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  • Bruce Hornsby's 'Solo Concerts' strikes a responsive chord

    Bruce Hornsby's 'Solo Concerts' strikes a responsive chord
     When I first talked to Bruce Hornsby about his new two-CD set “Solo Concerts,” I had my concerns. He was describing it in terms of 12-tone classical composition, and the tricky “two-handed independence” that a pianist tries to master at the keyboards, and those concepts went way over my head. I worried that “Solo Concerts” would be the sort of technically brilliant exercise that fascinates serious musicians but leaves ordinary listeners frustrated and perplexed.
  • Show your true colors: 10 things to do with the family this weekend

    Show your true colors: 10 things to do with the family this weekend
    Between the smiling blue face of PBS TV star Thomas the Tank Engine, a herd of bright yellow rubber ducks on the New River and the crayons-in-a-woodchipper fashion of Sebastian Masuda at Young at Art Museum, this weekend is looking very bright, indeed....


    Bluegrass and Bar-B-Que: It would have been easy for the planners of Bluegrass and Bar-B-Que at the South Florida Fairgrounds (9067 Southern Blvd., West Palm Beach) to lean on the food as a main draw this weekend. But no. They also have arranged top-...

    Mark Twain House Comeback

    Mark Twain House Comeback
    It took a little ice cream, some beer, a lot of visiting authors and a staff eager to try new things in a city that clings to old ways. And it worked. Over the past five years, the Mark Twain House & Museum in Hartford has built on its foundation as a...

    Steve Earle talks about music, books, movies and duet with Shawn Colvin

    Steve Earle is something of a Renaissance man. Or maybe a workaholic. After nearly a year of touring with a band for his acclaimed, successful album “The Low Highway,” Earle now is working on his third book, just finished a...