| Jun 7, 2009
In the mystery world, Lawrence Block needs no introduction. His Matthew Scudder novels, at their best, illuminate one man's journey away from the bottle toward redemption by helping others in their worst hours. The Bernie Rhodenbarr series is written with...
| May 25, 2009
If Philip K. Dick and Raymond Chandler's love child were raised by Franz Kafka, the writing that emerged might resemble China Miéville's new novel, "The City & the City."
Miéville is one of our most talented fabulists, and his work roams boldly across...
| Sep 29, 2010
| 4:05 PM
The Huntington Beach Playhouse may be formulating plans to celebrate its 50th season three years hence, but next door in Westminster, there's already a golden anniversary event underway.
The Westminster Community Theatre, born in 1961, is in the midst of...
| Apr 26, 2010
| 9:06 AM
- Former President George W. Bush is writing a memoir, "Decision Points," which is set for release on November 9. The book, focused on Bush's career and the 14 most important decision in his life, is being described as "groundbreaking new brand of memoir"...
| Nov 3, 2010
I've been to many local theatrical productions. I usually take my seat at a performance with an air of hopefulness about me, wondering at each show if I might be pleasantly surprised. Thus, I was completely unprepared for the high level of quality...
| Nov 10, 2010
| 4:13 PM
Agatha Christie's "The Mousetrap" gave a new meaning to the term "staying power." The mystery play opened in London in 1952 and is still running after more than 25,000 performances.
It's been long absent from local stages, but currently the Westminster...
| Jan 10, 2010
Note: This is the second of a two-part column on the current state of contemporary detective fiction. This month: One of the masters of the form talks about the detective story.
In order to understand and properly appreciate contemporary detective...
| Jul 2, 2009
Agatha Christie, history's bestselling novelist, always had a special relationship with Christmas. When she was a child, it was the occasion of happy memories before and after the turn of the 20th century. Once she became a prolific and popular author,...
| Jun 5, 2010
The Virginia Arts Festival brings in an important lineup of international performers each year. Working almost behind the scenes is another festival event helping to produce the next generation of composers.
The John Duffy Composers Institute held during...
| Jul 8, 2010
| 10:25 AM
Much like his most famous TV character, David Suchet knows what you're thinking.
Actually, though, you don't have to be Hercule Poirot to know that many viewers may be wondering why anyone would remake Agatha Christie's most famous mystery, "Murder on...
| Mar 18, 2011
| 2:20 PM
You have to study the piece called "Inversion" for a minute to fully appreciate the joke.
Jim Rosenau, an artist based in Berkeley, Calif., has crafted a fully functional and aesthetically appealing bookshelf from five volumes. Three tomes are used for...