| Mar 21, 2010
When actor Alfred Molina got a call that Michael Grandage, artistic director of London's high-profile Donmar Warehouse, wanted to meet with him, he relished a session of gossip about London theater.
But Grandage had a different agenda. Toward the end...
| May 14, 2010
| 7:45 AM
For more than 50 years, Hampton painter Jean Craig and her late husband, Allan Jones, ranked among the Peninsula's best-known art couples.
Their popular classes at Hampton Roads Academy, Robert Sugden Elementary School and in their own colorful Claremont...
| Jan 31, 2010
When Grace McCann Morley became director of the San Francisco Museum of Art in 1935, she knew what she wanted to focus on: the art of her time. "If art of today is today overlooked or misunderstood, the loss is serious," she once wrote. "Art fails then to...
| May 1, 2011
It is said that the takeover of Chile in 1973 by Augusto Pinochet broke the heart of Pablo Neruda, the country's best-known poet.
The man who wrote so openly of love and heartache could not bear to see his country in the hands of a military dictator...
| Dec 7, 2010
| 3:04 PM
A flying leap from the tallest building in Soweto. A volcano sunrise. Rootbeer at the Mark Twain Dinette. And a $50 parking space. If you spend 47 days on the road chasing travel stories, you run into this sort of thing. Here's my 2010 list of 31 travel...
| Jan 6, 2011
Because I left Mexico when I was 6, my recollections of our holiday traditions are often dreamlike and vague.
But my memory of Three Kings Day, or el Día de los Reyes Magos, remains vivid because it came right after Christmas, in the first week of...
| Sep 8, 2010
| 3:52 PM
By Barbara KingsolverHarper Perennia, 544 pages, $16.99
In Barbara Kingsolver’s rich new novel "The Lacuna," the artist Frida Kahlo remarks that she would like to think she is being “pulled through history by something more...
| Jul 1, 2011
| 1:37 PM
Art is power. That’s the main message artist Randall Williams tries to convey to his students here in Burbank and across the country.
“Once you start to use art, it opens doors everywhere, because there are feelings and energy that we place...
| Nov 13, 2011
"Where you headed?" asked the cheerful driver of the rental-car shuttle at the Detroit airport.
"Detroit!" I answered, equally cheerfully.
"Southfield, Birmingham or Rochester?" he asked, referring to well-to-do northern suburbs.
| Nov 14, 2011
| 10:14 AM
SEATTLE — Vancouver, British Columbia, in the summer has a civic calendar crowded with open-air arts festivals. In the autumn, the weather shifts and the cultural action moves indoors, but there's still plenty for visitors to enjoy in this arts-...
| Dec 4, 2011
The cancer that started 11 years ago has now ravaged the body of Freddie Ramos. It attacked a kidney first, then a lung, and the 57-year-old family man knows that death waits in the near distance.
He's not ready to go, he says, but he's prepared....