A collection of Here & Now's best arts and music stories from 2011.
When he was just five, Actor George Takei was one of some 120,000 Japanese and Japanese-Americans forced to leave their homes on the West Coast after the Japanese attack on...
Music, drinking and debate combine in "Three Pianos," about a long party on a dark winter's night, set to a Franz Schubert song cycle.
In the 1960's, composer Terry Riley ushered in the minimalist music movement with his revolutionary classic "In C." Now he's expanding his repertoire to the Indonesian gamelan.
Longtime classical music fan Jennifer Nissenbaum recently bought a ticket for a "Tweet seat" at the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and settled in for an evening of Tweeting.
In a career that started in the late 1960s, musician Todd Rundgren has done it all, and at the age of 63 he's still doing it-- touring with his reunited...
Author Anthony Horowitz is the creator of the bestselling "Alex Rider" series of books for young adult readers. Now he delves into the realm of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in...
We recently sat down with cultural commentator Touré who explained what "post-blackness" means to him. We met him at the Sportsmen's Tennis and Enrichment Center in Dorchester, Massachusetts, a club...
Mystery writer Sue Grafton is out with her 22nd book in her alphabet series featuring private eye Kinsey Millhone: "V Is For Vengeance."
Here & Now's Kevin Sullivan got the chance to sit down with one of his favorite authors Terry Brooks, who is out with a new book.
The London Philharmonic Orchestra has produced a new album of video game music including themes from "Angry Birds," "Zelda" and "World of Warcraft."
Music plays a significant and recurring role in all of Japanese author Haruki Murakami's novels. That's especially true in his new 900+ page epic “1Q84.’’
Hayley Westenra has been performing since she was 13, and for her new album the 24 year-old collaborated with 82 year-old composer Ennio Morricone.
Imelda May, one of Ireland's top singer-songwriters, is winning rave reviews in the U.S after new CD, "Mayhem," hit the top of the charts.
Michael Uslan is a self-described comic book nerd, whose obsession with Batman turned into a decade-long odyssey to bring the Dark Knight to the silver screen.
Culture critic Jeffrey Melnick says the multiple traumas of Sept. 11 are woven all through American books, movies and music ten years on.
We speak with the new poet laureate, Philip Levine. He's been dubbed the "working man's poet," writing about blue collar work since he toiled in Detroit's auto factories as a...
Ry Cooder's new CD is filled with songs about the financial crisis. Cooder says he's "furious really about what's going on...this political situation in this country."
A young African American comic book artist from Brooklyn illustrates Ray Bradbury's nostalgic story of good versus evil, "Something Wicked This Way Comes."
Bestselling author Tess Gerritsen set her newest "Rizzoli and Isles" detective novel, excerpted here, in Boston's Chinatown.
Former Boston Globe book critic Gail Caldwell and fellow writer Caroline Knapp had a deep friendship that was cut short when Knapp died of lung cancer in 2002.