Chopin a National Poet

FRÉDÉRIC CHOPIN a National Poet? FRANZ LISZT thought so, and explained why in an 1852 essay that begat a biography of the great Romantic composer.
by David McGee
 

 
 

Two Worlds Under One Sun

On THE SUN OF BOTH WORLDS: TRADITIONAL TURKISH SUFI MUSIC, Turkey's DÜ-ŞEMS ENSEMBLE demonstrates the musical interaction between its homeland and its neighbors. A review and band profile ensue.
by David McGee
 

 

 

NASA’S Hubble Provides First Census of Galaxies Near Cosmic Dawn

DISTANT WORLDS--Using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers have uncovered a previously unseen population of seven primitive galaxies that formed more than 13 billion years ago.
by David McGee
 

 
 

Springing Into Spring with Leslie Evans

Spring has sprung, and so has some fine new work by illustrator LESLIE EVANS, in Carole Gerber's new book, Spring Blossoms. Stop in as JULES chats with Leslie and shows off her latest seasonal illustrations.
by David McGee
 

 

 

Spring in Verse, In Romania and In Song

Nature’s Temple: we celebrate Spring with RUBY & THE ROMANTICS, William Wordsworth, Emily Dickinson, e.e. cummings and others..
by David McGee
 

 
 

Saluting Jonathan Winters

We lost a true original with the April 11 passing of JONATHAN WINTERS, an improvisational comedy genius (and author, actor, artist). In VIDEO FILE, we look back on a few of his many special moments.
by David McGee
 

 

 

On Dawning, Saffron Engages East and West In Service to Rumi’s Impassioned Insights

On Dawning, its new album, Saffron engages East and West in service to the Persian Sufi poet Rumi's impassioned insights. World music at its most moving, this.
by David McGee
 

 
 

On Cats Behaving Badly And Convincing Them To Stop

Laugh it you like, but MIESHELLE NAGELSCHNEIDER really does command unique skills and a magic touch when dealing with felines of all stripes. Not for nothing is she called The Cat Whisperer.
by David McGee
 

 

 

Newswire: Sustainable Agriculture, Alternative Energy & Climate Issues

NEWSWIRE: aggregate news of sustainable agriculture, alternative energy and climate issues
by David McGee
 

 
 

THE HITCH-HIKER (1953)

THE HITCH-HIKER (1953) was a most unusual noir: set in the desert, with an all-male cast directed by IDA LUPINO, whose legend looms large in film history. Based on the true story of spree-killer Billy Cook.
by David McGee
 

 

 

Exploring Celestial Harmony

On 'Spheres,' his new album, violin great DANIEL HOPE explores Music of the Spheres, the junction between philosophy, mathematics and music. Blame Pythagoras.
by David McGee
 

 
 

The Fisk Jubilee Singers: Working On a Building

In 1871 the JUBILEE SINGERS of Nashville toured the northern states in hopes of raising funds to build a college. Bucking daunting odds against them, they succeeded and made Fisk University possible.
by David McGee