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  • A poet with soul: The ballads of Gil Scott-Heron

    The late Gil Scott-Heron was many things -- poet, activist, icon, cipher -- but it’s easy to forget: He could sing, too. Following his passing on May 27, a parade of accolades have lauded his achievements as a cultural figure,...
  • Stephen King on TV, from 'Salem's Lot' to 'Bag of Bones'

    On Sunday, the two-part miniseries “Bag of Bones” premieres on A&E, the latest in a very long line of efforts to bring Stephen King’s unique vision to TV. Mick Garris, the director and King's most established TV collaborator, discusses...

    Theater Preview

    Theater Preview
    Subscriptions are still the primary currency of theater programs, with all sorts of "flex" options to hook patrons into returning. But what if the shows you want most to see in 2007-'08 are spread all over the map? This handy guide, geared to the...

    American Swing: 4 of 5 stars

    Here's a documentary about a piece of history many won't believe ever happened. In the late 1970s through the mid-'80s, there was a much ballyhooed club for "swingers" in Manhattan, a place where the beautiful and the buzzed, the homely and promiscuous,...

    African American activists, including Jeremiah Wright and Cornel West, blast Cuba on racism

    Black luminaries, including Cornel West, Ruby Dee and Melvin Van Peebles, are condemning persistent racism in Cuban society, prompting a rebuke from the Havana government.