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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
Film
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
Home Movies/Out on Digital
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
Books
Thursday, June 19, 2014
 Western civilization felt exhausted in the years before World War I; Russian culture was welcomed as a source of new color, texture and rhythm. Nowhere was Russian influence felt as strikingly as in ballet and no one was a brighter star in the Ballets Russes than Vaslav Nijinsky. Lucy Moore’s
Album Reviews
Thursday, June 19, 2014
 It’s not just hyperbole: If Igor Stravinsky was young and alive today he might lead a band similar to Volga. Some of the savage Slavic polyrhythms actually conjure the spirit of The Rite of Spring in a setting of serrated
Home Movies/Out on Digital
Thursday, June 19, 2014
Nicolas Cage was among his generation’s most promising actors, but he’s spent most of his career playing dumb. Joe, his best film in a decade, is a Southern story of redneck violence, rural poverty and warped family ties. Cage plays the title role, a hard-working ex-con who falls in with a