| Apr 22, 2014
| 11:29 AM
He may not have composed more than 1,100 musical works, nor has he fathered 20 children. Otherwise, Richard Webster has much in common with Johann Sebastian Bach.
Like the German Baroque master, Webster is an active church musician, choral conductor,...
| Jul 21, 2013
| 7:59 PM
Here's how the final day of the Pitchfork Music Festival went down Sunday in Union Park, with commentary from yours truly (GK) and Bob Gendron (BG):
1:21 p.m.: "Are you all happy to be alive" queries Tree, before taking the crowd to church. The...
| Jul 27, 2013
It's hard to mistake Newport News artist Wade Mickley's playful, often serpentine-shaped creations for anything else you may have seen hanging on the wall in a Hampton Roads gallery or art museum.
They're just too whimsical — and too obsessed with...
| Jul 29, 2013
In 1971 — the year I was born — Bob Dylan wrote the lyrics to a song that would one day become an inspiration for me, in the workplace and in life.
The song's called "When I Paint My Masterpiece." It was first recorded by The Band, and if...
| Mar 20, 2013
| 7:18 AM
“It's almost too beautiful,” said the first scientist to descend into the Lascaux caves, according to “Scenes From the Stone Age: The Cave Paintings of Lascaux,” an important and highly engaging new exhibit at the Field Museum....
| Aug 10, 2013
So many good artworks have cropped up at Hampton's Charles H. Taylor Arts Center since the Virginia Artists Juried Exhibition started there in 2007 that it's hard to think of another Hampton Roads art competition that's had a more successful run.
| Sep 24, 2011
Most of the dozens of art spaces now showing off Southern California art history weren't even around when Ed Ruscha set up his easel and his style in Los Angeles in the 1950s. Ruscha's classic, defining works are keystones in Pacific Standard Time, a...
| 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...
| Jul 9, 2013
| 3:41 PM
Joel Wachs hasn't been an Angeleno for a dozen years, but he still has his key to the city. And he feels its political tremors. L.A., where he made his political bones on the City Council, has just sworn in a new mayor — a brass ring he tried...
| Jan 22, 2014
| 8:42 AM
Full disclosure: When it comes to art, I may not be the most trenchant critic. Put me in front of a Vermeer or a Warhol and I can thoughtfully nod my head with the best of them. I can even appreciate the detail and the work that went into a painting. What...
| Jan 7, 2014
Even when it's hot, crowded, or on strike, Italy is lots of fun. More than any other Western European country, though, travelers to Italy need up-to-date information to travel smart, saving both time and money. Here are a few updates to help you make...