Monday, April 25 2016
Charles Mingus and Kanye West represent an extreme form of the complicated-and-proud-of-it black man, within a society that prefers its black men as uncomplicated and untroubling as possible.
Friday, April 22 2016
Funny, sorrowful, quietly subversive, and a film nerd’s wet dream, Annie Baker’s Pulitzer-prize-winning play mines humour and pathos.
Wednesday, April 20 2016
Vonnegut's timeless stories challenge the assumptions, institutions, and ideologies that so delimit critical thinking and open-mindedness.
Tuesday, April 12 2016
An exploration of lifestyle branding for the coming environmental apocalypse.
Thursday, April 7 2016
In this game we consumers are reduced to plastic playthings, happy to be fingered. This and other thoughts on American culture.
Tuesday, April 5 2016
Praise for Carlo Rovelli's international bestseller Seven Brief Lessons on Physics has been near universal. Can the reviewers all be wrong? Yes, they can.
Monday, April 4 2016
The personal and the political are so interlinked in this play as to be inextricable, and Yaël Farber’s staging offers a dynamic mingling of the intimate and the epic.
Thursday, March 24 2016
The Lives of Frederick Douglass and Picturing Frederick Douglass reveal a radical approach to discussing politics, race and self.
Friday, March 11 2016
Arye Michael Bender reprises his role as defrocked '70s guru Octavio Coleman in the upcoming part spin-off, part sequel, part prequel and completely mind-bending film, The Esquire.
Monday, March 7 2016
When you see and hear a group of children in star-spangled cheerleader outfits lip-syncing the words “Cowardice! Are you serious?” to an EDM reworking of the 1917 patriotic song “Over There”, that is the moment you should wake up.
Friday, March 4 2016
It's possible to trace much of 20th Century America’s history through the pages of the Defender, a local paper with a national impact.
Tuesday, February 23 2016
One of the less celebrated satirists of religion, a study of some of Randy Newman's key songs reveals a subtle subversive at work.
Monday, February 22 2016
The insightful new study, Ametora: How Japan Saved American Style, demonstrates how Japan beat American fashion at its own game
Thursday, February 18 2016
Steven Spielberg's most child-friendly blockbuster primed a generation to be more accepting of homosexuality.
Wednesday, February 17 2016
In true Euro-pop fashion, Lio's marriage of risqué innuendo and brightly-coloured pop during the '80s resounded fashionably with the French.
Tuesday, February 16 2016
Sonja Livingston uses poetic essays to breathe life into some of America’s most remarkable, and little known, women.
Monday, February 15 2016
Alinea is my kind of noun, shot through with an intentionality so thorough in its precision and detail that it teeters wonderfully on the edge between magic and psychosis.
Wednesday, February 10 2016
To paraphrase art critic Peter Schjeldahl, beauty is a kind of action and reaction between the work and the viewer, or the listener, or the reader. Beauty happens.
Monday, February 8 2016
The authors of Inventing the Future ask: why think local, when there’s a world to win?
Thursday, February 4 2016
As we use the term today, authenticity allows no truth from art, only from artists. It visits art the way one visits a subway station or an airport: to get to somewhere else.