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Fine Arts: Theater: The Night Is a Child

Beautifully staged and performed, Charles Randolph-Wright’s play “The Night is A Child” is a heart-wrenching examination of loss and coping with grief that is currently being staged at the Pasadena Playhouse. [...]

Movies: Flame & Citron

Nazi aggression spread through most of Europe during World War II, even including Denmark, as “Flame & Citron” often intensely exhibits. The title comes from nicknames for real-life spy/assassins: red-haired “Flame,” Bent Faurschou-Hvid (Thure Lindhardt) and Jorgen Haagen Schmith (Mads Mikkelsen), a guy best known for sabotaging cars, “Citron.” He’s portrayed by the actor best known as Daniel Craig’s nasty nemesis in “Casino Royale.” [...]

Movies: Thirst

“Thirst” becomes a bloody good and artsy vampire yarn in the hands of accomplished Korean director/co-writer Park Chan-wook. Regardless, more judicious editing might have turned his 133-minute seat squirmer into a shorter, sleeker thriller. [...]

CD: The Beatles: The Stereo Remasters

I should have known better. I thought I could make it through a review of Capitol’s box set of Beatles’ CDs without punning on song titles like “Yesterday” or resorting to phrases like “fab.” But listening to one newly remastered album after another, all I could think was: here comes the sun. [...]

Movies: Whiteout

Hold on to your hats, kids, here comes “Whiteout,” complete with requisite scares in the dark, extremely bitter temperatures, and accompanying gusty winds. Apparently, though, the heroine of the piece, whose gorgeous face somehow stays uncovered through all of the proceedings, is exempt from the elements. [...]

CD: Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeroes: Up From Below

Looking like refugees from the Manson Family and prone to riding around L. A. in a battered school bus, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes are one of those teeming, multi-member outfits that’s more riveting in theory than execution. Imagining how Ima Robot frontman Alex Ebert founded the 11-piece band as a means of celebrating the spirit of the psychedelic 1960’s is fascinating; listening to “Up From Below” not so much. [...]

Movies: World’s Greatest Dad

From the not-so-beautiful mind of writer-director Bobcat Goldthwait comes Robin Williams as the “World’s Greatest Dad,” an oddly competent story about family, friendship, and even a little love. [...]

Concert: Nine Inch Nails “Wave Goodbye” Tour

It was the beginning of the end at the Hollywood Palladium on September 2, when Nine Inch Nails played the first of their final batch of tour dates on their “Wave Goodbye” tour. And probing that they should perhaps not be splitting up, the band put on one of the most dynamic, intense, and powerful shows that they’ve ever performed. [...]

CD: Brendan Benson: My Old Familiar Friend

With Raconteur bandmate Jack White off making music with The Dead Winter, Brendan Benson is left to his own devices on “My Old Familiar Friend.” Lucky us. The 11-track album is a cornucopia of cascading keyboards, jangling guitars, and shiny pop hooks. [...]
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