| Jul 18, 2011
| 10:22 AM
First of all, let's explain why the serial comma is important to some people. A blog on economist.com cites an apocryphal example: "I'd like to thank my parents, Ayn Rand and God." Without a comma after "Rand," the writer has a mighty unusual parentage....
| Aug 18, 2011
| 9:33 AM
"Well, let's be honest," said Timothy Douglas, over a coffee in Evanston the other day. "There aren't many people who look like me running theater companies that look like Remy Bumppo."
Douglas, the new artistic director of that very Chicago company, was...
| Sep 8, 2011
| 3:38 PM
On Aug. 26, a post on the Laguna Beach city website notified us about plans for road widening of Laguna Canyon Road at El Toro Road by Caltrans.
Days later, the post reads "repaving" not "widening" but still offers no mention if the project complies with...
| Feb 9, 2012
| 2:37 PM
As Councilwoman Elizabeth Pearson has often said, "There is never a dull moment in Laguna Beach. If you can't find a nonprofit to support or an event to attend, you are not paying attention."
Never truer than last weekend.
On Feb. 3, No Square Theatre...
| Oct 4, 2011
| 4:00 AM
Mac Nachlas' letter suggests that the results of a recent European experiment not only raises entirely new doubt about Albert Einstein's theories but also reveals a failure of the U.S. to keep up with other devolved countries in its investment in basic...
| Oct 17, 2011
| 12:05 PM
Emery Battis, a veteran stage actor whose career spanned more than 70 years and who worked frequently at Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven during its first decades, died Sept. 20 at an assisted-living facility in Marlboro, Mass. He was 96 and died of...
| Nov 11, 2011
At the age of 16, a French villager named Jeanne d'Arc responded to what she said were the voices of saints, exhorting her to take up arms against English invaders. Dressed in male clothing, she led troops to victory in battle after battle before being...
| Nov 21, 2011
| 5:50 AM
Each week The Sun's John McIntyre presents a moderately obscure but evocative word with which you may not be familiar — another brick to add to the wall of your working vocabulary. This week's word:
Much as we might like to think of words...
| Jul 27, 2012
| 7:47 PM
In a 1974 edition of the journal College English, 70% of university teaching assistants surveyed said they marked "the reason why" as an error on students' papers.
That's a lot of red ink. The phrase "the reason why" is extremely common, especially in...
| Aug 1, 2012
| 2:21 PM
Mad Cow Theatre's next season will combine classic plays such as"Death of a Salesman" with the big-name musical "Dreamgirls" and the just-closed Broadway offering"Other Desert Cities."
It's a season high on name recognition with works by Neil Simon,...
| 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...