November

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Six shows with substance coming to television

The recent qualitative drop in Hollywood films has left a "creativity vaccuum," which is now being filled on the small screen.

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Mozart, propagandist, in new rendering of old classic

The current version of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's The Magic Flute at Los Angeles Opera raises two essential artistic questions (plus, perhaps, eyebrows).

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“Arrow” takes aim at wealthy elite

This show has, surprisingly, said a lot of things about corporate America that other heroes have been rather tight-lipped on.

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McBride's "Good Lord Bird," Packer's "Unwinding": National Book Award winners

The Good Lord Bird, the adventures of a disguised black child caught up in John Brown's abolitionist crusade, was the winner of the National Book Award for fiction.

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In Verdi’s “Falstaff,” all the world’s a jest

What better way to celebrate Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi's bicentennial than with a production of Falstaff?

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“Thor” sequel another hard-hitter

As superhero flicks go, this one is still pretty standard fare for the casual viewer, but that doesn't mean it's not enjoyable.

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"Dallas Buyers Club": We're surprised you're even alive

Dallas Buyers Club is an uplifting morality tale that's about as good as the art of cinema gets.

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Syd Hoff and A. Redfield: Two sides of the same coin

An almost unknown dimension of his amazing career, discovered by his heirs only after his death in 2004, was Hoff's work for left-wing periodicals in the '30s.

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Marvel unveils new Muslim superheroine

Marvel has introduced a new Ms. Marvel, a 16 year-old Pakistani-American, and the first Muslim superheroine to star in her own mainstream ongoing series.