Viagra and the Innocent Age

I do not consider myself a prude. I've seen and written about a plethora of offensive things over the years with a "damn the torpedoes" attitude toward anyone who might cringe in disgust. But even I find the new series of commercials for Viagra being shown during the American League Championship Series (i.e, baseball playoffs) to be embarrassing and odd.

The spots feature a blond cougar with a British accent...

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As the blue light fades, memories from No. 32

We headed out to Kmart Saturday after I read via The Reader's Facebook page that the store was closing. 

First thing I noticed after bracing my way through the crowd headed the other direction with armloads of stuffed white poly bags was the gray tape stripe on the floor. It split in two directions, one toward Health & Beauty, the other toward Apparel. 

Neon orange signs had been taped on shelves, on end-caps, on...

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Artist facing life-altering disease makes Dracula subject of literary festival

When Jill Anderson made Bram Stoker's dark transmutation novel Dracula the theme for the 2014 Joslyn Castle Literary Festival she never imagined her own life would be marked by fear-inducing, life-altering transformation.

In February the founder-artistic director of the annual festival, now in its fourth year, suffered the sudden onset of debilitating ailments initially attributed to a stroke. After rounds of...

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Casual Lounge or Music Venue? Benson’s Reverb is Both

The Reverb Lounge was hopping Sunday night. The evening marked the grand opening of Benson's newest bar and music venue, owned and operated by the fine folks behind One Percent Productions, arguably the most important music promotion company in our fair city for more than a decade. 

After bracing my way though sidewalk smokers and being carded (I could tell by the stern look on the bespeckled door lady's face that...

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Documentary at Film Streams explores history of mental illness in iconic American family

Experts say mental illness affects millions of lives each year and yet it often goes ignored and untreated. There's no national mental health campaign urging people to be screened or to seek help. Accessing needed care can be hard due to a provider shortage. On top of that, many folks avoid psychiatric care because of the stigma attached to mental illness.

A 2013 documentary from Oscar-winning filmmaker Barbara...

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Photographer Janette Beckman keeps it real

Photographer Janette Beckman made a name for herself in the 1970s and 1980s capturing the punk scene in her native London and the hip-hop scene in her adopted New York City. 

Dubbed "the queen of rock photographers," her images appeared in culture and style magazines here and abroad and adorned album covers for bands as diverse as Salt-N-Pepa and The Police. Weaned on Motown and R & B, this "music lover" was...

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U2’s Great (boring) Album Giveaway

Did you follow the Apple announcement last week?

Needless to say, I’ll be replacing my broken-screened iPhone 5 with an ultra-slim 6 some time in the next two weeks. And how about the Apple Watch! Gotta have one of those, right? Starting at $349, maybe not. I’m waiting to hear the first Apple Watch joke, something along the lines of “It works like the iPhone; if you’re on AT&T, it drops a few minutes out of every...

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