| Nov 13, 2013
| 10:30 AM
By her own admission, Jennifer Hudson is having a "fantastic and surreal year." The Oscar and Grammy winner, who will receive a star Wednesday, Nov. 13, on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her music work, kicked off 2013 with a trifecta of high-profile...
| Oct 21, 2013
| 9:47 AM
Pellom McDaniels III, Ph.D. will speak at an Author Luncheon on Oct. 25 from 12:30 to 2 p.m. in Harford Community College's Chesapeake dining rooms. McDaniels' biography of Isaac Murphy, "The Prince of Jockeys: The Life of Isaac Burns Murphy," was just...
| Oct 18, 2013
| 12:30 PM
Whether you call them "specialty films" or "adult dramas" or "alternatives to blockbusters," it's clear that 2013 is an exceptionally exciting year for films that quicken the pulses of movie fans and ratchet up the stakes for the annual awards season...
| 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...
| Mar 7, 2013
| 5:45 AM
The Ravinia Festival has announced the remainder of its programming for the 2013 summer season. The schedule comprises more than 120 classical, popular, jazz and dance events, presented almost nightly from June 6 to Sept. 15 at Ravinia Park in Highland...
| Dec 9, 2012
| 12:33 PM
It's a good thing Jennifer Hudson was already in the Christmas spirit Tuesday at her "A Hudson Holiday" party at the House of Blues, because the Oscar-winning actress and Grammy-winning singer will need it for the next few months.
Hudson was recently...
| Dec 1, 2012
Inevitably this holiday season, my mom will tick through her shopping list and say with a sigh, "Your dad wants a book." Since I was a kid, my mom has teased my dad about the predictablity of this ritual, which usually involves the purchase of a brick-...
| Apr 12, 2013
From his stove, Nelson Algren saw a dark shape stumble out of the bar across Wabansia Avenue. It teetered once, then slumped under the Nectar Beer sign, sizzling neon in the bitter February cold. Eight degrees, an army fatigue jacket, and too many shots...
| Mar 1, 2013
| 6:53 PM
Where to begin in addressing the most pressing needs of the children of homeless families, whose members lack necessities most people take for granted?
Do not underestimate the ability of a mystery story to lift and empower even these children, whose...
| 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...
| Aug 29, 2013
| 9:06 AM
The idiosyncratic, Pulitzer Prize-nominated Miami poet Howard Camner is also a humorist and something of a performance artist. Here he is in a best-of look at the tweets at @hcamner. He has made 20 in four years.
July 17, 2009: “Turbulence at 67...