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  • 'The Grand Budapest Hotel'
    DVD review: 'The Grand Budapest Hotel'
    Wes Anderson has been covered plenty by this Examiner, for good reason.His latest offering is 'The Grand Budapest Hotel.'Through the magic of flashback, we go back in time to hear the most compelling chapter in the history of the once...
  • Jussi Reijonen: Un
    Jussi Reijonen and ensemble uncommonly beautiful in NYC concert
    Jussi Reijonen and his ensemble appeared at Alwan Center for the Arts on Sunday, April 13. The incredible sound of their music is the product of a very unusual life. Born in the Arctic circle, Jussi grew up around the Middle East. His latest album...
  • The Five Greenes: America's Music Family
    The Future of Classical Music: From our family to yours!
    It is an interesting time for classical music- many ensembles and orchestras are struggling financially and to build audiences and yet, interest and participation in classical music appears to be alive and well in schools, communities and higher...
  • 'The Expendables 2'
    DVD review: 'The Expendables 2'
    If you saw and enjoyed 'The Expendables,' then you are exactly the right person to be reading a review about 'The Expendables 2.'The same * ahem * veteran group of mercenaries from the first movie return on an elaborate rescue...
  • Women's Jazz & Blues Camp:  Gettin' down with the groove
    Women's Jazz & Blues Camp: Gettin' down with the groove
    You should have been there...And since you may not have been - We were and we would not have missed it for anything. For five full days, women from all parts of the US converged on a very small space, by some music school standards. But what very...
  • 'Wanderlust'
    DVD review: 'Wanderlust'
    Fans of television shows 'The State' and 'Stella' are very aware of David Wain's writing/directing career. When he isn't making online videos under the 'Wainy Days' title, he has contributed a few mostly...
  • 'Get On The Bus'
    DVD review 'Get On The Bus'
    Here we go again with mid-90's Spike Lee. This is another review of one of his less-heralded, but still valid, efforts 'Get On The Bus.'A bus trip from Los Angeles to Washington D.C. for the Million Man March brings together a...
  • 'Paris, Je T'aime'
    DVD review: 'Paris, Je T'aime'
    Few cities can even come close to rivaling the romantic reputation of Paris. There is more to the city than the Eiffel Tower, baguettes, and body odor, though. 'Paris, Je T'aime (Paris, I Love You)' gives us a dozen and a half...
  • An improv ensemble?
    Making your improv duo or ensemble marketable in Chicago
    The breadth and prowess of Chicago's best improv duos and ensembles are unshakeable. They have that certain flare that has given Chicago its reputation for great on-the-spot comedy. You can be the next great entertainer, but not without some...
  • 'Intermission'
    DVD review: 'Intermission'
    Crime comedies have been around for an awfully long time. That said, when Guy Ritchie brought us 'Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels' and 'Snatch' back in the late '90s/early 2000's, everything changed. You no longer had...
  • Eckert Winery blends varietals and value
    Eckert Winery blends varietals and value
    When Livermore Valley vintner Mike Eckert set out to make wine he had a goal ... to craft a red blend at an affordable price.After trial and error he scored with “Ensemble” at $10.99.“I guess we broke the rules with that wine,...
  • 'You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger'
    DVD review: 'You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger' isn't Woody Allen at his best.
    The last time we heard from Woody Allen, he had given us 'Whatever Works,' an acerbic comedy set in his familiar New York backdrop. Prior to that, he had mostly been exploring Europe to often, great success. His return to London has...
  • Miley Cyrus in 2009 Hervé Léger by Max Azria dress
    Hervé Léger by Max Azria-bandage beauty attire
    The 2011 Pre-Fall Hervé Léger by Max Azria collection has surfaced,and the styles are of Hervé Léger's signature bandage look. Bandagesof elasticated fabrics, silk, nylon, and leather are sewn together totake the shape of the form of the body...
  • Round Rock Wind Ensemble
    Music Region 26 UIL Concert
    The UIL Music Contest was held April 14-16, 2010. Bands from Region 26 performed at the Klett PAC at Georgetown High School. The Austin area is blessed with several talented high school bands and two of those are in the Round Rock school district....