Arts

3:07pm

Fri August 7, 2015
Television

Jon Stewart Makes A Laugh-Filled, Sentimental Exit From 'The Daily Show'

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3:07pm

Fri August 7, 2015
Author Interviews

'Blood Will Out' Reveals Secrets Of A Murderous Master Manipulator

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3:07pm

Fri August 7, 2015
Movie Reviews

Family Dysfunction Is Set To A Melancholic Beat In 'Ricki And The Flash'

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1:09pm

Fri August 7, 2015
Goats and Soda

Why The Zambian Hip-Hopper 'B Flow' Changed His Tune

Brian Bwembya Kasoka (also known as B Flow) sings and raps about women's issues.
Justin T. Gellerson for NPR

Brian "B Flow" Bwembya used to make music for lovers, donning shades and gold chains in music videos and singing "You're the reason for my life, you're the only one I would make my wife" to pretty girls.

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10:54am

Fri August 7, 2015
Code Switch

A Hip-Hop Soundtrack For A Musical About Alexander Hamilton? Sure, Why Not?

Originally published on Fri August 7, 2015 5:38 pm

Hamilton, which opened Thursday on Broadway, is a play based on the life of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton.
Joan Marcus Shane Marshall Brown

By now, you may have heard about the new Broadway musical Hamilton. When it opened off-Broadway in February, it earned almost unanimous raves and awards for blending history and hip-hop. Its sold-out run had A-list celebrities and politicians clamoring for tickets. Thursday night, the story of Alexander Hamilton, and the Founding Fathers and Mothers, opened on Broadway.

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7:03am

Fri August 7, 2015
Book Reviews

Identity Is At The Heart Of Brash, Essential 'Mulattos'

Originally published on Fri August 7, 2015 10:56 am

"Odder than two-headed calves, stranger than Uri Geller, who could bend spoons with his mind." That's how the narrator of "Who Among Us Knows the Route to Heaven?" — one of the stories in Tom Williams' collection Among the Wild Mulattos and Other Tales -- describes himself and his brother, growing up in the suburbs of Ohio in the early 1970s.

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7:03pm

Thu August 6, 2015
Movie Reviews

A Disappointing Origin Story For The 'Fantastic Four'

Originally published on Fri August 7, 2015 11:51 am

From left: Ben Grimm (Jamie Bell), Johnny Storm (Michael B. Jordan), Reed Richards (Miles Teller), Sue Storm (Kate Mara) in the new Fantastic Four.
Twentieth Century Fox

Fantastic Four No. 1 arrived as a comic book on newsstands exactly 54 years ago this Saturday, August 8th. Written by Stan Lee and drawn by Jack Kirby, the comic book —priced at $0.10 — now looks hopelessly goofy. A dozen exclamation points punctuate the cover alone, which depicts a green monster bursting up through a street in "Central City," because Lee and Kirby had not yet decided to locate their super-team in the nonfictional borough of Manhattan. "I-I can't turn invisible fast enough!!" cries the half-transparent blonde struggling to escape the creature's grasp.

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7:03pm

Thu August 6, 2015
Movie Reviews

Meryl Streep Shines In 'Ricki And The Flash'

Originally published on Sun August 9, 2015 11:27 am

Ricky (Meryl Streep) performs at the Salt Well in a scene from Ricki and the Flash.
Bob Vergara Corutesy of TriStar Pictures

For the dozen or two regulars at The Salt Well in the San Fernando Valley, watching the house band is like stepping into a musical time machine, where everyone has aged but the song remains the same. By any standard, Ricki and the Flash rates as a better-than-average bar band, fronted by Ricki Rendazzo—a stage name that now almost poignantly reflects a long-forgotten dream of rock superstardom.

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2:44pm

Thu August 6, 2015
Television

Jon Stewart On His 'Daily Show' Run: 'It So Far Exceeded My Expectations'

Originally published on Thu August 6, 2015 5:32 pm

"The minute I say I'm not going to do [The Daily Show] anymore, I will miss it like crazy," Jon Stewart says.
Brad Barket AP

Jon Stewart hosts his last episode of Comedy Central's The Daily Show on Thursday, wrapping up a 16-year run in which he turned the once-obscure fake news show into a cultural phenomenon.

The Daily Show eviscerated politicians and media elites with video montages and Stewart's biting commentary, but in 2010 Stewart told Fresh Air's Terry Gross that the show made him more "emotional" than political.

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12:41pm

Thu August 6, 2015
Television

Jon Stewart's 'Daily Show' Legacy: Changing How Americans See Satire

Originally published on Fri August 7, 2015 5:37 pm

President Obama talks with The Daily Show host Jon Stewart.
Evan Vucci AP

For The Daily Show fans, this may be the final, bruising indignity.

As the curtain falls tonight on the very first Republican presidential debate — featuring joke-magnet Donald Trump as the election season begins in earnest – satirist supreme Jon Stewart will already be saying goodbye.

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