| Feb 22, 2014
| 12:00 PM
SAN DIEGO — With an assured and intimate voice, playwright and novelist Ayad Akhtar's stories cleverly slide across religion, tradition, sexuality and the dangerous if sometimes comical predicaments endured by Muslims in a post-Sept. 11 world...
| Feb 9, 2014
| 4:05 AM
She was called the Queen of Off-Broadway but you could call her the Queen of Way-Off-Broadway, too, by way of Connecticut.
She was Lucille Lortel, and The Courant described her as "a woman of vim, vigor and vinegar. ... With Lortel's aggressive charm,...
| Feb 14, 2014
| 9:30 AM
Although he would hardly cause a blip on cultural radar screens today, Carl Van Vechten was, at various stages of his long and storied life, a journalist, provocateur, novelist, nightlife denizen, music and theater critic, confidant to Gertrude Stein,...
| Feb 14, 2014
| 1:30 PM
The routes American railroads follow were laid out almost exclusively in the 19th and 20th centuries, when trains were symbols of modernity and industrial power. And today, riding a train — especially in the United States — can feel like...
| May 28, 2014
| 4:05 PM
Maya Angelou was a diva of American culture: an actress, singer, dancer and film director as well as an essayist and Pulitzer-Prize-nominated poet, whose mainstream magnetism led her to write verses for Hallmark and recite one of her poems at the 1993...
| May 28, 2014
| 1:55 PM
Maya Angelou, who died Wednesday at age 86, is best known for being an accomplished author, civil-rights advocate and poet, but she had many different lives -- as a streetcar conductor, performer, dancer.
To learn more about her, step inside museums...
| May 20, 2014
| 9:08 PM
Ian Caven chooses his words carefully, sensitive to the layering of their meaning, sound and texture. By day, this meticulousness is on display at a Delray Beach hair salon, where he specializes in tight, precision cuts for men (and adventurous women)....
| May 25, 2014
| 3:00 AM
While Cornell William Brooks may be a surprising choice to lead the NAACP, it takes neither an Einstein nor a soothsayer to know what challenges lie ahead for the clergyman-lawyer little known beyond his social justice network in New Jersey.
| May 23, 2014
| 9:37 AM
Summer lends itself to reading and vacations, so why not combine the two into a literary trip?
The homes and studies where many great writers toiled over their prose have been preserved. See original manuscripts, often in the author's own handwriting....
| Dec 16, 2013
| 4:27 PM
Box office observers have long credited Tyler Perry's "Madea" franchise with at least one thing: reliability.
As surely as Christmas comes once a year, a movie with Perry directing himself in drag as the volatile matriarch Mabel "Madea" Simmons is...
| May 10, 2014
| 2:38 PM
"Letters from Zora," Gabrielle Denise Pina's multimedia, one-woman play starring Vanessa Bell Calloway as iconic novelist Zora Neale Hurston, opens at the Pasadena Playhouse on Sunday, a return engagement after last year's popular limited run....