Weight Watchers founder keeps trim at 87

By: Matt Sedensky

PARKLAND, Florida — Jean Nidetch ambles down the hallway of the senior community where she lives, two cups of Coca-Cola teetering on her walker. In her one-bedroom apartment, there are Klondike bars in the freezer and, in the fridge, Baileys Irish Cream beside Chinese take-out.If these don’t seem the trappings of the woman who founded Weight Watchers, don’t be alarmed. At... READ MORE

Murder, blackmail and music in Chicago

By: Robert Friedman

When Chicago: A Musical Vaudeville opened on Broadway in 1975, many in the audience were said to be shocked — shocked! — by the show’s subversive view of such seeming American verities as a fair and impartial justice system and the secular sainthood of celebrities.But that was then, 36 years ago. Now, yesterday’s biting cynicism has become today’s relished... READ MORE

Murder, blackmail and music in Chicago

By: Robert Friedman

When Chicago: A Musical Vaudeville opened on Broadway in 1975, many in the audience were said to be shocked — shocked! — by the show’s subversive view of such seeming American verities as a fair and impartial justice system and the secular sainthood of celebrities.But that was then, 36 years ago. Now, yesterday’s biting cynicism has become today’s relished... READ MORE

Festival spotlights latest trends in crafts

By: Carol Sorgen

So, what’s new in the crafts world? More than 250 American craftspeople and artists will answer that question at the Sugarloaf Crafts Festival in Timonium, taking place from Friday, Sept. 30 through Sunday, Oct. 2.The theme of this 35th anniversary festival is “New This Season.” It will showcase the latest work, techniques and materials of the jury-selected artists.Among... READ MORE

Theater workshops keep creativity flowing

By: Michael Toscano

“Everybody shake those arms. Janice, can you shake those arms?”    Patti Green Roth is trying to invigorate a group in a sun-drenched and well-appointed activity room. Several are in wheelchairs; others relax in a variety of seats arrayed in a semi-circle.“Up to the sky and down to the floor,” she cajoled, raising her arms. A few moments later, the petite... READ MORE

The lives of famous Americans in Paris

By: Hillel Italie

It’s hard to keep up with David McCullough at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery.“I think it’s one of the real treasures of the capital city, really of the country,’’ said the 77-year-old historian of the museum during a recent afternoon interview. He was as excited as a school boy, walking quickly along hallways, up and down stairs, from room to ... READ MORE