| Sep 7, 2013
| 3:11 PM
It is impossible to define Jesse Owens with mere numbers, for it would suggest that a life story so consequential could be told fully in quantifiable terms.
Yet a number is at the genesis of this remembrance, so it would not be wrong to begin with a few...
| Sep 5, 2013
| 2:42 PM
Orange County has reached a milestone: We have at least one art or music teacher in every school.
That is both impressive … and sad.
It's impressive because local leaders made culture a priority in an age where budget cuts and FCAT-obsessed...
| Aug 29, 2013
| 7:47 AM
Driving an hour east or west of Orlando this week will open a whole new world of art for you. A couple of important exhibitions are on view in Tampa this week (with related follow-up programs through November). And, we have an annual holiday tradition...
| Aug 13, 2013
Talking about his drama “Lee Daniels' The Butler,” in which Forest Whitaker plays a fictionalized version of a real butler who worked in the White House for more than three decades, the titular director says, “I did this movie because...
| Apr 23, 2013
| 4:43 PM
It was a fine April day last week that found Elie Wiesel at Chapman University; it was a fine April day too, 58 years earlier, when the gaunt, teenage Wiesel found himself alive and suddenly free to walk out of the Buchenwald concentration camp. In the...
| Jul 30, 2013
| 10:08 PM
There's a popcorn shop in downtown Chicago that generates long tourist lines, and most locals, like me, don't get it. I don't think the popcorn is better than at any other place that puts a little effort into its popcorn, and if your time in Chicago is...
| Jun 21, 2009
The voice still can thunder.
Even in conversation, away from the stage, Topol's majestic baritone envelops the listener in luxuriant sound. No matter what this man has to say, you'd want to hear it--savor it--just to revel in the crushed-velvet tone of...
| Dec 4, 2010
Among the advantages of the iPad or other e-reader is that no great book need ever again suffer the sad fate of my paperback copy of "Art and Ardor" by Cynthia Ozick. The essay collection was published in 1983, but by the time it came to me, plucked...
| Apr 30, 2011
Mazel tov to the bar mitzvah boy -- 65 years late. Branko Lustig has two Oscars and a slew of film and television production credits, among them "Schindler's List" and "Gladiator" and "Black Hawk Down" and the TV miniseries "War and Remembrance." He...
| Mar 12, 2012
WASHINGTON — It's Lucy and the football, Iran-style. After ostensibly tough talk about preventing Iran from going nuclear, the Obama administration acquiesced to yet another round of talks with the mullahs.
This, 14 months after the last group-of-...