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  • Von Freeman dies at 88; jazz tenor saxophonist with singular sound

    Von Freeman dies at 88; jazz tenor saxophonist with singular sound
    Von Freeman was revered as a tenor saxophonist but was never a major star, worshiped by critics but perpetually strapped for cash. He seemed to purposely avoid commercial success. When trumpeter Miles Davis phoned Freeman in the 1950s looking for a replacement for John Coltrane, Freeman made a typical move — he never returned the call.
  • The Go Guide weekend preview: Dream girls we love

    The Go Guide weekend preview: Dream girls we love
    A dream I have. I originally worded that the other way around, but didn’t want to trivialize the brave vision of Dr. King, who, as I was explaining to the kids the other day, should be represented right next to Lincoln on Mount Rushmore, which...

    Holiday Guide 2012: Dozens more concerts and 'Carols' for your Chicago December

    Love 'em or hate 'em, there's no avoiding the holidays, and that's true on local stages as well as the shopping malls. But even the Scroogiest of souls could find something to celebrate in the gifts of theater, dance, and music offered up this season by...

    Tony Lip dies at 82; character actor known for mob roles

    Tony Lip dies at 82; character actor known for mob roles
    Tony Lip, 82, a veteran character actor known for playing mob roles on "The Sopranos" television show and in films, died Friday at a hospital in Teaneck, N.J. Family members told New Jersey's Record newspaper that Lip, a resident of Paramus, N.J., had...

    'American Idol' premiere shows auditions by Berks, Montco men, but the joke's on them

     
    The good news: Two people from counties surrounding the Lehigh Valley showed up on the premiere episode of Season 12 of “American Idol” on Wednesday. The bad news: Neither is going to the Hollywood round. Both were joke contestants never...