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  • Review: Allentown Symphony Orchestra presents hot night of Latin rhythms

    Review: Allentown Symphony Orchestra presents hot night of Latin rhythms
    It might have been cold and blustery outside, but the Allentown Symphony Orchestra really turned up the heat inside Miller Symphony Hall Saturday night and Sunday afternoon with a soul-warming program infused with Latin-inspired rhythms. Featured...
  • Review: Paul Anthony Stewart's 'Nice 'n' Easy' at The Abbey

     Review: Paul Anthony Stewart's 'Nice 'n' Easy' at The Abbey
    The Abbey has hosted some spectacular cabarets during the past season, but Monday's performance of "Nice 'n' Easy" by Paul Anthony Stewart had a special vibe. Maybe it was the smallish audience or Stewart's admission this was his first solo show, but...
  • A welcome visit by Academy of St. Martin in the Fields

     A welcome visit by Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
    The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields may have a music director, the peripatetic violinist Joshua Bell, but the venerable London-based group is not tied down by his schedule or that of any conductor. A 21-member string ensemble from the academy is...
  • Movie review: 'Tracers' has a post-'Twilight' Taylor Lautner discovering the thrills of 'parkour'

    Taylor Lautner squanders a little more of his "Twilight" heat on "Tracers," a B-movie thriller built around the urban obstacle course sport of "parkour." It's a stunt-heavy chase picture with some arresting camera work, but not much else to recommend it....
  • Movie review: �Ghoul� takes that over-familiar shaky cam horror genre to Ukraine

    A film crew hoping to shoot a killer pilot for a TV series on "Cannibals of the 20th Century" no doubt Discovery is interested heads into rural Ukraine to document a mass murderer and cannibal who survived Stalin's attempt to starve Ukraine into oblivion....
  • Movie review: Poetic 'To Write Love on Her Arms' shows a deeper side of Kat Dennings

    "To Write Love on Her Arms" it's a cause, vividly illustrated by its name, a turn of phrase so poetic that it's no wonder a big segment of the music industry embraced it as a cause celebre a few years back. It's also a biography, and that's how it...
  • Review: The Brass Monkey has throwback tastes

    Review: The Brass Monkey has throwback tastes
    The Brass Monkey manages a retro theme without succumbing to kitsch.  Review: The Brass Monkey 401 N. Morgan St. 312-763-3316 Rating: !!! (Out of four) Off to a good start I came for the fish sticks. And not necessarily to indulge in my delight to see...
  • 'The Wrecking Crew' affectionate tribute to hit-backing musicians

    'The Wrecking Crew' affectionate tribute to hit-backing musicians
    To Beach Boys guru Brian Wilson, "they were the ones with all the spirit and all the know-how." To Nancy Sinatra, they were "unsung heroes," to Herb Alpert, "an established groove machine." And to celebrated songwriter Jimmy Webb, they were simply...
  • Redemption tale 'Two Men in Town' is an uneven mix

    Redemption tale 'Two Men in Town' is an uneven mix
    The setting is striking, the cast impressive. But "Two Men in Town," a drama that's built on dread and circles the question of redemption for a newly released prisoner, falls short of the mythic territory it aspires to. Director Rachid Bouchareb's...
  • Ambitious 'Five Presidents' could use some work

    Ambitious 'Five Presidents' could use some work
    MILWAUKEE — When former presidents Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush joined the incumbent president, Bill Clinton, at the 1994 funeral of former president Richard Nixon in Yorba Linda, Calif., it had been more than two...
  • Alabama Shakes belts out new songs at Chicago Theatre

    Alabama Shakes belts out new songs at Chicago Theatre
    In an era where a musician's every move at concerts is often recorded and uploaded to the Internet, the idea of testing out new songs from forthcoming albums has fallen out of favor. Most established artists stick with the familiar, sacrificing surprise...