| May 24, 2011
On National Compliment Day, The Faker set her alarm early and spent an extra 20 minutes primping. She donned her cutest jeans, her of-the-moment-est kicks and hit the pavement by 8 a.m., ready for the compliments to start pouring in.
She's still waiting....
| Jul 22, 2011
| 3:54 PM
In "Morning," one of Pablo Neruda's best-known love sonnets, the speaker gushes, "Naked you are blue as a night in Cuba; /You've vines and stars in your hair." In one bold image Neruda expresses his passion for both a woman and a country. Such...
| Aug 5, 2011
| 1:06 PM
Saturday marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of television icon Lucille Ball. Expect commemorative ceremonies and viewing marathons over the weekend, but Orlando residents and theme parkers can celebrate Lucy year round at the Universal Studios...
| Aug 21, 2011
From the first celebrity customer — Apache leader Geronimo — to the recent collaboration with high-end boutique Opening Ceremony, which introduced the brand to the fashion crowd, here are a few key moments in the 102-year history of...
| Sep 25, 2011
You're an outsider heading to the Westside of Los Angeles — not the beach cities, but Beverly Hills, Brentwood, Westwood and the nearby well-heeled neighborhoods south of the Santa Monica Mountains. This means you'll be well-fed, well-rested and...
| Oct 26, 2011
| 9:23 AM
Baltimore Sun columnist Mike Preston answers a selection of reader questions about the Ravens' 12-7 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars on Monday.
Andy in Hagerstown: I've been on board with Joe Flacco and this coaching staff, but I am off the bandwagon....
| Aug 9, 2012
| 7:26 AM
It's time, dear reader, to raise a glass to Mick Napier, improv queen Susan Messing, wild Joe Bill, hard-toiling Jennifer Estlin, restless Mark Sutton and the Annoyance Theatre, which have, improbably, survived together for 25 years.
On Aug. 18, the...
| Sep 8, 2012
| 7:43 PM
Are you ready for some football?
The first full weekend of NFL games kicks off Sunday, but this won't by any normal opening weekend.
Something critical is missing — real NFL officials. The league and its officials have been deadlocked...
| Sep 14, 2012
Remember when Reva Shayne of "Guiding Light" stripped in the downtown fountain and announced, "I baptize myself the slut of Springfield, scarlet woman, common tramp?" Or when Tad Martin on "All My Children" proclaimed to his wacky mother Opal, "I am...
| Sep 13, 2012
| 11:20 AM
Sirena Irwin has been rocking the curly red hair (OK, it's a wig) and wide-eyed charm of Lucille Ball — or at least Lucy Ricardo — since last fall in "I Love Lucy Live on Stage." The hit show, created by director Rick Sparks and producer Kim...
| Sep 13, 2012
| 5:15 PM
Alan Ayckbourn often has been termed the British Neil Simon due to his prodigious output of plays in a quirky comical vein. South Coast Repertory has yet to mount a Simon show, but has produced myriad Ayckbourn offerings and is quite familiar with the...