| Jun 22, 2013
| 2:36 PM
Muse/ique, the intriguing, eclectic orchestra founded in 2011 by conductor Rachael Worby, opens its "Summer of Sound" season on Saturday, June 29, at Caltech's picnic-friendly outdoor Beckman Mall in Pasadena with "Lost in the Stars with Patti Austin."...
| Jun 26, 2013
| 11:54 AM
With a career that has blissfully blurred stylistic lines for more than five decades, Bob Dylan might well be considered the patron saint of modern-day Americana music.
So it’s only fitting that Dylan’s “Americanarama” tour,...
| Jul 3, 2013
| 12:00 PM
It won't be only Disney executives who are watching the box office returns for "The Lone Ranger" this weekend. Lots of people are wondering whether Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer can ride to the rescue of a genre that was once a staple of American cinema...
| Jun 27, 2013
| 4:26 PM
"The Heat," starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy, is the latest entry in a long-running and much-loved movie joke: the buddy-cop comedy. In this case, a bosom-buddy cop comedy.
The movie follows a well-beaten path. They're cops, they're enemies,...
| Jun 29, 2013
| 7:45 AM
Saturday night at the Hollywood Bowl, the female ensemble Trio Ellas will be among the top-billed acts at Mariachi USA Festival, a glittering annual showcase of charro-suited talent.
It'll make a nice change of pace for the three young Mexican...
| Jan 31, 2013
| 11:32 AM
Twenty-five years ago, Chicago bluesman Corky Siegel unveiled a project that continues to obsess him.
He called it Chamber Blues, and since its Midwest premiere in 1988 at the Paramount Arts Centre in Aurora, the project has blossomed into an ongoing...
| Feb 1, 2013
| 3:07 PM
Apparently, there is now something called "new adult" literature.
I know this because The New York Times told me so. They say that new adult books "fit into the young-adult genre in their length and emotional intensity, but feature slightly older...
| Feb 1, 2013
| 3:11 PM
A few weeks ago, I opened my mailbox and pulled out something I never imagined would be keeping company with my Verizon bill: A contract from the University of Chicago Press for a nonfiction book they want me to write. The book contract arrived two days...
| Feb 8, 2013
| 8:51 AM
The mystery short story has always been something of a boutique genre. Specialty magazines such as Ellery Queen and the Strand have kept it alive over the decades, but only just. Short fiction, to the extent that it's still vital, is mostly the domain...
| Feb 10, 2013
| 3:02 PM
Wearing a thick, black and white checkered shirt and dark green tam cap, Snoop Dogg strutted to the stage smoking a blunt.
As the rapper took his seat at the end of the stage for the Broadcast Music Inc.'s “How I Wrote That Song” panel, an...
| Feb 15, 2013
| 1:05 PM
Genre filmmaking helps make sense of the world, creating codes by which the seemingly irrational ways of human behavior can be understood. With storytelling modes that travel from country to country — the crime picture, the horror film, the action...