| 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....
| Mar 8, 2013
| 4:31 PM
It is a pleasurable thing to have drinks with Randy Albers and we have done so over the years at such saloons as, of course, the Billy Goat, as well as Stefani's 437, the Underground Wonder Bar and some joint in the South Loop whose name escapes me at the...
| Sep 21, 2012
| 4:15 PM
Because I have somehow (sadly) become one of those people who gets his news through Twitter, I was recently confused at an explosion of outrage on my feed over something called "sock puppetry."
I couldn't imagine why the long-departed Shari Lewis would...
| Mar 15, 2013
| 12:45 PM
It may not rank with literature's greatest opening lines — “Call me Ishmael”; “It was a pleasure to burn”; or “Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Buendia was to remember that distant...
| Mar 15, 2013
| 1:25 PM
We talk about books every week in this space, but most of time it's about the words inside them. This week, we have to discuss them as objects, more precisely as objects that should be stored in specific — very specific — ways.
| Mar 24, 2013
| 12:25 PM
Four Hundred Fifty-One Degrees is not a boy band. The group was founded by a boy, and it is led by a boy, but its ranks are primarily girls. It came together just 18 months ago and, depending on the week, it claims 15 to 20 members. That fluctuation...