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George Heymont

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Inner City Rhythms and Blues

George Heymont | July 23, 2012 | Arts
As the cast of Tenderloin brings the show's characters to life, the nervous energy that is often found outside the theatre starts to seep inside its walls.
Laura Prudom

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'American Idol' Winner: Phillip Phillips Crowned Season 11 Champion

Laura Prudom | July 23, 2012 | TV
Let's face it: Both Jessica Sanchez and Phillip Phillips are ideal representatives of their chosen brands, and both would've had a future in the music industry regardless of the outcome. But there can only be one winner ...
Kurt Ellenberger

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The Muse That Roars

Kurt Ellenberger | July 23, 2012 | Culture
If music can indeed somehow lead a culture in certain directions, we should be able to find some evidence for that. Let's consider the history of American Music in the last century.
Steve Sparrow

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The West Coast, F***ed up Narnia and Back to Europe...

Steve Sparrow | July 23, 2012 | UK Entertainment
It's been a period to remember, or maybe just try to remember. We've traveled thousands of miles and met so many incredible people whilst taking in these incredible experiences.
Rollo Ross

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Cannes: It's a Brand's World

Rollo Ross | July 23, 2012 | UK Entertainment
You might think logically that the Cannes film festival is all about films. It's not. It's substantially about brands trying to hawk their names around the festival and ensure that they are associated with the most luxurious event of the year.
Jim Luce

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Young Concert Artists Triumphs at Alice Tully Hall

Jim Luce | July 23, 2012 | Culture
Last week Young Concert Artists held its annual Gala Concert at Alice Tully Hall with the Orchestra of St. Luke's, presenting the Lincoln Center debuts of three young soloists to a sold out house.
Brian Horay

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Oregon Symphony Paints the Town Black With City Noir

Brian Horay | July 23, 2012 | Culture
City Noir was originally conceived around one instrument -- the alto saxophone -- and Portland was damn lucky to have Tim McAllister blowing with the band for their final gig of the season.
Paul Schwartzman

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Why Altruism Is Forcing Out Corporate Power

Paul Schwartzman | July 23, 2012 | Science
There has been a paradigmatic shift in our thinking away from vicious competition towards altruism, and this has been altering all human behavior, our nation, and our world.
Nicola Kraus

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Please Don't Disturb Me With Facts. I'm Hating.

Nicola Kraus | July 23, 2012 | Celebrity
If Britney Spears' much-dissected foray back into public light proved anything it's this: the American public is not a huge fan of context.
Lucas Kavner

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Green Lights, Yo! After 80 Years 'The Great Gatsby' Is All The Rage

Lucas Kavner | July 23, 2012 | Culture
I don't know how it happened, but after 80 years F. Scott Fitzgerald's seminal novel "The Great Gatsby" has become the coolest, most talked about thing in the world.
Emma Gray

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Revenge ABC: 9 Reasons You Should (Re)Watch The 1st Season This Summer

Emma Gray | July 23, 2012 | Women
"Revenge," the soapy melodrama that has captured my heart -- and an unfortunate amount of my time -- over the last year is coming to the end of its first season tonight. If you're someone who's resisted watching this gem of a television show all year long, now is the time to give up and give in.
Amanda Slavin

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Investing in Potential: Don't Walk Backwards Into Your Future

Amanda Slavin | July 23, 2012 | Impact
Now, at 26, looking at where my life is now and where I want to go, I started to think: Am I appreciating the people and the things that matter or am I letting the fast-paced life of a New Yorker distract me from what I really want?
Regina Weinreich

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Art Real Estate: February House at the Public Theater

Regina Weinreich | July 23, 2012 | Culture
This musical February House is like the house itself, a noble experiment: the art, its dedication to period and historic detail, to the authentic sound, is more ambitious than the result.
Nick Kolakowski

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Cast LOL and Emoticons From Your Lexicon

Nick Kolakowski | July 23, 2012 | Comedy
There is a very special place in hell reserved for whoever created the emoticon. Nor can we blame the scourge solely on text messaging and e-mail: as far back as the 19th century.
Fern Siegel

