| Feb 17, 2013
| 7:55 AM
Anyone who doubted the vitality of big-band jazz in the 21st century should have cruised the Chicago area on Saturday, when two of the city's finest ensembles offered distinctive ways of re-evaluating tradition.
Though each concert had its minor flaws,...
| Jun 4, 2013
| 7:59 AM
He is the poet laureate of Chicago jazz and blues, a man who conveys in words as much melody and rhythm as the musicians he immortalizes in print.
For more than four decades, Sterling Plumpp has transformed the sounds of Chicago jazz giants – such...
| May 17, 2013
| 3:18 PM
Hold fast to dreams
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly.
Those words from "Dreams," a Langston Hughes poem, infuse Blue Balliett's newest novel.
At the start of the book, Balliett notes that by the end of the 2012...
| Dec 16, 2012
| 1:05 PM
At one point in the touring version of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, a show that prides itself on a legacy that dates back to the 1930s, the Rosemont audience is shown archival footage of the Rockettes through the ages. You see the timelessly...
| Dec 2, 2012
| 1:25 PM
An annual summer vocal institute for high school and college students will begin at Christopher Newport University in July 2013.
The university announced the creation of the Torggler Summer Vocal Institute at its holiday music concert on Saturday night....
| Nov 21, 2012
| 10:33 AM
Chicago has a plethora of holiday shows each and every year — and I’ll be reviewing enough of them over the next couple of weeks to put Rudolph in rehab. But based on many years of seasonal theater-going, here are 10 of our potential favorites...
| Sep 20, 2013
| 4:32 PM
This week marked the 50th anniversary remembrance of the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala. — a notorious, racially motivated crime that killed four little girls and helped gain support for the passage of the Civil...
| Apr 22, 2012
| 4:35 PM
The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books panel “The Dream Deferred” with authors Mona Simpson, Jesmyn Ward, Hector Tobar and Ayad Akhtar....
| Jul 4, 2012
| 4:36 PM
The Library of Congress' list of 88 books that shaped America includes poetry, novels, nonfiction, a play, a polemic, books of science and grammar, cookbooks and children's books. What's it missing?...
| Mar 29, 2012
| 4:35 PM
Excerpts from Adrienne Rich's writing that have appeared in the Los Angeles Times....
| May 24, 2012
| 4:36 PM
The University of Missouri will pull the plug on its 54 year old press, just the latest in a string of academic publishing casualties...