Adam Tate’s new book “Catholics’ Lost Cause” is a welcome addition to the scholarship on the history of religion in the South. Tate explores the efforts of three antebellum Catholic bishops, John England, Ignatius Reynolds and Patrick Lynch, to convince Southerners, and South Carolinians in particular, that Catholics were good Americans as well as good Southerners.

Author Patrick K. O'Donnell's "Band of Brothers"-style chronicle details the exploits of various aggregates of Maryland's citizen soldiers, not only the 400 men who saved the army from annihilation at the Battle of Brooklyn, but those who turned the tide in many a critical battle, becoming the first elite unit of the Continental army. Fighting in both North and South, these “Immortals” proved to be Gen. George Washington's most trusted force.

When he wasn't composing operas or incidental music, the great Baroque-era composer George Frideric Handel wrote oratorios. These were unstaged opera-like works that featured big choruses, typically relied on narratives from the Old Testament and could be performed in churches and cathedrals.

LOS ANGELES — Hal Blaine, the Hall of Fame session drummer and virtual one-man soundtrack of the 1960s and ’70s who played on the songs of Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley and the Beach Boys and laid down one of music’s most memorable opening riffs on the Ronettes’ “Be My Baby,” died Monday. 


Playing two of the greatest female roles ever offered in film, Scarlett O'Hara in "Gone with the Wind" and Blanche DuBois in "A Streetcar Named Desire," has guaranteed actress Vivien Leigh a place in popular culture. Yet her stage work, often overlooked by her film fans, may have been the true showcase of her talent.

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After he died in January 2017, his parents knew what they had to do. They had to help finish the film. Rob Stewart, a conservationist and activist filmmaker, had generated 400 hours of footage for his movie “Sharkwater Extinction,” a follow-up to his 2006 groundbreaking documentary “Sharkwater.”

There is no one in American letters quite like Maria Popova. In a world of short attention spans, she pens long essays that bridge centuries of scientific discovery, philosophical wondering and poetic expression. Yet she always crosses the bridge back to the present moment and shows how universal the questions really are.

The Colour of Music Festival will mount its seventh annual event March 27-30 at three historic downtown venues. The festival will showcase leading black classical artists from the U.S. and abroad and highlight the musical achievements of lesser-known black female composers, including Florenc…

Here is a modest proposal. Climate scientists should shut up about global warming. The gatekeepers for what we know and think about climate change should take a vow of silence and let some other people get a word in edgeways. Because, important though the science is, we need to stop defining the great issue of the 21st century in scientific terms.

Ten years ago, the Gibbes Museum of Art did something bold: It invited artists Juan Logan and Susan Harbage Page to scrutinize the museum’s holdings and mount a unique exhibition of works drawn from the collection that examined the institution’s neglect and bias as well as the city’s trouble…

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Heather and Henry Galvin are not your typical animal lovers. The three elegant greyhounds in their care are just the tip of the iceberg. They have tortoises, rabbits and a rainforest kinkajou. Oh, and two anteaters. And a high electric bill.

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It might be called the Everyone Orchestra, but not everyone can do what’s required to play in it. Disaster is an ever-present threat, but it never seems to strike. The band, with its ever-changing lineup, specializes in a unique form of improvisation. 

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Bach "tempered" (retuned) the chromatic scale, dividing it into 12 equal semitones. He codified the rules of Western harmony, and he set the standard for performance practice in the first part of the 18th century. It’s a legacy that has influenced all musicians since, including The Beatles, whose songs — “Love Me Do,” “Eight Days a Week,” “Penny Lane” — depend on the rules of harmony and voice leading that Bach established.

It can be hard for Lou Pasqua to finish a painting. He’ll set it aside for a while, then take a fresh look and find something that needs tweaking. But eventually he applies a final brush stroke and decides it’s done.