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Stage Door: February House

Fern Siegel | July 23, 2012 | Arts
The trials and tribulations, both artistic and personal, of this singular crew would make a compelling story. However, the characters of February House are drawn in brushstrokes; there isn't enough at stake.
MutualArt

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Hong Kong's Kraze Over Kusama

MutualArt | July 23, 2012 | Arts
At 83 years old, Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama boasts a pioneering oeuvre in many forms of media from the past five decades. Possessing a hallucinatory obsession with dots due to hardships she suffered as a child, Kusama uses art as an outlet.
Christopher Lane

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Biblical Homophobia and Christian Pastors

Christopher Lane | July 23, 2012 | Religion
To see a Republican lawmaker and a prominent Christian pastor try to outdo each other in their bigotry and murderous hate puts in unpleasant but clear relief the moral health of the organizations they represent.
Ester Bloom

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"Men's Fiction" vs. "Mommy Porn"

Ester Bloom | July 23, 2012 | Books
Gender distinctions in literature are arbitrary and often ass-backwards. Can women, for example, write "men's fiction"? Why not?
Raffi Asdourian

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No: Cannes 2012 Review

Raffi Asdourian | July 23, 2012 | Moviefone
Pablo Larraín has achieved something spectacularly unique with No, his beta-max rendition of the 1988 referendum vote in Chile concerning dictator Augusto Pinochet.
Karin Badt

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Cannes 2012: Bertolucci Takes on Alienation (After a Ten Year Absence)

Karin Badt | July 23, 2012 | Entertainment
The famed Bernardo Bertolucci's new film Me and You is about a pimply alienated 14-year-old boy who lives alone with his single mom.
Dan Mecca

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On the Road Wanders Aimlessly

Dan Mecca | July 23, 2012 | Moviefone
Unfortunately, a film without a narrative purpose feels like a shallow act, and soon enough watching purposeless characters continue down that road over and over becomes tiresome.
Nora Younkin

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What the Heck Is Modern Dance?

Nora Younkin | July 23, 2012 | Chicago
Sometimes it would seem audiences are afraid of modern dance because it's not evident what it's about. Let me tell you another secret: that's okay. Take chances. See something weird. Talk about it.
David Finkle

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Easy Reader: Peggy Pope of Nine to Five Tells Her Irresistible Show-Biz Story

David Finkle | July 23, 2012 | Books
Her show-biz resume began accumulating credits not too long after she'd settled in Manhattan -- and all of it Pope recounts with great humor. She's a naturally funny woman when she's merely recounting the facts. Laughing out loud through these pages is a regular response.
Rev. Dr. Eric D. Barreto

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Acts 2:1-21: Think Differently About Difference

Rev. Dr. Eric D. Barreto | July 23, 2012 | Religion
Christians have often hoped for a time when our racial and economic differences would cease, when in Christ we would all be indistinguishable. Such impulses are earnest but fundamentally misguided.
Jerry Lanson

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Memo to The New York Times: The Public Editor Needn't Wear a Bow Tie

Jerry Lanson | July 23, 2012 | Media
I confess. I am a man of words and thus, increasingly, a dinosaur. The New York Times' public editor, conduit to America's most influential news organization, should be more.
Lori Ungemah

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Writing Down the Grief

Lori Ungemah | July 23, 2012 | Education
I always openly address grief, dying, and grieving in my classroom. Between the many deaths in literature and the persistent grief and melancholia in poetry, it's a subject that weaves itself easily into an English class.
Rob Kall

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An Occupy Wall Street-eyed Review of The Avengers Movie and the Future of Movies

Rob Kall | July 23, 2012 | Entertainment
I had to go see the movie, The Avengers. But the past year's Occupy Wall Street experience gave me new eyes and it brought me to an epiphany. Superheroes serve the 1%. They serve the top down powers that are waging a massive war with the 99% -- we on the bottom.
Jesse Kornbluth

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Robert Kennedy on the GNP: We Don't Measure What Really Matters

