Director Jason Wan’s Furious franchise debut fuels No. 7 with enough humor, action and speed to keep critics at bay. Photo: Universal Pictures

Film review: Fast & Furious franchise gains new traction

The redemption of The Fast and The Furious series, from critical punching bag to national treasure so late in the game, is something of a minor miracle with few equivalents in movie history. Think back to the mid-2000s when each new release was met with disbelief and jokes about its increasingly contrived titles that awkwardly […]

The multi-talented Rhiannon Giddens unveils her solo work, a homage to female voices, in a benefit concert for the Music Resource Center. Photo: Dan Winters

ARTS Pick: Rhiannon Giddens

After spending several years reviving the time-tested tradition of the African-American string band with the Grammy-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops, vocalist, violinist and banjo player Rhiannon Giddens is breathing new life into early ’60s folk with her first solo effort. Her debut album, Tomorrow is My Turn, dropped this past February and showcases Giddens’ R&B-influenced interpretations of classics […]