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Screens by Jeff Boam     Opening This Week Need for Speed Aaron Paul, Dominic Cooper A TV program that never jumped the shark and was just starting to peak, the brilliantly scripted, acted and directed Breaking Bad went out on top with a bang last year in its fifth and final season. This left its stars, Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul, eyeing up their...

Up Close: Ryan Hnat

Up Close & Personal Art Explorer Ryan Hnat’s world isn’t flat, and neither is his artwork. His new exhibit at Afa Gallery is called “Plane Space,” and it’s anything but plain. The show moves beyond just a two-dimensional painting to a realm where flat surfaces don’t exist. It plays with geometry and physics to show a world full of textures,...

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Screens by Jeff Boam   Opening this weekend   300: Rise of an Empire Sullivan Stapleton, Rodrigo Santoro In this R-rated actioner, Greek general Themistokles (Stapleton) leads the charge against invading Persian forces led by mortal-turned-god Xerxes (Santoro) and Artemisia (Eva Green), vengeful commander of the Persian navy. The Plus: The original....

Liquid

Soaking Up the Suds with James Crane   When I have a beer, I go for quality over quantity. This was not always the case. While presently I’d rather just have a single beer that’s memorable, I used to have enough beers to not remember anything, let alone what I drank. Now, after one heavy and strong beer, I’m ready to call it a night. Sometimes,...

The 2014 Boamies

The Boamies by Jeff Boam   The acting community has their SAGs. The Brits have their BAFTAs. The H’Wood Foreign Press has their Golden Globes. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have their Oscars. And I have my PFA … no wait, er, the Boamies! Yes, that’s what I’m here to present! Every year, these collectible figurines hard-crafted by a...

Up Close: Lisa Malsberger

Up Close & Personal The Business of Art Artist and business teacher Lisa Malsberger only opened her arts and crafts business, Tig and Cooney’s, last June, and she has already built herself a nice following on Etsy and landed a corporate Christmas order from Pittsburgh. So far, her business offers place-related coaster sets, personalized pillows and doggie...

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Screens by Jeff Boam   Opening this week Non-Stop Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore Though the title sounds like an apt description of the Taken series’ gratuitous glut of sequels (the 3rd chapter will reportedly arrive in early 2015), it actually refers to a commercial airline trip with no layovers … or, as frequent flyers call it, inevitably getting bumped...

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Screens by Jeff Boam   Opening this Week Pompeii Kit Harrington, Emily Browning With director Roland Emmerich (The Day After Tomorrow, 2012) busily mounting production on back-to-back sequels to Independence Day, it only makes sense that another schlocktastic director would pick up the baton and continue grindhousing the gears of the disaster genre. In...

Bookmarks: Lori May

Bookmarks   Author Lori May’s new collection of poetry, Square Feet (Accents Publishing, 2014), deals with the complexities of love, loss, and home-making. The author uses a speaker and a fictional narrative to tell the story of two people making their way. The author is quick to note that the work is not autobiographical, saying, “I’m one of those...

LOVE & EQUALITY IN PENNSYLVANIA

  LOVE & EQUALITY IN PENNSYLVANIA   The fact that it’s 2014 and we are still talking about the political issue of love and equality in the world, be it in Sochi, South Scranton or Plains, shows us that we, as a mass of intelligent people, still have much work to do. Electric city and diamond city are not here to lecture or to show you the way to...