Arts & Entertainment


Politics, music, drama alive on death row in "Scottsboro Boys"

In a grotesque political season, Direct from Death Row The Scottsboro Boys (An Evening of Vaudeville and Sorrow) brings entertainment to politics in a way that, for all the pain and tragedy of the story, allows us to enjoy it aesthetically, energizing us to think critically and engage an unpleasant world from which we might naturally want to turn away.


La Plaza de Cultura y Artes: Elevating historical consciousness of Angelenos

Los Angeles museum confronts Angelino and American ahistoricism. A recent event highlighted the lives of Great Depression-era women cannery workers.


“Blueprint for Paradise”: A polished drama about Nazis for our time

The ruins of the Murphy Ranch, an abandoned pre-WWII Nazi compound in Pacific Palisades, have inspired a new play.


New history (with comics) recounts humanity’s long march toward reason

These stories of humanists through history are framed as struggles against the authority of the church, which controlled almost every aspect of life for millennia.


New book explores the roots of the term “White trash”

Some landless whites in early America who survived war, workhouses, prostitution, and press gangs ditched their poverty wages and constricted lives and lit out for the territories.


Author Roy Speckhardt: “Can we create change through humanism?"

"Humanists understand that this is the only life we have, and this planet is the only place we have to live it."


This week in history: “Towards the future” honors Bastille Day

July 14th is Bastille Day, the holiday commemorating the fall of the Bastille prison at the beginning of the French Revolution in 1789.


Independence Day: Let America be America again

In a time when demagogues try to convince us that America needs to be "great again," Hughes reminds us of the dream of what America could be.


“Home/Sick” stages the 1970s Weathermen movement with explosive impact

In the waning days of the Vietnam War, democracy itself seemed to have ground to a halt. A newly re-staged play delves into that period.


“The Americans”: Who thrives, survives

On this series, many of our questions to be answered next year and many new ones to be posed.

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