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“Life Itself” Recharges Viewers with Passion, Intelligence and Nostalgia

Some weeks really are just harder than others. Frustrations at work, miscommunication with loved ones, respected celebrity’s suicides, bills and barking dogs next door. I hit a low at the end of last week and then bounced back quickly after

“Life Itself” Recharges Viewers with Passion, Intelligence and Nostalgia

Some weeks really are just harder than others. Frustrations at work, miscommunication with loved ones, respected celebrity’s suicides, bills and barking dogs next door. I hit a low at the end of last week and then bounced back quickly after

Chekov’s “THE SEAGULL” is One of the First Great Movies of 2018

Translating Chekhov is no small feat. The acclaimed Russian playwright grapples with themes of infidelity, suicide, heartache and the value and cost of fame as well as aging, thrift, and loyalty, but he does so with brevity, grace, and barrels

Chekov’s “THE SEAGULL” is One of the First Great Movies of 2018

Translating Chekhov is no small feat. The acclaimed Russian playwright grapples with themes of infidelity, suicide, heartache and the value and cost of fame as well as aging, thrift, and loyalty, but he does so with brevity, grace, and barrels

Kindness and Creativity Save the Day In “Crafty Cat and the Great Butterfly Battle”

Birdie and Anya both want to be the butterfly in the school play about insects. The problem is, there can only be one butterfly. Anya insists on playing the butterfly and Birdie agrees to be the caterpillar. Birdie has an

Kindness and Creativity Save the Day In “Crafty Cat and the Great Butterfly Battle”

Birdie and Anya both want to be the butterfly in the school play about insects. The problem is, there can only be one butterfly. Anya insists on playing the butterfly and Birdie agrees to be the caterpillar. Birdie has an

“The Rider” an Intimate and Honest Film About a Real American Cowboy

Rodeo cowboy Brady Blackburn (Brady Jandreau) is recovering from a traumatic head injury. He lives with his heavy drinking dad and simple, happy sister in a trailer in the Pine Ridge Indian Plantation. His is a setting of sprawl and

“The Rider” an Intimate and Honest Film About a Real American Cowboy

Rodeo cowboy Brady Blackburn (Brady Jandreau) is recovering from a traumatic head injury. He lives with his heavy drinking dad and simple, happy sister in a trailer in the Pine Ridge Indian Plantation. His is a setting of sprawl and

20 Poems on 64 Pages Examine Women’s Emotional, Sexual & Psychological Journeys

For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf, was created in 1974, and though some lines and images feel stuck in that disco-era reality, the emotional core of the work is timeless. They are reflections on

20 Poems on 64 Pages Examine Women’s Emotional, Sexual & Psychological Journeys

For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf, was created in 1974, and though some lines and images feel stuck in that disco-era reality, the emotional core of the work is timeless. They are reflections on

Jason Reynold’s “For Everyone” is a Poem, a Nod, a Nothing to Lose

The beautiful, slim new volume by Jason Reynolds is all things and nothing. He explains in the preface that parts of the piece began when he was a young man and he didn’t know exactly what he was writing, he

Jason Reynold’s “For Everyone” is a Poem, a Nod, a Nothing to Lose

The beautiful, slim new volume by Jason Reynolds is all things and nothing. He explains in the preface that parts of the piece began when he was a young man and he didn’t know exactly what he was writing, he

3 New Picture Books Teach Courage, Independent Spirit, and Gratitude

This is It is written and illustrated by Daria Peoples-Riley and is about a little girl who is scared to audition for a dance studio, but gives herself a pep talk and conquers her fears. It has simple but memorable

3 New Picture Books Teach Courage, Independent Spirit, and Gratitude

This is It is written and illustrated by Daria Peoples-Riley and is about a little girl who is scared to audition for a dance studio, but gives herself a pep talk and conquers her fears. It has simple but memorable