertainment


Narratives from the 2015 Toronto Film Festival

As mentioned in a previous column, documentaries are not always more truthful that fiction films.


Empowering young women, one paint stroke at a time

We seem to live in a world where young girls are taught that their voices, opinions, and thoughts aren't as valuable as those of males.


New film promotes public workers’ fight for rights

Alantris Muhammad and millions of other workers like her face a big problem: The U.S. Supreme Court.


Remembering comic and social critic Lenny Bruce on his 90th

He was a renowned stand-up comedian, social critic, satirist, and screenwriter.


Arlo Guthrie celebrates 50th anniversary of “Alice’s Restaurant”

Folk singer Arlo Guthrie is in the midst of an extensive tour across America.


Progressive cinema in Toronto: An overview

Still one of the largest film festivals, the Toronto International Film Festival is boasting around 400 films in a 10-day extravaganza.


Lesbian-themed film “Carol” in the era of conformity

This is a slow-moving, deliberately paced character study of lovers whose sexual orientation challenges and threatens the status quo. 


Today in history: Cellist Yo-Yo Ma born in 1955

Among his many distinctions are the National Medal of Arts, the Kennedy Center Honor, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.


Apocalypse redux: "Fear the Walking Dead" finale falters

The slipshod approach is agonizing enough, but the logistics of the whole affair, and how they were mishandled, are downright insulting.


“uCarmen” from South Africa: No castanets, bring in the marimbas

For the second year in a row, the world-renowned South African Isango Ensemble has come to Santa Monica's Broad Stage.

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