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Some might see an odd destiny — if not exactly Jerry Garcia’s “long strange trip” — in the formation of the 3-year-old Jazz Docs band. Its five members form a sort of Venn diagram — with Ellicott City dentist Hank...
I'm pretty sure we can account for three of the best-male-actor nominees when the Academy Awards lists come out on Jan. 10. I've just seen a trio of excellent performances: Denzel Washington in "Flight," Daniel Day-Lewis in "Lincoln" and John Hawkes in...
The shape of a lamp once was determined by its power source. A candle required a holder that kept the candle upright, caught drippings and was not damaged if the candle burned too low. Most early candlesticks were made of metal, and many had drip pans and...
ALISO VIEJO — There was likely only one big traffic jam in this town Sunday, and it happened to be for a rush to hear the music. Cars were backed up along Wood Canyon Drive in the minutes before the Pacific Symphony's first-ever "Sundays at Soka"...
The holiday season wouldn't be the holiday season without colorful music and dance events. And, just as department stores break out the Christmas decorations earlier and earlier, some performing arts organizations get into the swing before Thanksgiving....
The Evanston-based Light Opera Works has announced its 2013 season of shows. For its summer season at Cahn Auditorium on the campus of Northwestern University, Light Opera Works will stage W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan's "H.M.S. Pinafore" (opening...
Tags: George Gershwin
My friend Mildred "Neale" Baltz died last month, just weeks shy of her 103rd birthday. Despite our 40-year age difference, we shared a lot in the nearly two decades that we were next-door neighbors. I wrote a story about Neale in 2005 — its...
Countdown to Halloween: five days. I don't like wearing costumes, I'm not into haunted houses, candy corn is too sweet, and I prefer pumpkin pie to pumpkin carvings. But I do like horror movies — just not the kind with umpteen sequels. I saw...
"He's not so good in a crowd, but when you get him alone, you'd be surprised" -- Irving Berlin, "You'd Be Surprised" Nucky Thompson's new de facto mantra, "you can't be half a gangster," seems to be applying more and more to "Boardwalk Empire" as a show....
That annual roast of the coast known as Lagunatics is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, and it's theatergoers who get all the presents. The 2012 version, staged by Laguna's No Square Theatre and entitled "Schlock and Awe," follows the same...
Tags: Entertainment, Glenn Miller, Culture, Arts and Culture, Music
What happens when two formidable soloists from seemingly remote worlds of music decide to share a spotlight? At worst, chaos. At best, something close to what happened Monday night before a standing-room-only crowd at Evanston SPACE. It would be fair to...
The Chicago Humanities Festival will explore the theme of "America" this year, so it was wholly appropriate that its Gala Benefit Evening featured two musicians well equipped to take on distinctly American music. The 23d annual festival hasn't officially...
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