Just because: John Coltrane plays “Alabama”

Just because: John Coltrane plays “Alabama”

The John Coltrane Quartet plays Coltrane’s composition “Alabama” on Jazz Casual, originally telecast on Dec. 7, 1963, five weeks after the group made its studio recording of the piece. The other players are McCoy Tyner on piano, Jimmy Garrison on bass, and Elvin Jones on drums: (This is the latest in a series of arts-related […]
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Love songs, R.I.P.

My essay in the May issue of Commentary is occasioned by the publication of Ted Gioia’s Love Songs: The Hidden History: Most pop songs are about love. So are most classical art songs. So are most folk songs. What is more, most of us take all this for granted, though a moment’s consideration suggests that […]
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As long as the lady is paying…

As long as the lady is paying…

In the last of three season-wrapping drama columns that appeared in The Wall Street Journal this week, I review the Broadway transfers of The Visit and Airline Highway Here’s an excerpt. * * * Fourteen years after it was set to open on Broadway, “The Visit,” the final John Kander-Fred Ebb musical, has gotten there […]
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The man who loved Shakespeare

In today’s Wall Street Journal “Sightings” column I write about Henry Folger, who amassed the collection that became the Folger Shakespeare Library, and about art collectors in general. Might they perhaps all be slightly loony? Here’s an excerpt. * * * When I started buying fine-art prints, a critic told me, “You won’t be a […]
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Brunch Hotspot Live Oak Cafe Returns After Revamp With Awesome Live Music

Brunch Hotspot Live Oak Cafe Returns After Revamp With Awesome Live Music

Oak Street brunch and live music favorite Live Oak Cafe (8141 Oak) is now reopen after a major remodeling effort kept the a.m. hotspot closed during an “extensive winter hiatus,”  Ian McNulty reports this week.
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Almanac: William Hazlitt on the fragility of virtue

“The greatest offence against virtue is to speak ill of it.” William Hazlitt, “On Cant and Hypocrisy”
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The doctor is out

The doctor is out

In the second of three season-wrapping drama columns that will appear in The Wall Street Journal this week, I review two new musicals, Doctor Zhivago and Something Rotten! Here’s an excerpt. * * * At least one of the musicals that I see on Broadway each season leaves me shaking my head and muttering “What […]
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Almanac: Nathaniel Hawthorne on discomfort and progress

“The world owes all its onward impulse to men ill at ease. The happy man inevitably confines himself within ancient limits.” Nathaniel Hawthorne, The House of Seven Gables
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Bigger and better

Bigger and better

In the first of three season-wrapping drama columns that will appear in The Wall Street Journal this week, I review the Broadway transfers of Fun Home and Living on Love. Here’s an excerpt. * * * “Fun Home,” the Lisa Kron-Jeanine Tesori musical version of Alison Bechdel’s gripping 2006 “family tragicomic” about her uneasy relationship […]
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Arterra's New Chef and a Craft Beer & Music Fest in Vista

Plus a downtown hotel's restaurant switcheroo.
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Snapshot: Bert Lahr and Ricardo Montalban in The Fantasticks

Snapshot: Bert Lahr and Ricardo Montalban in The Fantasticks

A rare kinescope of an abridged TV adaptation of The Fantasticks, originally telecast on NBC’s Hallmark Hall of Fame in 1964. The production was directed by George Schaefer and the cast includes John Davidson, Bert Lahr, Stanley Holloway, and Ricardo Montalban: (This is the latest in a series of arts-related videos that appear in this […]
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Almanac: Arthur Miller on humor

“Everyone likes a kidder, but no one lends him money.” Arthur Miller, Death of a Salesman
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In the open

In the open

I love my job, but I don’t much care for April, the last month of the Broadway season, when I have to spend nearly every night on the aisle seeing shows, some of them wonderful and others appalling beyond belief. The problem, though, is not the bad shows but the fact that I get so […]
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New music festival launched outside Nashville

NEW YORK (AP) — Another music festival is making its debut — this one outside of Nashville, Tennessee, and paying homage to history.
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Lookback: on unpunctual friends

Lookback: on unpunctual friends

From 2005: Why is it that only two of my friends meet me on time? Because none of the others do, not ever. As in never. N-E-V-E-R. And you know what? Even though I know they’re going to be a little late, and have an ironclad policy in place ensuring that I’ll be in my […]
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Almanac: Somerset Maugham on “men of one book”

“There is an impression abroad that everyone has it in him to write one book; but if by this is implied a good book the impression is false.” W. Somerset Maugham, The Summing Up
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