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NEW YORK — A slender, silver-haired gentleman steps onto a nearly bare stage, the instantaneous applause continuing long after he reaches the spare wooden table awaiting him. For a moment, amid the din, he studies the audience — young and...
With British and Irish yarns so dominant at the higher end of Broadway, time surely is ripe for an American family musical, at once fantastical and emotional, with its heart in family reconciliation and its roots in the florid storytelling culture of...
Nearly 60 years after she first stood in front of a classroom, my mother will retire from teaching Tuesday. She began in 1954 with a freshman English section at Miami University in Ohio where she was a graduate student. She went on to teach nursery...
To corrupt an old saying, the good Lord never closes a condo without opening a bungalow. Berwyn is on the rise. The financial crisis has turned the near west suburb into a hot spot of affordable housing, and young couples and families are crowding in....
We've been here before. The Sylvester Stallone vehicle "Bullet to the Head" concludes with an ax fight featuring Stallone against his sneering, murderous adversary, played by Jason Momoa, going at it like maniacs in the bowels of an abandoned power plant,...
*1/2 (out of four) Dumb as rocks, thin as paper and dull as scissors, “Bullet to the Head” offers just as much complexity and intelligence as you might expect from a movie called “Bullet to the Head.” I know, lots of people...
In light of Philip Roth's recent announcement of his "retirement" from writing, a scene from the 1977 movie "Julia" comes to mind. It's a delicious cinematic moment, involving as it does the deft puncturing of pomposity — always satisfying to...
A couple of decades ago, in another incarnation, the industrial building that is Woodlawn's Experimental Station was a dark and brooding drop-off recycling center. Now brick, steel, concrete and wood have been replaced and repurposed and, on Saturdays...
Tags: University of Chicago
Jules Massenet's "Werther" is a staple of the European opera house repertory, but its Goethe-inspired protagonist remains an infrequent visitor to American shores. Despite the fact that the opera received its American premiere in Chicago, in 1894, Lyric...
"Broken Harbor" by Tana French, Viking, 464 pages, $27.95. Dublin, Ireland Detective Sgt. Mick "Scorcher" Kennedy and his rookie partner Detective Richie Curran are assigned to a major investigation. Patrick Spain, his wife, Jennifer, and children...
Tags: Murder, Theft, Dublin (Ireland), Richard Ford, Bank Robbery
I never thought of Denver as much of a foodie destination, though Frasca, a 30-minute drive away in Boulder, gets heaps of well-deserved praise. But on a weekend trip a few months ago, I encountered a few meals — and a few drinks — that have...
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Miguel Zenon and Laurent Coq: "Rayuela" (Sunnyside Records). Puerto Rican saxophonist Zenon and French pianist Coq drew inspiration for "Rayuela" from Argentine writer Julio Cortazar's book of the same name, but this sublimely expressive recording...
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