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2012 Stories by John Thomason

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  • "Lummox" at Art and Culture Center: Glam Rock's Existential Second Act

    published December 27, 2012

    "Lummox" may be the most existential art project ever to showcase glittering crystal codpieces. It chronicles the making of a band that... More >>

  • Empire Stage's "Unleashed": Facebook Spawns Theater

    published December 20, 2012

    It was inevitable in this age of social-­media ubiquity: a play written by Facebook. The genesis of Unleashed, a so-called... More >>

  • Bear Clause

    published December 6, 2012

    Named after a stage direction from Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale, Lauren Gunderson's Exit, Pursued by a Bear opens with an... More >>

  • "The Daily Show Live" at Coral Springs Center for the Arts: John Hodgman, Al Madrigal, and Adam Lowitt Do Standup

    published November 29, 2012

    In a May 2012 study that likely surprised no one under 50, researchers at New Jersey's Fairleigh Dickinson University found that television... More >>

  • A Comic Called Wanda

    published November 29, 2012

    Like Bob Saget and Gilbert Gottfried before her, Wanda Sykes walks the comedic tightrope between family films and foul-mouthed filth. Her... More >>

  • Gay Apparel

    published November 29, 2012

    Like holiday cutlery, It’s a Fabulous Life is the kind of show that’s brought out once a year, polished, and probably best enjoyed... More >>

  • Louie, Louie

    published November 22, 2012

    Chances are, the name Louis C.K. means different things to different people. Some appreciate his standup comedy, a craft he has been honing with... More >>

  • A Sommers Day

    published November 22, 2012

    The title of cabaret crooner Avery Sommers' debut album was "You're Gonna Hear From Me," a presumptuous claim that has been more than borne out by... More >>

  • Put On Your Boogie Shoes

    published November 15, 2012

    The South Florida Boogie Woogie Piano Festival, a two-night celebration of the consonant piano blues style, has been migrating northward since it... More >>

  • Proving Hitch Wrong

    published November 15, 2012

    Back in 2007, polemicist Christopher Hitchens wrote one of his most controversial articles ever, and that's saying something. In a Vanity Fair... More >>

  • "The Drawer Boy" at Thinking Cap Theatre: Skip Therapy and See This Play Instead

    published November 8, 2012

    In Thinking Cap Theatre's The Drawer Boy, Scott Douglas Wilson is the picture of a citified dork in the early 1970s. He plays... More >>

  • Turing This Fall

    published November 8, 2012

    The name Alan Turing might not roll off the tongue with the familiarity of Edison or Gutenberg, but his impact on technology is arguably just as... More >>

  • Ermey Corps

    published November 8, 2012

    Stanley Kubrick didn’t need to write dialogue for R. Lee Ermey as the sadistic drill sergeant in Full Metal Jacket. Those perversely poetic... More >>

  • Crimes Against Literature

    published November 8, 2012

    These days, if you want to dive into the oeuvres of Ernest Hemingway, H.G. Wells, or Rud­yard Kipling, you can Google them, Kindle them, or,... More >>

  • L'amour, à la Indie: Falling in (and Out) of Love at FLIFF

    published November 1, 2012

    The 27th-annual Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival wraps up November 11 with its awards party at 7:30 p.m. at the Copacabana Supper... More >>

  • Walk the Line

    published October 25, 2012

    The newest exhibition at Girls' Club is all about lines: straight ones, curvy ones, squiggly ones, colorful ones, elaborate ones, simple ones.... More >>

  • A Cultural Salad

    published October 25, 2012

    One of the great things about Pineapple Grove's Arts Garage is that it suffers from cultural schizophrenia: A classical-music performance one... More >>

  • Sunny Side Up

    published October 25, 2012

    If Twin Peaks morphed into a jukebox musical staged inside Davie's Round Up, the result might be something like Della's Diner: Blue Plate Special,... More >>

  • Documenting Atrocity

    published October 25, 2012

    The paintings and collages of artist Helga Wolfenstein King are fascinating pieces on their own. They blur the line between abstract and figural,... More >>

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    Scare Tactics: Haunted Houses From West Palm to Miami

    published October 18, 2012

    Tweenaged visitors at Miami's House of Horror Amusement Park in Doral were having a rough time last weekend. It was long before they... More >>

  • FLIFF Returns

    published October 18, 2012

    If the concept of an ice cream bar -- that is, a bar erected for the sole purpose of selling ice cream -- doesn't sound like the perfect end to a... More >>

  • Sister Act

    published October 18, 2012

    One of countless survival stories to splinter from the tragic tree of Holocaust fiction, Barbara Lebow's A Shayna Maidel opened off-Broadway in... More >>

  • Ignore the Label

    published October 4, 2012

    If you don't cringe when you hear the term smooth jazz -- with its connotations of elevator Muzak and Kenny G's polenta sax noodling -- then this... More >>

  • Super Mario

    published October 4, 2012

    Not many comedians can pull off impersonations of Liza Minnelli and Bruce Springsteen, but such is the range of Mario Cantone. A Tony-winning Sex... More >>

  • Murder, By the Book

    published October 4, 2012

    What if Stephen King were hunted down by a rabid dog or a crazy car? Or if Anne Rice were suddenly bitten by vampires? In the "be careful what you... More >>

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