| Jan 23, 2014
| 9:00 AM
Jean-Philip Grobler spent years churning out commercial jingles to pay the bills while working on the music that really inspired him.
Now Grobler's band, St. Lucia, is drawing acclaim for the lustrous synth-pop on its recent debut album, "When the...
| Nov 29, 2013
| 8:00 AM
British actor Idris Elba is having what he describes as a "beautiful moment" in his career. His off-screen life, though, is another story.
This summer, Elba starred in Guillermo del Toro's special-effects action thriller "Pacific Rim," in which he...
| Dec 22, 2013
It would be a mistake to think that the end of the Cold War also ended the threat posed by nuclear weapons. Nuclear-armed states continue to deploy huge arsenals of nuclear weapons, other states continue with their efforts to acquire nuclear weapons,...
| Dec 5, 2013
| 2:35 PM
"Isn't Mandela still president?" That startling question came from a homeless teenager in a Cape Town township during an interview in 2007, as I set off around South Africa to explore the meaning of freedom in the lives of young people. At first, I...
| Jan 12, 2014
Two American academic groups — the American Studies Assn. and the Assn. for Asian American Studies — have called for a boycott of Israeli universities. Those resolutions have met with many objections. Much has been made, for example, of the...
| Nov 5, 2013
| 3:47 PM
It’s almost inconceivable today, but a generation ago, some of the biggest pop music events in the history of the planet came and went with no commercially available evidence left behind.
That curious fact is brought to the fore with this week&...
| Jan 4, 2014
Linda Johnson Rice remembers flying to Paris at age 7 for the couture shows with her mother, Eunice Johnson, on a buying trip for the Ebony Fashion Fair.
Around age 9 she was getting to know Michael Jackson, also 9, because her father, John H. Johnson,...
| Feb 6, 2014
| 4:43 AM
Former Miami Heat star Shaquille O’Neal doesn’t miss many slam dunks. Nana Meriwether is a slam dunk, and Shaq missed it.
Meriwether, who will travel from her home in New York to take part in the fifth annual Wild Fox Model Beach...
| Dec 5, 2013
| 3:03 PM
Nelson Mandela was, quite famously, a fan of European classical music. His two favorite composers were George Frideric Handel and Pyotr Ilych Tchaikovsky, but he grew up exposed to the country’s rich tradition of vocal groups forging a unique form...
| Oct 23, 2013
Warren Winiarski, former University of Chicago lecturer and iconic founder of Napa Valley's Stag's Leap Wine Cellars, was fond of stating that good wine depends on three G's: "the grapes, the ground and the guy." (The aphorism dates to the 1970s; today,...
| Oct 30, 2013
"When we have visitors to our winery," says Christopher Howell, winemaker and general manager at Cain Vineyard & Winery in Napa Valley, Calif., "I remind them of the most basic thing: that wine comes from grapes, that grapes grow in vineyards and that...