Play Review: The characters in Lynn Nottage's latest play cope with the decline of factory jobs in the Rust Belt, a phenomenon discussed during the election.
NCR Today: "Doctor Strange" probably wasn't intended to be an occasion for sacramental teaching, but it does provide the opportunity, amid stunning visuals.
Many of Mark Podwal's artworks wear their Jewish identities on their sleeves. Here, an ostrich wraps itself in a tallit, or Jewish prayer shawl. There, a winged menorah dances among musical notes. A Passover image shows an Egyptian pyramid made of matzo; another crafts a city's wall of tefillin, or phylacteries. A spice box, used for the havdalah service bidding farewell to the Sabbath, contains skeletons that allude to the sack of Zion in the book of Lamentations.
A Cleveland Museum of Art exhibit of 31 drawings, ranging in size from roughly a sheet of computer paper to pages that cover walls, draws upon renowned artist Kara Walker's residency at Rome's American Academy of Arts earlier this year. In much of the artist's work, what can look alluring and beautiful from across the room reveals, upon close inspection, troubling inhumanity and cruelty embedded within the picturesque. A landscape in a Walker exhibit is no postcard view; it's likely to include shockingly graphic abuse, and worse, occurring in plain sight.
Film Review: Mel Gibson's new film, despite its excessive violence, reaches the level of art.
NCR Today: Most people would expect to see icons of Jesus, Mary and the saints in a Catholic church, so the artwork in one New York City church might surprise visitors.
Take and Read: Reading this 'modern' theologian assigned new meaning to the Gospel, lifted me to a higher world and gave me the taste for the spiritual life.
A mural showing Pope Francis as a sneaky graffiti artist painting peace signs on a wall near the Vatican was taken down Wednesday just hours after it went up.
Film review: An award-winning documentary by Keith Maitland about the University of Texas mass shooting is visceral, artistic and relevant.
Take and Read: The synod document 'Justice in the World' described the world I had experienced but couldn't name – and it admitted the church’s own need for conversion.