| Jun 6, 2014
| 8:00 AM
She didn't want to cry. It was her mom's birthday, and she didn't want to distract from the party.
But Sarai Cruz couldn't stop thinking about the book she'd just finished reading, "The Fault in Our Stars," a young-adult novel about love-struck...
| Jun 11, 2014
| 6:01 AM
Let's get this out of the way: A timpanist is that cool one in the orchestra who gets to bang on one of those huge drums in the back.
Timpani has long been a big part of the life of 30-year-old James Wyman, now in his first year with the Baltimore...
| Jun 10, 2014
| 10:20 PM
Martha Hyer, the Old Hollywood actress best known for her Oscar-nominated performance opposite Frank Sinatra in 1958's "Some Came Running," has died at age 89, according to the Santa Fe New Mexican.
A striking blond glamor girl, Hyer was born in Fort...
| Aug 20, 2014
| 12:30 PM
Lauren Bacall's death at 89 got front-page coverage complete with picture in the New York Times, and it deserved to. Like so many American images and voices in our vast celluloid memory bank, she may have been more familiar than famous -- if the...
| Aug 15, 2014
| 2:30 AM
Q: We inherited an Orthophonic Victrola VE 8-35X made in 1928. It's all original and includes an instruction manual with needles. We like its look as furniture, but would we ruin value by gutting the interior and installing shelves?
A: The reader...
| Aug 16, 2014
| 6:00 AM
Elvis Presley, who died on this date in 1977 at age 42, starred in 31 scripted motion pictures beginning with 1956's "Love Me Tender" and ending with a thud with 1969's "Change of Habit."
Because so many of his later films were so bad, including such...
| Aug 8, 2014
| 2:30 AM
"MY HEART is French, my a-- is international!"
So said the Gallic actress Arletty, remarking on her affair with a German officer, during World War II. This is from Tilar J. Mazzeo's book "The Hotel on Place Vendome."
I've written of this book, and...
| Sep 5, 2014
| 7:50 AM
Last Friday’s Movie Quote Quiz remains almost half-unanswered, presumably because of unfamiliarity with our new blog platform and some technical issues we’ve been experiencing.
So I decided to repost it today, including the answers...
| Sep 3, 2014
"Miami: A Cultural History"
The latest in Interlink's Cultural History series, "Miami: A Cultural History" offers an insightful look at the Florida melting pot. As author Anthony P. Maingot notes, Miami has the highest percentage of...
| May 30, 2014
I was up very early the other morning – courtesy of my early-rising dog – when I caught the last half hour or so of “Pride and Prejudice.” I love the story, and I think they did a fantastic job......
| Sep 19, 2014
| 1:00 PM
To understand what's wrong with Hollywood today, you have to go back to the British philosopher and historian Sir Isaiah Berlin and his concept of the hedgehog and the fox.
Riffing off a fragment attributed to the ancient Greek poet Archilochus,...