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Stage Review: A lyricist of note

Stage Review: A lyricist of note

Ira Gershwin, older brother of celebrated composer George, wasn’t one for the limelight, despite his Pulitzer Prize-winning, decades-long success as one of the pillars of the great American Songbook.

Film Review: Crowe's award-winning epic hits U.S. screens

Film Review: Crowe's award-winning epic hits U.S. screens

The U.S. release of “The Water Diviner,” an Australian film directed by and starring Russell Crowe, arrives the weekend of Australia’s memorial holiday, ANZAC Day (for Australia and New Zealand Army Corp). The date is particularly significant...

Film Review: Donnie Yen leads an HK cavalcade of stars

Film Review: Donnie Yen leads an HK cavalcade of stars

Donnie Yen (“Iron Monkey,” “Ip Man”) now reigns as the top martial arts star in Hong Kong cinema. Since being discovered by Hollywood, Jackie Chan’s domestic output has slowed down. (Plus Jackie is now 61, and his stunt bravado is...

Dining Review: Rubio's Coastal Grill dives into new territory

Dining Review: Rubio's Coastal Grill dives into new territory

I’m breaking with tradition on two counts today. First, I’m writing about a major chain restaurant and second, I got free food there. Normally I don’t accept free food, but I wanted to go to this press event to hear a good explanation of...

Eric Bogosian retells an 'amazing' Armenian tale

Eric Bogosian retells an 'amazing' Armenian tale

"Whatever I thought being Armenian was, I didn't really know as much as I thought I knew," says Eric Bogosian, acclaimed actor, playwright and novelist. Next Wednesday, April 29, he'll speak at the Alex Theatre about his new novel, "Operation Nemesis: The...

Artist Ikko Tanaka's work shows design as a primer on culture

Artist Ikko Tanaka's work shows design as a primer on culture

Good graphic design imparts ideas. It’s like a short trip: from Point A to Point B in the most direct fashion, with a little information payoff at the end. Great graphic design is no less straightforward in imparting its concept, but it allows the viewer...

DVD Review: Criterion release focuses on Morris' early work

DVD Review: Criterion release focuses on Morris' early work

Documentarian Errol Morris may always remain best known for his third film, “The Thin Blue Line,” which actually saved the life of Randall Adams, an unjustly convicted man awaiting execution. Those whose exposure to Morris’ work is limited to...

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Read On: Dying is way past the epidemic stage

Read On: Dying is way past the epidemic stage

I think it probably hit me while I was reading a post from a Facebook friend who shared that she'd been away from social media for a while because, well, her gallbladder had burst a few weeks before,...