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Jonathan Kim

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ReThink Review: Hit So Hard -- Drummer, Addict, Witness, Survivor

Jonathan Kim | Posted June 12, 2012

Fans of rock, drummers, women in rock, Hole, and the grunge/alternative wave of the early/mid '90s will definitely want to check out Hit So Hard.
Dr. Peggy Drexler

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Role Models and the Real World

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted June 12, 2012

The increasing fallibility and uncertain availability of XY-chromosome role models combines with the blurring of gender roles to raise a question: Does a male role model actually have to be a man?
Annie Stamell

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The Worst Coachella Style Guide

Annie Stamell | Posted June 12, 2012

If you want to meet your future spouse in a pair of acid-washed overall shorts and a neon orange tank top and moccasins and a Banksy tattoo on their wrist, then you are in luck! This is the place for you!
Zach Stafford

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Reviewing Patrick-Ian Polk's Newest Film, The Skinny

Zach Stafford | Posted June 12, 2012

A pinnacle moment in the film deals with an HIV scare and a sexual assault after a character takes Ecstasy for the first time. It is something that happens, and many are afraid to talk about it. I truly applaud Polk for writing this topic into his script.
Dr. Jingduan Yang

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The Healing Power of Performing Arts

Dr. Jingduan Yang | Posted June 12, 2012

In order to promote good health and natural healing, you might want to take some time to go to performances with soothing and beautiful music and colors.
Daliah Merzaban

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Lost Letters

Daliah Merzaban | Posted June 12, 2012

I recently opened an email account for my mom and taught her how to compose messages to my sisters and I so we could stay in touch while she is traveling. The passion with which she wrote shocked me.
Christina Patterson

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If a Nobel Laureate Can't Speak Out, Who Can?

Christina Patterson | Posted June 12, 2012

Günter Grass may or may not be right to say, in his poem, that Israel's nuclear weapons are a threat to world peace. But he's right to say that the West's attitude to Israel, and its nuclear arsenal, involves an awful lot of hypocrisy.
Penelope Andrew

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2012 TCM Fest: Cabaret's Liza Minnelli, Vertigo's Kim Novak, Robert Wagner, Debbie Reynolds Walk Red Carpet & Thelma Schoonmaker Introduces Black Narcissus

Penelope Andrew | Posted June 12, 2012

Liza Minnelli, Kim Novak, Robert Wagner, Tippi Hedren and Debbie Reynolds in person. Black Narcissus, Vertigo, Cabaret, and The Fountainhead projected on gigantic screens at Grauman's Chinese and Egyptian Theatres. Could any classic film fan wish for more? You could.
Vince Carducci

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Scott Hocking's Garden of the Gods

Vince Carducci | Posted June 12, 2012

Scott Hocking's Garden of the Gods can be read as a dystopian reflection of the effects of spectacle society.
Vicky Ward

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The Ultimate Appeal of 'Fifty Shades of Grey'

Vicky Ward | Posted June 12, 2012

Fifty Shades of Grey is a bestseller not because of sex, but because it targets every woman's un-feminist secret dilemma: security or love?
Rabbi Rachel Gartner

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Leave Newsweek's Top 50 Rabbis List in Mitzrayim

Rabbi Rachel Gartner | Posted June 12, 2012

As Passover 2012 ends, let's finally break the bonds, and liberate ourselves from Top Rabbis lists. America has enough idols. Let's smash this one (the list, not the rabbis).
Malik Yusef

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Last Night DJ Saved My Life

Malik Yusef | Posted June 12, 2012

DJ 3rd Eye has been behind bars for the last 26 years. Given a life sentence in the late '80s, many would simply say "he missed his calling." But he doesn't wait on "callings." He just grabs faith and his belief in what he's doing -- and gets it done!
Laurence Vittes

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Ninotchka Laughed. Now Misha Speaks -- Speaks Russian, That Is

Laurence Vittes | Posted June 12, 2012

Peter Levi

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Open and Closed Photographs (PHOTOS)

Peter Levi | Posted June 12, 2012

Ben Zweifach

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Romney Finally Wins GOP's Game of Thrones

Ben Zweifach | Posted June 12, 2012

It was only a matter of time before some nerd, someplace, somewhere, penned a valedictory piece comparing the Republican primary to the power-struggles of HBO's Game of Thrones. And, friends, I've run out of reasons why that nerd should not be me.
Hanna Laney

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Craft Beer Evangelism: Save the Drama for Yo' Mama

Hanna Laney | Posted June 12, 2012

Like any evangelism, spreading the gospel of craft beer takes a delicate hand, open ears and an inclusive spirit. Let's spread the good word.
Molly Fosco

