| Jan 28, 2012
Clare Fischer, a Grammy-winning pianist, composer and arranger who crossed freely from jazz to Latin and pop music, working with such names as Dizzy Gillespie, George Shearing and Natalie Cole as well as Paul McCartney, Prince and Michael Jackson, has...
| Feb 5, 2012
| 9:27 PM
After weeks – months! – of audiences being inundated with promos for NBC’s “The Voice,” the premiere finally got under way tonight after Super Bowl XLVI. As the NFL crowned this year’s champions in the New York Giants,...
| Feb 6, 2012
| 8:12 PM
Phew! Two hours of “The Voice” is a lot to process. The NBC show was heavy on the tug-at-your-heartstrings contestant backstories tonight, which can make for some intense emotional weight-lifting. But we all survived, and slowly but surely,...
| Feb 27, 2012
| 1:35 PM
It's not often in judging the biography of a great artist that you can just pick up the phone and call one of the people who knew him best — and remains a principal keeper of the historical flame.
But that is exactly the case with Cab Calloway, the...
| Mar 1, 2012
| 7:46 AM
If Matthew Lopez were teaching a class on writing he might take a turn on the maxim and say: "Write what you don't know."
Lopez is the son of a Puerto Rican father and a Polish-Russian mother. He grew up Episcopalian and gay in Panama City, Fla.
| Feb 22, 2012
| 1:03 PM
Without Cab Calloway, it is hard to imagine there would have been a Michael Jackson or a Prince or hip-hop moves.
If that sounds like hyperbole, tune in to PBS' "Cab Calloway: Sketches," an "American Masters" presentation airing Monday, Feb. 27 (check...
| Mar 11, 2012
A whimsical house in Malibu that looks like something out of "The Flintstones" has come on the market at $3.5 million. The owners are iconic television personality Dick Clark and his wife, Kari, according to public records.
The unusual architectural...
| Mar 29, 2012
| 10:30 AM
Trayvon Martin was me, Ricardo Alonzo Summers in 1988. I lived in a neighborhood in Calvert County called Scientist Cliffs. Scientist Cliffs was established in the 1930s as a private, tony beach community by a handful of employees from the Department of...
| Oct 2, 2011
| 1:55 PM
MOVIES OPENING (Friday; subject to change)
The Ides of March
Machine Gun Preacher
Pop Up Video (returns after a decade absence; noon; VH1)
House (season premiere; 9 p.m.; Fox)
The A-List Dallas (series debut;...
| Oct 17, 2011
| 9:58 PM
3 stars (out of 4)
Patrick Stump, the songwriter-singer who played trusty sidekick to pin-up Pete Wentz in multimillion-selling rock band Fall Out Boy, steps out for his first solo album, the misleadingly titled “Soul Punk” (Island).
| Nov 5, 2011
| 3:56 PM
The woman, barely in her 20s and estranged from her family, worked two jobs as she tried to launch a singing career. When she started chatting online with the head of "424 Records," she thought she had finally gotten her break.
The purported record label...