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The Naro Celebrates 40 Years of Expanded Cinema

The Naro Celebrates 40 Years of Expanded Cinema

By Tench Phillips Naro Expanded Cinema, considered by locals as the “heart and soul of the eclectic Ghent neighborhood, is turning 40 in September, but it has a history and cultural importance that goes much deeper.   A Brief History of the Theater from 1936 to 1977 The grand old art deco theater now known

The Seer: Wendell Berry and the Shattered Soul of Rural America

By Tench Phillips Living here in the greater Norfolk area, we are the beneficiaries of a well-organized urban society. We have cultural events, education, good health care if you can access it, infrastructure and services, and better than average employment thanks to the federally subsidized military-industrial complex. The diversity of peoples that live in our

Indigenous Earth Wisdom and Shamanic Healing

By Tench Phillips   Once upon a time–not that long ago–we were all indigenous peoples who lived intimately with nature on what was essentially a very different planet than the one we inhabit today. There were countless numbers of land and sea animals and a vast diversity of plant species. Man was self-sufficient and used

The Veneer of Civil Society and the Hidden Roots of War

By Tench Phillips How does a civilized society disintegrate into civil war and murder within a short span of time? Throughout the last century, state backed violence has been waged time and again by modern industrial societies against their own citizens. Germany’s descent into fascism is the most notorious example but there’s been many more

FILM: The Food Industry Is Making Us Sick

By Tench Phillips, Naro Cinema I have been advised by my wife against tackling the topic of this month’s column–she feels that I’m not qualified to write about the relationship between food and health. You see, I’m not a cook and I would rather watch Michael Pollan’s four-part series ‘Cooked’ on Netflix than actually do

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