| Dec 11, 2011
The members of the folk group the Highwaymen were freshmen in the same fraternity at Wesleyan University in Connecticut when they came together to perform at a campus party in 1958.
By their senior year, the quintet had a No. 1 single with their haunting...
| Dec 26, 2011
When Bob Hare opened his Hermosa Beach coffeehouse in 1958, he called it the Insomniac because it was open until 3 a.m.
He brewed his coffee in a 300-pound dry-cleaning boiler and served it to such high-profile members of the Beat Generation as Allen...
| Apr 11, 2012
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"Those people could be my neighbors," I heard one woman remark at the conclusion of "After the Revolution," the current production at the Next Theatre in Evanston. Actually, Amy Herzog's impressive 2010 play is set in Greenwich Village, where, to...
| Jan 24, 2012
Bingham Ray, the co-founder of October Films, one of the top independent film distribution companies of the 1990s, and a former president of United Artists who was a leading force in independent films for more than two decades, died Monday. He was 57....
| Jul 14, 2011
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Nathan Lane, one of Broadway's most bankable names and the original star of "The Addams Family" and "The Producers," will appear alongside Brian Dennehy next spring at the Goodman Theatre.The storied duo will star in a new production of Eugene O'Neill's...
| Jun 30, 2011
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Just as the sun starts coming out in Chicago, so do a couple of terrific new plays.
The Goodman Theatre is just completing a season dominated by ambitious world premieres: "Stage Kiss" from Sarah Ruhl, "Mary" by Thomas Bradshaw, "El Nogalar" by Tanya...
| Oct 16, 2011
Reporting from New York —
Elizabeth Olsen recently experienced something that had never happened to her: She was recognized by a stranger.
"It was really weird. I was walking in Tribeca and a guy just came up to me and said, 'I just saw the...
| May 30, 2012
In 1962, Doc Watson and some of his musician neighbors set out from their home in the Blue Ridge Mountains on the journey of a lifetime, to perform at the Ash Grove folk club in Los Angeles.
"I remember the first trip we did," Watson said in a 2008...
| Aug 26, 2011
The burly construction workers ignore the lanky man as he dips beneath steel beams, plods through muddy puddles and inches his way past the spinning barrel of a cement mixer. In his neat jeans, button-down shirt and leather brogues, he clearly is not...
| Sep 5, 2010
"No one ever seems to go in or out of that building," says Sean Wilentz, pointing out Princeton's Nassau Hall, a campus landmark old enough to have been held by the British during the Revolutionary War.
It's appropriate that this eminent American...
| Oct 20, 2011
Silent film star also was in talkies
Barbara Kent, 103, an actress who began her career in silent films of the 1920s and made the transition to talkies in the Harold Lloyd comedies "Welcome Danger" and "Feet First," died Oct. 13 in Palm...