| Oct 25, 2013
Re "L.A. backs a bullhook ban," Oct. 24
Though I am thrilled that the bullhook will be banned in Los Angeles, the City Council's action still does not address the cruelty that these animals will endure.
Yes, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey will...
| Oct 17, 2013
| 7:25 AM
The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus has been entertaining the masses for a long, long time. In order to keep things fresh, they adopt themes so that every year you're not seeing the exact same show. This fall, the show is called Dragons, and it'...
| Sep 29, 2013
| 4:32 PM
As the Halloween 2013 season fast approaches, there will once again be plenty of Halloween TV programming to enjoy, from terrifying frights to more family-friendly fare. Here is some of the notable Halloween TV programming airing in 2013. All times are...
| Oct 3, 2013
| 4:23 PM
"There's one born every minute." That's what they say about the pushovers and poor saps who fall for bait-and-switch deals. It's what they say about folks who believe they're being treated fairly by strangers who promise them amazing offers.
| Sep 12, 2013
Time was, fall was about fresh beginnings: a new TV season, new dramas at theaters, college bands touring campuses. Now, all that stuff happens year-round, without a clean start or finish. It can be dizzying, but this is a good thing. Nostalgic tribute...
| Feb 20, 2013
| 7:15 PM
Pat Derby could coax Willie the bear with a handful of jelly beans, make Christopher the cougar twitch his tail on command, and even kissed Rijo the tiger.
But when it came to Walt Disney, she had less patience. Derby, a Hollywood animal trainer...
| Apr 5, 2013
| 8:44 AM
"Barnum," the 1980 musical about that great showman Phineas Taylor Barnum, is very rarely produced in Chicago. There is a reason. It's really hard to stuff a circus into a theater, especially when you're trying to do a legitimate Cy Coleman musical at the...
| Jun 28, 2013
| 9:26 AM
Last June, Nik Wallenda walked across Niagara Falls on a cable, just as he did last week in a stunning act a quarter mile above the Little Colorado River.
This piece first ran in Printers Row Journal, delivered to Printers Row...
| Sep 2, 2012
| 5:15 PM
As far back as Louis Lumière's 1895 "Workers Leaving the Lumiere Factory in Lyon" 46-second short, work has been a central theme in motion pictures.¶There have been stark dramas about officer workers as drones (King Vidor's 1928 "The Crowd"), satires...
| Feb 13, 2013
| 12:31 PM
Gene Weygandt will star as P.T. Barnum in the Mercury Theater's upcoming production of the musical "Barnum," the Mercury has announced. Also starring: Cory Goodrich and Summer Naomi Smart.
"Barnum," one of the first shows in the Mercury's new self-...
| Nov 4, 2012
| 5:02 PM
Ever since David Carradine played a warrior monk on the run in that 1970s TV classic "Kung Fu," the Shaolin Warriors of the Henan province in China have been the public face of qigong, that uber-disciplined form of exercise that makes the rest of us...