| Feb 24, 2015
| 10:44 AM
Those used to seeing playful and infectious musicals staged at the Mayer Kaplan Jewish Community Center in Skokie are in for a powerful surprise this time around.
Director Robert Bouwman and his 11-member cast — seven teenagers, four adults...
| Feb 15, 2015
| 8:15 PM
Philip Levine, a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and former U.S. poet laureate who wrote elegies to American blue-collar workers sweating through despair-laced jobs, has died in Fresno. He was 87.
Levine, who was a professor emeritus at Cal State Fresno,...
| Feb 18, 2015
| 7:20 PM
Bethlehem's Touchstone Theatre and Allentown Public Theatre are collaborating to present the classic "True West," a powerful tale of sibling rivalry by Pulitzer Prize-winner Sam Shepard.
As part of its "Spotlight on the Valley" series, Touchstone is...
| Feb 19, 2015
| 5:55 AM
Psychiatrist Irv Yalom is 83.
I call him Irv because that's what he asks his psychiatric patients to call him. I picture him as a sprightly firecracker of a guy, tooling around San Francisco on his bicycle, stopping into the City Lights bookstore near...
| Jan 15, 2015
It's a tall order to create a double album loaded with consistently solid songs, but Lucinda Williams met that challenge on her new "Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone."
Not only that, but the alt-country singer-songwriter — who performs Friday,...
| Mar 5, 2015
The absolute power of the spoken word, Nicholas Stevens noted, is something worth rediscovering, particularly for a younger generation that may not have heard about poetry readings in cafes and similar gatherings – places where beat poets had the...
| Mar 5, 2015
| 5:04 PM
R.I.P., famous person.
I can't believe you're gone! Too soon!
Though honestly? I hadn't thought about you in years. More honestly? I wasn't sure you were still alive.
But, along with a few thousand friends, I can't wait to share the heartbreaking...
| Apr 2, 2015
| 6:14 AM
In his tongue-in-cheek manifesto "Personism," Frank O'Hara says "only Whitman and Crane and Williams, of the American poets, are better than the movies." He was clearly kidding around, but in all seriousness, the poems in Somali-American poet Ladan Osman'...
| Mar 26, 2015
| 5:58 AM
Roger Reeves, assistant professor of English at the University of Illinois at Chicago, was recently named a recipient of a Whiting Award for his poetry. The $50,000 prize is given to authors and poets for "early accomplishment and the promise of great...
| Mar 12, 2015
| 5:43 PM
Claudia Rankine, Marilynne Robinson and Roz Chast were some of the winners of the 2014 National Book Critics Circle Awards, which were announced Thursday at a ceremony at the New School in New York.
Claremont poet Rankine won the poetry award for...
| Mar 11, 2015
| 6:14 PM
Math geeks rejoice.
Once a year on March 14, the date aligns with 3.14, the number of pi, and all those who love math celebrate pi day.
This year is being touted as ultimate pi day because pi is an irrational number — which means it never ends...