Arts & Entertainment

assets/Uploads/_resampled/CroppedImage100100-MV5BMTc3NzA1ODA2N15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwMjIyNTMyMQ.V1SX214AL.jpg

"The Water Engine" features wonderful performances

The Water Engine opens in the red glow of flames from a factory furnace, while workers operate drill presses and grinding wheels in a shower of sparks.

assets/Uploads/_resampled/CroppedImage100100-MV5BMjAzMTUwNjgyNV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwMTE2MjEzMTE.V1SY317CR50214317AL.jpg

Switzerland’s Best Foreign Film Oscar submission goes full circle

Swiss co-writer/director Stefan Haupt's The Circle (Der Kreis) is a strong fact-based drama about the struggle for gay rights in Switzerland.

assets/Uploads/_resampled/CroppedImage100100-opart.jpg

Radical dude: Figaro unbound

L.A. Opera has launched "a city-wide celebration of the revolutionary spirit of Beaumarchais' "Figaro."

assets/Uploads/_resampled/CroppedImage100100-price.jpg

Today in African American history: Opera soprano Leontyne Price

Leontyne Price's recordings earned her numerous honors, including more than a dozen Grammy Awards.

assets/Uploads/_resampled/CroppedImage100100-tenitems.jpg

“10 Items or Less”: A movie you might have missed

The picture "10 Items or Less," from 2006, is the sort of gentle, insightful film I wish they made more of.

assets/Uploads/_resampled/CroppedImage100100-jones520x312.jpg

Everything old is old again: A word on remakes and sequels

There's no shortage of creativity out there. It's simply a matter of whether it's being repressed. And it is - in the interest of profit. Another effect of capitalism.

assets/Uploads/_resampled/CroppedImage100100-519PAb0IyTL.jpg

Book offers analysis on Communist International

The history of U.S. communism and the Communist Party, USA isn't an easy subject to write about. 

assets/Uploads/_resampled/CroppedImage100100-1unnamed.jpg

“Billy Elliot”: Broadway musical meets proletarian drama

Combines a commercial, crowd-pleasing form of expression that also roots the characters and plot firmly in class conflict and consciousness.

assets/Uploads/_resampled/CroppedImage100100-bbrunch.jpg

Hope is the root of activism

Activism like that takes courage and wisdom. It emerges out of deep places in the human spirit, the interior felt-life experience expressed by the arts and also by religion.

assets/Uploads/_resampled/CroppedImage100100-wordsofradiance520x325.jpg

Top 10 books of 2014: a holiday reading list

The holidays are upon us in earnest. It's an ideal time to put down the smartphone or iPad and curl up with a good book.

1 2 3 4 522