January

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Unique and inspiring: “Al Helm: Martin Luther King in Palestine”

 "Al helm," which means "the dream" in Arabic, and Martin Luther King Jr.'s  well known "dream" come together in a unique and profound manner.

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Not all “peace and love”: Bill, Joan and the Beat Generation

The latest addition to the Beatnik canon is on the stage, in the form of Bill & Joan, world premiering at the Sacred Fools Theater in Los Angeles.

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“Day Trader”: wickedly clever play critiques capitalism

Day Trader is sort of Sunset Blvd. meets Body Heat meets Wall Street, a modern morality play that will keep audiences on the edges of their seats.

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Families react to tragedy in "August: Osage County" and "Nebraska"

By now, we should be convinced that Meryl Streep can do anything, but we've never seen her do ugly like this!

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“Preoccupied”: A poem

"That's why we been preoccupied. Democracy filleted is democracy denied."

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"American Hustle" is not a masterpiece, it's just a lot of fun

"American Hustle" isn't an art experience; it isn't a universal story and it won't change your life or your attitude. It's only what movies are made to be: fun.

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“Poetry that Gives Birth to Revolution”

"We need powerful empowering poetry..."

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“Opposing Jim Crow”: How African Americans helped shape Soviet antiracism

"Opposing Jim Crow: African Americans and the Soviet Indictment of U.S. Racism, 1928-1937" critically investigates what she calls "Soviet antiracism."

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Start the year with some great labor films

Let me quickly recommend some lesser known labor films worth your attention.