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Pre-Show: Live from the VP Debate in Danville, Ben Sollee at the Debate Festival

During the early hours in the press filing room, Romney campaign spokerman Kyle Downey was perched by the Fox News table joking with the technical production team sitting there. When I asked him what he thinks Ryan’s chances are at […]

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Weekend Movies: The Master – An Interpretation

by Raj Ranade [Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master is an oddball stunner of a movie - if you’re interested in a dazzlingly shot, brilliantly acted, deceptively complex, and occasionally

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Boomslang 2012: Set Reviews

by Raj Ranade THURSDAY: Audiences were in for a hell of a show at the Kentucky Theatre on Thursday, at least once they got in - which required doubling back

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Boomslang 2012 Liveblog

THURSDAY 7:49: The line's stretching out to Portofino for Boomslang's opening show at the Kentucky! The hipsters in line have already begun to snipe about how hipster the other

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Boomslang 2012: A Preview

This article appears on page 12 of the September 13, 2012 print edition of Ace Weekly. by Raj Ranade This year's Boomslang finds classic acts reuniting, exciting new artists

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Podcast: Zodiac (2007 – A Cinema Retrospective)

My film scholar colleague Fareed and I have decided to try out something new with our latest series of podcasts. We're going to be taking a look back

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Kentucky Theater Summer Classics: The Leopard

by Raj Ranade A big budget is no guarantee that a movie will look good - 200 million dollars couldn't stop Battleship from looking like the offspring of a

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Weekend Movies: ParaNorman

by Raj Ranade A few thoughts about ParaNorman, the new animated film from the stop-motion studio Laika (the team behind the excellent Coraline). - Stop-motion animation has had a minor

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Podcast: The Dark Knight Rises

by Raj Ranade In honor of the release of The Dark Knight Rises, my friend Fareed Ben-Youssef, a film scholar at UC Berkeley, and I decided to revive an

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Pitchfork 2012: The Ace Weekly Wrap-Up

by Raj Ranade Torrential downpours! Heat strokes! Handlebar mustaches! The Pitchfork Music Festival poses many dangers for press correspondents but myself and photographer Justin Hamlett braved Chicago's Union Park



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