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Al Jolson

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  • Review: 'Darkest America: Black Minstrelsy From Slavery to Hip-Hop'

    Review: 'Darkest America: Black Minstrelsy From Slavery to Hip-Hop'
    Are hip-hop artists such as Flavor Flav and Lil Wayne the new generation of black minstrels -- the African American jesters who used to entertain audiences with cartoonish, racially stereotypical shtick before the collapse of the Jim Crow South?...
  • What 'Boardwalk Empire' really does right: American pop's salad days

     
    I love the golden age of appointment television. I was a lifelong surfer, jumping between cooking shows and "Law and Order" reruns in a vain attempt to avoid being told what probiotic to buy, until our DVR made it possible......
  • What are the 100 greatest Jewish songs? 'My Mammy'? 'If I Were a Rich Man'?

     
    In a list that's bound to spark debate among Jews and Gentiles alike, Tablet magazine commissioned writers-scholars Jody Rosen and Ari Y. Kelman to compile their list of the 100 greatest Jewish songs of all time. It's a Sisysphean task,......
  • Jimmie Fidler in Hollywood, Jan. 14, 1941

     
    Jan. 14, 1941: Open letter to Al Jolson. My Dear Al: If this letter angers you, forgive me. I realize that the $500 you sent me before Christmas to spread good cheer among the poor was accompanied by a request......
  • Theater review: 'Twist: An American Musical' at the Pasadena Playhouse

     
    Charlotte Stoudt reviews 'Twist,' the new musical at Pasadena Playhouse...
  • Critic's Notebook: Jerry Lewis walks alone

     
    So. Jerry Lewis is out as host of the Muscular Dystrophy Labor Day Telethon, which he had captained since 1966 (though he had hosted local telethons for the charity as far back as the early 1950s). Having announced that the......
  • Theater review: ‘Hello! My Baby’ at the Rubicon Theatre

     
    Philip Brandes reviews Cheri Steinkellner's new Tin Pan Alley-themed jukebox musical, "Hello! My Baby" at the Rubicon Theatre....
  • Glimpse of rich history at Warner Bros.

    The most iconic images of Hollywood in the minds of people around the world aren't always that sign on the other side of the hill or Mann's Chinese Theatre. The rounded soundstage roofs of Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank are just as evocative an image....
  • Humble theaters become movie palaces

    Humble theaters become movie palaces
    In October 1917, a theater opened at 3535 W. Roosevelt Road that changed the moviegoing experience, in Chicago and the nation. In the era of the nickelodeon, a term reflecting not just the price of admission, but the surroundings, motion pictures were...
  • College Hill history part of Wichita's struggle for national status

    College Hill history part of Wichita's struggle for national status
    "We tend to think of 19th century Kansas through the lens of a pioneer, the lens of a cowboy, the lens of the outlaw," says Wichita State University Public History Program Director Jay Price. "You've gotta to forget all of that. You have to look as it...
  • Funerary urns as modern art

    Funerary urns as modern art
    They may be cast in steel, assembled out of driftwood, machined on industrial lathes or hand-carved out of salt, but ultimately all of these urns have two common purposes: to contain and to heal. Rather than be burned, buried or sequestered in a...
  • Bob Mitchell dies at 96; silent-movie organist was house musician for Dodgers

    Bob Mitchell dies at 96; silent-movie organist was house musician for Dodgers
    Bob Mitchell, an organist who was the first such house musician at Dodger Stadium and the last surviving working accompanist from the silent-film era, has died. He was 96. Mitchell died Saturday from congestive heart failure at Hancock Park...