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Thursday, July 3, 2014
 The booming, cross-continental signals of the old Mexican radio stations have been celebrated by ZZ Top and Wall of Voodoo, but never with the loving nostalgia of California’s Cascada de Flores. On Radio Flor, this versatile ensemble evokes the Mexican radio shows from the 1930s and ’40s
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Thursday, July 3, 2014
 Nominated for Best Animated Feature at the 2014 Oscars, Ernest & Celestine is drawn in spare lines, pale colors and luminous shadows. It’s a children’s story about the enmity between mice and bears, and how one daring child mouse steps across the barrier. The message is clear
Album Reviews
Sunday, June 29, 2014
An Ethiopian-Jewish reggae band based in Tel Aviv? Yes, it makes perfect sense if you understand the genesis of Rastafarianism. Zvuloon Dub System started as a roots-reggae band but began incorporating influences from the superb pop music of Ethiopia from the ’60s and ’70s before the
Friday, June 27, 2014

Patricia Skalka’s Door County mystery

  Murder seems almost unseemly in Door County, a peninsula covered in forests, lined by beaches and filled with summer cabins and tourist resorts. That’s the hook for the murder-thriller Death Stalks Door County, the first in a projected series involving DNR ranger Dave Cubiak. A former Chicago
Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The power, money and politics of the Koch Brothers

 It’s naïve to believe in a golden age when money didn’t matter in politics, but in the last few years, the cost of democracy has skyrocketed, the restrictions on campaign spending have been annulled and the big corporations have removed their gloves. In the Citizens United decision
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Monday, June 23, 2014
 Judi Dench is magnificent as a scowling secondary school teacher, cynical about her delinquent students and dim colleagues, and envious of the magnetic new art teacher (Cate Blanchett). They become friends, but friendship turns to intrusive jealousy as the older woman blackmails the