Arts & Entertainment

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Great outer space “Gravity” and other film pleasures

I must start with the most stunning, a 3D film that had me jumping and falling out of my seat throughout the entire exasperating journey.

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“The Summit:” Adventure, death, jaw-dropping cinematography

The Summit provokes many questions, but should appeal to aficionados of adventure (in particular mountaineering).

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Finding her authentic voice

Several stories reflect te author's gnawing awareness of severe class and ethnic disparities in her adopted land.

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Artist, teacher, Chicano activist, Jose Montoya made history

Much-beloved California artist, teacher, and former poet laureate of Sacramento, Jose Montoya died Sept. 25 at the age of 81.

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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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“Nickel and Dimed” – rich drama of working poor

The crisis of capitalism has led to a glorious rebirth of left-leaning theatre: Nickel and Dimed is one of this dissident wave's finest, most compelling dramas.

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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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A poem for Detroit

I'm going to tell to you a story; the details are a little gory. Detroiters are under attack; they're trying to stab us in the back.

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Pacific Rim: a great giant monster film!

Del Toro is a master of visual design. The monsters and robots are so full of detail they become characters. The scale is truly immersive and the action is spectacular.

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“American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs”

This radical icon remains full of grace: Bogged down she's not, as she remains ready for the revolution, whatever form it may take.

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