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Film
Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013

Thinking About Hannah Arendt

 Hannah Arendt’s phrase, “the banality of evil,” has entered the vocabulary to describe not the architects of human catastrophe but the mechanics and janitors—the “little people” who grease the wheels and lubricate the engines of destruction. The German-Jewish philosopher coined the
Art
Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013

Art goes outside in Shorewood

 Although plein air painting may seem more like a relaxing weekend pastime than a profession, growing numbers of artists are making a substantial portion of their income by painting pictures in the open air. With its sometimes brutal climate, Wisconsin isn’t comparable
Home Movies/Out on Digital
Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013
John is usually credited as the avant-garde Beatle, but this documentary argues persuasively for Paul. In the mid-’60s, when Lennon retreated to suburbia, McCartney lived in London and circulated in a milieu of Beat writing and Op Art. Much has been made of Lennon’s encounter with the
Album Reviews
Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013

Elvis at Stax: Deluxe Edition Box (RCA/Legacy)

The mismanagement of Elvis’ career by Colonel Parker is infamous and the Colonel’s treatment of the King as a cash cow wasn’t the worst of it. Elvis’ manager was a tin-eared philistine who imagined that the general public shared his bad taste. Elvis’ development as an artist was hindered by Parker’s insistence on churning
Film
Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013

A romantic, comedic getaway for Jane Austen fans

 Do romance fantasies make promises reality can never keep? Austenland wavers between dismissing and embracing the daydreaming, fantasy allure of the world’s toniest romance writer, Jane Austen. Perhaps the film’s refusal to go with “either or” is a mark of insight? Dreams occasionally
Album Reviews
Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013

Nashaz

Jazz and the Near East found each other as far back as Dizzy Gillespie and Duke Ellington, but American guitarist-turned-oud player Brian Prunka takes the convergence down exciting avenues with his band, Nashaz. Their debut album opens in the traditional vein of a hypnotically rhythmic Mid-East circle dance with