Arts & Entertainment

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From Mandela to Philomena at Chicago Film Festival

In its 49th season, the Chicago International Film Festival is the longest-running competitive film festival in North America. With over 150 titles from over 50 countries, there is a wealth of films to choose from for any progressive viewer.

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Toronto Festival: New films feature Wikileaks, American slavery, Bolivar

The Toronto International Film Festival kicked off another 10 day-run of amazing cinema Sept 5-15.

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Woody Allen’s “Blue Jasmine” is Oscar material

After recent excursions in Europe, Woody Allen has brought his filmmaking back home, with excellent results.

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Che Guevara of antiquity on stage in "Prometheus Bound"

Aeschylus' Prometheus Bound is this southern California theater season's exceptional undertaking of transcendent artistry with insight into and about the human condition and spirit.

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Book review: Moshe Lewin's "The Soviet Century"

About Stalinism, Lewin strongly makes the point that while Stalin's  tenure from the mid 1920s to the early 1950s represented a significant portion of Soviet history it did not represent all of it.

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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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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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