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B.J. Epstein

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No Happy Endings: Holocaust Memorial Day and Children

B.J. Epstein | Posted June 17, 2012

Today is Holocaust Memorial Day in the United States, so even though this day was commemorated in the UK on 27 January, it is worth pausing a moment to think about World War II. In particular, I am interested in how children are taught about it.
The Los Angeles Public Library

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Catnip for Word Nerds and History Buffs

The Los Angeles Public Library | Posted June 17, 2012

Mad Men is finally back on the air, and we at the library couldn't be happier. But, if you need something to tide you over between episodes, these books will sweep you up in the world of 1960s New York.
Amanda Slavin

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Coachella: Crowd vs. Community -- What Is the Difference?

Amanda Slavin | Posted June 17, 2012

With a strong foundation, a solid team, a concept and support system in place that is driven by a soul, a crowd can become an opportunity to bound together individuals in a positive way.
Daniel Grant

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What Artists Do While Waiting for the Next Inspiration

Daniel Grant | Posted June 17, 2012

No artist is free from dry periods or mental blocks, when the old ideas seem to lead nowhere and new ones are hard to find. Different artists have approached the problem in various ways.
Chris McGowan

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Blame It on the Bossa Nova: Jazz Samba's 50th Birthday

Chris McGowan | Posted June 17, 2012

Stan Getz and Charlie Byrd's album Jazz Samba, which launched the bossa nova craze in the United States, celebrates its 50th anniversary this month.
Jonathan Kim

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ReThink Review: Unraveled -- the Bernie Madoff Documentary We Never Got

Jonathan Kim | Posted June 17, 2012

Marc Dreier may be the biggest Wall Street criminal you've never heard of, but he'd respectfully disagree.
Kim Witman

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From Page to Stage: Don Giovanni

Kim Witman | Posted June 17, 2012



Don Giovanni was a womanizer -- one beside whom Don Draper would pale. But it was not this Don's philandering, but the way in which he held himself above God and all morality that shocked Mozart's audiences most.
Ester Bloom

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A Closer Look at 'Mommy Porn'

Ester Bloom | Posted June 17, 2012

An Australian eBook by an unknown female author with no marketing budget is fourth on USA Today's Best-Selling Books list, behind only The Hunger Games. And panic is gripping the nation, because these books, which are being enjoyed by The Ladies, are about The Sex.
Vicky Tiel

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The History of Paris Ready-to-Wear

Vicky Tiel | Posted June 17, 2012

A new style of ladies clothes was born called "Pret a Porter".
James Scarborough

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Spectral Imprints, Abraaj Capital Art, Art Dubai 2012

James Scarborough | Posted June 17, 2012

Perhaps the real value of Spectral Imprints lies in reminding us of those moments when contemporary art does acknowledges art of the past.
Mary Pauline Lowry

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YA Cover Girls on Top

Mary Pauline Lowry | Posted June 17, 2012

There is a contradiction in the fact that even though YA bloggers are engaging in the confidence-building act of expressing their opinions about books, they value book covers that reinforce an image of beauty unattainable to most girls.
Richard Schiffman

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Do the Wealthy Lie, Cheat and Steal More Than the Rest of Us?

Richard Schiffman | Posted June 17, 2012

The insane feeding frenzy on Wall Street prior to the crash may be less about greed than a species of machismo. Money, for the rich, is not just a medium to purchase things; it is a measure of status in that rarefied world where you are judged by the heft of your take home pay.
Dorian de Wind

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Our Newest Emigrants

Dorian de Wind | Posted June 17, 2012

While I am sometimes frustrated by some of the recent political and social twists, turns and detours the American Dream has taken, I still consider America to be the greatest country in the world.
Bess Rowen

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Silence Is a Not a Virtue: Brett C. Leonard's Ninth and Joanie

Bess Rowen | Posted June 17, 2012

This two hour long play could have been streamlined to an emotionally powerful 80 or 90 minute play.
Kate Quarfordt

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Million Hoodie March, Victor Hugo Edition: Les Miserábles in the South Bronx

Kate Quarfordt | Posted June 17, 2012

In all my years making theater in the Bronx, I've never seen kids give this much of a damn about a show before. Ironically enough, I think it's because we've never done a show that connects so directly to their lives.
Yelena Shuster

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Smash's Ellis on Uma Thurman's Musical Theater Chops: 'She's Actually Very, Very Good!'

Yelena Shuster | Posted June 17, 2012

Jaime Cepero spilled what it was like to work with Uma Thurman, the worst part about filming in NYC, and the most valuable thing he ever lost.
Dr. Faheem Younus

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Saving the Next Trayvon: The Church's Chance to Uproot the Curse?

Dr. Faheem Younus | Posted June 17, 2012

Half a century ago, Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. observed, "The most segregated hour of Christian America is 11 o'clock on Sunday morning?" Talk to your black friends. They still feel the curse.
Michael Varrati

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Lights, Camera, Action!

