Arts & Entertainment

06/30/2016 - 11:12am
Thoughts Of A Jazz Lover Jazz can be enigmatic, an alchemy of mysterious sounds and moods that is spontaneous and yet deliberate in its free flowing creativity. There is a high note of haughtiness, perhaps a sort of natural aristocracy from a kind of inbred austerity about jazz that puts it in a class by itself, elevating the music to a higher form of consciousness. Your mind clears, your body relaxes and suddenly life smiles at you. Jazz is beautiful music. Just listen and enjoy.   Turn... >>more
06/30/2016 - 10:12am
Sleuth Extraordinaire The government shut-down has all but emptied the corridors of power, but there’s no rest for Kit Marshall. The staffer who discovered her Senate boss dead in “Stabbing in the Senate” finds herself once again embroiled in murder. Thankfully this time she’s not a person of interest. Unfortunately her new boss, the freshman congresswoman from North Carolina, is suspect numero uno. “I already recovered once on Capitol Hill from being labeled a... >>more
06/29/2016 - 10:25am
Artist Revisit: Jan Kern “Jan Kern is on an expedition through time, maybe timelessness, connecting societies, peoples, and eons. The cultures could be Egyptian, Spanish, Navajo – or Capitol Hill on any afternoon.” I wrote that in 2002. If anything, Jan’s work has become not just timeless but a passage through the rhythms of human intelligence to the deliberate beginnings – back to the cultivation of vision and the awakening of the mind to the very idea of form and... >>more
06/29/2016 - 9:42am
‘Genius’ Individual creators creating – that most interior of acts – has always been difficult, if not impossible, to treat in the cinema, which best exhibits a tactile reality in a world of movement, not the inner workings of the mind. Years of biopics about famous writers, composers, scientists, and artists prove this again and again. A recent example: “The Man Who Knew Infinity,” wherein the film can only mimic a gifted mathematician’s wrestling with... >>more
06/04/2016 - 11:10am
Lifting the Whole Damn Thing He describes himself as “a scrappy, half-blind, dyslexic kid from Pittsburgh [who] had been given the chance to work for human rights with people all over the world.” Others call him “Mr. Human Rights.” In his new memoir, “Create Your Future,” Jack Healey describes his more than five decades fighting the good fight. The youngest of 11 children, Healey grew up learning about oppression and injustice from his mother, who advised him... >>more
06/04/2016 - 10:08am
Artist REvisit: Matt Sesow   Matt uses themes almost exclusively as a departure stage for blastoff, and any subject is consumed with a savage energy. Matt drives ideas like nails through current events. Whatever the theme, he manages to steer clear of illustration and drills his way to the inner core of fearless, almost reckless interpretation. I wrote that 11 years ago, and there is still that internal power in Matt’s work. But there is a new depth. Matt gives you insights into the... >>more
06/04/2016 - 9:10am
‘Weiner’ Yeah, yeah. Does anyone need to hear more about the utterly disgraced and too appropriately named Anthony Weiner, the New York City pol who destroyed his political future by displaying his bulging privates online to young women? Can any more tired jokes be made about this inept Lothario, whose once promising career became a punch line? Perhaps not, but – funny thing – a new movie (out May 23) about his misadventures makes for a very compelling documentary about... >>more
06/03/2016 - 12:10pm
Thoughts Of A Jazz Lover Jazz can be enigmatic, an alchemy of mysterious sounds and moods that is spontaneous and yet deliberate in its free flowing creativity. There is a high note of haughtiness, perhaps a sort of natural aristocracy that puts it in a class by itself, elevating the music to a higher form of consciousness. Your mind clears, your body relaxes and suddenly life smiles at you. Jazz is beautiful music.   BWB ••• Norman Brown guitar Kirk Whalum saxophone Rick... >>more
06/03/2016 - 11:12am
To commemorate the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death, a theater might produce a play by Shakespeare himself. Yawn. But what better way to honor the Bard than to vividly invoke the brilliance of his invention by creating an entirely new work of “American Shakespeare”? Kudos to the Folger Theatre for bringing that stroke of genius to fruition, commissioning award-winning director and playwright Aaron Posner to undertake his own exploration of “The Merchant... >>more