arts & entertainment
When Angola was still a colony of Portugal, dance clubs in Angola produced a kind of distinct music that took fire and eventually took Portugal by storm. Now, a new band of Portugese and Angolans is taking that old kuduro sound and turning it into new music.
You might recognize The Heavy by name, but you almost certainly recognize their music. Take their hit song 'How You Like Me Now,' which has been featured in Super Bowl ads, on TV and in Obama campaign appearances. But as all-American as those things are, the band is distinctly British — the latest Brit group to build on American Southern music.
Summer is the time for film festivals. Cities from across the world host events to showcase local works and introduce the public to art house films. But they also serve an important role in marketing these independent films. Is that role under threat, though?
A London-based scientist at Microsoft, and professor at Oxford University, was distressed that we never get a complete picture of the risks of climate change. But rather than merely talk about it, he turned the issue into a play that he's been performing solo in London and abroad.
Syria's artists have long been unable to criticize their government and its leaders. In the wake of the current uprising, though, that prohibition has been lifted, if not officially, in practice. A group of artists are using puppets and YouTube to criticize the government and illustrate its violence.
Bands in Israel have a long road ahead of them if they hope to become a global hit. To start off with, just getting heard overseas requires spending a ton of money to get there. And even if they can accomplish that, there are the politics of being from Israel to contend with. And, of course, what language do they sing in?
Lawless is supposed to be a period piece. The Possession is a horror thriller. And Oogieloves is a kids movie. But all of them are hilarious on at least some level. All three are out in theaters this weekend.
You've probably not heard of Jovanotti -- but that may change soon. The Italian hip-hop musician has been popular in his home country for years, but not he's bringing his music to the U.S. and hopes to reach a whole new audience.
Comedic actress Rachel Dratch's new book, "Girl Walks into a Bar," is about her career, her dating misadventures, and her life as a forty-something new mom.
Detroit has been hit harder by the recession than many, perhaps most, American cities. Budgets have been cut, payrolls have been slashed. But earlier this month, voters in that city decided they would raise their own taxes, to help fund their art museum.