Drive-By Truckers, "English Oceans" (ATO)
The often-prolific roots rockers Drive-By Truckers took a four-year break from the studio before recording "English Oceans," and the stockpile of songs pays off throughout the band's 12th album.
"Black Horizon" (Harper), by James Grippando
"Black Horizon," the eleventh book in James Grippando's Jack Swyteck series, revisits the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 and then does it one better, sending oil straight at the Florida Keys.
A mystery man. A splashy reveal. A media frenzy. Newsweek staked its return from the dead on a story it knew would get attention. A cover story claiming it had uncovered "the face behind bitcoin," the world's most popular digital currency.
Sheila MacRae starred on the Broadway stage and in films, yet it was her small-screen role as the tolerant and brassy wife of a Brooklyn bus driver for which she is most remembered.
Rick Ross, "Mastermind" (Maybach Music Group/Def Jam)
All of the songs on Rick Ross' sixth album are built with strong production and the rapper's normal shoot-from-the-hip approach. However, the performer is unable to move the needle on "Mastermind" like he did on previous releases, including 2012's top-notch "God Forgives, I Don't."
"The Bootlegger" (Putnam), by Clive Cussler and Justin Scott
Isaac Bell of the Van Dorn Detective Agency finds himself in charge in "The Bootlegger," by Clive Cussler and Justin Scott, the latest in the adventure series.
Tony Stewart can recite nearly every line in “Smokey and the Bandit” and high on his bucket list is meeting star Burt Reynolds to discuss the popular 1977 movie.
Lea Michele, "Louder" (Columbia Records)
On some of the songs from her debut album, Lea Michele is convincing. On others, it's like she is acting.
"The Chase" by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg, (Bantam)
Janet Evanovich, author of the popular Stephanie Plum series, and Lee Goldberg, who has written several novels and TV shows, return with a follow-up to their popular adventure "The Heist." The action never stops in "The Chase," and a humorous tone keeps everything moving at a fun clip.
Helias Catholic High School is producing the classic musical “Fiddler on the Roof” both as a form of entertainment and also as a learning experience for the students.
Stained Glass Theatre in Jefferson City is presenting a play written by Mike Upshaw, who is a member of Stained Glass Theatre in Ozark.
Eli Young Band, "10,000 Towns" (Republic)
The Eli Young Band continues to provide a smart, relevant antidote to all the male country acts focusing on clichés about the attractions of backwoods America. On "10,000 Towns," the four-piece band from Denton, Texas, shines by focusing on insightful songs about how young men and women relate with each other.
Cars rumble past on a busy street just outside. A radio tuned to a jazz station plays a bit too loudly.
Artists from Spain and Portugal will be a centerpiece of the Kennedy Center’s next season, along with a first for the performing arts giant: its own new musical.
With a string of recent deals, cable and satellite providers are beginning to acknowledge a brutal truth that companies like Hulu and Netflix have known all along: Many TV viewers, especially young ones, want shows and movies on their own terms — wherever, whenever and on whatever devices they choose.