“I’d twerk to Mozart!” is the type of bold thinking we need these days. The picks on this week’s Heat Check subvert the norm and take you to unexpected places.
You won’t get a full picture of Prince from this book, but it does manage to pierce through some of the mystery the renowned artist purposely cultivated around and about himself.
Ten years ago, Costanzo had surgery that threatened to destroy his singing voice. Now the countertenor is starring as a gender-fluid Egyptian pharaoh in a new production by the Metropolitan Opera.
The former national security adviser endured ridicule over comments made after the Benghazi embassy attack. Her book allows her tell her own story — and she is also open about foreign policy failures.
Author Ben Lerner’s new semi-autobiographical book, The Topeka School, finds a competitive-debate whiz kid navigating adolescence — and perhaps the precursors to today’s American politics.
For Dreamville’s third compilation album, Revenge of the Dreamers III, J. Cole wanted to invite as many hip-hop and R&B artists as possible to collaborate for 10 days straight. It worked.
This week’s mix features drone music performed on a pipe organ, ridiculously over-the-top metal from Japan, a wild avant-pop collaboration between Nels Cline and Cibo Matto’s Yuka C. Honda and more.
Kadir Nelson was inspired by Kwame Alexander’s poem. It “spoke to excellence, and perseverance, and triumph amidst adversity,” Nelson says. “It was an ode to the sung and unsung heroes in history.”
In a video that has been viewed millions of times, the young black man has his hair cut by a team trainer so he can compete. The referee, who is white, has been accused of racist conduct before.
In the latest Broadway play by Jez Butterworth, the body of a man who was violently “disappeared” 10 years ago has been found in a bog. It augurs bad things for the dead man’s family.