| Aug 11, 2014
| 5:54 AM
In the classical-music world, concert halls are typically named after philanthropists and other major donors who have given substantial sums of money to help make the new building a reality.
But in what may be a first, a performance venue at Sonoma...
| May 23, 2014
| 9:37 AM
Summer lends itself to reading and vacations, so why not combine the two into a literary trip?
The homes and studies where many great writers toiled over their prose have been preserved. See original manuscripts, often in the author's own handwriting....
| Jun 26, 2014
| 12:33 PM
If you're a fan of both Charles Schulz's "Peanuts" characters and Vans' skate-influenced kicks, prepare to pop a full-on Snoopy happy dance because the footwear brand is about to reissue some rare '80s-era prints featuring Charlie Brown and company....
| Mar 13, 2014
| 1:39 PM
Visiting the newly opened galleries at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum is like paying a call on old friends. There's Lucy pulling the football away from Charlie Brown. Nearby, Beetle Bailey matches wits with Sarge. And there's Calvin and Hobbes...
| Apr 25, 2014
In the ephemeral email era, the handwritten letter has become an object of appreciation. For the past five years, Shaun Usher has celebrated handwritten correspondence on his blog, lettersofnote.com. He has compiled a book of his entries featuring...
| Mar 18, 2014
| 8:15 AM
Et tu, Charlie Brown?
Everything else is going 3-D and CG. Why not Lucy, Snoopy and the rest of the "Peanuts" gang?
At least, that's what those behind a November 2015 release starring Charlie and his beloved canine are hoping.
Directed by “Ice...
| Mar 17, 2014
| 10:00 PM
When you tell me that they're making a 3D CGI movie featuring Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the Peanuts gang, of course my spidey-senses are gonna start to tingle. In today's age of strip-mining the past of all its nostalgia for the purpose of making a buck,...
| Jan 29, 2014
| 6:49 PM
When Morrie Turner was just a cartoon-doodling kid in Oakland, he wrote a fan letter to the creator of the popular comic strip "Terry and the Pirates." In return, Milton Caniff, who later created "Steve Canyon," sent young Turner a typed, six-page...
| Aug 24, 2013
| 6:17 PM
Created bronze sculptures on display across U.S.
Jim Brothers, 72, a Kansas artist whose bronze sculptures are on display in the nation's capital and at historical monuments around the country, died Tuesday at his home in Lawrence, Kan.,...
| Aug 23, 2013
| 8:42 AM
One of the saddest casualties of the digital age is the physical newspaper. For me, one of the saddest parts of that larger loss is the likely end of the age of comic strips.
This piece first ran in Printers Row Journal,...
| Dec 19, 2013
| 11:19 AM
The greatest of all holiday specials, "A Charlie Brown Christmas," is on ABC at 8 tonight (Thursday). (It's also available to stream free via Hulu.) I wrote about it a few years back and, unable to say it any better, regift that review to you here.