Arts & Entertainment

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"The Chesapeake Bay Retriever": A shaggy dog mystery story

Blitzstein was a fine writer and critic, whose articles appeared several times in communist publications in the 30s and 40s when he was a Party member.

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"Season of the Witch" examines occult history of rock

Speaking as an occult enthusiast, I prepared myself for the possibility that this book would consist of clichéd assumptions about the occult. Fortunately, the author doesn't go that route.

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Panopticon's breathtaking ride on "Roads to the North"

When it comes to underground music, the black metal genre is about as subterranean as it gets.

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Inspiring new ways in opera: A South African "Magic Flute"

Warning: This may be the only way you'll ever want to hear Mozart again!

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“Standing in the Breach”: good politics and music from Jackson Browne

Jackson Browne has released his 14th studio album. "Standing in the Breach" is the most political album in Browne's increasing leftward cultural and political career.

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Old And New Dreams Festival celebrates return of HotHouse and more

On October 17, the acclaimed non-profit arts organization HotHouse will kick off its Old And New Dreams Festival at a brand new club in Hyde Park on 53rd.

 

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"Get On Up" says it loud: He's Brown and he's proud!

Tate Taylor's well-directed Get On Up is the latest movie about tortured artiste who acts in self-destructive ways, a biopic about "The Godfather of Soul," James Brown.

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"Buddy": The day the music… lived

Buddy, The Buddy Holly Story is a highly entertaining musical about the meteoric rise - and, alas, fall -- of the 1950s rock 'n' roll icon.

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"We Will Rock You": Screaming Queens

The musical, is a sheer delight for lovers of the British band Queen in particular and of classic rock in general, with a little bit of  anti-censorship, antifascist pop politics.

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"Begin Again" features music industry and people

Starring Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, and several products of Apple, Inc. It's about producing and distributing music without the overhead costs or help of the traditional industry.

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