| Apr 6, 2012
| 11:24 AM
3 stars (out of 4)
This still-green quartet was just a small-town northern Alabama bar band a year ago. Now Alabama Shakes is one of the most talked-about new rock acts thanks in part to some good fortune (an early anointing by Drive By Truckers’...
| Aug 23, 2011
| 12:13 PM
The songwriting world lost two titans Monday when Nick Ashford and Jerry Leiber died within hours of each other.
Ashford, 70, cowrote a string of hits with his wife, Valerie Simpson, that helped define soul, R&B and funk in the ‘60s, ‘70s and...
| Dec 18, 2011
| 5:44 PM
If any of us wondered if celebrities would still visit Chicago after “The Oprah Winfrey Show” ended in May, we now have our answer.
Chicago is still a popular destination for film projects — which this year included “Man of...
| Apr 14, 2011
Spring flowers. Easter season. The royal wedding. That's three good reasons that you might be thinking about hats.
But here's the best reason of all: Put one on and you're a standout.
We spend so much time debating what to wear: the perfect dress, the...
| May 19, 2011
The results are in: "Bridesmaids," the much-hyped girl-raunch comedy touted as the long-awaited antidote to Judd Apatow's "bromance" phenomenon, opened way bigger than expected at the box office, thereby proving that women can be just as funny —...
| Mar 30, 2013
Into the decadent world of Pasadena we go. . . .
More and more I am drawn to that little triangle of treasures near Vroman's Bookstore: the Laemmle theaters, of course, where the audiences are either amazingly reverential or fully asleep, and the little...
| Mar 19, 2013
| 7:19 AM
Five years ago, the greatest trio in the history of gospel music – the Barrett Sisters – told me they had one last wish: That someone would make a documentary film about their lives and careers.
That film, a moving evocation of their...
| Feb 18, 2012
| 4:38 PM
Whitney Houston's funeral: Whitney Houston's funeral is invitation-only and attendance will be limited to family and friends, but Saturday's services are set to be seen around the world: They will stream online and be shown on a number of TV networks....
| Feb 16, 2012
| 4:37 PM
Whitney Houston's funeral will be streamed live on the Internet. Whitney Houston will be laid to rest in her native New Jersey on Saturday with an invite-only funeral....
| Feb 23, 2012
| 4:32 PM
"The intelligent and the thoughtful thing to do would be to respect and have some sensitivity to the moment."...
| Feb 29, 2012
| 4:37 PM
'American Idol' recap: Season 11, episode on which the top 12 ... er, 13 ... boys perform....