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Remembering Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert, who died Thursday, was not only a writer but a social media master, a romantic and a guy who deeply believed in rice cookers. He was also one of the most influential critics of his generation.
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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, April 5

This weekend you can enjoy performance art at two local events.

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Weekend Festivities: Cherry Blossoms And Waterfront Fireworks

Nearly two thousand cherry blossom trees are expected to be in full bloom this weekend.

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Book News: Forgotten Young Adult Novels From 1930s Onward To Get New Life

Also: Isabel Allende's love of Zorro; Lemony Snicket makes a Twitter appearance; Cat Marnell's book proposal was leaked.
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As Audiences Shift To Cable, TV Programming Changes, Too

Broadcast TV used to have bigger stars, bigger audiences and bigger budgets. Cable shows were edgier, with more sex and violence than the broadcasters dared show. In the last few seasons, though, cable ratings have improved and broadcast shows have taken more risks. What's going on on TV?
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Jewishness On Display: 'Truth' By Way Of Discomfort

A new exhibit in Berlin's Jewish Museum is intentionally provocative. The point, one curator says, is to "get people talking about how they perceive Jews, particularly in Germany today." At the center of the controversy is a display in which a Jewish person sits inside a glass showcase and answers questions from visitors.
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'Sleep Rock Thy Brain' Play Uses Science As Inspiration

The Humana Festival of New American Plays is a major event in the theater world. More than 400 plays by some of the world's top playwrights have made their world premieres there since Actors Theatre of Louisville founded it in 1976. And every year Actors Theatre commissions a play specifically for the company's apprentice actors. This year's apprentice show, Sleep Rock Thy Brain, is a suite of three one-acts that all use brain research and stage flying effects to explore the experience of sleep and dreams.
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Emigre Artist Sculpted Exquisite Gems Of Russian Folk Life

Semiprecious stones were the medium of choice for Vasily Konovalenko, a Soviet ballet set designer turned sculptor. His masterful workmanship captured Russian characters, from Cossacks and drunks to country folk and czarist henchmen. He fell afoul of the authorities and left Russia for the U.S. in the 1980s.
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NBC Has More Problems Than Just 'Tonight Show' Hosts

NBC announced Wednesday that Jimmy Fallon will take over The Tonight Show from Jay Leno next spring. But NBC has a raft of other problems including a rocky ride in prime time. Plus, it fell from first place last fall to fifth in February — behind not just the other broadcast networks but the Spanish language Univision.

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