| Feb 3, 2015
| 12:14 PM
The tables were all full, and I sat on the floor, my back against the rear wall of Ali's Coffee House at 63rd Street and Kostner Avenue in Chicago.
It was amateur night on a Friday, and I was waiting my turn to go onstage. At age 20, I had made the...
| Jan 29, 2015
| 2:46 PM
Compass Rose Theater displays its innovative play selection by presenting T.S. Eliot's probing drama, "Murder in the Cathedral" as its third offering of the season.
The play, written in 1935, follows Compass Rose's acclaimed November-December production...
| Jan 26, 2015
| 2:21 PM
The band Punch Brothers was half-jokingly called The Legion of Acoustic Superheroes by newgrass legend John Cowan soon after they formed in 2006.
It made sense at the time — a bluegrass-in-instrumentation-only quintet of top young string virtuosi,...
| Jan 26, 2015
| 3:00 AM
Call them standards if you must — imagine dusty old classics of the so-called Great American Songbook. But as interpreted by Bob Dylan, more accurate is to consider the entirety of "Shadows in the Night" as a gathering of meditations, or a booklet...
| Jan 25, 2015
| 8:41 AM
Lyric Opera's imperishable love affair with Puccini's "Tosca" goes back as far as the company's inaugural season in 1954. Some of the greatest sopranos of their day have loved, killed and leapt through the title role here. Such are the vocal and...
| Feb 5, 2015
| 10:00 PM
Mark Twain's international travels and what they taught him will be explored in the spring series of free talks and readings called "The Trouble Begins at 5:30" at The Mark Twain House & Museum, 351 Farmington Ave., Hartford. The events complement the...
| Jan 30, 2015
| 10:00 AM
In a large workshop at CBS Television City on the edge of Hollywood, the palace of Versailles was slowly taking shape.
A platoon of set builders was hard at work on a December morning creating the imposing columns, ornate tapestries and swooping...
| Feb 17, 2015
| 6:10 AM
Mieczyslaw Weinberg has only recently emerged from the dark shadows to which his vast musical output was consigned during and after World War II.
No single work has done more to bring about that rehabilitation than the Polish composer's Holocaust-themed...
| Feb 6, 2015
| 8:00 AM
In 1960, the NAACP presented its highest honor — the Spingarn Medal — to poet and activist Langston Hughes. In accepting, Hughes made a point to give credit where he believed it was most due: "I can accept this only in the name of the Negro...
| Feb 8, 2015
| 6:04 PM
The Lehigh Valley health care scene has long been dominated by two huge, fiercely independent providers that have trouble talking to each other about the many patients they share.
That is about to change, however, as both Lehigh Valley Health Network...
| 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,...