| Apr 6, 2011
| 4:59 PM
An animal-rights group contends that an elephant performing in Baltimore with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus poses a health risk to the public because she has tested positive for tuberculosis, but circus and government health officials...
| Nov 4, 2010
| 12:12 PM
Part of the fun at the Party of the Senses, a special event at Epcot's Food and Wine Festival, is watching the Cirque du Soleil acts that serve as entertainment.
The Party takes place every Saturday, and the night I attended our first Cirque du Soleil...
| Aug 29, 2011
He was the son of a sharecropper, the grandson of a slave and -- for an extraordinary 80-plus years -- the voice of the Delta blues.
David "Honeyboy" Edwards picked cotton and pulled corn on Mississippi Delta plantations from age 9, living the hard...
| Nov 10, 2011
Bil Keane, a cartoonist who chronicled the lighter moments of family life for more than 50 years through the gentle, heartfelt humor of the "Family Circus" comic strip, has died. He was 89.
Keane died Tuesday of congestive heart failure at his longtime...
| Dec 29, 2011
| 8:32 PM
Sam Rivers, a saxophonist and composer who helped define the avant-garde jazz scene in the 1960s and '70s, died of pneumonia Monday in Orlando, Fla. He was 88.
Rivers, whose legacy is defined by both his pioneering spirit in the post-bop jazz scene and a...
| Nov 8, 2011
| 2:23 PM
In most editions of the Greatest Show on Earth, the climactic spot is reserved for a human cannonball or some such time-warped specialty act. "Fully Charged," the lively and traditionalist 141st edition of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus,...
| Feb 14, 2012
| 8:15 AM
The Windy City Circus, a new, non-profit circus that was slated for Festival Hall on Navy Pier this month, has canceled at the last minute, due, its founder said, to financial problems caused by a lack of sponsorship.
In a statement, founder David...
| Dec 26, 2011
When Bob Hare opened his Hermosa Beach coffeehouse in 1958, he called it the Insomniac because it was open until 3 a.m.
He brewed his coffee in a 300-pound dry-cleaning boiler and served it to such high-profile members of the Beat Generation as Allen...
| Feb 24, 2012
Guitarist Billy Strange once took the kind of phone call that thousands of musicians receive only in their best and wildest dreams.
"I was staying at a hotel in Nashville in 1965 when my telephone rang and this unmistakable voice said, 'Billy, this is...
| Jul 27, 2011
In March 2003, an executive from Park Place Entertainment, then the owner of Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, stood inside the casino. His company had just spent $95 million to build the 4,000-seat Colosseum theater as the new home of superstar Celine Dion....
| Mar 22, 2011
| 12:12 PM
Pinetop Perkins lived the blues.
Born on a cotton plantation near Belzoni, Miss., in 1913, he worked the fields from age 7, drove a truck for a living at 18 and got stabbed in the arm in his late 20s.
The barroom attack tore his tendons and cut his...