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Music review: Review: Dom Flemons' show includes stories on origin of tunes

posted: 05/27/2016 5:23 a.m. Discuss

Dom Flemons, who as a member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops won the very last Grammy available for Best Traditional Folk Album in 2011, took his good-timey post-modern minstrel show to the Oxford American's South on Main on Thursday night, and a swell time was had by all.

Review: Love & Friendship

posted: 05/27/2016 1:49 a.m. Discuss

Whit Stillman is one of those easily typecast directors, the sort of auteur who can be described as a WASPish analog to Woody Allen, albeit one without the knack for churning out a film a year. In fact, he has only made five films over the past 26 years, probably because the sort of dialogue-heavy comedies of manners in which he specializes aren't viewed as terribly lucrative business ventures.

Playing politics to win

posted: 05/24/2016 3:05 a.m. Discuss

In his newly published book The Last Innocents: The Collision of the Turbulent Sixties and the Los Angeles Dodgers, my old colleague Michael Leahy reminds us that there was a time when political candidates left all serious campaigning for the office of the president until after the World Series. Only after the important business of settling baseball's champion was done would the public be ready to focus on the relatively minor job of selecting a bureaucrat-in-chief.

Columnists: There's room for a fine-made thing

posted: 05/22/2016 1:50 a.m. Discuss

According to Wikipedia, Skinny Dennis Sanchez, a Los Angeles session musician who specialized in upright bass, was 6'11" and weighed 136 pounds.

'Sorry' in Vancouver

posted: 05/17/2016 2:49 a.m. Comment 1

VANCOUVER, B.C. -- People here are so agreeable that even Southerners start to suspect it's an act.

Columnists: Market for financial schadenfreude

posted: 05/15/2016 1:57 a.m. Discuss

A couple of years ago I came across an essay by a writer named William McPherson, former editor of the Washington Post's "Book World" who won a Pulitzer in 1977 for literary criticism, in the online edition of the Hedgehog Review. In that essay, "Falling," McPherson confessed his poverty.

On Books: DeLillo peers into the sweet hereafter

posted: 05/15/2016 1:51 a.m. Discuss

According to the great philosopher Albert King, "Everybody wants to go to heaven, nobody wants to die."

MOVIE REVIEW: A Hologram for the King

posted: 05/13/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

One of the reasons people make movies is so that other people will not be required to read books. Students have long perceived this utility, reasoning that a couple of hours spent with a DVD of All Quiet on the Western Front might give them a bluffer's chance of knowing something about Erich Maria Remarque's Paul Baumer. (Hopefully they go for the Lewis Milestone Oscar-winning version from 1930 rather than the 1979 TV movie.)

Columnists: A Republican confession

posted: 05/10/2016 2:58 a.m. Comments 2

Some of you know about the blog I curate--the, ahem, award-winning blood, dirt & angels (blooddirtangels.com).

Critical Mass: Just heating up

posted: 05/08/2016 1:58 a.m. Discuss

I don't like to write about movies I haven't seen. But Hollywood is nothing if not a conservative industry, and the movies it rolls out in the summertime when the kids are out of school and cool, dark spaces become destinations are increasingly remakes, retreads and reiterations.

Remembering my mother's music

posted: 05/08/2016 1:47 a.m. Discuss

I never know what to get my mom for Mother's Day.

ON FILM: Tribeca Film Festival: A busman's holiday

posted: 05/06/2016 1:55 a.m. Discuss

NEW YORK -- There is tranquility in darkness before the movie begins. At other festivals, these press and industry screenings are crowded, and there are sometimes loud conversations about movies seen and unseen. But at the Tribeca Film Festival, these morning screenings attract only a few meditative souls, nursing their Starbucks and palming screens, swiping through Twitter and Facebook, checking their email and their schedules. Maybe they tap in a few notes.

Columnists: Sympathy for the devil?

posted: 05/03/2016 2:31 a.m. Comments 4

No, I don't quite feel sorry for Ted Cruz.

The South begins to mutter

posted: 05/01/2016 2:05 a.m. Comments 4

NEW YORK--Prince was right. Elevators are satanic and should be avoided.

Critical Mass: Why we grieve when famous strangers die: An elegy for Prince

posted: 05/01/2016 1:54 a.m. Comment 1

The pure products of America

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