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You Are What You Eat

Molly Fosco | Posted June 12, 2012

The theory that eating a plant-based, organic diet can make you a happier person is explored in a number of films that have affected the way I think about and consume food.
Margaret Fuhrer

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Slow Dancing: Last Touch First at the Joyce Theater

Margaret Fuhrer | Posted April 12, 2012

In Last Touch First, Schumacher and Kylián present a slow-motion dance meant to reveal deep psychological truths. Slow motion is always weirdly fascinating, and seeing performers negotiate the physical challenges of near-stillness is doubly so.
Dan Persons

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The Indie on Demand Movie Review: Kinyarwanda

Dan Persons | Posted June 12, 2012

This time, we're looking at Kinyarwanda, a new drama in which director Alrick Brown uses a fractured timeline and mutable genres to portray how the Rwandan genocide of 1994 looked to those trapped in its madness.
Jon Chattman

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A-Sides With Jon Chattman: Our Lady Peace Throws a Curve, Discusses the Late Chris Benoit

Jon Chattman | Posted June 12, 2012

During our "A-Sides" session, Our Lady Peace and I discuss the band's new album Curve and their current tour, and weigh in on a Eugene Levy vs. Rick Moranis debate.
Derek Beres

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Global Beat Fusion: The Modern Sound of Yoga

Derek Beres | Posted June 12, 2012

Stretching without sounding repetitious is challenging, and yet acoustics meets physiology here, for what is yoga but devotedly returning to silence to create space? For many of us, a soundtrack is required. These three albums are permanent members of that club.
Evelyne Politanoff

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Alfonso Brezmes -- Adult Tales Paradise Under Construction

Evelyne Politanoff | Posted June 12, 2012

Between the jungle and the icebergs, Alfonso Brezmes depicts the remains of an idyllic world that has been extinguished.
Rainn Wilson

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The Titanic's Forgotten "Survivor"

Rainn Wilson | Posted June 12, 2012

One hundred years ago the "unsinkable" Titanic sank into the North Atlantic. The tragedy has made for some epic storytelling. One of the most extraordinary stories is that of a 68-year-old Persian who wasn't, it turns out, actually on the ill-fated vessel, but was supposed to be.
Kristi York Wooten

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Noel Gallagher on Coachella, the Bible Belt, and Why Everyone Needs a Reggae Name

Kristi York Wooten | Posted June 12, 2012

Noel is glad the boon hit "when you could still make money selling records -- before the Internet," but doesn't mind re-entering the months-long tours inherent to a rocker's life (and wallet). "You've got to earn a living, haven't you?"
George Heymont

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Sending the Bard a Birthday Card

George Heymont | Posted June 12, 2012

Not only have Shakespeare's works survived directorial updating and near-villainous tampering with the text, they are still taught in high schools and colleges around the world. What has changed is the wealth of teaching tools now available in the classroom and on the Internet.
Rebecca Joines Schinsky

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7 Dirty Reading Secrets: What Are Yours?

Rebecca Joines Schinsky | Posted June 12, 2012

Spring has me in the mood to clean out closets of both the storage and psychic varieties. Here are seven of the dirty little reading secrets I've been carrying around for a while. What are yours?
Cara Santa Maria

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'Monkey Bill' Becomes Law, Imperils Science In Tennessee

Cara Santa Maria | Posted July 23, 2012

We live in the 21st century, the century of biotechnology. Without an appropriate understanding of evolution, students will be at a disadvantage in the workforce. And without an understanding of anthropogenic climate change, how can we expect Tennessee children to grow up to become members of an informed electorate?
Maureen Ryan

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'Girls' Review: Lena Dunham's Frank And Fearless Debut

Maureen Ryan | Posted June 12, 2012

It's certainly been a long time since I was this beguiled by a set a characters, but Girls is one of those rare birds. It's a fresh and wonderfully realized show that feels like nothing else on TV.
Kate Otto

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TOMS Shoes Controversy: A Call to Move From Discussion to Action

Kate Otto | Posted June 11, 2012

Discussion is crucial, yet it's a first step. The second is doing. If you've blindly adored TOMS to date, take a deeper look at the potential issues in their model and educate yourself about proper design of service initiatives.
Michael Giltz

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Theater: Magic/Bird Sort of Shoots, But Doesn't Score

Michael Giltz | Posted June 11, 2012

You can make a good documentary about Magic and Bird (in fact, HBO did). But having actors reenact some public statements of these famous athletes while rotely going through their career highlights does not make good theater.