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V.23 No.16 | 4/17/2014
Well, she’s no E.T.

Film Review

Under the Skin

Experimental sci-fi film wonders what it’s like to be human ... and then harvest the internal organs of other humans for mysterious alien purposes

By Devin D. O’Leary
Experimental sci-fi film Under the Skin introduces audiences to sex and violence, alien-style.

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Cheese plate
Eric Williams ericwphoto.com

Restaurant Review

Ouvrez La Bouche

French-American bliss on the Westside

By Gail Guengerich
Gail Guengerich finds French-American bliss on the Westside.

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Harley Loco

Book Review

Junkiedom Tragicomedy

Review by Samantha Anne Carrillo

Harley Loco: A Memoir of Hard Living, Hair, and Post-punk, from the Middle East to the Lower East Side

In Rayya Elias' memoir, Harley Loco, her unpretentious, funny narration depicts her outsider existence as a junkie, hairstylist and aspiring musician in late-'70s/early-'80s New York.

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Book Review

Color Me Curious

The Color Book

Sophie Benini Pietromarchi’s charismatic Color Book aims to awaken a love of the visible spectrum in pre-teens (and older readers who haven’t outgrown a nice picture book with lots of vivid spreads to mull over).

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V.23 No.15 | 4/10/2014
“Did you say something, dear—you bothersome and insufferable twit?”

Film Review

Le Week-End

Love and marriage go through the ringer during a bittersweet anniversary trip to Paris

By Devin D. O’Leary
Middle-class British couple Meg and Nick have been married for 30 years. In an attempt to rekindle the ol’ flame, they decide to spend their wedding anniversary in Paris. From the start it doesn’t look like this expedition is going to bear fruit.

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“Environmental Impact Team Beta”
Sculptures by Andrew Bell

Gallery Review

Creatures Featured

By Elisa McGovern
The new show’s acrylic-on-resin sculptures tell the story of an ominous factory in a world short on resources and long on corporate greed and toxic waste.

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Book Review

Letters, Lovers and Time Travel

Review by Kathy Freise

The Light and the Dark

Shiskin is considered that country’s greatest living novelist. The Light and the Dark may not be as long as some of the Russian classics, but it is as large in its scope. It’s by turns engaging, confusing and erudite.

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Book Review

Being Poetry, Serving Albuquerque

Review by Don McIver

Time Served

Carlos Contreras’ first book of poems, Time Served, brings you the verbal pyrotechnics and heartfelt emotion that many of us have watched being born in this young man’s work. Reading it is a cause for celebration.

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V.23 No.14 | 4/3/2014
“Welcome to the Grand Budapest Hotel. May we make you uncomfortable?”

Film Review

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Wes Anderson’s screwball caper finds the art in artifice

By Devin D. O’Leary
The Grand Budapest Hotel is a whimsical chocolate box painting of a comedy, could be Wes Anderson’s most Wes Andersony film to date.

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Book Review

Recovery in Aztlan

Review by Suzanne Buck

The Unholy

Paul DeBlassie III’s The Unholy is a frightening thriller that details the struggle between the forces of good and the forces of evil. Set in the mythical land of Aztlan, DeBlassie’s novel is infused with the scents, sounds, and traditions of the author’s native New Mexico.

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V.23 No.13 | 3/27/2014
Joe (Charlotte Gainsbourg) and Seligman (Stellan Skarsgard) talk sex and fly-fishing.
Zentropa

Film Review

Nymphomaniac: Volume I

Lars von Trier’s fetish is the specialization of knowledge

By Samantha Anne Carrillo
The first volume of the final installment in Lars von Trier's "Depression Trilogy," Nymphomaniac finds a battered sex addict talking sex, polyphony and fly-fishing with a bookish fisherman.

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Cubed steak broken rice
photos by Eric Williams ericwphoto.com

Restaurant Review

Straight From District 5

Kim Long Asian Cuisine

By Ari LeVaux
Ari LeVaux discovers that “Asian Cuisne” means “mostly Vietnamese.” But it’s good!
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Book Review

The Age of Innocence Lost

Review by Ian Wolff

Kicking the Sky

“I can pinpoint the very moment it all started to change, when the calm broke: when news that twelve-year-old Emanuel Jaques had disappeared spread through our neighborhood in the whispered prayers of women returning from Mass.”

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Book Review

Nurturing Nature

Review by Leo P. Neufeld

Falling Into Place: An Intimate Geography of Home

There are quiet sounds that often get lost in the business of our daily lives. Catherine Reid’s book Falling Into Place: An Intimate Geography of Home is a chronologically organized collection of personal essays meant to entice us to listen.

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V.23 No.12 | 3/20/2014
Kashk bademjan
Eric Williams ericwphoto.com

Restaurant Review

Put a Spell On You

The Kabab House

By Ty Bannerman
A small University Area café offers a taste of Persia.
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