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The Last Boys: A Book Of Photographs By Barry Marré

Michael Ernest Sweet | Posted 06.25.2015 | Gay Voices
Michael Ernest Sweet

All Photographs Copyright Barry Marré The Last Boys by Barry Marré is a pleasant departure from many of the "gay" art books out there. Although th...

Run the Jewels Deliver a Blockbuster Closing Night to Northside Festival

Salvatore Bono | Posted 06.16.2015 | New York
Salvatore Bono

For just over an hour, Run the Jewels weren't just playing just another show, they weren't playing just another festival, they were playing to the hearts and minds of the crowd that braved the wind and rain during their set and the heat waiting for them to arrive.

Popcorn Preview: Chagall-Malevich

Leslie Sisman | Posted 06.08.2015 | Entertainment
Leslie Sisman

Most of Chagall-Malevich centers on the time Chagall was Commissariat of the Academy of Modern Art, 1917-18. While the story is set against historic events, it makes no claim of historic accuracy, which becomes obvious fairly quickly. There's a kitsch yet wonderful fantasy quality about the story.

Podcast Reviews: Henry and Heidi AND The Pauly Shore Podcast Show

Marc Hershon | Posted 05.29.2015 | Entertainment
Marc Hershon

This episode has Rollins recounting the journey through adolescence he had, and Mr. Pepperman, the teacher and influential figure that helped him gain confidence and self-esteem, as well as the physique he became recognized for as the lead singer for Black Flag.

Renée Fleming Triumphs on Broadway

David Browning | Posted 06.27.2015 | Arts
David Browning

Your intrepid reporter has traveled far and wide to see opera before, but this was his most challenging assignment yet: to venture into deepest, darkest Manhattan, find parking that didn't require a second mortgage, and see the new Broadway play featuring dear Renée Fleming, Living on Love.

Review: Morris Berman's New Book on Japan, "Neurotic Beauty"

Peter Van Buren | Posted 06.26.2015 | Books
Peter Van Buren

Neurotic Beauty: An Outsider Looks At Japan is a fine addition to a long list of books that attempt to explain Japan, what one observer has called the "most foreign of foreign countries."

Popcorn Preview: 24 Days

Leslie Sisman | Posted 06.26.2015 | Entertainment
Leslie Sisman

Ilan's family isn't rich, but his kidnappers think they are... are they just after money, or is there another motive?

Last Weekend: A Masterpiece of Contemporary Cinema by Tom Dolby

Michael Ernest Sweet | Posted 06.21.2015 | Entertainment
Michael Ernest Sweet

I don't often write criticism, especially on films, but this exception has to be made. Not only is "Last Weekend" one of the best films I've seen ...

Popcorn Preview: Dial a Prayer

Leslie Sisman | Posted 06.10.2015 | Entertainment
Leslie Sisman

Dial a Prayer is the second feature film by writer/director, Maggie Kiley. It's an enjoyable hour and a half; even though Cora, the central character, seems to mope through life... always as dreary as the interminable Michigan winter.

Popcorn Preview: Woman in Gold

Leslie Sisman | Posted 06.10.2015 | Entertainment
Leslie Sisman

As the film opens, we see the restless Adele Bloch-Bauer sitting for a portrait by Gustav Klimt. Who would have guessed that a family portrait would become the center of an Austrian identity crisis? Especially a portrait of a Jewish woman. In 1998, Maria Altmann's sister Louisa is laid to rest. A

Popcorn Preview: Effie Gray

Leslie Sisman | Posted 06.11.2015 | Entertainment
Leslie Sisman

n depicting the events of John and Effie's marriage, the movie is quite reserved and beautifully nuanced. Many of the filmmakers come from Merchant Ivory Productions, and Effie Gray is very much in that tradition. It's hard to know with certainty what went on in the marriage, but there are letters and written accounts that served as source material.

Popcorn Preview: The Outrageous Sophie Tucker

Leslie Sisman | Posted 06.10.2015 | Entertainment
Leslie Sisman

She was the first woman to include risqué material in her act. She wasn't "The Last of the Red Hot Mamas"... she was the first. She promoted and taught classes for young women who wanted to become Red Hot Mamas, too. Everything she did was original... she was one of the first jazz singers... certainly the first of the white jazz singers.

