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Reading Eagle, Pa., George Hatza column

September 22, 2013


Sept. 22--Why does the autumn explode with artistic activity?

Perhaps the chill in the air invigorates the spirit, and from that emerges creative excitement in the form of groundbreaking films, bold television, inventive theater, thrilling music and dance, and provocative visual arts.

The fall's films promise to take us to places that will astonish, entertain and move us. Television keeps pushing the envelope. And Broadway will bring, along with original pieces, fresh examinations of established and revered works.

The film "Gravity," starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney as stranded astronauts, is generating the kind of buzz that translates into Oscars.

On television, Showtime's "Masters of Sex" and HBO's "Hello Ladies" look to be the water-cooler programs of the season.

Tony Bennett is coming to the Sovereign Performing Arts Center, which will have a new name when he performs there in December.

And who among art aficionados isn't looking forward to the Reading Public Museum's "Norman Rockwell: Boy Scouts" exhibition next month?

Finally, on Broadway stages, all the stars are coming out for a season of shimmering revivals and new musicals. So start your list of must-sees.

Contact Entertainment Editor George Hatza: 610-371-5075 or


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