| Mar 4, 2014
| 6:33 PM
Justin Kaplan, an author and cultural historian who wrote a definitive, Pulitzer Prize-winning biography of Mark Twain and spiced the popular canon as general editor of Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, has died. He was 88.
Kaplan died Sunday at Mount...
| Mar 1, 2014
| 6:30 AM
Mike Garson obviously takes the piano very seriously, but he can chuckle over some of the contradictory paths that a versatile mastery of the keys has led him down.
Maybe the unlikeliest of all is the one he's embarking on Saturday at Segerstrom Concert...
| Feb 27, 2014
| 10:32 AM
In the 1950s classic "Roll Over Beethoven," Chuck Berry declares, "I got the rockin' pneumonia / I need a shot of rhythm and blues / I caught the rollin' arthritis / sitting down at a rhythm review."
The day may never come when music can cure...
| Feb 27, 2014
| 6:00 AM
When plans for a Holocaust memorial in Berlin were announced years ago, German writer Martin Walser wondered how many monuments to shame his country would have to build. It was a telling sentiment for a nation that could not cleanse the past yet wanted...
| Feb 26, 2014
| 9:16 AM
In local public-affairs programming this weekend, Lauren Rowe returns as host of "Flashpoint" at 8 a.m. Sunday on WKMG-Channel 6. Her guest will be reporter Tony Pipitone, who next month will leave the CBS affiliate after 26 years for a TV job in South...
| Feb 8, 2014
The past few weeks have been rough on Marin Alsop.
Late last month, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's music director gathered with family and friends in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., at the bedside of her mother. Ruth Alsop, whose career included playing...
| Feb 3, 2014
| 12:01 PM
Now that the Florida Supreme Court has cleared the way for voters to decide the fate of medical marijuana in November, I called Florida's only legal pot smoker for his toke, uh, I mean take.
"We're in for a tough battle," said Irvin Rosenfeld, 60, a...
| Jan 23, 2014
| 11:00 AM
The city of Geneva is looking for applicants to represent its Third Ward after Ald. Dawn Vogelsberg announced this week that she was giving up the seat she's held for 10 years.
Vogelsberg made the surprise announcement at the end of Tuesday's City...
| Feb 4, 2014
| 10:00 AM
TEHRAN -- For the third consecutive day, low-income Iranian families lined up Tuesday in harsh winter weather outside government–run distribution centers to pick up free food parcels.
The nationwide handouts are part of an effort by Iranian...
| Jan 23, 2014
| 4:28 PM
"The Michael J. Fox Show" (NBC, Thursdays). I come to spare a few good words and happy thoughts for this fine family sitcom, to praise and not to bury it, though the dominant (and no doubt accurate) line in the press is that it is fatally low-rated and...
| Jan 21, 2014
| 2:28 PM
Polemics aside, the merits of a photo identification requirement for voters are compelling.
The voter ID imbroglio swirling around Pennsylvania is the doing of sinister political posturing on both sides of the state's symbiotic and self-serving two-...