| Mar 6, 2012
| 7:59 AM
When Walt Disney Co.'s "John Carter" opens in theaters this weekend, the science-fiction adventure may encounter obstacles as formidable as its hero faces on Mars.
The film brings to the big screen a century-old fantasy tale, from Tarzan creator Edgar...
| Sep 26, 2011
| 8:49 PM
Subtlety isn’t a strength of the new FOX show “Terra Nova.” With all the mystery and none of the finesse of “Lost,” and all the dinosaurs and none of the excitement of “Jurassic Park,” the show has all the makings...
| Sep 28, 2011
| 11:25 AM
Since this week is Banned Books Week, and since one of my colleagues over at Glendale High School is fighting for Truman Capote’s "In Cold Blood" to be approved as a book to teach to advanced 11th grade English students,...
| Oct 13, 2011
Margaret Tante Burk, a businesswoman, publicist and book enthusiast who co-founded one of the country's largest literary lunch groups, died Oct. 6 in Los Angeles of natural causes, her son, Harry, said. She was 93.
For 30 years, until 2007, Burk ran...
| Nov 1, 2011
| 7:59 AM
Burbank residents did more than count their blessings Saturday – they put them on display.
Inspired by Burbank author Todd Jensen’s book “On Gratitude,” community members and city staff unfurled an enormous list of things they...
| Nov 4, 2011
| 8:43 AM
In every life, a little fall must reign.
One slip, one missed opportunity, one hesitation or wrong turn can haunt you forever, casting an intractable shadow over the rest of your days. The words "if only" are never far from anyone's thoughts.
| Jul 29, 2012
While Jet Propulsion Laboratory engineers bring the rover Curiosity to the surface of Mars next week, many of the leading authorities on the Red Planet will be celebrating with the public six miles away.
The Planetary Society, a Pasadena-based nonprofit,...
| Aug 1, 2012
| 6:00 AM
Good morning, readers. Today is Wednesday, Aug. 1. Ray Bradbury's death earlier this year had a deep impact on the science community.
Steven Paul Leiva, a friend of the "Martian Chronicles" author, remembers Bradbury as a "romantic with a 19th Century...
| Aug 18, 2012
| 5:35 PM
Shakespeare, Molière, musical romps, contemporary classics, comedies of all Jordi Galcerán's descriptions, cutting-edge new work — theater in Southern California is varied, plentiful and far-flung, from the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego and...
| Aug 19, 2012
| 6:00 AM
Barbara Beckley, pencil thin and fiercely emphatic, sits in an armchair in the living room-style lobby of the Colony Theatre in Burbank. Sounds from the stage indicate that rehearsals are underway for the second show of the Colony's 38th season: the...
| Aug 22, 2012
| 4:45 PM
Science fiction writer Ray Bradbury passed away on June 5, two months before the NASA rover Curiosity landed on Mars.
But the "Martian Chronicles" author, who visited the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Caltech often, wasn't left out of the mission....