| Aug 18, 2013
It's one thing to be famous. It's quite another to be notorious, which is defined as "widely and unfavorably known." Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife, Sandi, demonstrated that last week when they were sentenced for financial crimes. Here are 10 other...
| Jun 22, 2013
| 2:36 PM
Muse/ique, the intriguing, eclectic orchestra founded in 2011 by conductor Rachael Worby, opens its "Summer of Sound" season on Saturday, June 29, at Caltech's picnic-friendly outdoor Beckman Mall in Pasadena with "Lost in the Stars with Patti Austin."...
| Mar 13, 2013
| 9:05 AM
The House I Live In
At Real Art Ways, 56 Arbor St., Hartford, realartways.org, from Friday, March 15 through Thursday, March 21.
Eugene Jarecki's wrenching documentary on our failed national War on Drugs, "The House I Live In," in some senses...
| Feb 6, 2013
| 3:13 PM
Leroy Collins never says anything about it. He never tells his neighbors he was once a movie star — once.
Collins is 89 and lives by himself in the Montgomery Place retirement community in Hyde Park. Scientists who worked on the Manhattan...
| Jan 10, 2013
| 2:27 PM
The civil rights movement was full of dynamic and evocative images. Today, even many of us born after its iconic moments were captured on film can describe Martin Luther King Jr.'s outstretched arm pointing a sea of people toward a future decades beyond...
| Jan 15, 2013
| 9:40 AM
The new Hartford Stage show Breath & Imagination is living up to its name by breathing fresh air into the music-theater genre and adding imaginative touches to everything from the casting to the post-show discussions.
The show is a biography of...
| Dec 30, 2012
| 5:11 PM
Breath & Imagination, Hartford Stage's new show (running Jan. 11 through Feb. 9) about groundbreaking African-American lyrical tenor vocalist Roland Hayes, has announced its cast. It’s a small cast—two singers and a piano accompanist, but...
| Jan 3, 2013
| 10:30 AM
Jubilant Sykes has sung classical and spiritual music at the Metropolitan Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, London's Barbican Centre and the Hollywood Bowl.
But Hartford Stage is a decidedly different venue for a veteran of...
| Jan 15, 2012
| 3:47 PM
There's a moment in "Mr. Rickey Calls a Meeting," the terrific new show at the Lookingglass Theatre, when the caller of the 1947 meeting, Branch Rickey, president and general manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers, throws a crumpled shirt into the arms of Jackie...
| Jan 25, 2012
| 10:19 AM
Anyone ever tell you history is dull, tedious and irrelevant? Not us. And for some particularly fascinating and relevant insights into black history, ditch the textbooks and head to these stage shows, which explore everything from the politics in...
| Feb 23, 2012
| 5:04 PM
Images of nearly 6,000 Baltimoreans are the life's work of a photographer who documented racial segregation and early civil rights protests, and also captured candid moments of now-anonymous brides, classmates, football players and black residents of...