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Like everyone else at the Old Dominion Literary Festival, Southern California poet Douglas Kearney had turned his ringer off. So when a stranger called and left an undecipherable message, Kearney, preparing for his reading, didn't think much of it. As a...
Tags: Howard University, New York, Book, Los Angeles, Education
Special to the Chicago TribuneThe Twin Cities are far from identical twins. St. Paul, the Minnesota capital and host to the Republican National Convention this week, historically looked to the East Coast for architectural inspiration and retains a human-feeling scale. Minneapolis...
Sun theater criticAugust Wilson, one of the most accomplished, ambitious and prolific playwrights in the history of the American theater, died yesterday of liver cancer. The 60-year-old playwright had most recently been working on revisions of Radio Golf, the 10th and...
Theater CriticThere are precious few guarantees in the theater anymore. Boffo playwrights went out with the Neil Simon dinosaurs. A new show by Stephen Sondheim, hands down the greatest living musical theater composer, can't even count on a Broadway booking. The only...
Times Staff WriterNO one said it was going to be easy. But with his first season behind him and his second already underway, Center Theatre Group artistic director Michael Ritchie has yet to communicate a clear theatrical game plan. Questions concerning his artistic...
Tags: Theater, Marisa Tomei, David Mamet, Kentucky, Kirk Douglas
Sun Theater CriticNEW YORK -- August Wilson sits in a scruffy, linoleum-floored eatery in the heart of the theater district holding a sheaf of discount coupons for "Miss Saigon." He's not planning on seeing the show, but he's put the coupons to good use. Neat black...
Tags: Theater, Romare Bearden, Journalism, Literature, Crimes
Sun Theater CriticThe friendship between playwright August Wilson and director Marion McClinton began two decades ago when they both lived in St. Paul, Minn. Since then, Wilson has won two Pulitzer Prizes (for "Fences'' and "The Piano Lesson''), and McClinton has acted...
Tags: Death, Poetry, African Americans, Alice Walker, Minority Groups
Special To The SunFew speak of Annapolis' cultural life with greater authority than Anna Greenberg. A self-described "professional volunteer" who has twice served as president of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra's Board of Trustees and continues to be active on other...
Times Staff WriterFlashy production design can't save "Soul Plane" from crashing and burning in a debris field strewn with stereotypes and raunch. Director Jessy Terrero steps up from the music video ranks to make his feature debut, but he's flying strictly cargo class...
Tribune theater criticYou want a hundred bucks' worth of acting for a quarter of the price? Buy a ticket to Congo Square Theatre Company's "Seven Guitars," now at the Duncan YMCA auditorium on the Near South Side, and you will spend an evening in the company of a sterling...
Hartford Courant staff writerThe city's newest hotel, the Renaissance, is aptly named, considering what it was and where it is. Known as the Fulton Building, the 14-story downtown property has a lobby rich in creamy marble and mosaic tile, a 30-foot glass-and-cast-iron atrium and...
The Washington PostOne brisk Tuesday, I climbed the stairs of the Old Courthouse in St. Louis, following the path of Missouri's most famous slave. Past the towering pillars hung portraits of Dred Scott and his wife, Harriet, looking at once stern and refined. A plaque...
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