Arts & Life

2:54pm

Fri January 11, 2013
Books

No Going Back: A Hard Look At Bipolar Disorder

Originally published on Fri January 11, 2013 4:11 pm

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For years, I've taken issue with depictions of mentally ill characters in books and movies. Irrational behavior is easily explained away: They're crazy! No need to elaborate further.

So when I picked up Too Bright to Hear Too Loud to See, I was apprehensive that the main character, an untreated bipolar Hollywood studio executive who leaves his wife and child for an international adventure, might be a kooky manic cliche.

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2:45pm

Fri January 11, 2013
Movie Interviews

In 'Barbara,' A New Look At Life Behind The Wall

Originally published on Mon January 14, 2013 3:21 pm

Barbara shows a quiet, restrained normalcy in the former East Germany.
Adopt Films

The historical drama is a staple of the film awards season, and the tortured history of modern Germany — with its echoes of the brutal Third Reich and war — has played a central role in many an award-winning film. But the new film Barbara, which was Germany's official entry to this year's Oscars, is a nuanced portrait of the more recent history of a newly reunited East and West.

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2:21pm

Fri January 11, 2013
Arts & Life

Opera Colorado Trims Season Due To Lack Of Funding

Romeo and Juliet
Lyric Opera of Kansas City

Opera Colorado is cutting its schedule by a third after a lacking year end fundraising campaign in 2012. The company will now perform only two productions for the 2013 and 2014 seasons.

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12:58pm

Fri January 11, 2013
The Salt

Between A Rumba And A Roll: Dissecting A Bartender's Beat

Originally published on Mon January 14, 2013 12:36 pm

Bartender J.P. Fetherston demonstrates his shaking technique while making a pisco sour at Rappahannock Oyster Bar in Washington, D.C.
Karen Castillo Farfán NPR

When you walk into a crowded bar, the sound may not be apparent at first. But before long, your ears will pick up the rhythm of an unmistakable beat.

It's a bartender's shake.

"Some people think I'm listening to a rumba when I'm shaking," says D.C. bartender Eddie Kim. "I don't think it matters what the background music is as long as you keep a rhythm."

Another Beltway bartender, J.P. Fetherston, agrees, adding that the spectacle helps him keep his audience captivated.

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12:24pm

Fri January 11, 2013
The Salt

In The Battle Between Health And Taste, Why White Bread Still Wins

Originally published on Wed January 16, 2013 6:59 am

White bread, we just can't quit you.
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The tantalizing aroma of freshly baked brioche is hard to resist, while a virtuous loaf of whole wheat often lacks that same allure. Blame it on the ferulic acid.

See, whole-wheat bread contains all parts of the wheat, including the bran, but white bread does not. That bran in the wheat bread contains the aforementioned ferulic acid, which overrides the compounds that give white bread its mouthwatering smell, according to new research.

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