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.
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.
L.A. Opera has launched "a city-wide celebration of the revolutionary spirit of Beaumarchais' "Figaro."
Leontyne Price's recordings earned her numerous honors, including more than a dozen Grammy Awards.
The picture "10 Items or Less," from 2006, is the sort of gentle, insightful film I wish they made more of.
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.
The history of U.S. communism and the Communist Party, USA isn't an easy subject to write about.
Combines a commercial, crowd-pleasing form of expression that also roots the characters and plot firmly in class conflict and consciousness.
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.
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.