| Jul 14, 2014
A few years ago, Jeff Tangel read a story about an elderly man in Wisconsin who built a model of a one-room schoolhouse as a tribute to his mother, a teacher who had loved books. The man placed the model on a wooden pedestal — which made it resemble...
| Jul 17, 2014
| 5:30 AM
The ways in which parking spaces devour a city, LACMA director Michael Govan's defense of his museum's architectural plans and one of the awesome-est documentaries about L.A. — finally released on DVD! Also: pit bulls, lots of pit bulls (but not the...
| Jul 21, 2014
| 8:52 PM
This has been the summer of staying home, with nothing much to do.
I used to look forward to family vacations with my daughters, whether we were schlepping to Ohio to visit relatives or lounging on a beach in Jamaica.
But the daughters are grown, with...
| May 24, 2014
| 5:00 AM
Not long ago, I went down to the city of Orange (founded 1869, incorporated 1888) to Chapman University, in search of the late Huell Howser.
Howser died in January 2013 at the age of 67, having publicly retired a few months earlier from what was still a...
| Feb 4, 2012
Capable ensembles of early-career actors aren't uncommon in Chicago's huge, non-Equity theater scene — increasingly the preferred theatrical destination for the well-trained and only just out of school.
These days, open-minded, risk-inclined...
| Aug 23, 2013
| 9:56 AM
Emily Graslie, the first chief curiosity correspondent at the Field Museum, has been furiously filing YouTube videos about precisely what goes on behind those grand doors. As Steve Johnson reported in the Tribune this week, the 24-year-old known for her...
| Jan 24, 2014
| 7:50 AM
It is not hard to know what American publisher, bookseller and editor Frederic Melcher had in mind when he proposed the creation of an annual award for the year's best children's book: "To encourage original creative work in the field of books for...
| Mar 10, 2014
| 4:30 PM
Tuesday night's chamber music concert at the Clinton Library, which have become a mainstay for music lovers here in Little Rock, included a Mahler piano quartet. Good choice. At some point in his travels, Gustav Mahler would naturally have come to...
| Apr 23, 2011
For Ken Brecher to say that being the president of the Library Foundation of Los Angeles is the best job he's ever had -- well, that speaks volumes. Consider that he's run the Sundance Institute, the Boston Children's Museum and a major Philadelphia...
| Apr 2, 2011
Timothy Naftali is the kind of learned guy you'd want on your team when you play "Trivial Pursuit" -- a game that, like Naftali, originated in Canada. But for years, his home and his career have been in and about the United States -- books and studies...
| Mar 19, 2011
That guy Jack, of beanstalk fame? He was small potatoes. If you want real magic from beans, look no further than what has become of the lima bean and dairy empire of Orange County's Segerstrom family. It morphed into the gold of commercial real estate,...