Arts & Entertainment

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Inside Syria: New book sheds needed light

Reese Erlich's informative and insightful book "Inside Syria" brings to mind the Greek myth of a vast maze under the palace at Knossos.

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New directions for LA opera: "Dido and Aeneas/Bluebeard’s Castle"

LA Opera's edgy double feature takes this august art form in other directions and shows the possibilities of different modes of expression for the operatic medium.

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Freedom of the press? "Kill the Messenger" in review

Kill the Messenger raises daunting questions about the role of the press in society. This passion play is a piece of our nation's recent and ongoing history.

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In "The Decent One," Heinrich Himmler: Dedicated family man

This haunting film, now in theaters, recently won the best documentary award at the Jerusalem Film Festival.

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Fertile Ground: Art and community in California

Art show does not paint over Communist history.

 

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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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Trust and obey: “Choir Boy”

Residents of Greater Los Angeles are lucky to have the West Coast premiere of Tarell Alvin McCraney's play "Choir Boy" currently running at the Geffen Playhouse.

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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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“To Be Takei”: Love, diversity, and Star Trek

A new documentary chronicling the life of activist and actor George Takei is currently screening, to the delight of his many admirers.

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Film review: "Love is Strange"

Put seasoned actors like John Lithgow, Alfred Molina, and Marisa Tomei together in a film, and guaranteed there'll be a certain amount of movie magic.

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