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Tea Tuesdays: Matcha-maker, Matcha-maker, Make Me Some Tea

Tue, 05/12/2015 - 12:46pm

Matcha green tea is taking off in America, but the Japanese have been drinking it for eight centuries. What happens when commercialism meets tradition?

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Myth, Fantasy And Sci-Fi Dovetail In 'Archivist Wasp'

Tue, 05/12/2015 - 12:03pm

Nicole Kornher-Stace's new novel follows Wasp, an Archivist tasked with hunting ghosts to scavenge information about the past for her primitive postapocalyptic society — where all is not as it seems.

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Black Widow, Scarce Resources And High-Stakes Stories

Tue, 05/12/2015 - 11:14am

While there are certainly issues with the Black Widow story in the new Avengers film, we don't just need to get to exactly the right one female Avenger. We need more than one female Avenger.

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Black Widow, Scarce Resources And High-Stakes Stories

Tue, 05/12/2015 - 11:14am

While there are certainly issues with the Black Widow story in the new Avengers film, we don't just need to get to exactly the right one female Avenger. We need more than one female Avenger.

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The Artistry Fails In 'Trompe L'Oeil'

Tue, 05/12/2015 - 9:03am

Even talented artists have trouble creating the illusions known as "trompe l'oeil." Critic Michael Schaub says Nancy Reisman's tragic new novel of the same name never jumps into three dimensions.

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Exclusive First Read: Naomi Novik's 'Uprooted'

Tue, 05/12/2015 - 6:03am

Naomi Novik leaves behind the Napoleonic War setting of her previous books for a new stand-alone tale of a village girl, taken by a mysterious magician, who learns she's more than a match for him.

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In 'Organic Life,' The Making Of America's First Certified Organic Restaurant

Tue, 05/12/2015 - 2:40am

Nora Pouillon writes about her lifelong devotion to food in a new memoir, My Organic Life. Her restaurant has been a fixture in the Washington, D.C., food scene since 1979.

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In 'Organic Life,' The Making Of America's First Organic Restaurant

Tue, 05/12/2015 - 2:40am

Nora Pouillon writes about her lifelong devotion to food in a new memoir, My Organic Life. Her restaurant has been a fixture in the Washington, D.C., food scene since 1979.

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Still Playing: The Theater That Saw The Birth Of Cinema

Tue, 05/12/2015 - 2:36am

Not far from the film festival in Cannes is a town with even deeper ties to cinema. La Ciotat is home to the oldest working movie house in the world and was used by the inventors of moving pictures.

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Still Playing: The Theater That Saw The Birth Of Cinema

Tue, 05/12/2015 - 2:36am

Not far from the film festival in Cannes is a town with even deeper ties to cinema. La Ciotat is home to the oldest working movie house in the world and was used by the inventors of moving pictures.

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Jerry Garcia's Advice To Bill Kreutzmann: 'Don't Rush'

Tue, 05/12/2015 - 1:03am

"You can learn so much from [Jerry Garcia]. Doesn't matter what instrument you play," the Grateful Dead drummer says. He has a new memoir out called Deal.

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Picasso Painting Sells At Auction For $179 Million, A Record

Mon, 05/11/2015 - 10:35pm

Another record was set at the same auction when a Giacometti sculpture sold for $141 million. Thirty-four works of art were auctioned by Christie's at the event for a total of $706 million.

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Photos: Sculpture Sells For $141M, Picasso Painting For $179M, Both Records

Mon, 05/11/2015 - 10:35pm

The modern works were part of a $706 million sale by the auction house Christie's. Two other works, by Claude Monet and by Mark Rothko, brought in $40.5 million each.

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Athol Fugard Breaks Fences Around 'The Painted Rocks At Revolver Creek'

Mon, 05/11/2015 - 3:42pm

The 82-year-old playwright says he thought he was done writing about South Africa after apartheid ended — but there were more stories in him, like this tale of a farmer who paints his life on rocks.

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He Couldn't Stop Painting Rocks — And Now He Has Inspired A Play

Mon, 05/11/2015 - 1:44pm

Tonight, a new play by Athol Fugard opens off-Broadway. It's based on the story of Nukain Mabuza, a poor farm laborer in South Africa who was obsessed with creating a garden of painted rocks.

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He Couldn't Stop Painting Rocks — And Now He Has Inspired A Play

Mon, 05/11/2015 - 1:44pm

Tonight, a new play by Athol Fugard opens off-Broadway. It's based on the story of Nukain Mabuza, a poor farm laborer in South Africa who was obsessed with creating a garden of painted rocks.

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The Great 'Beyond': Contemplating Life, Sex And Elevators In Space

Mon, 05/11/2015 - 12:51pm

Astronomer Chris Impey discusses the future of space travel, sex in space and the connection between science and Buddhism. Impey is the author of Beyond: Our Future in Space.

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What Is Upfronts Week, Anyway?: 5 Questions Answered

Mon, 05/11/2015 - 10:09am

We've reached the part of the year where the broadcast networks (and some cable networks) try to woo advertisers with the promise of new shows.

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What Is Upfronts Week, Anyway?: 5 Questions Answered

Mon, 05/11/2015 - 10:09am

We've reached the part of the year where the broadcast networks (and some cable networks) try to woo advertisers with the promise of new shows.

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The End Of 'American Idol'

Mon, 05/11/2015 - 8:53am

Fox announced today that the 15th season of American Idol will be the end of the road for what was once the biggest show on TV.

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