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Morgan Spurlock

As Fewer Companies Control Our Media, Why Documentaries Matter More Than Ever

Morgan Spurlock | November 20, 2014 | UK Entertainment
There have been so many films that have touched and altered my perception over the years that I couldn't begin to single out the few that have been the most impactful, but if we only look at some of the films of the past year and the conversations, debate and change they are driving, we start to see how important and irreplaceable these films and filmmakers are.
Fern Siegel


Stage Door: Side Show, Allegro

Fern Siegel | November 20, 2014 | Arts
The cruelty of exploitation, just like the public's prurient interest in oddity, is boundless. Marry the two, and you have the backdrop to the real-life tale of conjoined twins and vaudeville stars Daisy and Violet Hilton in Side Show, the Broadway revival at the St. James Theatre.
Kate McClanaghan


How to Do Voice-over Part-Time

Kate McClanaghan | November 20, 2014 | Arts
This is the only way you will honestly stand a chance at becoming a professional. It takes commitment.
Steven Zevitas


Must See Painting Shows: November/December 2014

Steven Zevitas | November 20, 2014 | Arts
There has been a lot of talk as of late about the receding importance of brick and mortar gallery spaces and a perceived dearth of quality programming at those that still exist. I did not see a lot of evidence of gallery Armageddon as I conducted my monthly review of painting shows.
David Finkle


First Nighter: Revised Side Show Musical Still Side-Tracked

David Finkle | November 20, 2014 | Arts
As they used to say in the '20s and '30s and often on the midway, "Nice try, but no cigar."
Dan Persons


A Cartoon Classic 30 Years in the Making: Hour of the Wolf Movie Review of The King and the Mockingbird

Dan Persons | November 20, 2014 | Entertainment
If you've been going through the vast collection of films that have lapsed into the pubic domain, you've likely stumbled upon an animated feature called The Curious Adventures of Mr. Wonderbird, a strange little thing featuring voices by such luminaries as Peter Ustinov, Claire Bloom, and Denholm Elliott.
Joubert Loots

Treefeller Profiles

Joubert Loots | November 20, 2014 | Arts
At the age of fifteen Pierre started working as railroad labourer. The following year he joined the army. His dream was to become a chef. When he left the army he returned to the railroad, where he started to work as a waiter...
Mario Livio


The Five-Pointed Star as a Symbol

Mario Livio | November 20, 2014 | Arts
Our understanding of the processes that make real stars shine has not taken anything away from the attraction of the five-pointed star.
Robert Bullen


The Sun Does Come out in This Delightful Annie Tour

Robert Bullen | November 20, 2014 | Chicago
Kids and animals onstage in a daffy and heartwarming musical comedy? Depending on whom you talk to, this could either be a horror show or a holiday delight.
Malcolm Harris


Does the Art World Need Another Jeff Koons? Well, Meet Artist William Witenberg

Malcolm Harris | November 20, 2014 | Arts
William Witenberg has found a way to seamlessly re-enter the art world by marrying technology and art with a little financial know-how to assure he can continue creating his joyous and sublime techno-masterpieces.
Steven Suskin


A Not So Brisk-and-Bright Allegro

Steven Suskin | November 19, 2014 | Arts
Why can't they just do Broadway musicals the way the authors wrote them in the first place? is a not infrequent cry along the Rialto. If a show was a hit, if a show is a classic, why do modern producers, directors and book doctors insist on trying to make them better?
Anne Margaret Daniel


The Art of Zelda Fitzgerald

Anne Margaret Daniel | November 19, 2014 | Arts
Zelda Fitzgerald is, still, best known as the wife of F. Scott Fitzgerald. True, Zelda was an inspiration for heroines and dialogue in his stories, and half of the golden couple of what Scott dubbed "The Jazz Age," but she was also an accomplished writer, and artist.
John Seed


Christopher Benson: 'INSIDE and OUT' at Paul Thiebaud Gallery

John Seed | November 19, 2014 | Arts
Considered as a whole, Benson's show is an essay on visual clarity. The artist's solid, reduced brushwork shows his efforts to deal with the essential in order to harmonize his subjects. As a result the emotional tone of the show is both subdued and inviting.
Helen I. Hwang


Winter Sleep, Winner of the Palme d'Or, Tipped for the Academy Awards' Best Foreign Language Film

Helen I. Hwang | November 19, 2014 | Entertainment
Winter Sleep, winner of the Palme d'Or and FIPRESCI Prizes at this year's Cannes Festival, is a film centered on brilliant dialogue where the subtleties of the relationships are slowly unveiled through conversations of what's said and not said.
Francis Levy


Frederick Wiseman's "National Gallery"

Francis Levy | November 20, 2014 | Arts
In a sense Frederick Wiseman was the wrong person to make National Gallery, which is currently completing a run at Film Forum. His signature reticence, characterized by a total lack of narration, becomes the work of art itself.
Lane Harwell


Artists as Global Citizens

Lane Harwell | November 19, 2014 | Arts
An opportunity for our artists and arts institutions to lead, globally, is to approach their identity and creation of art holistically and with intention--to be global citizens
Kelly Bulkeley, Ph.D.


Tolkien's Future Vision of Lucid Dreaming

Kelly Bulkeley, Ph.D. | November 20, 2014 | Arts
Dreams play a significant role in The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkein's multi-part fantasy story written in the first half of the 20th century. The dream elements become muted in Peter Jackson's film adaptation, but in the novels they serve as an important source of insight for the characters.
Rodrigo Ribera D'Ebre


Unlocking the Pandora Box

Rodrigo Ribera D'Ebre | November 19, 2014 | Arts
Perhaps when things become a reality in our lives, we place the responsibility on an outside source like a burning candle, a talisman, a lucky clothing article, God or...something else.
Roeselien Raimond

Squirting, Spinning, Spitting and Swallowing Spiders

Roeselien Raimond | November 19, 2014 | Green
I have a a much younger little brother, a so called afterthought. As we speak, this little brother is almost twice my size and weight, but you know how it works with little baby brothers.
Cara Joy David


Dr. Zhivago and Other Possible Broadway Entries

Cara Joy David | November 19, 2014 | Arts
Ever since Dr. Zhivago was announced last month for a spring Broadway berth, I've been thinking: "What other shows that I never thought would make it will come?"
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