| Sep 23, 2013
| 9:31 AM
“Prisoners” is either the most exceptional piece of conventional filmmaking in Hollywood or the most conventional piece of exceptional filmmaking.
If that spins your head faster than a Geno Smith scramble, it should.
The movie, which won...
| Sep 24, 2013
| 1:40 PM
It's a simple narrative that never seems to fail: A music genre gets hot, wears out its welcome, gets banished to un-hip purgatory for a period of time and then, inexplicably, comes back cooler than before.
It's happening right now to the punk subgenre...
| Sep 29, 2013
| 8:00 AM
Five years ago, art scholars David Carrier and Joachim Pissarro had an inspiration while dining at a now-shuttered bistro in New York. They were drawn to a piece of wall art at Le Boeuf à la Mode; it wasn't an undiscovered masterpiece but a...
| Sep 26, 2013
| 8:25 AM
Marin Alsop's tenure as music director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra has been notable for several things, prominent among them the programming of compositions by Leonard Bernstein, her childhood idol and mentor when she was starting her conducting...
| Apr 2, 2013
| 8:56 AM
Tift Merritt is the restless sort. You can read it in her lyrics, yearning, deep-rooted narratives about moving around and moving on, often alone. You can hear it in her music, which rests comfortably within many genres without settling for any. And you...
| Apr 5, 2013
Normally I don't complain about the proliferation of movie remakes any more than I complain about movie sequels and communal tables in restaurants — what's the point?
But recently a remake delivered a shiver. Its arrival felt like a cold harbinger...
| Apr 5, 2013
| 3:08 PM
Since her first novel, "Durable Goods" (1993), Chicago author Elizabeth Berg has carved out a place as one of America's most beloved chroniclers of female friendship. Best known for the best-selling "Open House," an Oprah's Book Club selection in 2000,...
| Apr 6, 2013
| 12:30 PM
Genre fiction, the catch-all category for lowbrow literary long-forms — crime, suspense, horror, fantasy, romance, mystery and sci-fi — is the Rodney Dangerfield of literature: It can't get no respect.
Wikipedia defines the term thusly:...
| Apr 9, 2013
| 9:24 AM
Back in 2011, one night after PJ Morton watched his future Young Money record label boss and rap megastar Lil Wayne perform at the DTE Energy Music Theatre in Clarkston, Mich., the soul-pop singer returned to the venue to perform pop hits such as "Moves...
| Apr 18, 2013
| 4:14 AM
Just when it was starting to look like cable news might have actually learned something from its rush-to-judgment sins in covering the Newtown massacre, John King, CNN and Fox News showed Wednesday how shaky and journalistically confused even the genre'...
| Apr 27, 2013
| 7:00 AM
In a cramped UCLA classroom, trumpeter Nicholas Payton is leading a young septet of college students through his piece "The Backwards Step." He's here as part of a weeklong teaching residency, and the song he plays to the group at the Thelonious Monk...