RSS Feed

News Tribune Escape- Arts and Entertainment

Book Review: Madeline Kahn biography looks beyond the laughs

"Madeline Kahn: Being the Music, A Life" (University Press of Mississippi), by William V. Madison

She was delightful in "Paper Moon" and "Blazing Saddles," then uproarious as the monster's tuneful bride in "Young Frankenstein." Yet Madeline Kahn often didn't seem to appreciate her comedic talent, even though it kept her close to the hearts of audiences for three decades.

Flashback with retro fashion

Jefferson City Academic Center is presenting its third retro fashion show, “Fashion Never Fades,” which will feature styles from the ’50s through the ’80s.

Music Review: Zac Brown Band eclectic on 'Jekyll + Hyde'

Zac Brown Band, "Jekyll + Hyde" (Southern Ground/John Varvatos/Big Machine/Republic Nashville)

Zac Brown rightly names his new release after a famous, fictional schizophrenic, for few artists in this genre-focused era so openly embrace an eclectic muse.

Tease photo

From the Stacks: ‘I Am Forbidden’ follows Jewish women in struggle between choice and tradition

In her English language debut, “I Am Forbidden,” author Anouk Markovits introduces the reader to the insular, hidden world of Satmar Jews.

Joanne Carson, ex-wife of former 'Tonight Show' host, dies

Joanne Carson, the second wife of "Tonight Show" host Johnny Carson, has died in Southern California. She was 83.

Kelly Ripa, John Oliver among recipients of GLAAD awards

Kelly Ripa, John Oliver and Thomas Roberts are among the recipients of the 26th annual GLAAD Media Awards.

Famed country fiddler Johnny Gimble dies at 89

Renowned fiddler Johnny Gimble, who gained fame for his backup work with country stars from Merle Haggard to Carrie Underwood, has died.

Ozzy Osbourne gives $10,000 to children's percussion group

Ozzy Osbourne has donated $10,000 to a Kentucky children's percussion group after watching a video of the students performing Osbourne's signature hit, "Crazy Train."

Music Review: Stapleton's solo CD takes road less travelled

Chris Stapleton, "Traveller" (Mercury Nashville)

Chris Stapleton owns a great, growling bluesman's voice and a sensitive singer-songwriter's heart.

Book Review: 'The Fall' is tantalizing legal thriller

"The Fall" (Atria), by John Lescroart

John Lescroart has written a terrific courtroom mystery as the main series characters take a backseat to defense attorney Rebecca Hardy, daughter of regular Dismas, who takes on a case involving Greg Treadway, a middle school teacher who was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Beatles, Stones eclipsed by hip-hop impact

The impact of hip-hop’s arrival on the pop music scene eclipsed that of the Beatles-led British invasion of 1964, a computer analysis of 17,000 songs has found.

Live-action, high-tech Marvel theme park to tour this summer

That children's fantasy of fighting alongside — instead of just watching — favorite superheroes like Iron Man and Spider-Man is a step closer.

Tease photo

Movie Review: Wiig captivates in funny, disturbing 'Welcome to Me'

There's dark comedy, and then there's take-no-prisoners, dare-you-to-keep-looking dark comedy. Kristen Wiig's "Welcome to Me" falls decidedly in the latter category, making us laugh but feel deeply unsettled about doing so.

Music Review: Built to Spill returns with cathartic 'Untethered Moon'

Built to Spill, "Untethered Moon" (Warner Bros.)

On the lead track of Built to Spill's latest album, Doug Martsch sighs, "And now we settle for this complicated metaphor and leave this simple truth unsaid." His sentiment gets at the center of "Untethered Moon," a record flush with blustery guitar passages, hooks and heart.

Book Review: 'North Korea Confidential' shows world slipping in

"North Korea Confidential" (Tuttle Publishing), by Daniel Tudor and James Pearson

For a country that's been described as an intelligence black hole, North Korea sure has a lot of recent books that try to show daily life there.

Movie Previews