Arts & Entertainment

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Jewish-African American partnership in new documentary “Rosenwald”

Aviva Kempner's new documentary is the story of the son of an immigrant peddler who rose to become head of Sears and Roebuck.

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Today in history: Writer Ken Kesey born in 1935

Kesey is best remembered for his novels "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest"and"Sometimes a Great Notion."

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“Meet the Patels" is about an immigrant marriage mania

Its unidirectional drive makes it too predictable, although viewers will certainly laugh and enjoy themselves.

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Today in history: Critic, playwright, Brecht translator Eric Bentley born

As Eric Bentley turns 99 and enters his 100th year, he is recognized as America's oldest living playwright.

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Should you see “The Book of Mormon”?

"The Book of Mormon," the musical, has been playing on Broadway to rave reviews since March 2011.

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Today in history: "BaddDDD" black poet Sonia Sanchez is born

Since the 1970s Sanchez has published a steady stream of poetry books and plays.

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Artists to link up Sept. 26 for world peace and justice

In Oakland, Cassandra Lopez and the We Tell Our Stories Film Collective will be contributing to the event with their documentary.

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"Gendering Radicalism" tells important story of women and communism

We can't write about the California Communist Party without writing about the women leaders who led it from its birth until the collapse of the Soviet Union.

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Two kids reclaim the world in new opera “Second Nature”

May "Second Nature" find a second production in another community soon. It's a remarkable work.

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Racism as a pigment of your imagination: “Citizen: An American Lyric”

The cutting-edge new play, with its ripped-from-the-headlines topicality, is, sadly, already in need of updating.

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