| Feb 25, 2014
| 1:22 PM
Eleanor Marx, youngest daughter of a fellow named Karl, was something of a thespian as well as a chip off the old political block. In 1886, she starred as Nora in a London reading of Henrik Ibsen's "A Doll's House," then quite the radical feminist drama....
| Feb 17, 2014
| 8:10 AM
Henry Higgins has a different kind of cultural challenge.
Kevyn Morrow (Broadway’s “The Scarlet Pimpernel,” “A Chorus Line”) and Geri-Nikole Love (off-Broadway’s “Carlisle: A Different Three Sisters”) head...
| Feb 9, 2014
| 4:05 AM
She was called the Queen of Off-Broadway but you could call her the Queen of Way-Off-Broadway, too, by way of Connecticut.
She was Lucille Lortel, and The Courant described her as "a woman of vim, vigor and vinegar. ... With Lortel's aggressive charm,...
| Feb 11, 2014
| 8:57 AM
Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. — Goethe
On yet another glorious day, I found myself walking the beaches of Crystal Cove. As usual, so many joys were be found there. Take the search...
| Feb 11, 2014
| 1:44 PM
"Wordsmiths & Warriors: The English-Language Tourist's Guide to Britain"
Oxford University Press, $24.95
The English language is a strange and maddening thing, full of inconsistencies and so many spelling exceptions that they appear to be the rule...
| Feb 14, 2014
| 1:00 PM
We cannot escape Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.
On Thursday, Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, with help from the Símon Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, begin an 11-day TchaikovskyFest at Walt Disney Concert Hall that will include the...
| May 28, 2014
| 8:56 AM
When actress Kerry Bishe heard she landed the part of computer engineer Donna Clark on AMC's new drama "Halt and Catch Fire," she went where many great tech geniuses go: the garage.
She and a software engineer friend holed up in his Pasadena, Calif.,...
| May 19, 2014
| 2:30 AM
"IF YOU cannot get rid of a family skeleton, you may as well make it dance," said George Bernard Shaw.
OR HAVE it attack you in an elevator. Now that Beyonce, Jay-Z and Bey's sister Solange have addressed -- with love and caring -- that little...
| Feb 1, 2014
| 12:55 PM
MOSCOW — Once I came to Moscow to cover an urban ballooning expedition. In winter. But when the balloonists came face to frigid, wind-lashed face with the winter here — well, we never got off the ground.
And so, as icy gales scoured the...
| Jun 15, 2013
| 3:30 PM
A powerful recurring motif in the varied works of Christopher Guest is the dummy.
From early sketch comedy on "Saturday Night Live" through a series of mock documentaries, the looming figure is an essential part of the Guest aesthetic. It can be a...
| Jun 18, 2013
| 4:48 PM
For the city to completely reject the grand jury’s report (“City to ignore jury’s report,” June 13) is sheer fiscal absurdity. Ignorance is bliss, but arrogance in government by city officials is perilous and reckless. “He...