Pandora's Box

If the president fails to continue the suspension of Title III, business relations will be disrupted far more severely and irreparably than they would be by any regulatory change.
We are entering the most hopeful time of year; a time when goals, dreams and vision matter. It's the time when new beginnings -- or at least the idea of them -- have us feeling inspired and motivated.
The international media's favorite soap opera is back... this time, with even more suspense and scandal, triumph and tragedy. The Greek elections, true to the Greek psyche, are full of pathos.
Perhaps when things become a reality in our lives, we place the responsibility on an outside source like a burning candle, a talisman, a lucky clothing article, God or...something else.
The opportunity to experience works like Woyzeck, The Threepenny Opera, Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny, and The Beggar's Opera in an extremely intimate theatre like the 100-seat Ashby Stage make them far more gritty and accessible.
Sure, debate spin has always been ridiculous, but now we don't even have to wait until the debate's over to have other people tell us what to think. If having ratings on the screen during the debate sounds like a psychological experiment on conformity, that's because it basically is.
Pandora's Box is a film which can still shock and enthrall, even 80-plus years after its release. It is also a film whose reputation has ridden a roller-coaster of scorn and acclaim.
I did not see the film that actually won the International Competition of the festival -- the Egyptian film Microphone by
Raw and emotionally truthful, The Freebie is an intriguing two-hander (mostly), about the dangers of temptation and the freedom of monogamy. Which may seem like a contradiction in terms.
"I have always wanted to be her" is the way Rufus Wainwright puts it, referring to Louise Brooks.