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"Hitler's Rival": Book shines spotlight on Ernst Thalmann

While this book isn't a history of Nazi Germany or of the GDR, it does provide a historical glimpse into both societies.

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Let them eat opera: "The Ghosts of Versailles"

A specter is haunting opera in this epic about revolution by Academy Award-winning composer John Corigliano and librettist William Hoffman.

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"Birdman," "Turner," "McFarland": Triple-header film review

My movie buddy and I didn't really mind seeing a movie about pretentious people, but we felt that the entire thing was pretentious.

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Today in African American history: Happy birthday, Fats Domino!

World-renowned performer Antoine "Fats" Domino was born on this date in New Orleans in 1928. 

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Spirit Awards for Indies; Academy Awards highlights

The 30th Film Independent Spirit Awards on Feb. 21, was held beneath an elaborate tent constructed at Santa Monica Beach.

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“This Land is Your Land”: 75 years and the fight’s still on

"I have decided long ago that my songs and ballads would not get the hugs and kisses of the capitalistic experts." - Woody Guthrie

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“Auschwitz”

" I pass this on, and for those of you who haven't seen my poetry collection I include a poem I wrote in 1955, after my visit to Auschwitz."

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“Sassy Mamas”: Generational and gender role reversals

"Sassy Mamas" is a comedy-drama about three longtime girlfriends in Washington, D.C.

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Lead Belly discography released

Did he really sing his way out of Southern prisons twice? Did he really travel and sing with the legendary Blind Lemon Jefferson?

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Today in African American history: A double birthday

Sir Sidney Poitier, Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (KBE), was born in Miami, Fla., on February 20, 1927, of Bahamian parentage.

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