| Jan 30, 2015
| 10:00 AM
In a large workshop at CBS Television City on the edge of Hollywood, the palace of Versailles was slowly taking shape.
A platoon of set builders was hard at work on a December morning creating the imposing columns, ornate tapestries and swooping...
| Dec 25, 2014
| 9:00 PM
Where can you find information on books to read for your own pleasure or for book club meetings, or about author appearances in the area? The weekly Writestuff column is a good place to start, but there are other sources.
First on your list should be...
| Jan 29, 2015
| 1:04 PM
As today is Feb. 2, it would seem a good time to say a few words about "Groundhog Day."
It was a heck of a good movie. Some of my favorite scenes:
After being stuck in Punxsutawney, Pa., Bill Murray’s character, Phil Connors, says to a telephone...
| Jan 15, 2015
It's a tall order to create a double album loaded with consistently solid songs, but Lucinda Williams met that challenge on her new "Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone."
Not only that, but the alt-country singer-songwriter — who performs Friday,...
| Dec 28, 2014
| 10:05 AM
They met at a bar, shooting pool at adjacent tables.
He made an impression.
"I didn't like him," said Leslie Howard, 61, of Orlando.
The second time they met, at the same bar, they ended up sitting together inside her van outside his house,...
| Dec 30, 2014
| 2:17 PM
Way back when English was Old English, between AD 600 and 1100, you were either "drunken" or "fordrunken" (very drunk) after a night of carousing. Even today, "drunken" will do for describing how you may be spending New Year's Eve. But you might also be...
| Dec 31, 2014
| 5:28 AM
The poem, Paul Celan once said, "is lonely," and in its loneliness it reaches outward, "intends another ... goes toward it." In this way, Celan went on to explain, the poem creates the possibility for an encounter with the reader, for being heard and...
| Dec 31, 2014
| 6:56 PM
With the start of the new year, a new season of theater begins and there are some pretty exciting productions planned.
Touchstone is continuing to explore Bethlehem's connection with China in the epic community performance "Journey from the East." Civic...
| Dec 31, 2014
| 7:10 PM
Navy tradition holds that the first entry in a ship's deck log each year must be in verse.
The tradition began at least before World War II. Maybe longer ago. Even naval historians are unsure.
Some of the poems are preserved in anthologies by...
| Jan 14, 2015
| 12:57 PM
It’s a terrific idea: An online literary magazine, posting a short piece every Monday, like a bracer before you start your week. That’s the intent of Okey-Panky, which launched this week under the auspices of Electric Literature. Okey-Panky...
| Jan 1, 2015
| 11:20 AM
It’s Freebie Friday! We have stuff to start the New Year that won't cost a dime.
Event/Festival Baldwin Park First Friday Festival & Art Stroll: Visual art and jewelry by more than 40 artists, live music, drink specials and shopping. 5:...