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  • Was James Beard the Jolly Green Giant?

    Was James Beard the Jolly Green Giant?
    Q: I really did enjoy everyone celebrating Julia Child's birthday. But, I do remember another chef that was on television before her, James Beard. I remember seeing his cooking shows and I guess there are no tapes or films that were saved, or maybe...
  • 'Mary Pickford': A portrait fit for film royalty

    'Mary Pickford': A portrait fit for film royalty
    Mary Pickford bobbed her hair on June 21, 1928. It made news worldwide. For she was "America's Sweetheart," and those signature golden curls symbolized an earlier, more innocent age when Pickford reigned as the most famous movie star in the world....
  • Paschall Brothers sing at National Endowment for the Arts celebration in Washington, D.C.

    Paschall Brothers sing at National Endowment for the Arts celebration in Washington, D.C.
    The Paschall Brothers of Chesapeake, an a cappella gospel group with a strong connection to Newport News, were honored in Washington, D.C., last week. The group, led by The Rev. Tarrence Paschall, was among nine winners of the 2012 Natonal Endowment...
  • Big-screen blind spot: 'Groundhog Day'

    Big-screen blind spot: 'Groundhog Day'
    Once in a while, a movie slips under your radar. For about, oh, 20 years. In 'Big-screen blind spot,' we sit down with those 'classic' movies everybody but us has seen and give them the nostalgia critic treatment. Confession: Until this week, I had never...
  • Indianapolis exhibit spotlights the Lincoln family

     Indianapolis exhibit spotlights the Lincoln family
    Toys, furniture, photographs and insightful documents pull Abraham Lincoln, his parents and his descendants off the history pages at "The Lincolns: Five Generations of an American Family," an exhibit coming to the Indiana State Museum in Indianapolis....
  • Stephen Wade: A telling tale of making beautiful music

    Stephen Wade: A telling tale of making beautiful music
    Stephen Wade's affection for the Chicago in which he grew up and that he left long ago is passionate and palpable in the introduction to his astonishing book, “The Beautiful Music All Around Us: Field Recordings and the American Experience.”...
  • New law makes it illegal to unlock new cell phones

    New law makes it illegal to unlock new cell phones
    SPRINGFIELD, Mo. --  Under a law that passed on Jan. 26, it is now illegal to unlock cellular telephones. Oddly enough, it's at the hands of the U.S. Library of Congress.  It revised rules that apply to unlocking cell phones as well as "jail-breaking"...
  • 'Mary Coin' imagines 'Migrant Mother's' life

    'Mary Coin' imagines 'Migrant Mother's' life
    A photograph, Marisa Silver writes at the end of her new novel, "Mary Coin," is "an alchemy of fact and invention that produces something recognizable as the truth. But it is not the truth." It is as if Silver is writing about her own new novel here...
  • Taking the Kids: Exploring African-American history in Washington, D.C., and beyond

    Taking the Kids: Exploring African-American history in Washington, D.C., and beyond
    Talk about the best birthday present ever. You've got to think that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will be smiling down as we, on the same day, celebrate his birth and the second inauguration of Barack Obama, our first African-American president. Ask your...
  • How to make the most of a trip to the nation's capital

    How to make the most of a trip to the nation's capital
    A spring break in the nation's capital is a rite of passage for some families, but if the airfare from the West Coast to the East has stretched your vacation budget, take heart. Many places are free, thanks to government funding (although the sequester...
  • Timeless 'Let's All Go to the Lobby' has deep local roots

    Timeless 'Let's All Go to the Lobby' has deep local roots
    It's one of the most iconic movies in American cinema history, despite its running time of less than one minute. In the film, four animated concession items — a candy bar, some popcorn, a box of candy and a soft drink — march up a movie...
  • The leader of the Pops

    The leader of the Pops
    Michael Feinstein was surprised to be asked to fill the newly named Marvin Hamlisch Chair as principal conductor of the Pasadena Pops orchestra. “I was gobsmacked,” Feinstein said, “and very touched.” Feinstein succeeds Hamlisch,...