Arts & Entertainment

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Review: "Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton as Himself "

The PBS American Masters series is airing a biopic about the writer who made a career out of being a "professional amateur."

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Two progressive films to win your heart

Two rousing and heartwarming docs at the Tribeca Film Festival shining the spotlight on two charismatic politician: Michael Tubbs of Stockton and the late, great Ann Richards of Texas.

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Latin America in film: Catch these when you can

Several films by or about Latin Americans stood out at the 13th Annual Tribeca Film Festival in New York last month.

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The war on film

As the generation who fought in World War II dwindles in numbers, we are losing crucial first-hand testimony of the heroic struggles to defeat fascism.

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Progressive cinema: Whistleblowers at Tribeca

Certainly the film of most interest to progressives at the Tribeca Film Festival this year would be 1971directed and written by Johanna Hamilton.

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Unique films get honors at Tribeca Film Fest

The 12-day festival co-founded by Robert De Niro screened 89 feature films and 57 shorts to an audience of almost a half a million viewers.

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"Porgy and Bess": Gershwin - You is my man now!

Inspired by a newspaper clipping about a true-life crime, this perennial classic takes place in Charleston's fictionalized Catfish Row .

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Noir genre fiction from L.A.

Think "Stonewall," and you conjure up images of gay and trans bar patrons in Greenwich Village who finally had seen enough of police brutality and, and fought back in June 1969.

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“Roberta’s Fire”: Homophobia, hate, redemption in a Texas town

I had some mind-traveling to do in reading "Roberta's Fire," by Texas songwriter-singer-journalist Kelly Sinclair. 

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A triumphant must-see show about Paul Robeson

Daniel Beaty doesn't miss a beat in his one-man tribute to African American Paul Robeson, the son of a runaway slave who went on to become an actor, activist and Renaissance Man.

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