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Sandro Perri Q&A

Multitalented Toronto-based musician plays MusicNOW Thursday

{CommentsCant} · Wednesday, March 28, 2012
An avalanche of adjectives comes to mind when listening to the music that has spilled from the boundless mind of Sandro Perri over the last dozen years. The multitalented Toronto native has immersed himself in everything from Jazz guitar to ambient-driven Electronic Dance music (under the moniker Polmo Polpo), has worked on film scores, collaborated with like-mindedly adventurous sonic sculptors o...  

Lynne Ramsay Returns With Haunting Tale of Family Discord

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Scottish filmmaker Lynne Ramsay has a thing for misery. Her memorable 1999 feature-length debut, Ratcatcher, is set amid a Glasgow tenement block in 1973 and follows a 12-year-old boy who, after his friend’s accidental drowning, increasingly retreats into his own solitary world, a place where he befriends an abused girl and spends time in a half-built housing project adjacent to a sprawling wheat field.   

NOW … and Forever?

Bryce Dessner doubles down on his dedication to 7-year-old festival

0 Comments · Tuesday, March 27, 2012
MusicNOW is aptly named. Founded and still nurtured by local native Bryce Dessner, the festival has consistently delivered an eclectic mix of “contemporary music” since springing to life in 2006.  

Gus Van Sant Continues Down His Own Unique Path

2 Comments · Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Few contemporary filmmakers can claim a career as interesting as Gus Van Sant’s. The 59-year-old director studied painting at the Rhode Island School of Design before shifting his studies to film. He tried his hand at Hollywood after graduation, but soon moved his home base to Portland, Ore., a place where his artier leanings would flourish.   

Lit: Dan Chaon

0 Comments · Tuesday, February 14, 2012
 Dan Chaon grew up in rural Nebraska. Lonely and bored, he took refuge in his uncommonly active imagination. "I used to spend a lot of time by myself making up ga  

Lit: Andre Dubus III

0 Comments · Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Andre Dubus III opens his acclaimed 2011 memoir, Townie, with a quote from Bruce Springsteen’s “Born to Run”: “And the boys try to look so hard…” It’s a succinct way to sum up what fo  

Daydream Nation

0 Comments · Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Dan Chaon grew up in rural Nebraska. Lonely and bored, he took refuge in his uncommonly active imagination. “It was one of those small elevator towns where there were like 15 people who lived there, and I was the only kid even close to my age,” Chaon says by phone from his current home in Cleveland.   

Know Theatre Screens Sundance Documentary Tonight

'Miss Representation' looks at how woman are protrayed in mainstream media

{CommentsCant} · Wednesday, December 7, 2011
There's been a lot chatter in the vast, ever-opinionated movie blogosphere about the 2012 Sundance Film Festival's recently unveiled slate of films. Locally, the inclusion of Cincinnati native Todd Louiso's third directorial feature, Hello I Must Be Going, in the U.S. Dramatic competition is the most intriguing development. But there's also another noteworthy local Sundance connection this week: Know Theatre is giving a 2011 Sundance film its Cincinnati premiere with a one-time screening 7 p.m. tonight (Dec. 7) in its space at 1120 Jackson St. in Over-the-Rhine. (Tickets are $10.)   

Tanner Hall

Anchor Bay, 2009, Rated R

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 7, 2011
No doubt resuscitated this year for a brief theatrical (and now DVD) release in advance of star Rooney Mara’s high-profile role in David Fincher’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, this previously undistributed coming-of-age tale follows the melodramatic adventures of four friends on the verge of graduation from an all-girls boarding school in Providence, R.I.    

Literary: Joani Lacy

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Eve Hollister is back, as is the banyan tree that looms so ominously near the recently restored Victorian home that Eve and her family believe is no longer haunted. Hollister House: The Banyan Tree Aw