Arts

4:58pm

Fri July 3, 2015
Movies

On Its 40th Anniversary, Remembering The Terror Of 'Jaws'

Originally published on Fri July 3, 2015 5:25 pm

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4:58pm

Fri July 3, 2015
Architecture

Chicago To Replace Famed Ferris Wheel With Taller One

Originally published on Fri July 3, 2015 5:25 pm

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4:19pm

Fri July 3, 2015
Movie Reviews

Investigating The Drug Trade In 'Cartel Land'

Originally published on Fri July 3, 2015 5:37 pm

Jose Manuel Mireles Valverde, spokesman for the Autodefensas, a militia organized against the Knights Templar mob.
The Orchard

Observing the consequences of the Mexican drug trade on both sides of the U.S. border, Cartel Land toggles between Arizona and the state of Michoacan, about 1,000 miles to the south. Only the latter of the twinned storylines really pays off, but that one is riveting.

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8:03am

Fri July 3, 2015
Monkey See

Pop Culture Happy Hour No. 250: 'Magic Mike XXL' And 'Catastrophe'

Joe Manganiello in Magic Mike XXL.
Claudette Barius Warner Brothers

Just a little less than five years ago, Linda Holmes and I decided to book a studio after-hours and record what we'd call "an audio experiment" — a roundtable discussion of pop culture with the two of us and our pals Trey Graham and Glen Weldon, produced by the essential Mike Katzif. By the time the first recording was complete, we'd decided to come back every week, even though our budget was zero and we'd never asked our bosses for permission.

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7:03am

Fri July 3, 2015
The Salt

New Nation, New Cuisine: The First Cookbook To Tackle 'American Food'

Originally published on Fri July 3, 2015 12:45 pm

A recent version of Indian Slapjacks, a recipe featured in American Cookery, the first cookbook of American food.
Premshree Pillai Flickr

In 1776, the American colonies declared independence from Britain.

But it wasn't until 1796 that someone dared to tackle a question that would plague every generation of Americans to come: "What is American food?"

American Cookery, the very first American cookbook, was written by Amelia Simmons (more on this mysterious woman later). In it, she promised local food and a kind of socioculinary equality. The title page stated that the recipes were "adapted to this country and all grades of life."

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7:03am

Fri July 3, 2015
Goats and Soda

Peruvian Sisters Can Turn A Gourd Into An $800 Objet D'Art

Originally published on Fri July 3, 2015 1:13 pm

Standing in their backyard in Cochas Grande, Peru, Katya and Blanca Cantos, hold the fruit of their labor. The gourd at left shows scenes from a potato harvest. The just-started gourd at right will tell the story of an ancestor's epic trek.
Josh Cogan Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archive, Smithsonian Institution

Their gourds tell a story — and earn them a living. That gourd in the photo — the one on the left? It is covered with miniature pictures of a potato harvest in Peru. There's even a wee burro hauling the day's crop.

That gourd will sell for around $800.

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5:03pm

Thu July 2, 2015
Movie Reviews

Beyond A Voice And A Sad Story, 'Amy' Listens To A Life

Originally published on Thu July 2, 2015 6:54 pm

Amy Winehouse
A24

Booze, drugs, Svengalis galore, rampant co-dependence: The bare bones of a crash-and-burn rocker bio-pic poke through Asif Kapadia's richly absorbing documentary about the short, sharp life of Amy Winehouse. Here and there Amy flirts with prurience, but prurience is hard to avoid with a young woman who, willy-nilly, lived her private life in public. And if ever there was an artist whose life and work fed one another for better and worse, it was Winehouse.

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4:45pm

Thu July 2, 2015
Television

Sonia Manzano, Who Played Maria On 'Sesame Street,' To Retire

Originally published on Thu July 2, 2015 6:35 pm

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

She has taught generations of children important lessons and read them a whole lot of books.

(SOUNDBITE OF TV SHOW, "SESAME STREET")

SONIA MANZANO: (As Maria) "Goldilocks And The Three Bears" - an oldie, but a goodie.

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4:30pm

Thu July 2, 2015
Book Reviews

Book Review: 'The Uses Of The Body,' Deborah Landau

Originally published on Thu July 2, 2015 6:35 pm

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Transcript

RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Instead of ignoring the strange things a woman's body does through motherhood and aging, Deborah Landau's new collection revels in them. It's called "The Uses Of The Body." Tess Taylor has our review.

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11:03am

Thu July 2, 2015
Book Reviews

Get A 'Grip' On This Goofy Noir Sci-Fi Tale

Originally published on Thu July 2, 2015 2:36 pm

Remember how it felt when, as a kid, you opened up a fresh-from-the-library book to discover the illustrations weren't in color? It wasn't a good feeling. Most of us still have a foot planted firmly in childhood when it comes to the ol' rainbow. It means that sticking to black and white — whether it's to save money on your independent film or to approximate high-end austerity in an Ikea-furnished apartment — usually entails a sensory sacrifice.

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