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A Queer Movie That Doesn't Lead With Its Queer Foot

Sarah Beauchamp | Posted 04.20.2015 | Gay Voices
Sarah Beauchamp

While the film doesn't revolve around sexuality, through the character of Shirin, Akhavan sheds light on an otherwise underrepresented group of people. "No one believes in bisexuality," Akhavan says.

Noah Baumbach Is the Naked Emperor

David Fagin | Posted 04.20.2015 | Entertainment
David Fagin

While We're Young follows in the footsteps of the majority of Baumbach's work, as it succeeds admirably in achieving its apparent goal of being yet another terrifically mediocre film.

Let There Be Love at ACT: Terrific Acting Buoys a Poignant Family Drama

Leo Stutzin | Posted 04.17.2015 | San Francisco
Leo Stutzin

All those elements add up to a huge order, but ACT is serving it with compelling passion and humor, thanks in large part to an extraordinary performance by Carl Lumbly.

The Buzzer's Broken

Kerri Allen | Posted 04.13.2015 | Arts
Kerri Allen

"Buzzer" weaves a pretty implausible plot in which Suzy, a tightly-wound Harvard grad and inner-city teacher, puts up with unceasing street harassment as well as her boyfriend's in-recovery pal Don crashing in their new pad for six months. That such a successful man as Jackson would endure this tests the limits of believability.

Schools ENACT Positive Change With Drama Therapy

Isa Freeling | Posted 03.31.2015 | Education
Isa Freeling

Trained extensively in the ENACT method, actors create a "safe container" for students, many of whom are recruited for the program because of behavioral or truancy issues that are threatening to derail their academic careers.

Making Sense of The Jinx, Robert Durst and What He Said

Joe Navarro | Posted 03.24.2015 | Crime
Joe Navarro

I don't know if the statements made by Mr. Durst in the HBO documentary will be admitted in a future trial or even if they are needed. What I can say from experience is this: We should not be surprised when people make utterances that inculpate them in crimes.

Guilty of Self-Sabotage? Find Your 'Happy' Again By Ditching the Drama and Spreading the Love

Cy Wakeman | Posted 03.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Cy Wakeman

We all have extenuating circumstances when it comes to work, life and family. While these situations may not be changeable, our reaction to them is. Redirect your energy to innovate and help rather than wasting it on drama. Be a lover of reality and inner peace, success and happiness will follow.

Maureen Ryan

Gina Rodriguez On Her Wild Year As 'Jane The Virgin'

HuffingtonPost.com | Maureen Ryan | Posted 03.16.2015 | Entertainment

Gina Rodriguez carries a heavy burden. I'm not referring to her schedule, which has her working long days at an unassuming film and TV studio on t...

How The ENACT Program Is Making Our Schools Better

Isa Freeling | Posted 03.13.2015 | Education
Isa Freeling

Peer pressure, poverty, violence, and drugs at home and in the schools is too much torment for a young mind to accomplish the necessary grades to graduate and live a fulfilling life, not to mention the cultural and economic challenges. There is however, an organization called in ENACT that is doing exciting, innovative work.

Maureen Ryan

What Makes 'Jane The Virgin' So Much Fun

HuffingtonPost.com | Maureen Ryan | Posted 03.09.2015 | Entertainment

It has been weeks since we've had a fresh episode of "Jane the Virgin," which aired its last installment in mid-February, but the wait is over: "Jane ...

Maureen Ryan

How Could This Great Crime Drama Go So Wrong?

HuffingtonPost.com | Maureen Ryan | Posted 03.05.2015 | Entertainment

It's one of the oldest television genres in existence, but crime dramas have shown themselves to be exceptionally resilient even as the medium expands...

Getting The Most Out Of My 'F*ck You Fifties'

Hélène Tragos Stelian | Posted 03.04.2015 | Fifty
Hélène Tragos Stelian

I'm tired of regrets. Are there roads I wish I'd taken and choices I wish I hadn't made? Absolutely. But I've stopped wringing my hands over those. I can't undo the past, so I'm trying to live in the present.

