It is difficult to determine what kind of book April Smith intended her new novel to be. Is it to be a piece of personal American history like her "A Star for Mrs. Blake"? Is it to be a thriller in the manner of her FBI Special Agent Ana Grey series? As it stands, it’s a mash-up of both — an…

In these changing times, it’s nice to have fixed points in our lives such as timeless music and the triumph of seeing historic homes being preserved. Both of these pleasures come to us Tuesday with a program on Jacksonville’s Ten Oaks and a JSU/Community concert featuring Beethoven’s best-kn…

While there is much interpretation in the world of dance, ballet can be relied upon to stick to classic, beautiful and appealing artistry. Such is the case with the Moscow Festival Ballet, whose renditions of classic pieces such as "Swan Lake," "Sleeping Beauty" and "Giselle" created by lege…

If the walls of a hotel room could talk, what would they say? Maybe they’ve witnessed the unraveling of a midlife crisis, or a run-in of two former flames, or maybe even a bride with cold feet. In Neil Simon’s 1968 play "Plaza Suite," all three of those situations occur within the walls of S…