Podcast Review: 'Yo, Is This Racist?'

Marc Hershon | Posted 06.03.2015 | Entertainment
Marc Hershon

Andrew Ti's two-and-a-half-year-old podcast -- Yo, Is This Racist? -- has broken a couple of expectations of the medium. It's a pretty damn funny show hosted by a guy with no previous performing chops and the subject matter is pretty uncomfortable.

Popcorn Preview: Merchants of Doubt

Leslie Sisman | Posted 05.20.2015 | Entertainment
Leslie Sisman

At first we wonder if we're in the right movie. Magician Jamy Ian Swiss puts on his signature red shirt, suit and tie for a performance at the Magic Castle. "My occupation is deception," he says. "I make an honest living."

Popcorn Preview: Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter

Leslie Sisman | Posted 05.20.2015 | Entertainment
Leslie Sisman

We first encounter Kumiko as she walks along the water's edge wearing her oversized red hoodie and carrying a piece of white cloth. Her footprints follow the line of the serf.

"What Does This Song Taste Like?": An Interview With Forks & Vinyl's Shanti Medina

Amy Cummins | Posted 05.18.2015 | Taste
Amy Cummins

What does this song taste like? That's the question that prompted chef Shanti Medina to create Forks & Vinyl, a new monthly dinner series in Los Ang...

Michael Jackson's Xscape Origins: The First Review

Charles Thomson | Posted 05.18.2015 | Books
Charles Thomson

Hundreds of books have been written about Michael Jackson, but this is one of the very few must-reads to have been published since his death, forgetting his much-debated private life and shedding light on the one area most people appear least informed about; his work.

The Singapore Mikado in Brooklyn

David Browning | Posted 05.05.2015 | Arts
David Browning

On Saturday night I was delighted to see Theater 2020's The Singapore Mikado, an adaptation of that great work of Messrs. Gilbert and Sullivan.

Forget 50 Shades: Feminist Adult Film Producers Pick Their Favorite BDSM Erotica

Nikki Gloudeman | Posted 04.14.2015 | Women
Nikki Gloudeman

While we have no way of knowing what the actual film adaptation of the book--coming out tomorrow--will be like, it's more-than-fair to assume it too will leave much to be desired, simply given the source material.

Tin Fish Valentine

Rozanne Gold | Posted 04.12.2015 | Taste
Rozanne Gold

With Valentine's Day fast approaching, I thought I'd explore pairing champagne and tinned fish.

Podcast Review: The Pauly Shore Podcast Show

Marc Hershon | Posted 04.08.2015 | Entertainment
Marc Hershon

Pauly Shore's back and podcasting's got him...again. This freewheeling comedian -- and scion of The Comedy's Store's owner Mitzi Shore -- recently launched The Pauly Shore Podcast Show as part of the Podcast One network.

CD Review: Heartbeat Serenade

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 03.30.2015 | Arts
Christopher Zoukis

CommonUnion59 is made up of two people: Steve McKenzie and Laura Malasig. Their latest offering, Heartbeat Serenade, is slated for release shortly and boy, is it a doozy!

Love and Art Are on Full Display in Stoppard's 'Indian Ink' at American Conservatory Theater

Jason Mannino | Posted 03.29.2015 | San Francisco
Jason Mannino

"Rasa" is the Indian term that describes the essence of an artwork. It only occurs through a participant's uplifted experience of the art and it is flowing in full force in American Conservatory Theater's new production of Tom Stoppard's Indian Ink.

Popcorn Preview: American Sniper

Leslie Sisman | Posted 03.11.2015 | Entertainment
Leslie Sisman

At the recruiting office, they give him a brochure for the Seals... and we soon see Chris in basic training. "We're looking for warriors, not quitters." Training is brutal but Chris makes it to sniper school, where his "hell of a gift" sets him apart.

Popcorn Preview: Big Eyes

Leslie Sisman | Posted 03.09.2015 | Entertainment
Leslie Sisman

Amy Adams as Margaret is excellent. Christoph Waltz's over-the-top portrayal of Walter -- who, by many accounts was truly over-the-top -- can be a bit distracting. At any rate, it's an interesting exploration of how the "little hobo kids" became a household must-have.