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Interview: John Lydon – Truth and Integrity in Life and Music

PiL

John Lydon is one of those rare figures in public life who isn't afraid to speak his mind. Read More »

Software Review: Corel Painter 2016

Corel Painter 2016

I like all of the flexibility for customizing your brushes and the interface that makes the software more workable for the individual and the project. I like the simplicity of being able to have fine control of the grain of the paper and the paint flow on the paper. I also like the UI customizations and the ability to save your work setup. Read More »

Music Review: Ben Folds – ‘So There’

Ben Folds So There

Classical crossover is big right now, and Ben Folds proves an uncommon master on these eight fascinating songs. Read More »

Book Review: ‘A Clue to the Exit’ by Edward St. Aubyn

a clue to the exit

'A Clue to the Exit,' in reality a novella, is an engaging read filled with challenging ideas Read More »

Theater Review (Seattle): ‘Matilda the Musical’ at the 5th Avenue Theatre

Jennifer Blood (Miss Honey), Evan Gray (Bruce), Bryce Ryness (Miss Trunchbull), Gabby Gutierrez (Matilda Wormwood) and The Company of Matilda The Musical National Tour. Photo credit: Joan Marcus.

Despite significant lyrical difficulties, this is the rare “family” musical that won’t bore kids or adults or both. Read More »

TV Review: ‘The League’ – Final Season Premiere

TheLeag

'The League' suffers for its non-sports-fan audience when doing lots of football references, as it does again in the final season premiere, but is still very funny overall. Will the last year be moving, too? Read More »

Wizard World Recap: Ben McKenzie and Sean Pertwee Tease ‘Gotham’ Season 2

Ben McKenzie and Sean Pertwee

The premiere episode of hit show's second season was screened at Wizard World Comic Con on Saturday. Actors Ben McKenzie and Sean Pertwee were also in Chicago for an in-depth Q&A on Sunday afternoon. Read More »

Al Arbour Dies – NY Islanders Coaching Legend Led Team to Four Straight Stanley Cups

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Ask any of the players who were lucky enough to call Arbour "coach," and all will say similar glowing things about his leadership that led their team to four consecutive championships. Read More »

Ratifying the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty: Unite for International Day Against Nuclear Testing

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Nuclear disarmament is imperative for Russia and the United States. Not only would it help reduce tensions, but the cost of these weapons is too much for any society and the threat of terrorist theft is too great a risk. Read More »

Music Review: Lucas Richman and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra – ‘In Truth’

Composer and conductor Lucas Richman

Cellist Inbal Segev, oboist Cynthia Koledo DeAlmeida, and pianist Jeffrey Biegel help make this collection an appealing album of modern classical music with a good balance of accessibility and sophistication. Read More »