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Sunday, March 5 2006

Oscar, and (His) Agenda

This year's Oscars looks set to be one of those rarest of Oscar years: the attempt at a statement.


Thursday, March 2 2006

Keeping the Line Between the Past and the Present

Pulitzer Prize-winner Doug Wright talks to Performance Oriented about his new stage adaptation of Grey Gardens; or, How to Make 'Morbid Eccentrics' Sing and Dance.


Wednesday, March 1 2006

The Sounds of Now: Brian Ferneyhough

In the first of a series of contemporary composer profiles, Jenkins discusses Brian Ferneyhough, whose complex scores force performers to confront the boundaries of the possible.


Tuesday, February 28 2006

Go Tell It on the Mountain

Regarding the slow but steady rise of tolerance in the US, maybe it's not faith moving mountains... maybe it's the Mountain that's moving us.


The Academy NIT

Year in and year out, Oscar typically misses some noteworthy candidates for recognition. Stale Popcorn offers its list of overlooked gems in this annual March 'madness'.


Monday, February 27 2006

The Big Picture

In the bloody wake of ill-penned cartoons lay scattered caricatures of ourselves.


Sunday, February 26 2006

Vintage Venom

Looking for a classic bit of 'cruelty' with 'intentions' that are all too clear? Our resident literary 'liaison' argues the case for this 1988 masterwork of manipulation.


Wednesday, February 22 2006

Feminine But Not Feminist

Why some 'girl groups' must be identified as such and others feel inclined to avoid feminist descriptors: Cober-Lake gauges the cumulative effect of gender-obsessed definitions.


Tuesday, February 21 2006

A New Kind of Magic: Part II: The Modern Prometheus

In the second of a three-part look at the symbiotic relationship between the horror film and special effects, our Dread specialist shows how Mary Shelley's mythical monster, and a unique approach to art design, forever changed the horror film.


Monday, February 20 2006

History in the Making?

How unsuspecting Tuesday nights of experimentalism in a tiny bar may be indicative of our living in extraordinary times.


Sunday, February 19 2006

Spanning the Globe?: The Ever-Shrinking Wide World of Sports

Twenty-five million viewers seem like so many crickets, chirping disinterestedly, as the Olympic pageantry carries on at the periphery of our national consciousness.


Findlay vs. Jason

So, you think a sinister "shape" and his hockey-masked compatriot are the founding fiends of the slice and dice film? Actually, according to our resident outsider cinephile, the true origins of the slasher film can be found inside the grit and grime of the grindhouse.


Thursday, February 16 2006

Wild Wanda Jackson

The self-described 'Fujiyama Mama' of '50s rockabilly was a hard-headed, bare-knuckled antithesis to the era's prevailing gender expectations.


Wednesday, February 15 2006

Martin and Coretta are Both Gone Now.  It Is Not Their Battle No More

With the passing of another leader from the civil rights era, it's up to us, whose songs of freedom come with a hip-hop beat, whose advocates preach online instead of on street corners, who live in a world multicolored beyond just black and white, to assume our awesome legacy and move the mountain some more.


Tuesday, February 14 2006

F is for Film; F is for Fraud

Trying to determine why classic films are turning up with greater frequency on his yearly lists, The Lumierenary has discovered a startling truth about Hollywood: the remake has ruined it.


The Profits of Doom

A once-uncool and admittedly limiting metal subgenre is poised to become the Next Big Thing in loud music -- that is, if the metal community lets it guard down long enough to accept it.


Monday, February 13 2006

The New ‘Face’ of Contemporary Television

More confusing than Caucasians playing Asians, more disturbing than whites emulating blacks, Young uncovers a disturbing trend in the modern media: straight actors playing it 'gay'.


Shopping Paranoid

Beware, be wary on your hunt for the perfect (you name it); for you are the hunted.


Sunday, February 12 2006

Walkme-Talkme

At the rate cell phone technology is developing, we'll need a built-in GPS that can be read on our phones' LCDs so that we can navigate a crowded sidewalk without having to look up from our PDAs.


Wednesday, February 8 2006

The (P)Art of the Prank

A desperate inquiry into the madness and methods of practical joking from a frightened young man who really should know better, by now.


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