Jesse Kornbluth | July 23, 2012 | Politics
How do you live with yourself when you click on a website or read a pundit's column or turn on a "news" show and find yourself exposed yet again to hatred and stupidity and raw prejudice delivered so slickly it almost sounds like reasonable opinion?
Dora Levy Mossanen

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On the Merits of an Arranged Marriage

Dora Levy Mossanen | July 23, 2012 | Culture
Was theirs an arranged marriage? It certainly was. Were they different in every imaginable way? You bet. Yet they managed to build a relationship based on love and trust. I wonder whether that was possible only because divorce was not an option at the time.
Eric Berkowitz

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Sex and Punishment: 11 of the Most Outrageous Cases of Sex Being Criminalized Throughout History

Eric Berkowitz | July 23, 2012 | Gay Voices
I would be glad if, after reading my book, people paused before they condemned others for their sexual behavior. Of course, violence and abuse of power are always wrong, but we must realize that we all have inherited attitudes and morals that are, at bottom, arbitrary.
Zaki Hasan

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Writing About Writing

Zaki Hasan | July 23, 2012 | Culture
Suddenly, I'm a writer who used to draw. How'd that happen? Like all skills, your abilities develop the more you do something, and atrophy the longer you're away. You want to be a writer? Write. Looking for inspiration as a writer? Write.
Andy Propst

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Just Opened: New Musical February House at The Public Theater

Andy Propst | July 23, 2012 | Arts
It's a fantastic tale and set of characters to bring together on the stage, and yet, Bockley's book only manages to fitfully spark to life as these individuals quarrel, make up, and orate about their passions.
Don Tapscott

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Living Out Loud -- Should We All Be More "Open?": Privacy, the Self and Human Relationships (Part 3 of 7)

Don Tapscott | July 23, 2012 | Technology
Even though the human condition requires connection, we also need to feel confident that we can be alone and unwatched when we want to be. It may seem an odd notion today, but initially the Internet was a favorite refuge for many seeking privacy.
Hank Bordowitz

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Rolling Stones 50th Anniversary: New LIFE Book Marks The Milestone

Hank Bordowitz | July 23, 2012 | Fifty
This year marks the Stones 50th Anniversary. While Keith Richards said that there probably wouldn't be a 50th anniversary tour, tickets have allegedly gone on sale for a September 1 show in Berlin. In that same spirit, LIFE books has come out with a book on the Stones.
Bernard-Henri Lévy

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Kerouac at the Cinema

Bernard-Henri Lévy | July 23, 2012 | Culture
I can see myself, talking about one of those books of life, a source of sustenance for young people refusing the inevitability of an timid existence, one somehow cracked or just rocked softly into precocious old age, a book like a bible, a treatise on savoir-vivre for the use of future generations, Jack Kerouac's On the Road.
Alejandro Escalona

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75 years of Picasso's Guernica: An Inconvenient Masterpiece

Alejandro Escalona | July 23, 2012 | Latino Voices
Guernica is to painting what Beethoven's Ninth Symphony is to music: a cultural icon that speaks to mankind not only against war but also of hope and peace. It is a reference when speaking about genocide from El Salvador to Bosnia.
Marshall Fine

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Movie Review: Mansome

Marshall Fine | July 23, 2012 | Entertainment
Morgan Spurlock's topic is masculinity, masculine vanity and where they intersect. He breaks it down mostly by varieties of body hair: the hair on your head mustaches, beards, body hair and the notion of the metrosexual.
Thomas Breathnach

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Ancient Azerbaijan Dolls Itself Up For The Eurovision Song Contest (PHOTOS)

Thomas Breathnach | July 23, 2012 | Travel
I discovered a sun-kissed city of ancient ruins and innovative architecture consumed by anticipation for the Olympics of musical kitsch.
Baroness Lane Fox

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Orange Prize for Fiction: Exciting and Important Opportunities Like This Do Not Come Around Very Often....

Baroness Lane Fox | July 22, 2012 | UK Culture
In 2009 I was asked to be one of the Orange Prize for Fiction judges. I loved it. Although my boyfriend groaned every time I opened another book, I revelled in it.