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Top 10 Documentaries

I saw Donald Trump appear in at least 10 documentaries that I watched this year, and that number only figures to trend upward in...

Lorna Simpson: Head on Ice

The entry to FOCUS: Lorna Simpson is almost completely filled by a Madonna-esque diptych. At 5-by-8 feet, “Famous Statue Damn” and “Famous Statue Volcano” depict...

Jackie: Camelot’s End

As with any subject that has been plumbed endlessly by journalists and historians as well as artists, a movie about the Kennedys needs a...

La La Land: Dancing With the Stars

A movie that can blow the doors off the theater, La La Land is set in the present day, but in every other respect,...

Blue Texas

In light of lessons learned this political season, armchair analysts are reminded that change is a process, not a final destination. When in Texas,...

Moscow Nights

Author Nigel Cliff (The Shakespeare Riots, The Last Crusade: The Epic Voyages of Vasco da Gama) is on well-trod ground here. More than a...

The Art of Beer

Artisan ales are not worth an acre of hops if the artwork doesn’t tell a good story. Craft beer logos and labels do the...

Escalator to Heaven

Allegheny Center was for losers. The shopping mall on the north side of the cold, gray, soul-destroying Rust-Belt city where I grew up didn’t...

Love Crises, Stage Surprises

Amorous relations inspired identity crises on two local stages last week. At Amphibian Stage Productions, local playwright Kathleen Culebro debuted her new play, Smart...

A Landslide Victory for Ann

We thought we’d never chuckle at politics again, and then Ann (The Ann Richards Play) landed at Stage West Theatre –– our sides splintered...