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LOS ANGELES — In Ernest Cline’s novel “Ready Player One,” the main character drives a DeLorean because of “Back to the Future,” and uses a grail diary because of “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.” The films of Steven Spielberg loom large in the story littered with pop culture ...

‘Roseanne’ revival aims to keep it real, Trump included

LOS ANGELES — Roseanne Barr looks spiffier, John Goodman slimmer. But the mass-market plaid couch is a giveaway that ABC’s “Roseanne” revival hasn’t ditched its roots. The blue-collar Conner family and the times in which they live are at the heart of the reboot, just as they were for ...

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‘Little Red Walking Hood’ held Wednesday MARQUETTE — Northern Michigan University’s music department will host “Little Red Walking Hood,” an opera experience for elementary-aged children. The free performance will be held at 10 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in Reynolds Recital ...

Sean Penn, Oscar winner, is now a novelist

NEW YORK— Sean Penn, Oscar-winning actor, has other passions these days. “I’m not in love with the job of acting anymore,” says Penn, whose films include “Milk,” ‘’Mystic River,” ‘’Dead Man Walking” and many others. “In fact, what I want to do is write books.” Penn ...

Superiorland NIGHTLIFE

Today 6 p.m. — Live entertainment featuring Toni Saari at Iron Bay Restaurant and Drinkery, Marquette 8:30 p.m. — Live entertainment featuring acoustic jam at Hide-A-Way Bar, Gwinn 9 p.m. — Live entertainment featuring open mic with Joe Patrick at Flanigan’s, ...

The local SCENE

A calendar of local arts and entertainment events Ongoing The Iron Mountain Music Jams are held the last Saturday of the month at the Crystal Lake Senior Center from 1-4 p.m. This is an acoustic jam and welcomes players from all levels. There is no fee and listeners are welcome. The upcoming ...

Slick neo-noir ‘Gemini’ stays surface level

Writer-director Aaron Katz’s “Gemini “ is a very stylishly executed and well-cast attempt at a Lynchian neo-noir that doesn’t really work. Glum and meandering, the Los Angeles-set mystery about a Hollywood starlet and her assistant starts off promising enough but trudges along aimlessly ...

New HBO documentary examines King’s challenging final years

When a figure is as fundamental to our history and national identity as Martin Luther King Jr., is there anything left to learn about him? Actually, it may be precisely because King is such a towering figure in our collective memory that we tend to focus on a few big moments — Montgomery, ...

Disney’s ‘Wrinkle’ is a cluttered, dizzying jumble

Go ahead, pick your favorite young, villain-vanquishing fantasy heroine. Meg Murry probably came first. Katniss Everdeen? She arrived in 2001. Hermione Granger? That was 1997. Elphaba, the green girl from “Wicked”? 2003. But Meg, the reluctant, bespectacled heroine of Madeleine ...

the local SCENE

Ongoing The Iron Mountain Music Jams are held the last Saturday of the month at the Crystal Lake Senior Center from 1-4 p.m. This is an acoustic jam and welcomes players from all levels. There is no fee and listeners are welcome. The upcoming jams will be Friday. For more information call ...

A good cast can’t save contrived ‘Gringo’

The good news is David Oyelowo is a terrific comedic actor (who knew!). The bad news is that the vehicle for discovery, Nash Edgerton’s “Gringo ,” is a contrived action-comedy that is trying its hardest to shock and offend, but, you know, in a funny, cool B-movie way that involves ...

superiorland Nightlife

Today 8:30 p.m. — Live entertainment featuring acoustic jam at Hide-A-Way Bar, Gwinn 9 p.m. — Live entertainment featuring open mic with Joe Patrick at Flanigan’s, Marquette Wednesday 6 p.m. — Live entertainment featuring The Fiddle Pickers at Lagniappe, Marquette 6 p.m. — Live ...

In ‘Death of Stalin,’ a power vacuum full of comedy

Just as history enshrines its heroes, it aggrandizes its villains. The most fearsome perpetrators of evil can become calcified in the horror of their atrocities. It becomes easy to imagine them as stern, foreboding figures who could have only earned their impunity through obsessive, ...

Nominations for 2018 Folklife Award

MARQUETTE — The Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center at Northern Michigan University is seeking public nominations for the 2018 Upper Peninsula Folklife Award. The award recognizes those who make a difference in the creation and/or preservation of Upper Peninsula folk arts, including music, ...

Axiom Brass Quintet to perform March 23

MARQUETTE — The Northern Michigan University music department will host a concert featuring the Axiom Brass Quintet at 7:30 p.m. March 23 in Reynolds Recital Hall. The event is part of the Siril Endowment for Musical Arts. The Axiom Brass Quintet is an internationally recognized group that ...

OFF TO NEVER NEVER LAND

MARQUETTE — Superior Arts Youth Theater will present the 1954 Broadway Version of J.M. Barrie’s classic tale “Peter Pan” at the Forest Roberts Theater, Thursday through Sunday. This beloved family favorite features the iconic songs “I’m Flying,” “I’ve Gotta Crow,” “I ...