Gary Tischler

2016 Sounding Like the Year the Music Died: Now, Glenn Frey

This is the year of endings: Frey, co-founder of the Eagles, the soulful, rock-and-country-tinged, super band-hit machine of the 1970s, died Jan. 18 at the age of 67.

On MLK's Birthday, We Celebrate His Life, Words

This Monday, this city, this country will be celebrating the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who would have been 86 years old Jan. 15, had not an assassin’s bullet ended his life.

Obama's Last State of the Union: Stirring Valedictory

Nothing exists in a vacuum.  Not even, and especially, presidential State of the Union addresses.

President Barack Obama’s SOTU ...

Are We Not Entertained? The Bread and Circus of Sunday

Perusing the craziness of Sunday's TV moments, entertainment writer Gary Tischler draws for us a large arc of comment and insight that leads back to us.

David Bowie: Rock's Transcendent Shapeshifter

"I catch a paper boy." The world has lost David Bowie, and all of his edgy, generous, outward bound gifts went with him but also stayed behind. 

Don't Let 2016 and the Campaigns Get You Down

Aren’t you: surprised, relieved, exhausted, still dancing in the streets, nervous about what lies ahead after a year that seemed full of surprises, most of them not boding well for 2016?

American Masters Three: Cole, Kelly and Lemon

Singer Natalie Cole, painter Ellsworth Kelly and basketball player Meadowlark Lemon were contradictions in their fields and originals—but Americans all.

Kick Off 2016 Old-School With Waltzes, Strauss and a 'Salute to Vienna'

To start off 2016 in an upbeat mood, try the music of Johann Strauss and his "Blue Danube Waltz” at Strathmore’s 15th annual New Year’s Concert, Jan. 3.

Theater Shows Extended Past Christmas Week

There’s still plenty of theatrical goodies available, for latecomers, or late gifting, with regular runs finishing up and some productions getting extra showtime.

Literary Sugar of 'Bright Star': We Want Some More

“Bright Star” is especially striking and not a little startling because its heroes and heroines are literary types—on the Eisenhower Theatre at the Kennedy Center through Jan. 10.

Father Rick Curry, Co-founder of Dog Tag Bakery, Dies at 72

Co-founder of Dog Tag Bakery, Rev. Richard Curry, S.J., of Georgetown University passed away Saturday evening, Dec. 19, at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia.

A Few Who Have Left the Stage, and Our Lives: 2015

Each year, we count up our losses — the passing of those who in the course or the whole of their ...

Last Debate of 2015: Was It Fun for You, Too?

The fifth Republican presidential campaign debate—in Las Vegas, the city where dreams go to die an unnatural death, no less—had it all: context, immediacy, urgency and a theme.

Chaka Khan: Swimming in Every Musical Ocean

Thinking about the life of Chaka Khan so far is like trying to read a really thick, epic novel in ...

In This Time, In This Season

We are living in a time when certain politicians who shall remain nameless (for once) advocate closing America’s borders ...

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