| Feb 16, 2015
| 10:55 AM
Philip Levine, the former U.S. poet laureate who died of pancreatic cancer on Saturday at the age of 87, was not a poet to everyone’s taste. Born and raised in Detroit, he was called, by Edward Hirsch, “a large, ironic Whitman of the...
| Feb 15, 2015
| 7:38 AM
What's the difference between a great ensemble and a merely fine one?
Perhaps it's malleability: the gift for adapting quickly to shifting artistic demands.
Certainly Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra showed that skill over...
| 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...
| 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 13, 2015
| 10:05 AM
Television and film star Alec Baldwin, recently having returned from filming a role in "Mission Impossible 5," the latest in the franchise that has earned more than $2 billion worldwide, was talking on the phone from Manhattan about his upcoming trip to...
| Feb 12, 2015
| 10:57 AM
The title of Canadian rock band Nickelback’s new album, “No Fixed Address,” actually tells the story behind it, the bassist Mike Kroeger says.
The disc was put together in a mobile studio while the band traveled to Hawaii, Los Angeles,...
| Mar 2, 2015
| 9:07 AM
Eighty-four years ago, on March 3, 1931, President Herbert Hoover made "The Star-Spangled Banner" the national anthem of the United States. Hoover's signature on the congressional decree made official what had been unofficial for years, and other...
| Mar 2, 2015
| 6:22 AM
With 10 performances remaining before Lyric Opera closes out its primary season, the company is finding that even a standard crowd-pleaser such as "Tosca" can no longer be relied upon to sell out the 3,400-seat Civic Opera House — hence the blizzard...
| Feb 27, 2015
| 5:35 PM
Words tumbled off the pages, whether describing ice cream flavors, mosquitoes or true love during a celebration of African-American authors and poets.
Lyons Township High School students and teachers gathered to share readings Feb. 26 during a...
| Feb 26, 2015
| 2:30 PM
Occasionally, for reasons of fate or coincidence, sounds from the past converge in the present at key moments.
Consider the Staple Singers, whose gospel recordings starting in the early 1960s carried them through the next four decades and included...
| Feb 25, 2015
'Marvel's Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors' is bringing the Spider-verse from the comic book world to TV...