Arts & Entertainment

01/14/2017 - 12:00am
The season, which gets under way with the team's home opener against Sporting Kansas City on March 4 at 7 PM, will be the Black-and-Red's final year at RFK before moving into their new home in Buzzard Point in 2018. Season tickets for 2017 are still available. Single game tickets for all matches will go on sale at a future date.   Here's the home schedule: March 4, Sporting Kansas City; March 18, Columbus Crew SC; April 1, Philadelphia Union; April 8, New York City FC; May 6,... >>more
12/14/2016 - 9:12am
This year there are more reasons than ever to keep your holiday shopping local. Not only are there lots of great books by local authors, but we also have East City Bookshop. To get you started on your shopping list, here’s a sampling of titles reviewed here in 2016. Fiction “Lucky Strikes”by Louis Bayard The New York Times has called Bayard’s first foray into young-adult fiction “a near-perfect novel.” Filled with humor, warmth, and themes of redemption and... >>more
12/13/2016 - 10:11am
“Promise” is a great thing. It’s the future – the future of art and the future of hope for civilization. If you think that’s too dramatic, you just have to look at the work of Patrick Campbell, a 17-year-old student at the Duke Ellington School of the Performing Arts. I wrote that almost nine years ago. Patrick suffered a stroke at age 14 and had gone through endless hours of grueling physical and speech therapy, and had to learn to draw with his left hand. He did... >>more
12/13/2016 - 9:12am
In my December column last year I coined a term about end-of-year movies, “Bucks vs. Trophies,” by which I meant that movie studios typically load their holiday offerings with either big-budget crowd-pleasers aimed at the family or fan crowd, to earn bucks, or more nuanced, thought-provoking films to earn trophies, awards based on critical attention and prestige. This year again shows that familiar pattern.  Among the films aimed at garnering bucks, we have an exemplar such as... >>more
11/29/2016 - 1:23pm
"Please pirate our music," Zachary Cole, a thin, barely visible figure obscured by an enormous multicolored patchwork cardigan, says to the crowd in a voice like velvet. The band DIIV catches air after their first song having played at a noticeably faster pace than their recorded version. This was unexplainable, but likely a conscious choice by the musicians who may have felt that any tangibleness of the songs would have faded in such a large setting. As well, with such an ephemeral... >>more
11/16/2016 - 2:46pm
Slowly becoming known as the best kept secret of 2016, Brooklyn native band DIIV has been around since their 2011 album “Oshin.” The record's quiet onset gained momentum in underground music communities, making the post-punk revivalist group easily one of the most relevant bands in the past five years. DIIV has since spawned a small sea of dream rock bands trying to fit the same mold, one teeming with heavily buried vocals and drowned out reverberating guitar tones. The latest... >>more
11/16/2016 - 9:12am
Cadillac Voices Welcome to “Cadillac, Oklahoma”! In Louise Farmer Smith’s powerful new collection of interconnected stories, the residents of this dusty little town fall in love, grow old, leave their arid marriages, yearn for a past that never was, and cautiously plan for a future that may never be. From the gangly teenager whose carnal feelings for the church secretary render him “in no condition to be in the company of God or the Methodists,” to the... >>more
11/16/2016 - 8:11am
On Thursday, Dec. 15, visit East City Books near Eastern Market, to relax, take a load off, enjoy festive refreshments, a package wrap-a-thon, and a reading of Charles Dickens’ yuletide classic, “A Christmas Carol.” But the story of how there came to be this bookstore – and all of its cornucopia of books and coffee mugs and art supplies and finger-puppets and book clubs and author readings and kiddie klatches and literary frolic – begins on the windswept Great... >>more
11/14/2016 - 10:29am
Dana Ellyn uses themes almost exclusively as a departure stage for blastoff. Her recent work is breaking through an inbred reluctance to touch risky topics. She is peeling away the art school compulsion to make and hide behind pretty pictures. I wrote that 10 years ago. She also said, “I don’t paint safe anymore,” which has become a wild understatement. Dana paints it straight. It comes right at you like a stampede of lovable, uneatable lambs. Dana has been through several... >>more