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  • Bourbon Jones

    published December 29, 2011

    Dubbed everything from bluesy to rootsy to gospelly, this quartet who formed in 1993 prefer their music to be labeled “Louisiana... More >>

  • Marty

    published December 22, 2011

    Written by the astute Paddy Chayefsky (Network, The Hospital), this 1955 film about two regular, lonely people whose lives are suddenly brightened... More >>

  • Santa Claus Conquers the Martians

    published December 15, 2011

    Hailed as one of the worst films ever made, this kitschy, insanely ridiculous 1964 flick is a favorite among campy cult lovers and those who... More >>

  • OCMA's 'State of Mind' Show Us Its Tits?

    published December 8, 2011

    A few weeks after my piece about Barbara T. Smith's 1981 "Birthdaze" performance ran (" More >>

  • Richard Newton Film Shorts

    published December 8, 2011

    Clearly, the best thing to happen to the arts in forever is the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time initiative that has energized the arts... More >>

  • 'By the Running Foot' Opening Reception

    published December 1, 2011

    The Orange County Center for Contemporary Art breaks out of the mold this month with a show in which the only criteria for artworks is that they... More >>

  • Barbara T. Smith Shows How the Angry Penis Lives

    published November 24, 2011

    Amid the hearty backslapping at lectures, performances, galas and dinners celebrating the Getty's massive Southern California-wide arts... More >>

  • Metamorphosis

    published November 24, 2011

    It’s always a boon to any curator when a fresh, new talent is unearthed, and rather exciting to both nurture that young artist and present... More >>

  • Superman

    published November 17, 2011

    In 1978, producer Alexander Salkind assembled one of the finest casts on record for the biggest-budget superhero movie ever, including... More >>

  • Robert Cray

    published November 10, 2011

    Five-time Grammy-winning blues guitarist Robert Cray has delivered soulful riffs since his uncredited appearance in 1978’s Animal House as... More >>

  • Talking With...

    published November 10, 2011

    The true identity of Talking With…’s playwright is a bit of a mystery—Jane Martin is rumored as the pen name of Jon Jory, a... More >>

  • Magnolia

    published November 3, 2011

    The fact that Tom Cruise is in this film notwithstanding, writer-director P.T. Anderson’s 1999 third feature was an award-winning... More >>

  • Turn of the Screw

    published October 27, 2011

    Henry James’ Victorian ghost story about a governess slowly unraveling while caring for two unruly children who seem to be frequented by a... More >>

  • Jhina Alvarado Offers a Time Capsule

    published October 20, 2011

    The other day, a friend of mine posted to my Facebook page an image of Steve Jobs with the headline "1 Person Dies and 100 million cry"; next... More >>

  • Speakeasy Ragtime Show

    published October 20, 2011

    In 2011, pretty much nothing is off-limits: stoners and prostitutes fight for their rights (and get sympathetic ears), and binge drinking... More >>

  • Haunted House of '80s

    published October 20, 2011

    Much like a new-wave zombie chick sporting a ripped-neck sweat shirt and stirrup pants, the music of the 1980s will just not die. So, this... More >>

  • Carrie

    published October 13, 2011

    As the ultimate revenge film about bullying, this 1976 shocker by director Brian De Palma from the Stephen King novel showed all schoolyard... More >>

  • Cosmos: A Personal Voyage

    published October 6, 2011

    In 1980, this 13-part PBS series, co-written and presented by Carl Sagan, was the most widely watched series in the history of American... More >>

  • The Birds

    published September 29, 2011

    Widely thought to be the last great film from director Alfred Hitchcock, this gruesome 1963 psychological thriller is a tour de force in suspense,... More >>

  • Shirley MacLaine Is Still Out On a Limb

    published September 22, 2011

    Whether you loved her as the pixie-haired elevator operator in Billy Wilder's The Apartment or the feisty Aurora Greenway bellowing... More >>

  • Alex Couwenberg Opening Reception

    published September 22, 2011

    Mid-century modern abstract painter Alex Couwenberg presents a new series of paintings this month at the Peter Blake Gallery—and they’re... More >>

  • Shirley Valentine

    published September 22, 2011

    This 1989 Tony Award-winner is best known to the masses as a film starring Pauline Collins, who received an Oscar nod for her portrayal of the... More >>

  • Missing Persons

    published September 15, 2011

    So, if Lady Gaga stole “Born this Way” from Madonna, and “Joe Calderone” from Annie Lennox (see Grammy’s, 1984), then she... More >>

  • Semana Flamenka

    published September 15, 2011

    The enticing, erotic flamenco music of the Spanish gypsies comes to the Barclay this week, featuring artists from the Semana Flamenka company, as... More >>

  • Blithe Spirit

    published September 1, 2011

    Written in five days, Noel Coward’s supernatural comedy was an instant hit with British WWII audiences in 1941, both for its exceptional... More >>

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