| Jan 27, 2008
Centuries ago, native people known as the Hohokam built an agricultural civilization on a stretch of desert known today as Arizona's Valley of the Sun. Some archaeologists believe the brutally arid climate forced the people to scatter in search...
| Apr 11, 2010
Disco and the Remaking
of American Culture
W.W. Norton: 338 pp., $26.95
Recently, I attended a wedding reception during which a 10-year-old boy, to entertain the adults on the dance floor, started making the point-to-the-sky...
| Jun 19, 2009
The mass hysteria surrounding "American Idol" may have cooled as another season has come to an end. Gone are renditions of Michael Jackson's "P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)" and Marvin Gaye's "What's Goin' On." There's a different music competition rolling...
| Jul 26, 2009
Everybody here? This afternoon's run-through of the new musical "The First Wives Club" -- based on the 1996 movie and Olivia Goldsmith's 1992 novel -- is about to begin in a rehearsal room at San Diego's Old Globe Theatre.
Everybody isn't. "Stop! Where...
| Jan 16, 2006
ATLANTA, Ga. -- Fresh grass, polished stone and cheery park rangers greet more than half a million tourists annually who visit a small neighborhood here to view the grave of Martin Luther King Jr. and the artifacts of his life.
This national historic...
| May 25, 1997
NEW YORK -- Behind the glass at Sean "Puffy" Combs' midtown Manhattan recording studio, singer Faith Evans fights back tears as she lays down the plaintive chorus to "I'll Be Missing You," a duet single dedicated to her slain husband, gangsta rap star the...
| Nov 7, 1993
Four years after N.W.A.'s "Straight Outta Compton" album popularized gangsta rap, the debate over the stark, confrontational music continues to escalate.
The recent arrests of some of the genre's biggest stars--notably Snoop Doggy Dogg, Dr. Dre and Tupac...
| Apr 2, 1989
Rap music is not polite. It's a noisy 'n' crude attack on mainstream sensibilities that has even liberal-minded adults who were raised on the rebellious, outlaw beat of Little Richard and the Rolling Stones asking themselves, "What happened to real music?...