| Nov 8, 2013
| 7:00 AM
Hilton Als' "White Girls" is as much about white girls as the author's previous effort "The Women" was about femininity — which is to say quite a lot and not at all. Like its predecessor, "White Girls" is an inquiry into otherness, and by extension,...
| Nov 11, 2013
| 3:29 PM
The Laguna Playhouse presents the West Coast premiere of "A Christmas Memory" as the third installment of its 2013-14 Season of Stars.
Previews kick off Dec. 3, and the show runs from Dec. 7 to 29, at 606 Laguna Canyon Road.
"It's the perfect holiday...
| Nov 21, 2013
| 11:29 AM
"Dr. Who," "Dr. Who" and more "Dr. Who." By now even those few Americans still disavowing their inner geeks and/or Anglophiles must know the British sci-fi classic "Dr. Who" is about to celebrate its 50th anniversary (yes, it debuted in Britain on the...
| Nov 21, 2013
| 9:34 AM
Thanksgiving is as late as it can be, and Hanukkah is earlier than usual this year, but the holiday shows always arrive right on schedule. From warmhearted theatrical classics to spicy newcomers, ballet to tap, traditional music to pop, we have enough...
| Nov 28, 2013
| 9:00 AM
"Peter and the Starcatcher" alights at the Ahmanson, Bette Midler portrays super-agent Sue Mengers, and Brian Dennehy is "The Steward of Christendom." Plus, a stocking stuffed full of seasonally -themed shows.
Celebrating the Holidays with The Lion King...
| Mar 10, 2014
| 8:30 PM
Author Joe McGinninss, political chronicler, novelist, and sometime muckraker has died, the Associated Press reports. He was 71 and had prostate cancer.
Best known in recent years for moving next door to former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin in Wasilla in...
| Dec 5, 2013
| 12:10 PM
Probably the least important thing worth saying about Hilton Als' "White Girls" is that it's the best book of the year. I think it is, but these essays — hostile, intimate, whip-smart — brush aside such accolades. They refuse tidy conclusions,...
| May 28, 2011
The new Mike Hammer novel "Kiss Her Goodbye" is preceded by a note from its co-author, Max Allan Collins, who explains that Mickey Spillane, the week before his death in July 2006, told his wife, "When I'm gone … [t]ake everything you find and...
| Jun 3, 2011
Great con artists understand this about human nature: The suckers want to be taken.
In 1978, a poor, semi-educated German teenager named Christian K. Gerhartsreiter arrived in New England on a falsified student visa. Brilliant, charismatic and twisted,...
| Feb 6, 2012
| 5:56 AM
LOS ANGELES — Great L.A. theaters and intriguing gravesites.
With the Academy Award nominations out, thoughts of movies turn once again to Hollywood. The Oscars will be held at the Kodak Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard on Feb. 26.
But when I want...
| Apr 8, 2012
Wallace Stegner wrote books about the American and Canadian West, so it's understandable that people consider the longtime California resident a Western author.
Stegner, a prolific novelist, essayist, conservation advocate and professor at Stanford...