Luke Bryan, "Kill the Lights" (Capitol Nashville)
On the songs "Fast" and "Way Way Back," from Luke Bryan's new album "Kill the Lights," the perpetually upbeat star takes his first steps toward acknowledging the complexities that come with maturity.
In "Diary of a Teenage Girl," a bell-bottomed California 15-year-old girl comes of age in 1970s San Francisco. She documents the transition she's been craving, narrating into a tape recorder her eager plunge into sex and adulthood, and illustrating it in crude cartoons that take after R. Crumb.
"Protocol Zero" (Berkley), by James Abel
"Protocol Zero," James Abel's follow-up to the stellar "White Plague," is intriguing, but ultimately doesn't live up to the premise or anticipation generated by the earlier novel.
Many journalists who have written feature profiles of public figures will have experienced that light-bulb moment, once the cautious mutual-assessment phase is concluded and you start digging for the meat, when the subject perhaps casually reveals some illuminating aspect of him- or herself around which the entire article can be built. Those moments come thick and fast in "The End of the Tour."
The rock musical “Rent,” the play loosely based on Giacomo Puccini’s opera “La boheme,” is the current production for The Little Theatre of Jefferson City.
This past May, Twentieth Century Fox released Danish director Thomas Vinterberg’s film adaptation of “Far From the Madding Crowd.”
Stories from underwater
Scuba diving in Missouri? If you think it’s impossible, you’ve never heard about Bonne Terre Mine.
Early on in "Ricki and the Flash," Ricki (Meryl Streep) gets a call that disarms her before she's even decided to pick it up. With smoky eyes, braided rocker hair and a swagger that suggests skin that's as thick as her leather pants, this doesn't seem like a woman who would back down from a challenge.
The Missouri River Regional Library cultural concerts will be back on the state Capitol’s south lawn next Friday after a two-year hiatus.
Andrea Bocelli, Puccini's "Turandot" (Universal Music Classics/Decca/Sugar)
The phenomenon known as Andrea Bocelli is at it again, releasing his 11th complete opera recording.
I'll admit it. About an hour into "Fantastic Four," the inexplicably plodding and dreary new attempt to adapt the beloved Marvel story, I started thinking about Ethan Hunt from "Mission: Impossible."
A free concert of opera and show tunes at 7 p.m. Aug. 14 at First Presbyterian Church, 324 Madison St., will feature Jefferson City native Suzanne Woods.
Jon Stewart said an emotional goodbye on Thursday, after 16 years on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” that established him as America’s foremost satirist of politicians and the media.
Lianne La Havas, "Blood" (Nonesuch)
Lianne La Havas is a 25-year-old London singer-songwriter with a big fan in Prince, who featured her on his album "Art Official Age" and last year performed a secret gig for a dozen people in her living room.
"The Marriage of Opposites" (Simon & Schuster), by Alice Hoffman
Midway through Alice Hoffman's latest novel, the mother of the great impressionist painter Camille Pissarro takes her 2-week-old son into the forest to find a medicine man she hopes can cure him of the malady that has kept him from eating or sleeping since birth.