Arts & Entertainment

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Laughter through tears in Canada's "Rez Sisters"

First Nation women and one man give virtuoso performances in a play as true today as when written 28 years ago.

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Chicago International Film Festival celebrates 50th anniversary

The longest-running competitive film festival in America is celebrating its 50th anniversary this month.

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The Cold War plays at Toronto Film Festival

The Soviet Union was obsessed with two sports: hockey and chess. For decades, they held the championship in both arenas. Two new films bring back memories of those days.

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"Pride" tells of solidarity vs. prejudice, winning vs. losing

In 1984, a small group of London gays and lesbians collected money for the miners and taught a lesson of solidarity that everybody should memorize.

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Films from forbidden lands

People in the West rarely get to see films from North Korea, let alone Cuba or Vietnam. Film festivals are often the only source for cinema from the "forbidden" Communist countries.

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Whose land? Interview with an objective Israeli filmmaker

Director Tamara Erde investigated both the Israeli and Palestinian public school systems, with access to teachers, students and administrators on both sides of the Wall.

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New documentaries in Toronto

Documentaries at the Toronto International Film Festival come from all corners of the globe, covering a wide range of subjects, and many are of interest to the progressive community.

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“Standing in the Breach”: good politics and music from Jackson Browne

Jackson Browne has released his 14th studio album. "Standing in the Breach" is the most political album in Browne's increasing leftward cultural and political career.

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Review: Smiling through the Apocalypse, Esquire in the 60s

Esquire editor Harold Hayes was arguably to magazines what famous literary editor Maxwell Perkins (editor for Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Thomas Wolfe) was to novels.

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"The Liberator" generates some thinking

My movie buddy went to see "Gone Girl" with her book club, so I recruited a professor friend of mine to see "The Liberator" with.

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