Ted Danson, left, and Patrick Wilson in the FX network’s "Fargo." (FX photograph)

‘Fargo’ Creator Noah Hawley Isn’t Feeling any Season 2 Jitters

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

They say there are no bad ideas. Maybe Noah Hawley can attest to that now. As the mastermind to FX’s TV adaptation of Joel and Ethan Coen’s Oscar-winning black comedy Fargo, Hawley had big Sorel boots to fill. But the 10-episode first season, starring Billy Bob Thornton as menacing drifter Lorne Malvo and Martin Freeman as hapless insurance salesman Lester …

Pop Legend Returns, Reaffirms

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Janet Jackson is well aware of the job at hand on her first album in seven years, and she doesn’t waste any time facing up to it. “Hello,” she coos in the opening track of Unbreakable. “It’s been a while. Lots to talk about.” No kidding. In 2009 Jackson’s brother Michael died. In …

Neil Sedaka Has a Million of ’Em

Sunday, October 11, 2015

The first hit Neil Sedaka ever wrote, with partner Howard Greenfield, was singer Connie Francis’ Stupid Cupid. Shortly after that, working five days a week in New York’s famous Brill Building, he landed hits with R&B singers Clyde McPhatter and Laverne Baker. All this from white Brooklyn kids in the late 1950s. Did …

Around the Remote: Chuck Barney’s Picks for Aug. 9-15

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Don’t Miss I Am Chris Farley — This new documentary celebrates the life and career of the lovable comedian who died of a drug overdose at the age of 33, just as he was establishing himself as a big-screen star after a five-year run on Saturday Night Live. …

Stradivarius Violin Recovered After 35 Years

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Washington — Renowned violinist Roman Totenberg left his beloved Stradivarius in his office while greeting well-wishers after a concert in 1980. When he returned, it was gone. Its case was later found in the basement of the Longy …

‘The Tender Land’

Saturday, August 8, 2015

In a distinguished career of writing music that expressed American life and idealism at its best, Aaron Copland’s quintet T he Promise of Living , which ends the first act of his only full-length opera The Tender Land …

Dance DJ Mixes Multiple Music Genres

Sunday, August 2, 2015

‘Rose Garden’ Singer Lynn Anderson Dies in Nashville

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Nashville, Tenn. — Lynn Anderson, whose strong, husky voice carried her to the top of the charts with (I Never Promised You a) Rose Garden, has died. She was 67. A statement from the family said she passed …

Stage and Film Star Theodore Bikel Dies in Los Angeles at 91

Sunday, July 26, 2015

New York — Theodore Bikel, the Tony- and Oscar-nominated actor and singer whose passions included folk music and political activism, died Tuesday morning of natural causes at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, his agent Robert Malcolm said. …

Volunteers Sought For Seasonal Choir

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Woodstock — Congregation Shir Shalom is seeking volunteers for this year’s High Holy Day choir. The chorus will perform during Rosh Hashana, on the evening of Sept. 13 and morning of Sept. 14; and during Yom Kippur, in the evening on Sept 21. and Sept 22. It is …

Fourth Solo Album, First One Sober

Sunday, July 19, 2015

New York — His mother’s tears upon hearing Jason Isbell’s new song Children of Children were evidence that he’d nailed the complex emotions involved. The song about sacrifices made by a teenage mother is also the moment where …

Woman Goes From Starbucks Exec to a Life in Music

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Seattle — In 2005, Paula Boggs’ sister-in-law, Julie, was killed in a car accident. In her grief, Boggs picked up her guitar. It was like being reunited with an old friend. That feeling spurred her to successfully audition …

Movie Review: ‘Minions’ Is Too Much of a Good Thing

Saturday, July 11, 2015

It was inevitable that the Minions would get their own full-length movie. These strange cartoon creatures — overall-clad yellow munchkins resembling googly-eyed amoxicillin capsules — stole the spotlight from Steve Carell’s Gru in both Despicable Me movies. And …