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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Back in the saddle again

Back in the saddle again

Paul Moravec and I are at work on a new project—but this time, it isn’t an opera. My old friend John Sinclair is celebrating his twenty-fifth anniversary as artistic director of the Bach Festival Society of Winter Park, about whose activities I’ve previously written in this space. John is a conductor of real quality who […]
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Music Monday (4/20): This Week's New Albums + Videos

Our guide to this week's album releases also features the week's top new music videos from artists like Built to Spill, Caribou, and Desaparecidos, plus brand new streaming music from the likes of Foo Fighters, Mew, and more. Read and Post Comments | Get the full article at Metacritic
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Just because: a 1974 interview with Richard Rodgers

Just because: a 1974 interview with Richard Rodgers

Richard Rodgers is interviewed by James Day on an episode of CUNY-TV’s Day at Night originally taped in 1974. A new revival of The King and I, which Rodgers wrote with Oscar Hammerstein II in 1951, opened last week at Lincoln Center Theater: (This is the latest in a series of arts-related videos that appear […]
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Music legend Nelson to roll out own brand of marijuana

DALLAS (AP) — Music legend Willie Nelson is jumping into the movement to commercialize marijuana and plans to roll out his own brand of cannabis that he intends to make “the best on the market.”
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Stromae taps Kanye West in Coachella surprise

Stromae taps Kanye West in Coachella surprise

Belgium's Stromae brought in a fellow superstar from across the Atlantic, Kanye West, in a surprise Sunday on the final day of the Coachella festival. Stromae was performing his dance-and-song show at the festival in the southern California desert when West suddenly appeared — to applause — to join “Alors On Danse,” a major hit in the French-speaking world in 2009 and 2010, according to numerous social media posts. While unannounced, the appearance had history to it as West previously recorded a hip-hop remix of “Alors On Danse” aimed at the North American market. Coachella, one of the most influential global music festivals, is well-known for its surprise appearances, although they have generally been more common in the first of the two weekends.
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The shame sharks

The publication of Jon Ronson’s So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed has triggered much discussion of the phenomenon of social-media “shaming,” most interestingly and convincingly by my friend Megan McArdle: Twitter makes it absurdly easy to shame someone. You barely have to take 30 seconds out of your day to make an outraged comment that will […]
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Almanac: Somerset Maugham on happy endings

Almanac: Somerset Maugham on happy endings

“Death ends all things and so is the comprehensive conclusion of a story, but marriage finishes it very properly too and the sophisticated are ill-advised to sneer at what is by convention termed a happy ending. It is a sound instinct of the common people which persuades them that with this all that needs to […]
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Shawn Mendes, Sheppard & Tori Kelly To Perform At 2015 Radio Disney Music Awards (Exclusive)

The 2015 Radio Disney Music Awards have lined up three of music's up and coming breakout stars!
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