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Speculative fiction or prophetic prose? Novel imagines a U.S.-North Korea nuclear conflict

Fri, 08/31/2018 - 02:56
Jeffrey Lewis' speculative novel, "The 2020 Commission Report on the North Korean Nuclear Attacks Against the United States," takes the form of a 9/11 Commission-style ...

Judge denies effort by Alex Jones to dismiss Sandy Hook lawsuit

Thu, 08/30/2018 - 17:41
A judge has denied conspiracy theorist Alex Jones’ request to dismiss a lawsuit surrounding the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre that he has called ...

French actor Gerard Depardieu faces rape probe, denies wrongdoing

Thu, 08/30/2018 - 14:57
Gerard Depardieu is being investigated by the Paris prosecutor over accusations of rape and sexual assault, a judicial source said — though the French actor ...

It’ll take more than Ayumi Hamasaki to help streaming services in Japan

Wed, 08/29/2018 - 23:44
Ayumi Hamasaki has seen better days as a J-pop superstar, but she still carries some clout. So it should have been noteworthy that her newest ...

Minyo Crusaders sing a song from every corner of Japan

Wed, 08/29/2018 - 23:39
A muffled bass line is soon matched by Katsumi Tanaka’s staccato electric guitar riff loosely emulating a shamisen. Congas and timbales start grooving in the ...

‘Crazy Rich Asians’ draws immigrant parents to the movies

Wed, 08/29/2018 - 22:27
When “Crazy Rich Asians” surpassed expectations and grabbed the top spot at the box office in its opening weekend, the film also pulled off another ...

British rockers Reef make a revelatory return

Wed, 08/29/2018 - 03:00
The thriving British music scene of the mid-1990s was awash with techno, Britpop and newer genres like jungle and trip-hop. When Reef burst onto the ...

‘The Miracle of Crybaby Shottan’: It’s never too late to make your move

Wed, 08/29/2018 - 02:59
Chess pops up in a surprising number of feature films. Just look at all the documentaries and dramas about the outrageously gifted Bobby Fischer. Shogi, ...

‘And Your Bird Can Sing’: A vague take on the complexities of youth

Wed, 08/29/2018 - 02:58
The work of the late novelist Yasushi Sato, who took his own life in 1990, has been enjoying a minor cinematic renaissance over the past ...

Retiring star Namie Amuro’s DVD hits stores after securing 1.1 million pre-orders

Wed, 08/29/2018 - 02:53
With about half a month left before the Sept. 16 retirement of pop singer Namie Amuro, a video recording of her last tour, both on ...

Dolled-up diva in gold casket as fans mourn Aretha Franklin at gospel-infused public viewing

Tue, 08/28/2018 - 14:19
The regal presence Aretha Franklin exuded in life was captured at her viewing on Tuesday, with the late Queen of Soul in a gold-plated casket ...

The Louvre has a new seat of power

Tue, 08/28/2018 - 04:00
Kohei Nawa talks about his 3-ton golden "Throne," which takes a seat of honor at the Louvre as one of the works for Japonismes 2018, ...

An education in modernist art teaching

Tue, 08/28/2018 - 03:59
The Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto surveys German, Japanese and Indian Bauhaus developments as part of a wider collation of international exhibitions and research in ...

‘Zen and the Art of Cultural Exchange: An Invitation to Calligraphy and Ink Painting’

Tue, 08/28/2018 - 03:58
Sept. 1-Oct. 8Zen monks in China and Japan developed strong relationships during the Middle Ages as they traveled between the two countries via merchant ships. ...

‘Tadanori Yokoo: The Complete Drawings for Genka by Jakucho Setouchi 1974-1975’

Tue, 08/28/2018 - 03:57
Sept. 5-Oct. 20Between 1974 and ’75, Tadanori Yokoo, an artist and graphic designer renowned for colorful and eccentric paintings and designs, was commissioned to produce ...

‘Gotairei in Kyoto: The Elegant Court Culture of Enthronements and Grand Harvest Festivals’

Tue, 08/28/2018 - 03:56
Sept. 1-Oct. 8As Japan celebrates the 150th anniversary since the Meiji Restoration (1868), it also faces its final year of the Heisei Era (1989-), with ...

Detroit saying farewell in royal fashion to Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin

Mon, 08/27/2018 - 15:04
Aretha Franklin had admirers the world over, but there’s no doubt the flame burned brightest in Detroit — the place she was raised and remained ...

‘Crazy Rich Asians’ retains top spot after slipping just 6% on second weekend

Sun, 08/26/2018 - 17:48
The opening weekend for “Crazy Rich Asians” was historic. Its second weekend was even more impressive.The romantic comedy sensation slid just 6 percent from its ...

Neil Simon, Broadway’s master of comedy, dies at 91

Sun, 08/26/2018 - 09:54
Playwright Neil Simon, a master of comedy whose laugh-filled hits such as “The Odd Couple,” “Barefoot in the Park” and his “Brighton Beach” trilogy dominated ...

‘Hybrid Child’: Enter a sprawling excursion into the unknown

Sat, 08/25/2018 - 06:38
For any fan of speculative fiction, Hybrid Child presents a sprawling, imaginative excursion into the unknown that also predicts current familiar thematic questionings on gender ...

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