| Feb 10, 2012
| 7:06 AM
Pennsylvania native Denison Witmer is a veteran singer-songwriter who has achieved more critical acclaim than record sales.
That's not to say his music is edgy or difficult. The song "Brooklyn With Your Highest Wall" from Witmer's new, ninth album,...
| Jul 25, 2011
| 7:27 AM
Sully’s Pub in Hartford has long been a hotspot for central Connecticut’s musically-inclined. In particular, the mid- and late-‘00s gave rise to a wave of insanely talented musicians. André Balazs may be the hardest one to pin down....
| Jul 26, 2011
| 7:43 AM
If you've never heard a note played by either Simon Dawes or Dawes, it's understandably very easy to get the two bands mixed up. After all, their names are very similar and lineup-wise, both are almost the same thing. But to Taylor Goldsmith, Simon...
| Feb 23, 2010
Clay Blackburn, the hero of Owen Hill's elegant and understated novel "The Incredible Double," is not your typical detective. For one thing, he's a book scout: a guy who haunts used bookstores and estate sales, looking for the one or two items of real...
| May 18, 2008
The Chelsea Hotel had a beleaguered look. A tenant had draped several banners across the legendary establishment's red brick facade: "Stanley Bard is my hero," one banner proclaimed.
The signs referred to the hotel's part-owner and longtime manager who...
| Apr 12, 2009
| 7:19 PM
| Aug 29, 2008
If Cecil B. DeMille had directed the Democrats' Denver festivities, the trailers would have touted "a cast of thousands." Even if the possibility of a strike hadn't shut down film production across Los Angeles, Hollywood would be empty this week because...
| Feb 27, 2009
| 11:09 AM
| May 24, 2009
Will You Take Me as I Am
Joni Mitchell's Blue Period
Free Press: 240 pp., $24.99
When Joni Mitchell thinks about confession, two things come to mind: witch hunts and Catholic priests. To be held up as the exemplar of confessional...
| Feb 26, 2009
The early scenes of the documentary look like some lost reel from "This Is Spinal Tap," spanning what seems like half of rock history -- complete with hem lengths and haircuts.
But the protagonist is not a metalhead but a Zelig-like figure: Here he is as...
| Jun 28, 2009
In his six years as head of the Royal National Theatre, Nicholas Hytner has made a name for himself with his bold moves. He has commissioned large-scale plays and productions dealing with hot-button political issues, he brought in a major sponsor to...