Look Back: Highlights from Melissa Merli on the week that was

Look Back: Highlights from Melissa Merli on the week that was

LOOK BACK: Highlights from Melissa Merli on the week that was ...

Tearjerker

Just before the Polar Vortex swooped down, I saw "Philomena" at the Art Theatre Co-op. One of the best odd-couple, road-trip movies ever, based on a true story. Judi Dench stars as a provincial Irish woman searching for her adopted son. Comic Steve Coogan plays the cynical Brit reporter who helps. Lots of twists and turns; plenty of humor. I wasn't the only one crying at the end.

Music doubleheader

On Tuesday evening I took in the always joyful, uplifting Traditional Jazz Orchestra at The Iron Post, followed by Nashville sideman Scott Shipley. Singing and playing both acoustic and electric guitar, mandolin and drums, he turned in a solid, eclectic solo set of jokes, originals and covers of material by Tom Waits, Johnny Cash, Bill Monroe, Led Zeppelin ... even the Bee Gees. "Stayin' Alive," indeed!

Graphic depictions

Two of the most powerful graphic novels I've read of late: "Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo and Me: A Graphic Memoir" by Ellen Forney is one of the best descriptions I've read of bipolar illness. Sharon E. McKay's and Daniel Lafrance's "War Brothers: The Graphic Novel" sheds light on the experiences of four Ugandan boys kidnapped into the Lord's Resistance Army.

Topics (3):Books, Film, Music

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