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  • ‘The Artist’ is another version of ‘A Star is Born’ G.w.clift1

    2012, more than any other cinematic year I can remember, was the year of movie re-makes and sequels. So it seems just perfect that the Academy Award-winning Best Picture should have been the fourth remake of “A Star is Born.” The .

  • ‘Lorax’ movie doesn’t live up to Seuss Christopher.conner1

    Based on the iconic book by Dr. Seuss, “The Lorax” extends the story of environmental stewardship to 86 minutes. While Dr. Seuss’ original does not name the boy, nor the town he lives in, this movie spends much of its time .

  • Little things make ‘Good Deeds’ better than expected Christopher.conner1

    Overexposure to the previews for Tyler Perry’s “Good Deeds” left me numb to the prospect of actually seeing the film. The plot is so obvious from the previews that there was little to attract me to a two-hour extended .

  • LA-based trio+1 to entertain jazz audience

    TOPEKA—The ninth concert in the Topeka Jazz Workshop Inc’s 43rd season will feature a dynamite trio from Los Angeles plus one of Kansas City’s favorite-son guitarists.  The Carol Welsman Quartet with Danny Embrey will play Sunday .

  • ‘Act of Valor’ not as powerful as it could have been Christopher.conner1

    On my way in to see :Act of Valor,” the ticket taker mentioned that he had heard it was like a video game.   Admittedly, I am not much of a video game player anymore. I have tried to pick the .

  • In a better place and with a better life balance Neighbor 2

    On Feb. 25, 2009, Will Hommertzheim realized he had two choices: swallow his pride and ask for help or check out. For the previous decade, Hommertzheim had lived in Topeka, abusing alcohol and drugs in an attempt to drown out the thoughts .

  • McCain ‘Macbeth’ well-received, and deservedly so Ben.nyberg

    Aquila Theatre’s touring company revisited McCain Auditorium this past Friday, this time to present their version of Shakespeare’s Macbeth. The performance was well received by an attentive downstairs-only crowd, and the positive reception was certainly justified, given that .

  • STOMP performance meets expectations for fun Christopher.conner1

    A good crowd attended the recent performance of STOMP, part of McCain Auditorium’s Performance Series on the Kansas State University campus. According to the program, STOMP was conceived by Luke Cresswell and Steve McNicholas in 1991 in Brighton, U.K., .

  • Symphony concert will feature music from movies

    TOPEKA - A “Cinema Classics” Topeka Symphony concert will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in White Concert Hall on the Washburn University campus.  Guest conductor Christopher Kelts will be on the podium for a program featuring a wide .

  • AFib’s no fun, and that’s no lie

    For years, I have experienced the weird sensation of skipped heartbeats. They have occurred at play and at rest, at home and at work, during the day and at night. Early on, the occasional missed beats were symptomatized as light .

  • A man survives unwanted media attention after Sept. 11 attacks

    RELUCTANT HERO Michael Benfante and Dave Hollander Skyhorse Publishing, 2011 223 pages, $24.95 “Reluctant Hero” is the story of Michael Benfante, a survivor of the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center. His story is a chilling account of not only what he saw .

  • Your friends make you

    If people are removed from each other by only a few degrees of separation, then what does it mean when a person is associated with criminals? Gangsters? Pornographers? In the context of a social life, how should a person’s .





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