Thursday, October 10 2013
By reaffirming refugees' cultural identity while simultaneously offering inroads into their new home, music has helped a number of displaced peoples carve out a place of their own.
Wednesday, October 9 2013
An unusually cheerful new cooking show is dominating the primetime conversation in the UK, but is patriotism the answer to successful TV?
Tuesday, October 8 2013
All heavy metal bands burn out eventually, but when and how they end matters most. A good death counts for a lot in the genre, because it marks the final point in a band's quest for immortality.
Monday, October 7 2013
Culture, civility, and empathy. When crafted with the elegance and care of Beyond Good & Evil, videogames exceed every arbitrary 'requirement' for Art demanded by those who would deny them worth.
Friday, October 4 2013
More books you'll love than you can swing a cat while shaking a stick at.
Thursday, October 3 2013
Unassuming high school chemistry teacher faced with insurmountable medical expenses turns to manufacturing illegal drugs to make ends meet? Sorry Bryan Cranston, Angie Dickinson and William Shatner got there first.
Wednesday, October 2 2013
The jazz world found its most intrepid explorer in Don Cherry, an adventurous sonic provocateur whose worldly exploits re-drew lines all over the musical map.
Tuesday, October 1 2013
Robots and Replicants... Between utilitarian tools and far too human replacements lies the Uncanny Valley. The Next Reel explores Cinema's love/ hate relationship with the automaton.
Monday, September 30 2013
Once one has committed to a narrative, it can be hard to let go, even if creative teams have changed, or ideas are running out.
Friday, September 27 2013
The great Elmore Leonard wrote dozens of novels. Some, like Get Shorty, were adapted for film. So why do I associate him with smooth jazz? Well, John Lurie had a hand in that.
Thursday, September 26 2013
Available again in ebook form, the crime classic Stephen King called "one of the greatest American novels of the 20th century", The End of Night, is ready for rediscovery by a new generation of readers.
Wednesday, September 25 2013
A month removed from this year's debacle, it's time to understand that the Video Music Awards are worth reviving, worth enjoying like we did decades ago.
Tuesday, September 24 2013
Scant research has been done on those individuals who are both LGBT and deaf. This is surprising, considering what my sister, an interpreter for the deaf, has told me: "You'd be surprised how many deaf people are gay."
Monday, September 23 2013
In addition to being one of the pivotal bands of the early '70s, Yes perfected prog-rock as a kind of performance art in sound.
Friday, September 20 2013
Some people think that heavy metal's too filthy a lens to gaze at the world through, but most fans don't care who finds metal lewd, crude, or otherwise.
Thursday, September 19 2013
Which has the better ending? Assassin’s Creed 3 vs. Gears of War 3 vs. God of War 3 vs. Halo 3 vs. Mass Effect 3 vs. Modern Warfare 3.
Wednesday, September 18 2013
Brett Martin's latest book serves as a reminder of how enlightening dealing with darkness in television can be.
Tuesday, September 17 2013
With each tweet, photo upload, and "twerk" video, Miley Cyrus artfully crafts her star image, always maintaining our interest in how she presents herself.
Monday, September 16 2013
Children and pregnant women should not take this ride without consulting a physician first. Professional athletes should take special care before looking directly at these battles, as side effects include testing positive for testosterone boosting.
Thursday, September 12 2013
In every successful series there are prequels and sequels that create the long-standing sagas that we love. But what becomes of those orphaned sequels begging for a home?