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For movies opening October 24, 2014

OPENING THIS WEEK Kam's Kapsules: Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun by Kam Williams For movies opening October 24, 2014     BIG BUDGET FILMS   Ouija (PG-13 for disturbing violence, frightening images and mature themes) Horror flick about a tight-knit group of teens who unwittingly awaken a dormant dark force when they decide to investigate the mysterious murder of a friend who perished right after recording herself playing a board game. … [Read More its Good for You...]

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“E.T.” Inspired Adventure Arrives on DVD

Earth to Echo DVD Review by Kam Williams "E.T." Inspired Adventure Arrives on DVD   Most people know E.T. revolves around several kids who befriend an alien stranded on Earth and eager to return home before ill-intentioned adults can do him any harm. That coming-of-age classic landed four Academy Awards back in 1983, and was even voted the best sci-fi of all time in a recent survey by Rotten Tomatoes. But if you’re too young to remember Steven Spielberg’s heartwarming … [Read More its Good for You...]

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Zach Braff DVD Features Delightful, Dysfunctional Family Dramedy

Wish I Was Here DVD Review by Kam Williams Zach Braff DVD Features Delightful, Dysfunctional Family Dramedy     As an actor, Zach Braff is most closely associated with the character J.D. from Scrubs, the Emmy-winning sitcom which enjoyed a nine-year run on network television from 2001 to 2010. As a director, he’s best known for Garden State, the quirky, semi-autobiographical feature film where he played a struggling actor who returns to his hometown in Jersey for … [Read More its Good for You...]

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Books

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Rainbow in the Cloud

Rainbow in the Cloud The Wisdom and Spirit of Maya Angelou by Maya Angelou Random House Hardcover, $20.00 128 pages, Illustrated ISBN: 978-0-8129-9645-6 Book Review by Kam Williams   “’Words mean more than what is set down on paper,’ Maya Angelou wrote in her groundbreaking memoir ‘I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.’ Indeed, Angelou’s words have traveled the world and transformed lives—inspiring, strengthening, healing… Now, in this collection of sage advice, humorous … [Read More its Good for You...]

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Orgasm

Orgasm Photographs & Interviews by Linda Troeller and Marion Schneider Daylight Books Hardcover, $35.00 188 pages, Illustrated ISBN: 978-0-9897981-3-6 Book Review by Kam Williams “Due to the repression and shame imposed by patriarchy, we are still at the onset of exploration of female sexuality and eroticism. Not only does this book reveal the power, divinity, originality and necessity of female orgasm, but by giving women agency and voice regarding their sexuality, it … [Read More its Good for You...]

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‘Saffron Dreams’ Listed Among 50 Greatest Works of Immigration Literature

  by Ernest Dempsey Shaila Abdullah’s novel Saffron Dreams (2009), published by Modern History Press, has been listed among Open Education Database’s “50 Greatest Works of Immigration Literature.” Open Education Database (OEDb) is credited as the first organization to release online college rankings. Since its launch in 2007, OEDb has become the most comprehensive collection of online college rankings and free educational courses. Their recent list of 50 best fiction … [Read More its Good for You...]

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Lifestyle

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Gina the Dreamer

Gina Prince-Bythewood The “Beyond the Lights” Interview with Kam Williams Gina the Dreamer   Born on June 10, 1969, Gina Maria Prince-Bythewood studied film at UCLA before beginning her career as a writer for the TV sitcom, “A Different World.” In 2000, she made a noteworthy directorial debut with the critically-acclaimed Love & Basketball, which netted a dozen accolades during awards season, including a couple of NAACP Image Awards, a BET Award and several Black … [Read More its Good for You...]

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Arcane, Urbane & Insane Bourdain!

Anthony Bourdain The “Parts Unknown” Interview with Kam Williams Arcane, Urbane & Insane Bourdain!   Chef, author and world traveler Anthony Bourdain is an outspoken trailblazer with unique insights about food, culture and current events. Here, he talks about his life, career and his Peabody and Emmy-winning TV-series, Parts Unknown. Kam Williams: Hi Anthony, thanks for the interview. I love the show. I’m honored to have this opportunity to speak with … [Read More its Good for You...]

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The Sound and the “Fury”

Michael Pena & David Ayer The “Fury” Interview with Kam Williams  The Sound and the “Fury”   Michael Pena was born in Chicago on January 13, 1976 to immigrant parents from Mexico . After graduating from high school, he answered an open casting call for the sequel to To Sir, with Love. He landed a role, relocated to L.A., and the rest is history. Michael went on to deliver memorable performances in Crash, Million Dollar Baby, Babel and The Lincoln Lawyer. He also … [Read More its Good for You...]

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Events

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Masterpiece of the Day: Buddha, Tang Dynasty at Art Institute of Chicago, December 27

  Date: December 27, 2014 Time: 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm Join us for these 30-minute talks on some Art Institute favorites that span a range of eras and cultures. Masterpiece of the Day gallery talks will be taking place December 22–31 at 12:00 p.m. Please visit the calendar for a list of upcoming Masterpiece of the Day gallery talks and meeting places. For additional holiday programs, please visit the holiday programs calendar. Art Institute of Chicago 111 South … [Read More its Good for You...]

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Magic Matinee, Skokie Theatre, December 27

  Date: December 27, 2014 Time: 1:30 pm Magic Matinee is a theatrical magic show that combines sleight-of-hand illusions with skilled storytelling to create an experience that is both amazing and entertaining. Sean astonishes his audiences with deft manipulations, a mind reading puppet and objects that float right out of a spectator's hands. It is a highly visual magic show that appeals to a multi-generational audience and includes much participation. Skokie … [Read More its Good for You...]

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Basie Ellington Holiday, David Rubenstein Atrium, December 30

  Date: December 30, 2014 Time: 7:30 pm A Tribute to Count, Duke, and Lady Day with JC Hopkins Biggish Band Featuring Queen Esther, Charles Turner, King Solomon Hicks, Jazzmeia Horn, and Special Guest Tapper Extraordinaire Michela Marino Lerman Get a jump on New Year’s Eve with a night celebrating the music of three of the most royal figures in jazz; Count Basie, Duke Ellington, and Billie Holiday. Grammy–nominated JC Hopkins and his Biggish Band bring their … [Read More its Good for You...]

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