Arts & Entertainment

Artist's eye-popping creations inspired by Catholic faith 

“Divide the timeline into then … and now,” a modern fresco, by Ali Cavanaugh.

Eye-popping bright colors and unexpected shapes greet viewers of artwork by Ali Cavanaugh.

It wasn't always that way, said the parishioner of Ste. Genevieve Parish in Ste. Genevieve. She used heavy, oil paint and her work had a bit of a dark side.

The transformation came about after she became a Catholic and had begun learning about her faith by listening to Catholic radio while she worked. As she went through the change, switching to watercolors, the popularity of her artwork took off, too.

Movie Ratings | March 25, 2011

Ratings are supplied by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

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BEASTLY: Adults.


BLACK SWAN: Morally offensive.

GNOMEO & JULIET: General patronage.

THE GRACE CARD: Adults/adolescents.

HALL PASS: Morally offensive.


Showtime's "Borgias" exploitative, graphic 

NEW YORK — The name of Rodrigo Borgia (1431-1503) — who reigned as Pope Alexander VI from the momentous year of 1492 until his death — will forever be associated with one of the most deplorable periods in the long history of the Church and with the manifold ecclesiastical abuses that helped to provoke the crisis of the Reformation.

But Alexander's name — together with those of at least two of his children, Cesare and Lucrezia — has also been linked to lurid charges that the historical record of the time fails to support.

Theater of the Word offering several comedies this season

The cast of "Adventures at St. somewhere"

One of the primary goals of Theater of the Word is to entertain, said founder Kevin O'Brien, but doing it in a way that conveys Church teaching in a compelling manner.

Founded in St. Louis in 2007, the Catholic production company spreads the Gospel message through stage, film, television, audio recordings and the Internet. O'Brien initiated the company with the support of Cardinal Raymond L. Burke, then archbishop of St. Louis, and Father Joseph Fessio of Ignatius Press.

Music | Bieber's movie shows even heart-throbs need our prayers

ATLANTA — A prayer campaign for Justin Bieber — complete with a discussion guide — initially struck me as a reach. Justin Bieber? Isn't a teen idol who's already a jillionaire about the last person on earth who needs prayer? Get serious.

Then I saw an advance screening of the film, "Never Say Never," and reconsidered. Justin is not merely a teen idol but a musical prodigy. Right now, as an unformed teenager, he's the creature of his talent, driven to unimaginable heights of popularity by musical gifts from God that he cannot yet fully appreciate.

Media commentary | Boredom, apathy makes MTV’s ‘Skins’ possible

It's interesting that the teenage actor Sofia Black-D'Elia, one of the stars of the controversial new MTV series "Skins," defended the show in a recent interview by saying: "It's what teens are doing."

To say that a work of art reflects how life really is, how "things actually are," has been considered for a while now to be a foremost mark of quality and relevance.

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