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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Two books on buildings and design

  Although our lives would be poorer for it, we could live without paintings, music or theater. But we can’t survive without buildings. Architecture and the design of the places we inhabit exert a continual influence on our wellbeing as well as being essential to our existence. A pair of fascinating
Home Movies/Out on Digital
Monday, March 24, 2014
 Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film, this Belgian movie deals with familiar subjects: the idyll of love, the unexpected arrival of a child, the death of that little girl from cancer and the recriminations that follow. What’s distinct in The Broken Circle Breakdown is the setting: the banjo-fired
Books
Thursday, March 20, 2014

Author Paul McComas turns his novel into a concert

  Inner peace and social justice, not unlike the personal and the political, should never be entirely separate. That’s one theme in Paul McComas’ 2002 novel, Unplugged. After publication, the Milwaukee-turned-Evanston, Ill., author refitted his story of Dayna Clay, a suicidal young woman
Home Movies/Out on Digital
Thursday, March 20, 2014
Youthful host Josh “It’s Awesome!” Bernstein guides the first episode of the History Channel’s three-part series. Determined to follow the Norsemen’s path to the New World, Bernstein sails from Denmark to Iceland on a replica Viking ship (but opts for planes and powerboats as he treks from there
Album Reviews
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Aztec Camera was a fresh alternative to most everything when their debut album was released in 1983. In an era of hardcore punk fundamentalism and icy techno-pop, the Scottish band wedded acoustic textures to lively rhythms and irresistible pop hooks with echoes of Spain and India. Arriving just a tad late, the 30th