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Writing blues songs may not be a joyful experience (is anyone ever happy he's got the blues?), but listening to them sure is. The wail of the guitar and the croon of a blues singer can be thrilling. If this weekend's 22nd Annual Chicago Blues Festival...
Tribune arts critic3 stars (out of four) Musicians and the movies have been married since the dawn of sound, from Al Jolson through big bands, Elvis, the Beatles, Prince and Eminem. Now comes OutKast, the team made up of Andre Benjamin, a.k.a. Andre 3000, and Antwan...
Tags: Faizon Love, Movies, Depression, Al Jolson, Cicely Tyson
Times Staff WriterMaybe the band has just finished its encore, or maybe the bartender just announced the dreaded "last call," but it's well past the other side of midnight and there's no denying it: You're hungry and far from ready to call it a night. The bacon-wrapped...
Tags: Disc Jockeys, Bee (insect), NoHo, Bacon, Cher
REGINA Wright Bruce arrives from a distance of 42 years. She wears a smile of spiritual wonder. She stands in this throng of delighted people at the grand opening of the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture, and her...
Special to Baltimoresun.comDid you know Tori Amos received a citation from the Mayor of Baltimore for a song about the 1980 Orioles? Or, that before Tupac Shakur was "West Coast," he was "East Coast" and a student at the Baltimore School of the Arts? Baltimore has been home to a...
Tags: Teen-agers, Philip Glass, Billie Holiday, High Schools, Mario
Special To The SunTry to peg the character of U Street, the revitalized and once-again trendy corridor in Northwest D.C., and you may have to check your watch. That's because this urban renaissance district has two distinct personalities, as different as night and day....
Tags: Dog (animal), Landforms, History, Restaurants, Duke Ellington
Bobby Rush had a good laugh when 2 Live Crew's explicit raps raised a 1st Amendment ruckus in the late 1980s. The Crew was essentially updating the blush-inducing, double-entendre-laced vamps of performers such as Rush and Millie Jackson, who had been...
FOR THE TIMESFriday February 6, 1998 "18 Years Later." With that pre-credit title nudge, the sequel to John Landis' supercharged 1980 car chase and R&B comedy "The Blues Brothers" begins, and you are warned: If you don't have a detailed and reverent memory...
TIMES FILM CRITICFriday June 16, 2000 Weed, blow, Mary Jane, reefer, muggles, pot, tea. Marijuana is a drug that travels under numerous aliases--nicknames that indicate how pervasive it's been in American popular culture. When director Ron Mann chose "Grass" as...
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- When it comes to pianos, Elvis Presley isn't the king -- but he's close. A white grand piano once used by Elvis to jam with "The Killer," Jerry Lee Lewis, sold this week to the tune of $685,000. That's more than the 1999 auction...
If you're one of those people who hit the holiday bar scene with too much enthusiasm, then you probably don't want to see a drop of the hard stuff for quite a while. Chicago offers many late-night, no-alcohol options. Most are coffeehouses, cool...
Tags: Movies, Gaming, Music, Glenn Miller, Concerts
Tribune Rock CriticThe Blue Meanies, a Molotov cocktail of sound and motion, stomped, shimmied and rattled the floorboards at Metro one last time Thursday, and then, presumably, called it quits. "You're witnessing history tonight," said singer Billy Spunke, midway through...
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