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Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014
 Poetic, laconic and elliptical, director David Lowery conjures some of the spirit of early Terrence Malick. Set in a dusty Texas town in the early ’70s, the story follows a romantic outlaw with more persistence than good sense (Casey Affleck) on the run from the law and other criminals, but devoted
Film
Monday, Dec. 30, 2013

Looking Back on the Great and the Good

 I don’t call my picks of the year the “best,” but I do play favorites. To any critic compiling a “best-of” list, I demand: define “best.” Most can’t define anything at all, including their criteria for choosing the year’s top movies. I don’t pretend to know what’s best but I can measure the ability of films
Classical Music/Dance
Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013
 While living in Cuba at the end of the ’60s, the eclectic German composer Hans Werner Henze set the autobiography of runaway slave Esteban Montejo to music. The result, El Cimarrón, was not an opera but something more intimate, a recital for four musicians led by a baritone in the role
Books
Monday, Dec. 23, 2013

Book ranks Milwaukee musician among the greats

 Sigmund Snopek III is keeping good company these days. The veteran Milwaukee recording artist is included with Frank Zappa, Yoko Ono, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Sun Ra and James Brown in a fascinating examination of late 20th-century music, Adventures in Avant-Pop. Although author
Album Reviews
Monday, Dec. 23, 2013
 Oh, forget the temptation to compare every piano-playing singer-songwriter with Bruce Hornsby. Milwaukee’s Tyler Traband is his own man with a melody or a lyric. And when the band kicks in on Love Songs Hate Songs, Traband’s voice waxes powerful and he sounds like someone who could have dominated album rock