| Feb 16, 2015
| 5:09 PM
When you've taught as long as Fumio Demura, you get elaborate anniversary parties. And distinguished guests.
The 76-year-old karate master, who runs the Shito-Ryu Karate-Do Genbu-Kai International dojo across the street from Santa Ana College, will...
| Feb 17, 2015
| 7:54 PM
When you grow up as Maz Jobrani did, as one of the few Iranian American kids in the rich Bay Area town of Tiburon, a kid embarrassed when his dad drove him to school in a Rolls-Royce instead of a Volvo like the other parents — comedy might come...
| Dec 3, 2014
| 1:16 PM
Dramas with unlikely performers and documentaries about unexpected subjects dot the 2015 Sundance lineup -- including a Sarah Silverman film about an addict mother and nonfiction looks at subjects as diverse as Mexican drug cartels and the amateur porn...
| Oct 28, 2014
| 9:24 AM
Before playwright Lydia Diamond went to Broadway in 2011 with "Stick Fly," her compelling and witty story of a wealthy black family on Martha's Vineyard confronting secrets and prejudices, she honed her voice in small theaters in Chicago. ("Stick Fly" got...
| Oct 9, 2014
| 4:34 PM
The board of directors at the Steppenwolf Theatre Company engaged earlier this month in the kind of image management one associates more with politicians and major corporations than a nonprofit Chicago theater with roots in rough-hewn theatrical daring....
| Oct 8, 2014
| 2:30 PM
After bidding by multiple outlets, the new TV series rendition of "In the Heat of the Night" from Tate Taylor, Warren Littlefield and MGM TV has landed at Showtime.
The pay cabler has commissioned multiple scripts with an eye toward a straight-to-...
| Sep 1, 2014
| 10:00 PM
Perhaps it dates back to the classic Greek tragedies performed at harvest-time festivals, but autumn has always been prime season for theater. "In the summertime, people like to do summer things, and then all the [theater] seasons start up in the fall,"...
| Sep 22, 2014
| 8:58 PM
What is it that everyone is so concerned about losing these days? Oh, that's right: their memory.
Fortunately, I have my smartphone to get me out of a jam when I can't remember the name of that actress who was just in that movie, you know the one with...
| Apr 28, 2014
| 5:05 AM
Ask most people to name a famous scientist and — assuming they don’t draw a blank — they will likely cite Albert Einstein, Isaac Newton, Stephen Hawking or possibly Cosmos host Neil de Grasse Tyson. You know, someone with high name...
| Apr 25, 2014
| 4:00 AM
The M Word
At a struggling Los Angeles TV station, a children's show actress leads her female colleagues as new management arrives from New York on a cost-cutting mission. With Tanna Frederick, Michael Imperioli and Gregory Harrison....
| Mar 10, 2014
| 12:45 PM
UPDATED MARCH 11 WITH FULL OBITUARY ... The men playing Ebenezer Scrooge changed over the years — William J. Norris, Tom Mula, Larry Yando — but not the man lighting the famous Dickensian sinner's pathway to redemption.
For the entire 36-year...