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  • TV Picks: 'Adventure Time,' shows on writing, 'Muscle Shoals,' more

    TV Picks: 'Adventure Time,' shows on writing, 'Muscle Shoals,' more
    'Adventure Time' (Cartoon Network, Mondays). Pendleton Ward's splendiferous cartoon series begins its sixth season. (Which is not to say sixth year; it has been on the air only since 2010). By any standard of inventiveness, intelligence, imagination, ambition, care, fearlessness, boldness, openness, humor, poetry and love I'd care to live my life by, it is as good as anything on television; and better than many more ballyhooed series that only seem superior, in the cultural agora and critical Thunderdome, by virtue of being populated by fleshly beings. This is not the show's failing, but the world's. Its own world, and worlds within the worlds that world contains, represent a full spectrum of human emotion and existential whatnot. There is birth and death and transfiguration; killing and creating; love and desire; wisdom and flatulence. It is dark and life-affirming, funny and frightening; the nice can be naughty and the naughty nice. It is not a cartoon made for children, but it is not a cartoon not made for children. The magical and/or post-apocalyptic Land of Ooo, where Jake the stretchy dog and Finn the human go on quests and protect the Candy Kingdom from the Nightosphere and so on, has its predecessors in a host of tales that take place over the rainbow or straight on till morning; but it is completely its own place, with its own rapidly evolving mythologies, ways of talking, of partying, of mixing the extraordinary and the humdrum, the yin and the yang, the anima and the animus. (Sometimes it flips gender, to become the adventures not of Finn and Jake, but of Fionna and Cake, with all the other characters translated accordingly.) The season opener, an especially beautiful, strange and exciting two-part special in which Finn searches for his "human father" within the "nastified" cosmic prison the Citadel, also brings back Kumail Nanjiani, whose year this seems to be (see also: "Silicon Valley," "Portlandia") as Prismo the Wish Master.
  • Review: 'Muscle Shoals' on PBS' 'Independent Lens'

    Review: 'Muscle Shoals' on PBS' 'Independent Lens'
    Coming to PBS on Monday via "Independent Lens," Greg Camalier's documentary film "Muscle Shoals" tells the story of the artists behind the artists whose names went on the label -- musicians such as David Hood, Roger Hawkins, Jimmy Johnson, Barry Beckett...

    Talkin' Blues And Roots With Keb' Mo'

    Talkin' Blues And Roots With Keb' Mo'
    Over the course of a career now pushing into its fifth decade, Keb' Mo' — born Kevin Moore in Los Angeles, Calif. — has become a sort of blues ambassador, a testament to his incredible skills as an interpreter of the various blues subgenres....

    David Gordon Green, Amber Heard to be Honored at Texas Film Awards

    David Gordon Green, Amber Heard and a co-founder of South by Southwest are among the honorees lined up to receive trophies at the Austin Film Society's 2014 Texas Film Awards. The kudos single out Texans whose work have helped earned the state notice...

    Have you heard about Amber? The Austin Film Society has!

    "My dad is a typical old-school Texan. He loves to hunt. ... Six days out of the week we ate what he killed. He took me to the shooting range from the time I could hold a gun and I did target practice almost my whole life." This is the beauty Amber Heard...