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V.23 No.35 | 8/28/2014
Hug it out, boys. Hug it out.

Film Review

Frank

Left-of-center musical comedy finds art in the craziest places

By Devin D. O’Leary
Heady black comedy Frank takes music to a strange, new place.

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Grilled lamb chops
Eric Williams ericwphoto.com

Restaurant Review

The Three Pillars of Dining

MÁS Tapas y Vino

By Ty Bannerman
Our reviewer has a slightly crooked dining experience in Downtown.
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V.23 No.34 | 8/21/2014
The man himself, the African Elvis, the Bob Dylan of Nigeria, Fela Kuti!

Film Review

Finding Fela

Musical documentary looks at the African rabble-rouser who lit a fire under a hit Broadway musical

By Devin D. O’Leary
Alex Gibney’s documentary Finding Fela explores the explosive life of rabble-rousing Nigerian musician Fela Kuti.

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Pollo gizado
photos by Eric Williams ericwphoto.com

Restaurant Review

You Bring the Duck

Pupuseria y Restaurante Salvadoreña

By Ari LeVaux
El Salvadoran pupusas add a dash of welcome variety at this South Valley restaurant.
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Book Review

All That Glitters Is Foretold

Review by Samantha Anne Carrillo

Crystal Eaters

An unusual, existential fantasy novel counts down to death.

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V.23 No.33 | 8/14/2014
Emma Stone sees dead people.

Film Review

Magic in the Moonlight

Woody Allen’s 44th film casts a charming spell

By Devin D. O’Leary
Woody Allen tries a little sleight of hand with the slim but charming period romcom Magic in the Moonlight.

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Book Review

Déjà-glued

Review by Suzanne Buck

Wise Craft

Blair Stocker’s gorgeous new craft compendium avoids common pitfalls to deliver practical, doable projects.

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V.23 No.32 | 8/7/2014
Helen Mirren for Viagra

Film Review

The Hundred-Foot Journey

Exotic foodie romance comes with the Oprah stamp of approval

By Devin D. O’Leary
Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey get togther for food and romance in The Hundred-Foot Journey.

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Tempura udon
Eric Williams ericwphoto.com

Restaurant Review

International Oasis

Gen Kai rules the blacktop

By Ari LeVaux
Ari LeVaux finds a Japanese oasis rising from the Talin parking lot.

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Book Review

Thumbing Rides with the Pope of Trash

Review by Constance Moss

Carsick: John Waters Hitchhikes Across America

As quirky as the man who wrote it, Carsick takes John Waters across the country splendidly, horrifically and actually.

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V.23 No.31 | 7/31/2014
“There’s something in your eye. ... Oh, that’s my finger. Sorry.”

Film Review

I Origins

Sci-fi love story speculates there’s more to life than meets the eye

By Devin D. O’Leary
Indie filmmaker explores science and spirituality in the eyeball-obsessed I Origins.

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Book Review

Amazeballs or Abso Awk?

Review by Holly von Winckel

Totes Ridictionary

From cray-cray to twerk, the English language changes every day. But is the Totes Ridictionary the right book to guide us through?

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V.23 No.30 | 7/24/2014
Whatever they’re watching, it’s not a very popular movie.

Film Review

Life Itself

Poignant documentary points the camera at the life of movie critic Roger Ebert

By Devin D. O’Leary
Filmmaker goes from being reviewed by Roger Ebert to making a movie about the famed critic’s final days in Life Itself.

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Book Review

First World Problems

Review by Lisa Barrow

Hard to Be a God

Don Rumata seems like any other obnoxious noble with money to spend and ladies to court, but he’s actually a Communist operative from Earth.

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V.23 No.29 | 7/17/2014
photos by Eric Williams ericwphoto.com

Restaurant Review

Variety Comes to Old Town

Taking in the breeze at Backstreet Grill

By Ty Bannerman
Ty Bannerman checks out the newest reason for locals to swing by Old Town.
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