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Tommy Hall, an Originator of Acid Rock in the '60s, is Still Psychedelicnew

For many of his 66 years, Hall has been pursuing intellectual enlightenment through acid. He began that quest in the mid-'60s with the 13th Floor Elevators.
SF Weekly  |  Jennifer Maerz  |  02-18-2009  |  Culture

The 'Third Wave' of Theatrical 3-D is in Full Swing ... But it May Be The Last

Super Bowl Sunday was a glimpse of the future of 3-D: the studio made it as easy as possible for the theatrical 3-D experience to be duplicated on your TV screen.
Salt Lake City Weekly  |  Scott Renshaw  |  02-17-2009  |  Movies

The Forces That Shaped Rogers Park and West Ridgenew

Time has made Rogers Avenue, an old treaty boundary, just another city street. But edges remain, perhaps most notably in the division between the residents who see their neighborhood going to hell and the residents who are grateful to have escaped someplace worse.
Chicago Reader  |  Bill Savage  |  02-09-2009  |  History

Drexel Prof Has Some Concrete Answers About How the Pyramids Were Builtnew

Michel Barsoum says the theories that modern science have devised to explain the construction of Egypt's Great Pyramids are wrong. Barsoum's theory, naturally, has been treated as heresy in the world of Egyptology.
Philadelphia City Paper  |  Patrick Rapa  |  01-27-2009  |  History

A History of Our Inaugural West Swingers and White House Hoedownsnew

A recap of the swearing ins and outs of the past, in hope of inspiring the best inaugural bash ever.
Boston Phoenix  |  Kara Baskin  |  01-16-2009  |  Commentary

'Dynamite Club' Revisits the Bomb Heard 'round the Worldnew

John Merriman examines how an 1894 anarchist bombing in Paris kicked off the age of modern terrorism, and what we stand to learn from the bomber.
The Texas Observer  |  Tom Palaima  |  01-16-2009  |  Nonfiction

Pink Floyd Bio Reveals All the Cracks in the Wallnew

Nothing in these pages is pretty, and the collective story doesn't seem to be so much about rock stars as about human beings going through the trajectory of life: being young and having a dream, moving toward the realization of that dream, achieving success and then dealing with the emotional and psychological fallout.
New York Press  |  Aileen Torres  |  01-15-2009  |  Nonfiction

Why Philly Needs to Appropriate the Legacy of Edgar Allan Poenew

Goodbye Ben Franklin, goodbye Rocky. It's time for a new figure to represent everything good and bad about our city. One in whom we can see both our dreams and nightmares. It's time for Philly to embrace its inner-Gothic self and celebrate Edgar Allan Poe.
Philadelphia City Paper  |  Edward Pettit  |  01-13-2009  |  History

'Drum of War' Looks at Walt Whitman's Nonreligious Ministry During the Civil Warnew

Whitman recognized something that few writers of that era or after did: the Civil War's true meaning lay in the "valor of suffering -- not of men firing rifles," and certainly not in the fascination with battles and troop movements that has dominated Civil War studies.
Metro Silicon Valley  |  Michael S. Gant  |  01-09-2009  |  Nonfiction

'Pathway to the Gods' Brings to Life the World's First Chocolate Obsessionnew

For centuries, it has captivated humans and gods. It's been associated with worship, commerce, romance and comfort. But why has it so completely seduced the world? Just what's so special about chocolate? Meredith L. Dreiss and Sharon Edgar Greenhill travel back in time to Mesoamerica to answer these questions. With recipe for Mayan Hot Chocolate.
Weekly Alibi  |  Maren Tarro  |  01-06-2009  |  Nonfiction

Two Photography Books Remember Punk's Growth Spurtsnew

Punk may roll a little in its grave now that it's been mythologized, but if it's going to get the coffee table treatment at least Skins & Punks and Radio Silence: A Selected Visual History of American Hardcore Music offer it respect.
Baltimore City Paper  |  Tony Ware  |  12-30-2008  |  Nonfiction

'Slavery by Another Name' Examines Post-Civil War Convict Labornew

Douglas Blackmon argues -- passionately, forcefully and convincingly -- that by any measure, blacks in the states of the former Confederacy saw their freedom so warped and constrained in the decades after the Civil War that the overwhelming majority were not in any meaningful way free.
The Texas Observer  |  Todd Moye  |  12-17-2008  |  Nonfiction

Harvey Milk & Dan White: That '70s Shownew

I first met Dan White in October 1977 -- 13 months before he snuffed out the life of Harvey Milk.
Santa Barbara Independent  |  Jerry Roberts  |  12-15-2008  |  Commentary

Presidents & Near-Presidents I Have Knownnew

With Barack Obama's Jan. 20 presidential inauguration practically upon us, my thoughts have turned to the very complex subject of American presidents. As I contemplated the subject, I had an odd revelation. It happens that I have spent a not inconsiderable amount of time around presidents, vice presidents and presidential candidates.
Random Lengths News  |  Lionel Rolfe  |  12-04-2008  |  Commentary

'Cadillac Records' is a Quick-Sketch B-Movie Biopic That Looms Largenew

Darnell Martin's film tells a story of black popular music -- its rapidly changing phases during the 1950s from the blues to race records, from rock 'n' roll to R&B -- with richly exciting characters but not one hint of exoticism.
New York Press  |  Armond White  |  12-04-2008  |  Reviews

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