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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
Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013
 Manhattan provides a handsome backdrop to the U.S. remake of the brilliant BBC series “Sherlock.” In “Elementary,” Holmes is an expat and a recovering alcoholic. Dr. Watson is his rehab therapist. Jonny Lee Miller plays a shaggier, gaunter Holmes than we’ve seen before, but he’s still a match for criminals.
Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013
 The timing for Closed Circuit’s release couldn’t be better. With Edward Snowden in Russia, the conviction of the U.S. Army’s Wikileaker, vigorous public debate over the NSA’s surveillance program, the Boston Marathon massacre and the British secret service aggressively trying to stop the
Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013

New books on the meaning of America

 An Oxford scholar with a hilarious sense of humor, Terry Eagleton is self-deprecating while alert to the preposterous mores and habits of mind around him. In Across the Pond, he turns his wit to the vexed question of the U.S. and the U.K., two nations famously divided by one language.
Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013

O’Donoghue’s brings a touch of Ireland to the suburbs

 Elm Grove is thought of as a bird sanctuary, a bedroom suburb and home to one of the area’s longest-running community theaters, the Sunset Playhouse. The idea of a little colony of Ireland
Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013
 What’s more degrading: the objectification of beauty pageants or confinement to the housewife role? The question confronts the women of this documentary, split between Miss India contestant classes and a Hindu nationalist girls camp. The beauty queens gain self-confidence (narcissism?)
Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013

Various Artists

 African pop music was raw and vibrant long before “Afrobeat” and “world music” became carefully tailored marketing categories. Produced to sell to local and expatriate audiences, the recordings collected here from the continent’s “Islamic funk belt” explode in a convergence of age-old
Monday, Aug. 19, 2013

The future is unwritten as teens come of age

 After a long night of partying, climaxed by an ineffectual stab at telling off the girl who had recently left him, Sutter (Miles Teller) awakens in the morning on a stranger’s lawn. The girl who discovers
Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013
 The book was better, but in his best moments, director Walter Salles (The Motorcycle Diaries) evokes the birth of the Beats as a quest for experience through literature and liquor (and other drugs), in sex and wild flights of jazz, and the pursuit of adventure on the open road—before

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