‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ moves from TV to Broadway

If Tina Landau hadn’t become a director, she probably would have followed in the webbed footsteps of Jacques Cousteau.

ECSO: Calling all young instrumentalists

The Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra invites young instrumentalists, including pianists, to apply to its annual Instrumental Competition. This competition, now in its 59th year, was established to recognize the outstanding talents of emerging young musicians through the age of 25. A...

From Allende: Love in the air and a body

In the Midst of Winter

The emotional range of Isabel Allende's new novel is stretched so wide that it's a miracle the book's spine doesn't break. We're used to dark comedies, the ironic mingling of humor and despair, but "In the Midst of Winter" is a light tragedy, an off-kilter mix of sweetness and bleakness held...

No sister act: Nuns' album tops charts in time for Christmas

In this Nov. 14, 2017 photo, sisters sing at the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist campus in Ann Arbor, Mich. Their third and latest album, “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring: Christmas with the Dominican Sisters of Mary,” has muscled its way to the top of Billboard’s classical chart and climbed nearly as high on the holiday chart. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

They may be sisters, but this is no act

Review: Jane Hawk returns in Koontz's 'The Whispering Room'

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Book Review: Jane Hawk returns in Dean Koontz's terrifying conspiracy thriller, "The Whispering Room."




A wooden barrel vs. the British navy

Cramped quarters make me anxious. I’m also a lousy swimmer. No matter how compelling the cause, I can’t imagine going underwater in a 3 by 6 foot wooden barrel, but Ezra Lee did just that during the American Revolution. It was the...

Rick's List - Holiday Tune-Doctor Edition

You may not know it, but I'm pretty famous as the go-to guy in terms of "doctoring" holiday songs by contemporary artists. What happened was an accident. I was out boozing it up with the late, great George Michael and he asked if I'd...