| Dec 4, 2012
| 7:24 PM
Jay Strongwater's elaborate picture frames, jeweled vases and whimsical holiday ornaments have earned an impressive fan base which includes everyone from Elton John to Kate Hudson. While the collection is hand-enameled and hand-set with Swarovski...
| Dec 31, 2011
| 8:00 PM
Were you paying attention to the pop culture in 2011? It was certainly an eventful year, with pop stars and talk show hosts grabbing headlines and a colorful cast of Republican presidential hopefuls jockeying for position. Here's a little test to make...
| Sep 22, 2011
| 6:38 PM
Laguna Beach on Saturday night will make a splash at Red Ball II.
AIDS Services Foundation Orange County will roll out the red carpet for guests attending the nonprofit's annual fundraiser at the Festival of Arts grounds.
"I think we will see a lot of...
| Sep 23, 2011
| 11:53 AM
I have endured my share of Cleopatra jokes derived from the 1963 movie starring Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton and Rex Harrison. So only a biographer as gifted as Stacy Schiff could come to my rescue.
In "Cleopatra: A Life," published last year to...
| Sep 25, 2011
Chicago used to be a must-stop for Hollywood's top talent and New York's glittering stars. If for no other reason than to change trains.
The Superman movie is a wrap. Laurence Fishburne and Amy Adams have gone home. And while "The Playboy Club" is...
| Sep 26, 2011
| 4:53 PM
The FBI raided Barry H. Landau's Manhattan apartment twice, hauling out thousands of documents that authorities say link him to a theft scheme involving historical artifacts pilfered from libraries and museums in Baltimore, elsewhere in the United...
| Oct 1, 2011
Just about every Friday morning, Karen Lubieniecki takes a leisurely stroll to Laurel Park, finds a place along a railing at the nearly empty racetrack and spends an hour or so watching the horses exercise as the sun climbs the sky.
It isn't that she's a...
| Sep 30, 2011
| 9:07 AM
"On the boat we were mostly virgins."
That is the arresting, and alluring, first sentence of Julie Otsuka's slender novel, "The Buddha in the Attic," the story of the Japanese women of childbearing age with long, black hair and flat, wide feet who headed...
| Sep 30, 2011
| 2:45 PM
Heartbroken by my failure to hear biographer Stacy Schiff speak when she was in Chicago last week, I lassoed her by email to discuss one of my favorite subjects: biography.
Q: What is essential to the perfect biography subject?
A: In an ideal world, the...
| Oct 9, 2011
Andy Warhol, the guru of Pop art, reveled in a lifelong obsession with newspapers, especially tabloids and their garish headlines. As a teenager, he saved pages with photos of his favorite Hollywood stars. Throughout his life he packed hundreds of...
| Oct 7, 2011
| 2:01 PM
The photograph, taken Sept. 4, 1957, is one of most memorable from the civil rights movement: Elizabeth Eckford, one of the "Little Rock Nine" African-American students, in her neat white dress, clasps her books to her breast and holds her head high, with...