Don't Be a Dick

Natalie Thomas | Posted 04.26.2015 | Healthy Living
Natalie Thomas

It's pretty simple. Yet, somehow, we forget. We eat too much, sleep too little, wake up on the wrong side of life, are running late, annoyed by fate ...

Pizza and Threesomes

Sarah Flanagan | Posted 04.22.2015 | Entertainment
Sarah Flanagan

Sun and Room is an affectionate and painfully honest look into those college years you might want to forget. It explores transitional friendships and nights that come with freshman year and often go without reflection.

Stage Door: A Month in the Country

Fern Siegel | Posted 03.31.2015 | Arts
Fern Siegel

He was keen on the psychological life of his characters, especially evident in the often-performed A Month In The Country, now off-Broadway at CSC.

Football's Joys and Agonies Get a Thorough Dissection in Berkeley Rep's Dramatic X's and O's

Leo Stutzin | Posted 03.28.2015 | San Francisco
Leo Stutzin

The course of ardent love needs to involve pain, and sometimes even agony or tragedy, doesn't it? That's the formula in theater, if not always in life.

Stoppard's Indian Ink Returns to ACT, Visually Gorgeous but Dramatically Uneven

Leo Stutzin | Posted 03.27.2015 | San Francisco
Leo Stutzin

No one should be surprised when any theatrical canvas painted by Tom Stoppard is enormous: In Indian Ink, he outdid himself, perhaps too ambitiously.

Stage Door: Constellations, Honeymoon in Vegas

Fern Siegel | Posted 03.23.2015 | Arts
Fern Siegel

Broadway is loaded with movie and TV stars -- and the results are mixed. But in the chemistry department, Jake Gyllenhaal and Ruth Wilson deliver the goods in Constellations, now at the Samuel J. Friedman.

A Review of 'American Sniper'

Dwight Brown | Posted 03.16.2015 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

His steely, icy demeanor gave Chris Kyle a steady aim, but didn't protect him from the fragile aftermath of war, particularly Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The film fluctuates between his achievements in battle and his ordeal back at home.

The Beautiful Music of Still Alice: A Q & A With Composer Ilan Eshkeri

Xaque Gruber | Posted 03.14.2015 | Entertainment
Xaque Gruber

Awards season 2015 has just begun and already Julianne Moore has been nominated for dozens of well deserved awards in the Best Actress category for the film Still Alice, which is released widely on Jan.16th.

My Top Ten 'Top Ten Critics List' Critic's List

John K. Herr | Posted 02.26.2015 | Comedy
John K. Herr

It's the end of the year, which means endless end-of-the-year lists, especially for TV shows. And I didn't watch TV this year. Seriously. I cut the cable cord in 2008. Yes, I am superior to you, thanks for asking.

13 Steps to Combating a Challenging Family Member

Adriana & George Sifakis | Posted 02.22.2015 | Healthy Living
Adriana & George Sifakis

According to a recent survey performed by Greenberg Research: People in the United States are more likely to feel their stress increases rather than ...

Exodus: Gods and Kings

Dwight Brown | Posted 02.10.2015 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

"Exodus: Movement of Jah people! Oh-oh-oh, yea-eah!" chants Bob Marley. In his rousing three-minute song "Exodus" he presents a more spiritual feel for Moses than Ridley Scott's 154-minute, whitewashed sword-and-sandals epic.

Unseen Arthur Miller Drama To Premiere In Britain

AP | Posted 11.24.2014 | Arts

LONDON (AP) — A previously unstaged Arthur Miller drama set in the brutal world of the Brooklyn docks will have its world premiere at a British thea...

First Indian Literary Festival at Columbia a Hit

Jim Luce | Posted 01.17.2015 | Books
Jim Luce

Under the direction of my good friend Aroon Shivdasani, the first literary festival of the Indian American Arts Council (IAAC) with Columbia Universit...