Arts & Entertainment


"A Raisin in the Sun," theatrical gem now in Santa Monica

If by some chance you are unfamiliar with this play, it's time to get to know it; those who know it will find this a fresh, intimate and revelatory production.


"Walk All Night": Documentary follows Chicago "bucket boys" to Senegal

Social worker Elita Tewelde wanted to empower Chicago's bucket drummers, mostly young African American men and boys, through a connection to their past.


"Indignation": A snapshot of 1950s social contradictions

Dressed up as a coming of age love story, film is a tale individuals pushing up against the social, economic, and cultural limits of their time.


Florence Foster Jenkins of the trachea: Go with the Flo

Meryl Streep fully incarnates Jenkins, endowing the fleshy, flashy, flawed dowager with her full humanity.


Down with the Republic! Shakespeare's "Titus Andronicus" in Topanga

Ellen Geer tackles a tragedy written in 1594 set in ancient Rome, resets it in the future, and does so as comment on contemporary America.


I watched Dinesh D’Souza’s awkward anti-Hillary movie so you don’t have to

D'Souza selectively culls, bends, and ultimately breaks history in a desperate attempt to show how all evil flows from Democrats.


New book explores the roots of the term “White trash”

Some landless whites in early America who survived war, workhouses, prostitution, and press gangs ditched their poverty wages and constricted lives and lit out for the territories.


Blinded by the bright lights of Hollywood and “Café Society”

How Woody Allen keeps 'em coming on such a high level of interest is a phenomenon of continued creative juices still flowing in the senior decades. 


“Our Little Sister”: A masterpiece

"Our Little Sister" is a film of surpassing beauty and sensitivity, a fully realized insight into family that unfolds patiently, with elegance and understanding.


“Ghostbusters”: 30 years later, can this sequel stand on its own?

It's not easy making a sequel. Should you stick to the original formula?

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