a Curtain Falls in Pittsburgh
What Happened to the August Wilson Center?
By Patrick McGinty
Pittsburgh's August Wilson Center for African American Culture is being liquidated just four years after it opened. Is this a particularly Pittsburgh story, or does it reveal deeper truths about America's relationship with African American culture, notions of what urban space is for, and the never-ending tension between art and commerce?
Long Black Road
Lee Ranaldo on Tennis, Travel, and Last Night on Earth
By Alex Behr
"Everything stopped. It didn't matter what you were supposed to be doing. All of a sudden you had all this time to yourself. I got a lot of stuff done that week. A lot of thinking done." Lee Ranaldo chats about tennis, wondering why Sonic Youth couldn't get a gig in India, and his latest album, Last Night on Earth.
Politically Incorrect Souls
In Hu Jie's Films, Survivors Speak
By Jennifer Ruth
Hu is the Errol Morris or Claude Lanzmann of China. He works within budgets and under political constraints, however, that would be their worst nightmares. In one scene in Spark, Hu begins to interview a gentleman in the man's apartment when the phone rings. It's the Security Bureau, warning the man not to answer Hu's questions.