| Apr 2, 2010
| 3:56 PM
Elise Paschen has a knack for getting poetry into the hands of people who might not know they need it. Nearly 10 years ago, while still the executive director of the Poetry Society of America, she paired with Naperville-based Sourcebooks to create “...
| Feb 7, 2008
Historian Glenda Elizabeth Gilmore grew up in Greensboro, N.C., in the 1950s and remembers an abandoned mansion in her neighborhood where, neighbors whispered, "the Communist had lived." And remembers also seeing, on summer drives to the Carolina shore,...
| Feb 1, 2009
It was Tuesday, May 30, 1922, the day of the dedication of the solemn and splendid memorial to Abraham Lincoln in Washington, and the ceremony on the Mall featured speeches by President Warren Harding and Chief Justice William Howard Taft.
| Oct 29, 2009
Roy DeCarava, an art photographer whose pictures of everyday life in Harlem helped clarify the African American experience for a wider audience, has died. He was 89.
He died Tuesday in New York City, his daughter Wendy DeCarava said. The cause was not...
| Apr 6, 2009
The Quai Branly Museum, a steel-and-glass palace on the Seine River, has news for the culture world: "Three Little Bops" is art.
The Looney Tunes cartoon from 1957 retells the Three Little Pigs as a jazz fable with music by...
| Feb 20, 2009
For as long as he can remember, Dario Serrano's life was all screeching tires and echoing gunshots, babies' cries and barking dogs, a symphony, as he puts it, of "hood rats and gangsters," of "vatos vatos and payasos" -- dudes and numskulls, loosely...
| Sep 9, 2007
The county's decision to close Martin Luther King Jr.-Harbor Hospital is a sad one that will deal a severe blow to the health of the people of South Los Angeles.
It is particularly distressing because the establishment of a comprehensive teaching...
| Nov 5, 2008
More than half a century ago, Langston Hughes captured the debilitating divide in the destinies of white and black children in his poem "Children's Rhymes": "By what sends / the white kids / I ain't sent: / I know I can't / be PresidentBy what sends / the...
| Jun 15, 2008
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I first heard of Paul Beatty in the 1990s, when Europe was awash in young black rebels trying to forge a new identity against the backdrop of insidious racism. We wanted to be black and...
| Oct 28, 2009
When I was a young boxing writer, I once was invited to watch historic fight films with a small group that included Sugar Ray Robinson, by then long retired from the ring.
Suffice to say, I was -- by several orders of magnitude -- the most ignorant...
| Dec 6, 2007
Most Christmas shows are safe, comforting affairs dependent on our love of seasonal repetition. Create a heartwarming production, the thinking usually goes, and you can trot it out year after year.
Not so the Congo Square Theatre Company. In Rajendra...