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Men of Great Spirit and Fine Feeling: Mr. Ciccolini, Mr. Turner, Mr. Lennon, and Mr. McCartney

Have you heard the word is love — Lennon/McCartney, “The Word” With Valentine’s Day almost upon us, and the Oscars not far behind, I’ve been thinking about love scenes in film,…

Morven Remembers Hugh Mercer, In Scottish Diaspora Tapestry

Morven Museum and Garden on Stockton Street is participating in a worldwide celebration of The Scottish Diaspora by bringing volunteer stitchers together to work on a single tapestry panel that…

Innovative Organist Cameron Carpenter Electrifies Audience at McCarter Theatre

When one thinks of an organ recital, the first thought that comes to mind is a church setting, listening to an organist with his back to the audience, playing music…

Kingsman: The Secret Service – Colin Firth Shines as Suave Spy in Nostalgic Homage to 007

Harry Hart (Colin Firth) is so unassuming and buttoned-downed that no one would suspect him to be a highly skilled secret agent capable of killing at the drop of a…

Rolling Down the Road With Bob Dylan: “Shadows in the Night” and “The Basement Tapes Raw” 

Listeners can journey back and forth between Dylan at 73 and Dylan at 25, in Shadows in the Night (Columbia), the new album being released this week, and The Basement…

Mary Leck’s “Flowers and Ice” On View at Chapin Gallery

The Gallery at Chapin’s latest exhibition brings artistry and botanical science together for a close look at flowers and ice, the twin interests of local photographer Mary Allessio Leck. “Parallel…

Black or White: Grandparents Fight Over Biracial Child in Courtroom Drama

When Elliot Anderson’s (Kevin Costner) wife Carol (Jennifer Ehle) perishes in a tragic car accident, he is left with the task of raising his 7-year-old granddaughter Eloise (Jillian Estell) alone.…

Thoughts On Martin Luther King In Shirtsleeves and an Unforgettable Film

This being a week after the national holiday devoted to the man who gave his heart, soul, and life to the cause of racial justice, I’ve been reading The Autobiography…

Friday Reception for D&R Greenway’s Current “High Noon to Midnight” Show

In celebration of its current art exhibition, “High Noon to Midnight Moon–Talismans of the Horizon,” the D&R Greenway Land Trust will host a reception and artists’ opening this Friday, January…

“Sizwe Bansi Is Dead,” South Africa Under Apartheid, Resonates Powerfully, Timelessly in McCarter Revival

“You have to understand,” Styles, in his photo studio in the black township of New Brighton outside Port Elizabeth, South Africa, tells us, “we have nothing except ourselves. We own…