If there are any doubts that, at 83, Riley B. King is still the King of the Blues, they are resoundingly dispelled by his latest album. One Kind Favor finds the Mississippi-born singer and guitarist at the top of his game, still finding new vitality in the music. The centerpiece is a somber version of Lonnie Johnson's "Backwater Blues," which takes on new resonance in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
- Nick Cristiano
Holiday Passport to Cultures
It's a celebration of Peace Around the World tomorrow as the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology will be divided into sections representing countries, and visitors will receive "passports" to the nations. Speakers will talk about history, language, social customs and holiday traditions.
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**1/2 Jeffrey Wright, Mos Def and Beyoncé (right) star as Muddy Waters, Chuck Berry and Etta James in this movie about Chicago's Chess Records. Essentially, it's a variety show about the personalities and music that spawned the urbanization of the blues and midwifed the birth of rock-and-roll. R (profanity, drugs, sexuality).
- Carrie Rickey