Oscars 2017: Applause for inclusion + one big shocker

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My first sentence for this Oscar review began like this:

The 89th Academy Awards may not be remembered as particularly unique. Justin Timberlake’s knockout opening set the bar high, but the energy left the room quickly.

Check that. What happened at approximately 12:15am was an Oscar first.

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Predictions 2017: The Oscar will go to…

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This year was a fine year for film, as was 2015. Not only were independent and documentary films leading with great work, but people of all colors and genders were represented in the mix. Let us hope that this diversity of writers, actors, directors, cinematographers, etc., continues and becomes an integral part of the filmmaking community.

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Subterranean solar greens

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A weekend visit to The Lowline Lab was the perfect pick-me-up from the dreary mid-winter.

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Alternative gifts for your Valentine sweetie

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Like last year’s post, books are still a forever gift – and much easier on the figure than chocolates. This year’s crop of books spans high art titles to more popular works of culture and science.

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Women’s March NYC: A beautiful thing

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Hundreds of thousands of women, men and children of all colors, ages, and creeds marched on 42 Street turning north onto Fifth Avenue on Saturday, 21 january 2017, in solidarity with groups in DC, across the country, and around the world. It was a beautiful thing.

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March on: Women of NYC (and the world)

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Listen up: The day has arrived, 21 january 2017. Many of us are taking to the streets in New York City, Washington DC, across the country and around the world in solidarity.

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Inauguration 2017: Eyes and ears on

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Why? Because it’s necessary on this upcoming Inauguration Day 2017.

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Farewell 2016: You won’t be missed

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The opening paragraph of Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities (written in 1859) may never have felt more current.

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Best of film 2016: Originality + indies rise again

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This year proved to be another good year for film, especially of the independent and documentary kinds. The number of films that I saw this year was way down, but I still found a good number of fresh films that thrilled, disturbed, delighted, and most of all, transported me in some way. Isn’t that what every film should do?

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The newness of a new year

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Salute new year!

As 2017 rapidly approaches, I wonder what lies ahead. New year, of course. New administration. New challenges. New problems. New solutions. Keep reading >