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  • The finest food in Los Angeles for even the thinnest wallets

    The finest food in Los Angeles for even the thinnest wallets
    Is it possible to spend more than $400 per person at some of the restaurants on this year's list of the best 101? Of course. Cuisine costs. But great cooking takes many different forms in Los Angeles, and some of the most exquisite flavors belong to us...
  • Donald Antrim's new story collection goes in unexpected directions

    Donald Antrim's new story collection goes in unexpected directions
    At first glance, Donald Antrim's collection of short fiction, "The Emerald Light in the Air," looks like a departure — at least from the three novels for which he is known. If in the past, Antrim has played around the edges of reality — his...
  • Review: Mission Inn in Howey-in-the-Hills excels at brunch

    Review: Mission Inn in Howey-in-the-Hills excels at brunch
    A lot of trends come and go in the restaurant world, but the Sunday brunch buffet is our leisurely survivor. Restaurants offer elegant to casual a la carte and all-you-can-eat versions, but local resorts and hotels are masters of the experience. It is...
  • Review: 'As Above/ So Below' ★★

    Review: 'As Above/ So Below' ★&#9733
    Beneath the streets of Paris lies a vast network of tunnels just waiting to be exploited by an enterprising found-footage film crew. Imagine the excitement of the rolling-boulder opening scene in "Raiders of the Lost Ark" stretched to feature length, then...
  • Ernest Dawkins' tribute to Mandela kicks off Jazz Fest

    Ernest Dawkins' tribute to Mandela kicks off Jazz Fest
    For the past decade, Chicago bandleader-composer Ernest Dawkins has been composing vast suites dealing head-on with some of the most turbulent chapters of American history. Works such as "UnTill Emmett Till" (about the murder of its title character),...
  • Grand Central Market makes new friends, keeps the old

    Grand Central Market makes new friends, keeps the old
    How does a business that's more than 100 years old wind up as one of America's best new restaurants of the year? It takes more than simply recruiting a slew of trendy new concepts. It takes a careful balancing of a choice selection of new stands with...
  • Karen Abbott's history of four Civil War women who spied or lied

    Karen Abbott's history of four Civil War women who spied or lied
    The story of Civil War spy Elizabeth Van Lew almost defies belief. A wealthy society woman living in Richmond, Va., during the Civil War, Van Lew engaged in extensive undercover work for the Union — right under the noses of the Confederacy. Not only...
  • Venice Film Review: 'Senza nessuna pieta'

    LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - The bloodshed may be in line with the grim dictates of contemporary Italian crime cinema, but . Michele Alhaique's medium-boiled Mafia thriller goes efficiently through the genre motions, and is boosted by co-producer...
  • Trail in 'As Above, So Below' leads to grade-Z horror clichés

    The catacombs beneath Paris, which famously house the remains of 6 million dead, are probably one of the last places you'd want to feel trapped. But the low-budget horror movie "As Above, So Below" — an entertainment-free sinkhole of Dramamine-...
  • REVIEW: 'My Name Is Asher Lev' by TimeLine Theatre ★★★

    REVIEW: 'My Name Is Asher Lev' by TimeLine Theatre ★★★
    "Be a great artist," a mentor tells a young Jewish painter who likes to draw Jesus Christ. "It is the only justification for all the pain you are about to cause." In the case of the youthful Hasid Asher Lev, born among traditions of religiosity,...
  • Venice Film Review: Al Pacino in 'The Humbling'

    An actor prepares to face the final curtain of his career in "The Humbling," director Barry Levinson's free-form adaptation of Philip Roth's penultimate novel, about a star of stage and screen beginning to lose the tricks of his trade (and possibly his...