| Apr 3, 2012
| 12:00 PM
Willis Earl Beal wandered through most of his 28 years on the planet without a steady job or much direction until his loneliness become so consuming that he began to sing. Now he finds himself as a labelmate of Radiohead, M.I.A. and Adele. His debut album...
| Oct 11, 2011
When Hema Rajagopalan was about 5 years old, growing up in 1950s India, she loved dancing so much that when her parents took her to performances, she would leap from her seat and twirl in the aisles. She'd put on such a display that the audience would...
| Oct 20, 2011
| 9:01 PM
A cultural shift that eventually became a landslide began 10 years ago this month, though almost no one noticed at the time. Apple Inc. rolled out a portable MP3 player it dubbed the iPod, and after a promising opening quarter in 2002, sales dropped...
| Oct 22, 2011
| 5:29 PM
Most people furnish their homes with comfort and utility in mind and give only a passing nod to matters of style and design.
Though some may pay close attention to color, material and shape, they seldom press much beyond these elementary concerns —...
| Sep 10, 2011
| 10:00 PM
If you could gather all the artists who have been infatuated by the rugged New England coast over the years, you'd have a pretty good American art museum.
Thomas Cole — the founder of the Hudson River School — was among the first when he...
| Sep 12, 2011
Anybody who has ever left a tough, close-knit, working-class community for a life as a painter, writer, musician, dancer or some other creative career is familiar with a couple of abiding truths. The arts can change your life — if you're lucky...
| Sep 15, 2011
| 11:00 AM
Jackie Taylor, the founder and artistic director of Chicago's Black Ensemble Theater, is staring at an utterly transformative fall.
On Nov. 18, the $19 million new Black Ensemble Theater will open at the hitherto moribund 4450 North Clark St.,...
| Sep 15, 2011
| 10:25 PM
Here come the would-be blockbusters. The music industry inevitably rolls out new releases by its biggest artists in the fall, just in time for holiday gift-giving. This year is no exception, with studio albums expected from Drake and Mary J. Blige; a host...
| Oct 28, 2011
| 9:03 AM
NEW YORK -- At the top of "Look, I Made a Hat," the second half of his exhaustively detailed two-volume set of collected lyrics to such incomparable musicals as "Gypsy" and "Follies," Stephen Sondheim addresses some of the complaints about the first book,...
| Nov 5, 2011
In 2003, Dana Gioia walked onto the battlefield that was the National Endowment for the Arts and brokered a peace. He chaired the NEA for six years, longer than the Civil War. The George W. Bush appointee increased the agency's budget and worked to...
| Nov 13, 2011
| 5:31 PM
Written by the Brooklyn-based Rebecca Joy Fletcher, "Cities of Light" is a new cabaret-style entertainment paying tribute to the Jewish artists whose work connected the cabarets of Berlin, Paris, Warsaw and Tel Aviv from the late 1920s until their...