Arts & Culture

Alumni Band at Biddeford City Theater

Alumni Band at Biddeford City Theater

December 21 & 22, 7:00pm.

 

All tickets $10, and available here: Biddeford City Theater Box Office

Movies: "Anna Karenina"

Movies: "Anna Karenina"

 

Here’s a handsome Christmas present in the form of a highly original and sumptuous staging of the Leo Tolstoy novel, scripted by the great British playwright Tom Stoppard and directed by Joe Wright (“Atonement”).

 

The movie was shot almost entirely in an old theater, with the actors deftly moving from scene to scene.  As doors open, new sets are revealed.  Some of those doors also lead outdoors to offer ravishing shots of the Russian countryside -- but of the main characters, only one is allowed outside.  That is Levin (Domhnall Gleeson, son of Brendan), whose happy scything with the peasants frees him from the chilly embrace of 19th century Russian high society.

Creating the book I will never publish...

Creating the book I will never publish...

Cut and Paste means a whole lot more than Control+C, Control +V for me.

Forgive my absenteeism, dear reader.  Here's what I've been up to!

I'm creating the book that I will never, ever publish.  And it's my favorite book ever.

 

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Movies: "Lincoln"

Movies: "Lincoln"

 

Four great talents came together for the making of “Lincoln”:  Steven Spielberg, surely America’s greatest contemporary filmmaker;  playwright Tony Kushner, who wrote “Angels in America” as well as the screenplay for Spielberg’s 2005 movie “Munich”;  historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, whose book “Team of Rivals: the Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln” formed the basis for Kushner’s script;  and Daniel Day Lewis, who seems to have been born to play Abraham Lincoln.

 

There are lesser talents on display here as well, several of whom add juice to the 1865 business of getting the 13th Amendment through a divided House of Representatives while the Civil War still rages.

Rabies!

Rabies!

Rabies has been in the news in Maine this year, with confirmed cases in wildlife, and even one case (that I know of) in a pet dog.

We have a good handle on the rabies virus, especially in developed nations, but it is FAR from eradicated.  Don't kid yourself.  Rabid: A Cultural History of the World's Most Diabolical Virus is a well-researched book that doesn't pull any punches.

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