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  • Film Review: 'Sand Dollars'

    LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Remarkable sensitivity and exacting verisimilitude are just two of the many selling points for "Sand Dollars," a psychologically nuanced portrait, set in the Dominican Republic, of an older American woman in an unequal lesbian relationship with a much younger local. A further plus is Geraldine Chaplin, finally given a serious, uncaricatured role worthy of her talents. Co-writing/helming duo Laura Amelia Guzman and Israel Cardenas ("Jean Gentil") have delivered their best film yet, and their perceptive, nonjudgmental handling of all parties is quickly being recognized by fests worldwide. Stateside and Euro arthouse distribs are likely to reap the benefits.
  • REVIEW: 'Amazing Grace' at Bank of America Theatre ★★

    REVIEW: 'Amazing Grace' at Bank of America Theatre ★★
    One way to understand the main problem facing "Amazing Grace," the very sincere new musical with Broadway aspirations, is to imagine a version of the Academy Award-winning movie "12 Years a Slave" wherein the protagonist is not Solomon Northup, the free-...

    Pianist Behzod Abduraimov again proves to be a super sub

    Pianist Behzod Abduraimov again proves to be a super sub
    Behzod Abduraimov, the 24-year-old breakout pianist from Uzbekistan, is making a formidable name for himself in Los Angeles through the time-honored means of subbing. In July, he stepped in for Yefim Bronfman at the Hollywood Bowl and made a big...

    Concert review: Music of the Baroque season opener

     Concert review: Music of the Baroque season opener
    Music of the Baroque began its season Sunday night at Evanston's Pick-Staiger Concert Hall with a program that held not a single note of Baroque music. Such forays into Classical and Romantic repertory have become more common in recent years, with MOB...

    Keith Jarrett and friends revive the standards

    Keith Jarrett and friends revive the standards
    If you believe, as I do, in the enduring value of classic American songwriting, then there was much to treasure in Sunday night's concert by pianist Keith Jarrett, bassist Gary Peacock and drummer Jack DeJohnette. The widely admired, long-running trio...