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In this Sept. 7, 2012 file photo, actor Theodore Bikel poses at the opening night performance of "November" at the Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles. Bikel, the Tony-nominated actor and singer whose passions included folk music and political activism, died Monday, July 20, 2015 in a Los Angeles hospital. He was 91. (Photo by Ryan Miller/Invision/AP, File)

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. He was 91. The Austrian-born Bikel was noted for the diversity of the roles he played, from a Scottish police officer to …

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 open to anyone who loves to sing, has a nice voice and a “good ear,” …

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 the new album, Something More Than Free, becomes something special, when it is clear that …

Ben Gibbard’s New Sound

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Ben Gibbard never thought he’d find himself where he did at the end of 2012. The boyish frontman of Seattle’s Death Cab for Cutie had spent the previous decade and a half establishing a reputation as one of …

At the Hopkins Center, An Updated ‘Figaro’

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Imagine Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro , one of the best loved and most performed operas in the r epertoire, set in Beverly Hills in the present day, and you have ¡Figaro (90210) , which arrives today at the Hopkins Center at Dartmouth College for a two-night run. The …

Does Dave Chappelle Have a Special in the Works?

Thursday, April 9, 2015

The website Comedy Hype thinks Dave Chappelle might have been filming a new comedy special this week in Austin and is reporting that, according to their sources, it’s for HBO. If true, it would be Chappelle’s second for the network; Killing Them Softly aired all the way back …

Singer-Songwriter Van Morrison Partners With Others on Album

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Van Morrison is one of the most revered singers and songwriters of the postwar pop music era, which means there’s no shortage of singers eager to collaborate with him. But according to some of those close to the …

Rolling Stones Plan Big North American Tour

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Los Angeles — The Rolling Stones are zipping across North America again. The rock band announced a 15-city stadium tour Tuesday that will kick off May 24 at Petco Park in San Diego. Other stops include Columbus, Ohio; Minneapolis, Minn.; Dallas, Texas; Atlanta, Ga.; Orlando, Fla.; and Nashville, …

Who Is Trevor Noah, Comedy Central’s New ‘Daily Show’ Host?

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Um ... who? That was the question for a lot of people when Comedy Central told The New York Times that Trevor Noah will replace Jon Stewart as host of The Daily Show. Here’s what we know so …

U.S. Registry Adds Calif. Artists

Sunday, March 29, 2015

With nods to the Doors, Sly & the Family Stone, the Righteous Brothers and Steve Martin, the latest selections to the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry have a decidedly California slant. Each year the institution surveys more …

How Will You Die if You’re a Rock Star?

Sunday, March 29, 2015

There is much mystery surrounding the death of Tupac Shakur, killed in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas in 1996. Was Shakur’s murder gang-related? Was it part of the East Coast/West Coast hip-hop rivalry — perhaps related to …

Borrowing, Appropriating and Stealing Are as Old as Art Itself

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Blurred lines indeed. The recent verdict by a federal jury in Los Angeles may have settled one case, but it has ignited a larger debate about creativity and ownership and how to sort out the co-opted from the …

Luke Bryan, It’s Time for You to Grow Up

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Modern country music stars love reliving high school and college glory days (see any Kenny Chesney song), but Luke Bryan really loves it. So much so that every year since 2009, the Nashville superstar has released a special …