Film

Black, Southern, Poor, Gay, Male: Alternate Images in “Moonlight”

Eric A. Gordon: Moonlight is a coming of age story that flows in gentle, episodic waves across time. Although the stage is rife with drugs and crime, harassment and extreme alienation, there are also moments of caring, tenderness, respect and love that must also be recalled.

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Humor

Can You Find the Love in Being Single?

Treva Brandon Scharf: There’s a lot to love about being single: you’ve got freedom and independence, you can come and go as you please, and you can do what you want when you want. You can go out, get laid, and not have to answer to anybody.

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Stage

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Poetry

That Barack He Sure Can Talk

Stephen Toskar: Twice convinced us we can do it and twice they tried to prove we can’t. Got some serious pipes too. Made us tear up at “Amazing Grace” when there’s nothing amazing about grace down here.

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Music

John Mayall Brings Cool Blues to The Rose

Patrick O’Heffernan: As anyone who has followed Mayall for the past half century knows, hot or cool, he loves the blues and that love was on full display Friday night at Pasadena’s The Rose music venue.

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Television

Long Divisions: TV Series Charts Inequality in American Life

Alex Demyanenko: Usually celebrity activism seems shallow and does little to impact actual change, but in this case the filmmakers arm Lear and these “actorvists” with not only stellar journalistic support, but also document them on deeper journeys than are found in standard outings of “drive-by” celebrity activism.

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Art

Peter Max, Simon Bull, Linda Le Kinff

Jim Rhodes: I joking call Park West the “working man’s art gallery.” We know of no other institution gives clients a paid vacation, allow them to actually meet world renowned artists, present signed hard cover books by/on the artists, and purchase their works on a multi-year 3% interest lay away plan. Art for the masses, this is a concept we can all live with!

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Literature

Arlington National Cemetery, the Full Story

Murray Polner: Arlington National Cemetery opened in 1864 on the estate Mary Anna Curtis, great-granddaughter of Martha Washington and wife of Confederate General Robert E. Lee.

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