| Jan 17, 2010
There are operas whose scores are hummable and whose tunes have worked their way into popular culture. And then there are operas that resist any sort of easy packaging -- operas that are, for lack of a better phrase, musical oddballs.
Robert Kurka's "The...
| Oct 7, 2010
| 7:16 PM
When Thomas Edison electrified America in 1882, he hardly could have known the benefits his invention would have for mankind. And, as it turned out, womankind.
South Coast Repertory is presenting an exhilarating example of the latter achievement with...
| Oct 14, 2010
| 9:34 AM
From the blog Michael Sragow Gets Reel:
It hasn't been a great era for haunted-house movies. The third version of "House of Wax," in 2005, was awful enough to kill off the form, at least as far as big American studios were concerned. The day my review...
| Oct 21, 2010
| 9:26 AM
'Bad Touch' and'The Deep End': A double bill of improv. In "Bad Touch," Annoyance ensemble members Rich Sohn and Rebecca Sohn and featured guests explore unsavory topics; "The Deep End" features a rotating cast of Annoyance veterans, teachers and...
| Feb 28, 2010
Farrar, Straus & Giroux: 296 pp., $25
According to Santa Fe Institute economist Samuel Bowles, roughly one out of every four Americans is now employed guarding the wealth of the rich. This "guard labor" is loosely defined...
| Mar 8, 2011
| 2:01 PM
Rod Blagojevich isn't afraid to use his signature line.
Illinois' former governor, whose secretly recorded comment that his power to appoint a U.S. senator was "(expletive) golden" became the catchphrase of his first corruption trial last year,...
| Mar 28, 2011
| 4:00 AM
Perhaps you saw the report on Drudge about "closet-gate," which broke this weekend, in which staffers for Vice President Joe Biden constrained a Florida journalist to closet during a fundraiser at a wealthy developer's house.
But what you haven't...
| Mar 31, 2011
| 6:08 AM
The Auburn football pay-for-play scandal may turn college football on its ear and lead to heavy NCAA punishment.
But this latest Auburn football scandal will also provide plenty of fodder for satire and humor. Just ask Orlando Sentinel political...
| Mar 26, 2010
By Sam Lipsyte
Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 296 pages,$25
It would be an inspired feat of academic guerilla terrorism to sabotage every American College Freshman Summer Reading Program by supplanting the usual earnest offerings with Sam Lipsyte's...
| Dec 30, 2009
NEILL BLOMKAMP INTERVIEW: PART 1 The surprise film of 2009 was "District 9," the $30 million sci-fi tale that was directed by newcomer Neill Blomkamp, the Johannesburg native who celebrated his 30th birthday the month after the movie opened wide.......
| Jan 4, 2010
NEILL BLOMKAMP INTERVIEW: PART 2 Neill Blomkamp established himself as a filmmaker to watch in 2009 with "District 9," a film that wrapped satire, social commentary and gripping action within a sci-fi tale that looked far more expensive than its......