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Ronnie Gilbert's "Radical Life in Song"

A memoir isn't a well-researched biography by a historian; it is a remembering fat with feelings; this is a gloriously personal invitation to us to see how she saw it.

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"Next to Normal," brave, hyperactive musical on a small stage

It promises "an emotional rollercoaster, an inspiring and touching, if not transformative, experience for audiences," and largely succeeds despite the questionable premises of the book itself.

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"Walk All Night": Documentary follows Chicago "bucket boys" to Senegal

Social worker Elita Tewelde wanted to empower Chicago's bucket drummers, mostly young African American men and boys, through a connection to their past.

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Holychild’s summer jam EP: A Brat Pop critique of capitalism

A new critique of pop culture, mass consumption and its objectification of the female body.

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In “The Marvin Gaye Story,” sexual healing is the political

The music gives us this clarity about who we are, how we can be, the world we can achieve. 

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“Junction 48”: Palestinian rappers searching for normalcy, humanity, and love

Activism, women's rights, and rap music were some motifs of the only Palestinian/Israeli-themed film at Tribeca this year.  

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A singular artist who contributed to the common good: Prince’s remarkable life

Prince occupied a giant place in our culture; his loss sends shock waves through all categories of Americans - categories that he himself transcended.

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The power of music: Alexander the Great and Handel in wartime

Handel composed Alexander's Feast in early 1736; it became one of his most popular and most often revived works during his lifetime.

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“Marguerite”: Bad singer, great movie

Marguerite is an exquisite film tribute to the strange, wonderful spirit of would be diva Florence Foster Jenkins.

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Working man's poet, Merle Haggard lived his life in song

Haggard wrote songs for the American working class to drink to, to dance to and to cry to.

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