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  • Piano and koto meet in 'Strings and Serpents'

    Piano and koto meet in 'Strings and Serpents'
    "Strings and Serpents," which was presented at REDCAT Sunday evening, combines an intrepid Canadian and French jazz piano duo and an adventurous Japanese koto duo with everyday video animation and exotic Aboriginal myth and maybe a few other things I missed. Cultures combined and cultures collided, but mostly cultures were content to accomodate one another.
  • Ron Hextall relishes GM role in Philadelphia, sleepless nights and all

    Ron Hextall relishes GM role in Philadelphia, sleepless nights and all
    There are nights Ron Hextall is so consumed by his job he can't shut off his brain. In seven seasons as the Kings' assistant general manager, Hextall oversaw their exemplary farm system, but General Manager Dean Lombardi made the final decisions in...

    Veteran NFL quarterbacks again are on top after major injuries

    Veteran NFL quarterbacks again are on top after major injuries
    The synchronicity is striking. Sunday's slate of NFL games features NFC and AFC showdowns between the division leaders in the East and West. Dallas, which is still in first in the NFC East despite losing to Washington on Monday night, plays host to...

    She has a vision for Granada Hills, and not everybody sees it her way

    She has a vision for Granada Hills, and not everybody sees it her way
    Linda Williamson has a vision for the heart of her San Fernando Valley hometown. She imagines yoga classes, street fairs and a weekly Farmers Market on a space that is now a right-turn lane connecting two busy boulevards in Granada Hills. She wants to...

    The ethics of firms paying to be honored for ethics

    The ethics of firms paying to be honored for ethics
    Peter Humber was watching TV at his home in Montecito Heights recently when an ad for Blue Shield of California came on. "We've been named one of the world's most ethical companies," the ad said. "Hey, remember when things like ethics mattered?"...