| Apr 10, 2014
| 5:45 AM
Quincy Jones knew even at a young age that he wanted to compose film scores.
"I used to go to movies for 11 cents," Jones said at his mansion nestled in the Bel-Air hills. "I used to play hooky in Seattle every day. I could tell if a movie was scored at...
| Apr 3, 2014
| 3:09 AM
In October the Library of Congress opened a new exhibition featuring the first map of the United States — the first ever to depict the Stars and Stripes. It was printed in New Haven in 1784 by a Connecticut engraver, Abel Buell, just half a year...
| Apr 8, 2014
| 10:11 AM
It measures only 8 centimeters, or about 3 inches, in diameter and couldn't even hold a cup of morning coffee. And yet it is worth $36 million.
Or at least someone was willing to pay that much. A 15th century porcelain cup from China sold at a Sotheby'...
| Apr 1, 2014
| 4:50 PM
Frankie Knuckles, a record producer and disc jockey who helped develop the sound and culture of house music — a style of Chicago dance music that revolutionized club culture in the 1970s and '80s and resonates today — died Monday at his home...
| Mar 18, 2014
| 7:34 AM
Culture Monster has seen a picture of the global art market, and it looks very much like a portobello mushroom.
The glimpse came not in a photograph, painting or drawing, but from the 83-page annual “TEFAF Art Market Report” issued...
| Mar 31, 2014
| 10:28 AM
People are often tickled by the story that famed choreographer George Balanchine considered settling in Hartford before establishing in New York, but local lore suggests he was never that serious.
Balanchine's immigration to the U.S. was aided by...
| Mar 31, 2014
| 2:30 AM
"SHE WAS A GIRL who could sell ice to Eskimos!"
That's what a record producer said of Deborah Harry in a documentary about the band Blondie and the making of their breakout album "Parallel Lines."
This was on the Smithsonian Channel. It was the same...
| Mar 26, 2014
| 12:30 PM
Whether you're a recent college graduate or further down your career path, you might be asking yourself this question. The question isn't "should I or should I not go to graduate school?" It's a question of when should you go.
| Mar 12, 2014
| 6:30 PM
The latest documentary exploration of a particularly fertile region in the history of American music, in this case Memphis, "Take Me to the River" compensates for a lack of originality and depth with no shortage of joyful celebration. An inside job by...
| Mar 13, 2014
| 1:00 AM
A car that hit clubgoers outside a show at the SXSW festival has left at least two dead and five critically injured, according to Austin police.
The incident happened during the music portion of the multidisciplinary confab in Austin, Texas. The film...
| Mar 12, 2014
| 8:07 PM
Australian actress dies at 61
Wendy Hughes, 61, an Australian actress best known to American audiences for her performance in the 1979 film "My Brilliant Career," died of cancer Saturday in Sydney, her family said.
Hughes began her rise...