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  • Concert Review: Judy Collins weaves stories, music and magic at Segerstrom

    Concert Review: Judy Collins weaves stories, music and magic at Segerstrom
    Judy Collins has plenty of memories of her childhood Christmases. Her father, who ran a radio show, would bring home store employees who had given him good bargains. Fruitcakes were a staple of the family kitchen, baked early in the season and drizzled...
  • Five ways to fix annual radio shows such as Cali Christmas

    Five ways to fix annual radio shows such as Cali Christmas
    Hours after the nominations for February's Grammy Awards were unveiled Friday, some of the year's biggest, award-worthy hits were being performed at two different L.A.-area venues.  Pop audiences packed Staples Center for KIIS-FM’s Jingle Ball...
  • 'The Color of Time,' with James Franco, lacks meat

    'The Color of Time,' with James Franco, lacks meat
    While teaching at New York University's graduate film program, James Franco tasked 12 students with directing short adaptations of poems from C.K. Williams' collection "Tar." The result is the tastefully dreamy if weightless collage "The Color of Time,"...
  • 'We Are the Giant' gives a fractured view of Arab Spring

    'We Are the Giant' gives a fractured view of Arab Spring
    Profiling agitators on the front lines in Libya, Syria and Bahrain, the documentary "We Are the Giant" puts names and faces to the "Arab Spring" unrest. After attending Magna Vista High School in Ridgeway, Va., Muhannad Bensadik visited his father's...
  • 'She's Beautiful' gets the word out

    'She's Beautiful' gets the word out
    Those who bristle at the term "feminist," which inexplicably has fallen out of fashion among many young adults, might find a vibrant new documentary enlightening and inspiring. "She's Beautiful When She's Angry", director Mary Dore's incisive portrait...
  • Beer review: Golden Road Brewing's Back Home Gingerbread Stout

    Beer review: Golden Road Brewing's Back Home Gingerbread Stout
    The hop-loving brewers at Golden Road Brewing have turned toward sugar and spice for their latest seasonal release, and Back Home Gingerbread Stout is a balanced and flavorful holiday-time treat. The bouquet of cinnamon, ginger and allspice springs from...
  • 'Luna Gale' a grimly rich study of the fight to protect a child

     'Luna Gale' a grimly rich study of the fight to protect a child
    Rebecca Gilman, the talented author of such plays as "Spinning Into Butter," "Boy Gets Girl" and "The Glory of Living," is known for confronting social problems head-on. Racism and white hypocrisy, stalking and sexism, degradation and immorality —...
  • 'Massacre' a sobering chronicle of the Paris Commune

    'Massacre' a sobering chronicle of the Paris Commune
    The Paris Commune was a defining moment for the European left: the first self-consciously socialist uprising — as opposed to the liberal nationalist revolutions of 1830 and 1848 — that aimed to put working-class people in control of industry...
  • 'Wild' takes Reese Witherspoon into raw, bracing new territory

    "Wild" opens high atop the Pacific Crest Trail, where at first all the eye can see is the sweeping beauty of a rugged land, unmarred and untamed. The scene is breathtaking, serene, until it is broken by pain and pierced by a scream. The pain comes...
  • Review: 'Wild'

    Review: 'Wild'
    Cheryl Strayed's 2012 memoir "Wild" has become a swift, solidly built movie capturing most of its author's most interesting baggage stuff — the weedy tangle of regrets, the reckless bumper-car behavior borne of grief — while offering a...
  • St. Vincent shredded all, including convention

    St. Vincent shredded all, including convention
    While the inanimate "David Bowie Is" exhibit remained on display at the Museum of Contemporary Art on Tuesday, a living embodiment of much of what the Thin White Duke symbolized was busy thrilling a near-capacity crowd a few blocks away at the Chicago...