KAREN KUNAWICZ

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The Great Fall Into Madness. There is atmosphere that builds up in my mind each time I listen to Mr. Bones and the Boneyard Circus, whether live or via recording. The music evokes images and emotions of entering a seeming abandoned carnival at night and then suddenly finding out the…

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“It’s good to be here. It’s good to be anywhere.” For me, those were the most unforgettable lines of the night, uttered one week ago in Macau by legendary guitarist Keith Richards before he gave Mick Jagger a break and did the songs “Slipping Away” and “Before They Make Me…

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Theater actor Jamie Wilson said it best on his Facebook post: “In this day and age of spectacle theater, with big sets and lavish costumes, it’s so easy to forget what really keeps us in our seats: good material, great direction, and incredible acting. Red Turnip Theater’s Cock has all…

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BOOKS are a necessity when I travel because there’s always some level of waiting involved. I’ve finished books upon books in airplanes and airports. My pre-summer reading consisted of Gabriel Garcia Marquez and his book of 12 short stories, Strange Pilgrims—because I am still hung over from picking up Love…

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This February, pop culture seems to be making an attempt to take us back about 70 years ago when World War II was being waged in Europe and in Asia. George Clooney’s The Monuments Men opened before Valentine’s Day, and Brian Percival’s film adaptation of Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief…

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Winter’s Tale the movie, is the story of Javert from Les Miserables a.k.a. Russell Crowe, chasing after Colin Farrell (sorry, couldn’t think of any iconic role), who has fallen for Downton Abbey’s Lady Sybil a.k.a. Jessica Brown-Findlay. At its best, it’s a fairy tale, which reminds us to love, because…

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The Phil Lord-Christopher Miller tandem strikes again. They did Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, the 21 Jump Street movie and now, The Lego Movie. In person, the guys look more like college film students having too much on their projects, rather than Hollywood directors blessed with attractive budgets. My…

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This week I’d like to stick to one of my favorite adages, “Stop making stupid people famous.” So, stupid things, you won’t get any column space from me. Last week, they held the 56th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles and the big winner of the night in terms of…

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The stories of Walter and The Wolf The Secret Life of Walter Mitty by James Thurber appeared for the first time in 1939 in The New Yorker. From there it made its way to my freshman English literature textbook and probably yours too. I met Walter Mitty decades ago but,…

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This Sunday I am giving the floor to my friend Manuel Genato. Manuel is a constant companion at the movies and he is qualified to take over today because he watched the “big” opening films for 2014. Here are his reviews of this week’s post-MMFF releases. * * * ‘The…

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