Arts & Entertainment

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Book review: Moshe Lewin's "The Soviet Century"

About Stalinism, Lewin strongly makes the point that while Stalin's  tenure from the mid 1920s to the early 1950s represented a significant portion of Soviet history it did not represent all of it.

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"The Butler" brings civil rights era to life

Forest Whitaker Is incapable of anything that isn't stellar. The rest of the cast, basically everybody in Hollywood, Is completely stunning.

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From "Reel Bad Arabs" to "Valentino's Ghost"

The group that has been consistently maligned since the days of silent star Rudolph Valentino's portrayal of The Sheik in 1921 are the Arabs. They have now become the caricature of the "terrorist."

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"Conduct of Saints”: conscience, crime, and Catholics in post-Nazi Rome

Emanating from a small publishing house, this novel likely has no five- or six-figure advertising budget, and may escape notice. Make sure your local library gets it.

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Living New Deal illuminates labor, art history on San Francisco’s waterfront

Living New Deal will catalogue and preserve New Deal projects in the U.S.

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"Liberation Music": Defining an era of protest through jazz

The music is representative of the free style era that bore it, but there is nothing obsolete about this compilation. It illuminate a period when musical expression played an important role in progressive politics.

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Tricky Dick rides again in “Our Nixon”

Our Nixon, shown at the 2013 Los Angeles Film Festival, is a compilation film by Penny Lane about the only U.S. president who resigned and left office in disgrace.

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Legendary Hollywood activists mark Rosenberg executions’ 60th anniversary

June 19th was the 60th anniversary of the executions of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, seen by many as a grave injustice in our nation's history.

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Films about African Americans stand out at Tribeca Festival

Films at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival last month that highlighted prominent African Americans and their eventful lives were infused with this dilemma of choosing the right course of struggle against racism and injustice.

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Movies you might have missed: “On the Bowery”

"On the Bowery," a unique film from 1956 uses a creative technique to get the viewer behind the scenes of what was then a notorious skid row in America's largest city.

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