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  • Aqui Es Texcoco's lamb barbacoa stars, other dishes shine too

    Aqui Es Texcoco's lamb barbacoa stars, other dishes shine too
    The last time I went to Aqui Es Texcoco, the kitchen had run out of lamb. And while this might not have been a problem in most Mexican restaurants, where you'd shrug and move on to the roast pork or the mojarra, Aqui Es Texcoco is more or less a one-...
  • Haruki Murakami's 'Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki' paints haunting picture

    Haruki Murakami's "Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage" begins with a simple premise: A Tokyo railroad engineer, the Tsukuru Tazaki of the novel's title, unable to get over the summer of his sophomore year in college, when for no reason...
  • 'The Dog' unravels bank thief's stranger-than-fiction life

     'The Dog' unravels bank thief's stranger-than-fiction life
    If "Dog Day Afternoon" was Hollywood's fiery snapshot of Brooklyn bank robber John Wojtowicz's legendary 1972 standoff with authorities and the media, then Allison Berg's and Frank Keraudren's engrossing new documentary, "The Dog," is the outsized...
  • Wexler's Deli makes a grand addition to downtown's Central Market

    Wexler's Deli makes a grand addition to downtown's Central Market
    Micah Wexler first came to attention as the chef at Mezze, up in the old Sona space on La Cienega Boulevard, and in his stint at the short-lived restaurant he redefined what Middle Eastern food might be, garnishing braised tripe with nuggets of crunchy...
  • Ted Hope traces long career in indie film in 'Hope for Film'

    Ted Hope traces long career in indie film in 'Hope for Film'
    Ted Hope's new book "Hope for Film" is part memoir, part manual, part manifesto as it traces his long career in independent filmmaking, mostly and most notably as a producer but more recently with a brief excursion into the nonprofit world and then onto...
  • Kanae Minato's 'Confessions' hits its mark with a vengeance

    Kanae Minato's 'Confessions' hits its mark with a vengeance
    Before she became a bestselling novelist, Kanae Minato was a Japanese home economics teacher and housewife. Somewhere between the laundry and cooking, she wrote her debut, "Confessions," the most delightfully evil book you will read this year....
  • 'Us and the Game Industry' unlocks the business

    'Us and the Game Industry' unlocks the business
    The awkwardly titled "Us and the Game Industry" is an otherwise accessible, engaging documentary spotlighting the vital world of independent computer game development. Produced and directed by Stephanie Beth, the film takes such an emotionally based, non-...
  • 'About Alex' aims for 'Big Chill,' ends up a little lukewarm

     'About Alex' aims for 'Big Chill,' ends up a little lukewarm
    It's another long, woodsy weekend of the soul on display in the indie drama-comedy "About Alex," a stab at "The Big Chill" for millennials that brings six drifted-apart college chums together after one of them (a struggling actor played by Jason Ritter)...
  • Charles McPherson tips his hat to Charlie Parker

    Charles McPherson tips his hat to Charlie Parker
    The annual "August is Charlie Parker Month" festivities at the Jazz Showcase wouldn't be complete without a visit by Charles McPherson, a septuagenarian alto saxophonist who was in strong form on Thursday evening. McPherson long has presented what could...
  • #HRBooks Review: 'A Surgeon's Story' turns microscope on history of medicine in America

    #HRBooks Review:  'A Surgeon's Story' turns microscope on history of medicine in America
    "A Surgeon's Story, The Autobiography of Robert T. Morris" by Roger Gosden and Pam Walker is the phenomenal story of a man who dedicated his work life to medicine and his free time to his family and nature. Published by Williamsburg's Jamestowne...
  • 'Breakfast with Curtis,' an indie about toking, joking and communal living

    'Breakfast with Curtis,' an indie about toking, joking and communal living
    Picture an aging hippie who drinks red wine all day long, walks around barefoot, peppers every third sentence with "man" for emphasis and usually has a deep cut of some '70s-era album playing on the stereo. This is Syd. Every college town, I'm convinced,...