Arts & Culture

Jennifer Hudson self-titled Arista Records With the exception of her crack-addict years, Whitney Houston’s career still remains the blueprint for any and all divas in training who have a decent set of pipes.

Solo albums can either be the death knell of a group that has an obvious star chomping at the bit to break out (Jackson 5, Fleetwood Mac, New Edition) or just a temporary distraction for a member of a successful group to get his artistic rocks off (Mick Jagger, Phil Collins).

Noble to open in ’09

Noble American Cookery, 2025 Sansom St.

“Noah’s Arc: Jumping the Broom,” opening today at Ritz Landmark Theatres, is an entertaining feature film based on Patrik-Ian Polk’s TV series about four out African-American friends.

Short fiction by two gay authors — the established Jim Grimsley and newcomer Craig Laurance Gidney — are now in bookstores, offering readers a diverse — if uneven — assortment of styles and genres.

Information is courtesy of Giovanni’s Room, 345 S.

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