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Rosie Flores: Happy to be a Working Girl

Rosie Flores: Happy to be a Working Girl

Singer-guitarist Rosie Flores gets around. She’s undertaken more than 20 European tours, rocked from Tokyo to Auckland and stormed through just about every honky tonk, dance hall and rock club in the United States. But Flores isn’t taking...

Design as a primer on culture

Design as a primer on culture

Good graphic design imparts ideas. It’s like a short trip: from Point A to Point B in the most direct fashion, with a little information payoff at the end. Great graphic design is no less straightforward in imparting its concept, but it allows the viewer...

DVD Review: Criterion release focuses on Morris' early work

DVD Review: Criterion release focuses on Morris' early work

Documentarian Errol Morris may always remain best known for his third film, “The Thin Blue Line,” which actually saved the life of Randall Adams, an unjustly convicted man awaiting execution. Those whose exposure to Morris’ work is limited to...

Film Review: 'Ex Machina' leaves its viewers wondering

Film Review: 'Ex Machina' leaves its viewers wondering

The idea of Man usurping the powers reserved for God (or the Gods, if you go back far enough) has always been a central theme in Western culture. The most sinful iterations of this are attempts to create life... from scratch rather than the old-fashioned fun...

DVD Review: 'Predestination' is a sci-fi film worth the time

DVD Review: 'Predestination' is a sci-fi film worth the time

"Predestination" opened quietly at the very beginning of the year, when New Year's Eve hangovers had barely faded. It's the sort of film that requires the viewer's undivided attention, so this may have been bad timing. Regardless, three months later it remains...

Author William Hackman chronicles a culture of creativity

Author William Hackman chronicles a culture of creativity

When art critic Peter Plagens published “Sunshine Muse: Art on the West Coast, 1945-1970” in 1974, it was a long-needed history of California’s contribution to contemporary art. Though there were the inevitable gripes (“How could he...

Film Review: Levin's '5 to 7' doesn't always add up

Film Review: Levin's '5 to 7' doesn't always add up

Victor Levin’s “5 to 7” — written and directed by the TV veteran (“Mad Men,” “Mad About You”) — feels as though it was intended as a romantic comedy, and it certainly fulfills the promise of that phrase's...

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