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City Slackers

City SlackersAdrift urbanites try commune life in lightweight 'Wanderlust'

The back-to-nature movement takes another hit in Wanderlust, a new comedy about an old subject: hectic urban values vs. the simple life. Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston star as a couple of city mice temporarily detoured into a rural free-love commune straight out of Easy Rider. Although it seems like a haven at first, director David Wain (who co-wrote the script with actor Ken Marino) soon strips away the veneer of grooviness to reveal the usual Hollywood clichés: hypocritical hippies, opportunism, and self-righteousness. It's like Martha Marcy May Marlene played for laughs.
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Film, Times & Events: Week of Mar 1

Film, Times & Events: Week of Mar 1

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Silent night

Silent nightAudacious 'Artist' poised to make big noise at 84th Academy Awards

Imagine my surprise to find so many of my favorite movies of 2011 up for major Academy Awards this year. Are my tastes becoming more mainstream, or is the Academy getting a clue? But whichever, some surprises in the pre-Oscar awards season and the usual free-for-all resulting from nine Best Picture nominations, ought to make for a lively Oscar show. Time to dust off the ol' crystal ball and make a few fearless predictions.

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Film, Times & Events: Week of Feb 24

Film, Times & Events: Week of Feb 24

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Great Divides

Great Divides

Oscar-worthy 'A Separation' a nuanced, vivid mosaic of life in modern Iran

If you had to decide between keeping your family together under impossible circumstances, or emigrating alone to a new place with more opportunities to make a better life for your child, which would you choose? Such is the central dilemma that fuels in A Separation, an absorbing, and powerful Iranian domestic drama from filmmaker Asghar Farhadi. Eloquent and well-reasoned, it's a peek under the burkha cloaking private life in modern Iran. Farhadi views his subject with a thoughtful humanity that makes this film the front runner for this year's Foreign Language Academy Award.

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Film, Times & Events: Week of Feb 17

Film, Times & Events: Week of Feb 17

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Dancing Queen

Dancing QueenChoreographer Bausch celebrated in wildly invigorating 'Pina'

The late, legendary German dancer/choreographer Pina Bausch is the subject of Pina, an utterly thrilling cinematic tribute by Wim Wenders. "You always felt more than just human, working with Pina," recalls one of her dancers, and this is more than just a documentary, or a dance film, or a memorial. Wenders crafts an extraordinary plunge into the mystery of the creative process, a visionary concept film that reinvents the way dance is viewed onscreen, and a wildly invigorating expedition into the soul of an artist.
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Film, Times & Events: Week of Feb 9

Film, Times & Events: Week of Feb 9

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Secrets and Lies

Secrets and LiesTwo stars shine in nuanced, gender-bent 'Albert Nobbs'  

An odd mix of quaint and edgy, Albert Nobbs has a plot that often smacks of the creakiest kind of Victorian melodrama. Yet at other times, the story feels startlingly modern, with its insights into gender confusion and sexual identity in turn-of-the-century Ireland. 
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Film, Times & Events: Week of Feb. 2nd

Film, Times & Events: Week of Feb. 2nd

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Is This a Dream?

A beginner’s guide to understanding and exploring the uncanny world of lucid dreams

 

Giving and Giving, Then Giving Some More

2014 is almost over. Wednesday, Dec. 17, the Jewish Festival of Light, Hanukkah, begins. We are in our last week of Sag and last two weeks of December. Sunday, Dec. 21 is winter Solstice, as the sun enters Capricorn (3:30 p.m. for the west coast). Soon after, the Capricorn new moon occurs (5:36 p.m. for the west coast)—the last new moon of 2014. Sunday morning Uranus in Aries (revolution, revelation) is stationary direct (retro since July 22). Uranus/Aries create things new and needed to anchor the new culture and civilization (Aquarius). We will see revolutionary change in 2015. Capricorn new moon, building-the-personality seed thought, is, “Let ambition rule and let the door to initiation and freedom stand wide (open).” Capricorn is a gate—where matter returns to spirit. But the gate is unseen until the Ajna Center (third eye), Diamond Light of Direction, opens. Winter solstice is the longest day of darkness of the year. The sun’s rays resting at the Tropic of Capricorn (southern hemisphere) symbolize the Christ (soul’s) light piercing the heart of the Earth, remaining there for three days, till Holy Night (midnight Thursday morning). Then the sun’s light begins to rise. It is the birth of the new light (holy child) for the world. A deep calm and stillness pervades the world.The entire planet is revivified, re-spiritualized. All hearts beating reflect this Light. And so throughout the Earth there’s a radiant “impress” (impressions, pictures) given to humanity of the World Mother and her Child. The star Sirius (love/direction) and the constellation Virgo the mother shines above. For gift giving, give to those in need. Give and give and then give some more. This creates the new template of giving and sharing for the new world.

 

The New Tech Nexus

Community leaders in science and technology unite to form web-based networking program

 

Stocking Stuffers

The men behind the women of the Kinsey Sicks Dragapella Beautyshop Quartet explain their own special brand of ‘dragtivism,’ and their holiday show at the Rio
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Fortino Winery’s Intriguing Charbono

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