Michael Varrati | Posted June 17, 2012

Velvet Goldmine was the first time I had seen people like that onscreen, people like me. From my seat in small-town America, the film served as a moment of recognition that I wasn't alone. There were other people out there who felt and desired the same things I was keeping to myself.
Miike Snow

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Coachella Diary: The Weather, the Music, the Desert

Miike Snow | Posted June 17, 2012

As I write this, Love Unlimited Orchestra is playing as the warmup music for Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg. I realize what Dre is for this century -- Duke Ellington.
Christopher Atamian

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Interview With Martha Graham Principals

Christopher Atamian | Posted June 17, 2012

This interview with Martha Graham Dance Company principals Tadej Brdnik and Blakeley White-McGuire was conducted in March before the company's annual run at the Joyce.
Wiley Cash

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11 Greatest Southern Novels

Wiley Cash | Posted June 17, 2012

We're manic when it comes to lists. We'll read anything set in a list format from the "Top 10 Best Beach Bodies" to the "Top 10 Worst Things to Say on a First Date." But when you start making lists about what's "most important," then suddenly listing takes on a whole new meaning.
Gerit Quealy

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Twilight of the Seniors: Terms of Embezzlement

Gerit Quealy | Posted June 17, 2012

This last weekend was the premiere of the documentary film Last Will and Embezzlement, a chilling account of how the senior population in this country is being vampirized.
Gordy Grundy

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It's the Rebels in Paradise That Set the Sun of Pacific Standard Time

Gordy Grundy | Posted June 17, 2012

From Larry Bell's striped pants to Ed Kienholz's devilishly combed eyebrows, they created a scene. Knowing these artists as contemporaries, the author serves up a delicious living past.
Craig McCord

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Falling in Love... With Dirt

Craig McCord | Posted June 17, 2012

Paul Quinn College recently abandoned its football program and converted the field into a working organic farm maintained by the students themselves.
Jerry Ashton

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OccupyThisAlbum - 99 Artists on 99 Tracks for the 99%

Jerry Ashton | Posted June 17, 2012

Where are the songs for Occupy's time in history? Who will write the words and music and poetry? Will we find our voice? These questions have been answered in full and emphatically with OccupyThisAlbum.
Peri Pakroo

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Life Lessons From Trale Lewous

Peri Pakroo | Posted June 17, 2012

Nathan Barnatt is an amazing comedian and has made a huge name for himself by putting out YouTube videos playing different characters. My fave character is Trale Lewous, "self-proclaimed spokeperson for candy."
Scott Walters

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Defending Mr. Daisey, Part 2: Big Fact, Little Fact

Scott Walters | Posted June 17, 2012

Did Marketplace's Rob Schmitz really think that, on a tour of the facility arranged by Apple and Foxxconn that he would meet underaged workers, people poisoned on the job, or people who had been hurt in a explosion?
Debra Ollivier

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NPR's 'Morning Edition' Tackles Big Issues Facing Sandwich Generation

Debra Ollivier | Posted June 17, 2012

Beginning April 17, NPR will broadcast a series following the lives of three different families, providing intimate insight into the complexities and challenges of being a caregiver to two generations.
Melissa Webster

1-2-3-4 Go! Records -- Why Record Stores Should Still Matter

Melissa Webster | Posted June 17, 2012

I refuse to buy an iPod, a Kindle, or download any movies that go straight to my computer or television. Face to face social interaction and good times, that was the true value of these businesses.
Bonni Brodnick

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Photographer Lisl Steiner: 'Don't Be Possessed by Your Possessions'

Bonni Brodnick | Posted June 17, 2012

A wise octogenarian once said, "Don't be possessed by your possessions." Actually she said it last weekend, when she invited me to her new "stuff shop," a spot she had rented for a month to try to make a dent in the dispersal of her long-collected ephemera.
David Finkle

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First Nighter: Tennessee Williams's In Masks Outrageous and Austere' Unmasked as Faceless

David Finkle | Posted June 17, 2012

When you sit through something as ludicrous as Williams's last play -- or so we're led to believe of a manuscript cobbled together by other peddler-meddlers -- you spend much of the time wondering whom the roiling cauldron of picked-over Williams obsessions serves.
Gustavo Arellano

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The Best Mexican Restaurants In America (PHOTOS)

Gustavo Arellano | Posted June 17, 2012

Mexican food in this country is as varied and delicious as what we find south of the border and--dare I say it?--as authentic as anything that Montezuma's descendants may make. Here in the United States, we combine the best of both worlds, the Mexican and the American.
Lucas Kavner

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Dale Watson, Texas Honky Tonk Legend, Makes His First Stage Appearance In 'Ghost Brothers Of Darkland County'

Lucas Kavner | Posted June 17, 2012

Last Tuesday night, a man who had never performed in a play in his life stepped in front of 750 people and into the lead role of a major new musical by Stephen King and John Mellencamp.