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Film: Baseball’s Intimidating Strike King

If anybody in the last half century of baseball deserves a bio film, it’s Nolan Ryan, the hard throwing Texan pitcher, who racked up dozens of records in a 27 year career, including seven perfect games, and 5,714 career strikeouts — which is more than 800 more than the next person. That the taciturn Hall […]

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Santana, Making That Note Sing at 74

There is something about the serenity and tone of Carlos Santana that keeps him soaring, more than a half century after the world ignited from the Latin fire he brought to Woodstock. The magic of that appearance, which essentially made the band’s career, continues to be alive as the band that performs under his name […]

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Film Review: ‘Beneath the Banyan Tree’

It’s a heady time for Asian filmmaking, from the Oscar for Japan’s “Drive My Car” to the recent premiere of the Korean-American streaming series “Pachinko.” Fitting well among them is “Beneath the Banyan Tree,” the first feature from screenwriter and Chinese-American director Nani Le Yang. Like last year’s “Minari,” “Beneath the Banyan Tree” is about […]

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Mike Campbell’s The Dirty Knobs Arrive

With Tom Petty gone since 2017, fans have flocked to the shows of his longtime guitarist, producer, and collaborator Mike Campbell. With the same kind of Florida panhandle twang, rock ’n’ roll pedigree and especially taste in top hats, he’s the closest and most authentic connection to a beloved body of music. But the talented […]

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Poguetry in Motion Back at the Black Cat

The Pogues and St. Patrick’s Day were always a natural combination to be celebrated by the Irish from any background. Many are the fans who clamored to see the Irish roots punk band on their annual March visits to the East Coast. Nearly as welcome, then, is the tour by Poguetry in Motion, which played […]

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St. Paul & The Broken Bones Among Us

“It’s been two and a half years since I’ve been able to be with an audience,” Paul Janeway, the venerable saint of the soul band St. Paul and the Broken Bones, told the crowd at the Lincoln Theatre in Washington Tuesday. He wasn’t talking about performing; the band had played dozens of shows since the […]

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Four-Part ‘We Need to Talk About Cosby’

The rise and fall of Bill Cosby in American culture is a considerable tale of race and talent and decades of denial for behavior that led to his conviction of aggravated indecent assault in 2018 that was — almost as shockingly — vacated by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court last year.  W. Kamau Bell’s “We Need […]

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Film: Blissfully Lolling in ‘Lotawana’

When it came to making “Lotawana,” his first feature film, Trevor Hawkins had a lot of experience on which to draw. He had been an Emmy-award winning nature photography whose “Heartland Bowhunter” raised the level of TV hunting shows, but he had also worked for National Geographic, Smithsonian, a load of corporate clients and the […]

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Film: Trapped in the Thriller ‘Outlier’

When the pandemic first hit, L.A. filmmaker Nate Strayer went back to Michigan to lock down with family. As COVID continued, he decided to make a film there. He flew out a cinematographer (Isabel C. Machado, also a producer), hired a couple of local Grand Rapids actors — one of them his sister — making […]

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Bob Dylan Live: ‘Is This Foggy Bottom?’

Before it was so rudely interrupted, Bob Dylan’s annual touring regimen took on a recurring pattern, playing the same towns the same times of the year. His last time in Washington, D.C. was the first week of December 2019. The final show in that leg of the campaign that he never called the Never Ending […]

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