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The Commandments of Lenny Bruce
Lenny Bruce made the stage his pulpit, the audience his parishioners, and stand-up the sermons for his alternative secular faith. [24.Oct.14]
Jazz May Be Reeling in Terms of Record Sales, But It's Thriving As an Art Form
What if today’s jazz is a little bit Bill Frisell and a little bit Ornette Coleman? [23.Oct.14]
Funny Faces on the Telly: Whose to Watch
Every few years there's a new batch of funny faces making the rounds on Britain's television panel shows. Here are a few faces worth watching. [22.Oct.14]
What He Has Sown: A Conversation With Bruce Soord of the Pineapple Thief
The Pineapple Thief mastermind delves into the making of Magnolia, the [un]fair criticisms of fans, and the joys of modern Opeth, among many other topics. [21.Oct.14]
'The Mack Sennett Collection, Volume One' Attests to Risk-Taking in Creativity and Innovation
This collection of films is significant in illustrating the development of Mack Sennett's contributions to early film comedy and the lasting effects of Sennett and his troupe. [20.Oct.14]
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