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  • Vivid impressions of Russian culture in 'Encyclopedia of a Life in Russia'

    Cuban author José Manuel Prieto's playful and fascinating book, “Encyclopedia of a Life in Russia,” is, according to Prieto's narrator, an encyclopedia-style guide to a book the narrator is planning to write about a man named Thelonious Monk who meets a redhead named Linda Evangelista in St. Petersburg. The book unfurls as encyclopedia entries, each tied somehow to Russia or Monk and Evangelista, who engage with a very minimal plot. Essentially, they meet. They talk. They visit the Soviet seaside town of Yalta. They think about going to France. That's about it.
  • Taylor Ho Bynum Premieres His Prince Project at Real Art Ways in Hartford

    Taylor Ho Bynum Premieres His Prince Project at Real Art Ways in Hartford
    Taylor Ho Bynum Ensemble: The Prince Project World Premiere Feb. 2, 7:30 p.m., $10-$15, Real Art Ways, 56 Arbor St., Hartford, (860) 232-1006, realartways.org   Franz Liszt did it. So did Gustav Mahler, the Rolling Stones, John Lennon, Anthony...

    Donald Byrd dies at 80; jazz trumpeter was a funk-fusion experimenter

    Donald Byrd dies at 80; jazz trumpeter was a funk-fusion experimenter
    Jazz trumpeter and band leader Donald Byrd, whose clean, elegant phrasing made his reputation in the 1950s and '60s before he began experimenting in the '70s and '80s with jazz-funk-R&B fusions on discs such as "Black Byrd" and "Thank You ... for F.U.M.L....

    Jane Monheit swings into Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale

    Jane Monheit swings into Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale
    Jane Monheit knows firsthand the life-changing influence that music can have on a young life. As a schoolgirl growing up in the late 1980s on the south shore of Long Island, where the right jeans and the right sneakers were required, Monheit was all...

    Dynamic Duos play it fast and loose at Jazz Showcase

    Dynamic Duos play it fast and loose at Jazz Showcase
    The very loose, somewhat rough, thoroughly enjoyable show that unfolded at the Jazz Showcase on Thursday night did not follow the club's usual format. Instead of featuring a main attraction, the whimsically titled "Dynamic Duos" show featured two...