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Cindy Lovell

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Everything I Ever Needed to Know I Learned From Huckleberry Finn and Hal Holbrook

Cindy Lovell | April 19, 2014 | Arts
I've been rereading Huckleberry Finn since I discovered it as the sequel to Tom Sawyer back in junior high school, getting more out of it with each encounter. Hearing Hal Holbrook last Friday inspired me to share a few keepers.
Peter Clothier

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FINDING HILLYWOOD

Peter Clothier | April 19, 2014 | Arts
No, that's not a typo. It is "Hillywood." Which is a thriving creative movie-making center set in the hills of Rwanda--hills, as this inspiring documentary shows, whose astonishing beauty stands in stark contrast to the country's all-too-familiar recent tragic history. How, we wonder as we watch this footage, could such...
James Scarborough

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'Next to Normal,' Cal Rep

James Scarborough | April 19, 2014 | Arts
Each moment bristles with energy that coils, uncoils, and recoils. The production's biggest achievement is its supercharged pitch. This pitch reflects Diana's changing moods. These moods include depression, a numb, medicated stability, and an exuberant mania.
George Heymont

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Boys in the Attic

George Heymont | April 19, 2014 | Arts
Two recent Bay Area productions included characters whose lives were haunted by the suicide of their son. The ghost of one son appears onstage; the other is never seen.
Alexandra Rosas

Discovering Gabriel García Márquez

Alexandra Rosas | April 19, 2014 | Books
Being a Colombian, I grew up hearing of Márquez's writing. To say Colombians consider him to be their greatest literary figure is not an understatement. But it wasn't until I read his work for myself, that I owned the religion of Señor Marquez, rather than just inheriting it.
John Seed

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Mark Innerst at DC Moore Gallery

John Seed | April 19, 2014 | Arts
I recently spoke to Mark Innerst to ask him a few choice questions about his work and his background.
Reyne Haines

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LA Ballet Honors Celebrity Philanthropists

Reyne Haines | April 18, 2014 | Arts
Paula Abdul, Lori Milken, Jane Seymour (Photo Credit: Brian Lindensmith/ All Access Photos) Recently, the LA Ballet honored Lori Milken, Paula Abdul and Jane Seymour with a gala at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. ...
Paul Schmelzer

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Laugh At Death: Kris Martin on Mortality, Silent Bells and the Skeleton He Buried in an Art Museum's Front Lawn

Paul Schmelzer | April 18, 2014 | Arts
As spring again sputters into being and we witness another revolution of the life/death/life cycle, a recently installed artwork in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden stands as a marker of this type of transition.
Keith Runyon

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Once Again, Moss Hart's Name Shines on Broadway

Keith Runyon | April 18, 2014 | Arts
An evening of Kaufman and Hart was the brightest the Broadway theater had to offer and their impact has been felt ever since -- in television, the movies and on stage. But based on the reviews, James Lapine's adaptation of Act One is in the best Moss Hart tradition.
Simone Collins

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92 Artists Drew Our Favorite Female Disney and Pixar Characters

Simone Collins | April 18, 2014 | Arts
To celebrate Disney's fun female characters, Canadian animation student Miranda (aka @snarkies) created a collaborative ode to them, inviting nearly 100 artist friends on Twitter and Tumblr to choose one of their favorite ladies and illustrate her.
Jane Chafin

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Artists' Statements: Can't Live With Them, Can't Live Without Them

Jane Chafin | April 18, 2014 | Arts
Artists' statements are a gold mine for someone like me who loves to make fun of the art world.
Bizzy Emerson

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Things I Learned From James Franco

Bizzy Emerson | April 18, 2014 | Teen
When you feel passionately about someone or something, it's only natural to feel that passion reignited by their presence. When I saw James Franco, I was reminded that, for being a celebrity, he is human.
Annette Insdorf

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New Movies for Foodies

Annette Insdorf | April 18, 2014 | Entertainment
Both Tasting Menu and Chef succeed in navigating between personal vision and audience expectation, as the characters create dishes that reflect their own juicy emotions.
James Ehnes

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The Value of Music

James Ehnes | April 18, 2014 | Arts
I went to public school, and remember being assigned to read a few Shakespeare plays, a work or two of the ancient Greeks and several of the notable "coming of age" novels of the 20th century. But never once was I told to listen to a Beethoven symphony.
Michal Shapiro

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Habib Koite: A West African Fête at the City Winery (VIDEO)

Michal Shapiro | April 18, 2014 | Arts
Habib Koite, one of Mali's most beloved singer/guitarists was in town last month to promote his new CD "Soô" on Contre Jour Records. He packed NYC's City Winery with a polyglot audience, which included a hefty West African compliment. Koité is a seasoned performer, and everyone on stage...
Wilborn Hampton

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Met Opera: Olga Peretyatko Shines in Bellini's 'I Puritani'

Wilborn Hampton | April 18, 2014 | Arts
The Metropolitan Opera returned its vintage production of Bellini's I Puritani to the stage last night and the fast-rising Russian soprano Olga Peretyatko wowed the first-night audience in an auspicious Met debut as Elvira, the daughter of a Puritan leader driven mad by her love for a Royalist supporter during...
David Finkle

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First Nighter: Moss Hart's "Act One" in Two Great, Big Acts

David Finkle | April 18, 2014 | Arts
When theater veteran Moss Hart published his bestselling Act One in 1959, he packed a lot into it about his impoverished childhood and neophyte playwriting years with the already famous, successful and legendarily acerbic George S. Kaufman. James Lapine, who's adapted the chockfull memoir at the Vivian Beaumont, packs just...
Danny Groner

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Bullets Over Broadway Comes with Guns Blazing

Danny Groner | April 18, 2014 | New York
With Woody Allen at the helm, Zach Braff in a starring role, and a rich ensemble cast that earns both laughs and applause, Bullets Over Broadway has a lot to offer.
Steven Suskin

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Aisle View: Kiss of the Vampire

Steven Suskin | April 18, 2014 | Arts
The comedic chameleon Arnie Burton first came to view in the 2008 parody version of Alfred Hitchcock's The 39 Steps, a four-character romp in which he was one of two men who played all the roles other than the hero and heroine.
Jonathan Hobratsch

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5 Questions for Poets: Part 4

Jonathan Hobratsch | April 17, 2014 | Books
In the 4th part of the National Poetry Month blog, I ask America's best poets to answer five more questions by readers of poetry.
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