| Sep 8, 2011
| 10:28 PM
NEWPORT BEACH — When Effy Sanchez's children were growing up, she didn't speak English well enough to read to them.
Instead, she watched her husband introduce them to the world of Dr. Seuss.
As the Costa Mesa resident's English improved, she...
| Sep 10, 2011
| 9:30 PM
Manhattan's fictitious Avenue Q might be a rundown thoroughfare but Theatre Downtown's production of the Broadway musical "Avenue Q" is top-notch all the way from A to Z and back again.
It's the first locally produced production of Tony-winning "Avenue...
| Feb 9, 2012
August Wilson's "Jitney," set in 1977, focuses on a poor urban neighborhood where "urban renewal" just means demolition and neglect. The plot revolves around a company of unlicensed cabs trying to maintain service for an African-American community ignored...
| Feb 21, 2012
Tatyana Ali appeared on "Sesame Street" when she was 6 and "Star Search" when she was 7, but nothing prepared her for the day when a school bus pulled up as she was walking down the street.
She was 12, a newly minted star of "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air"...
| Oct 5, 2011
| 1:53 PM
Sesame Street: Once Upon a Monster X360/$49.99/Oct. 11
The lovable, educational and always entertaining Muppets have been sculpting children into functional adults for decades. Now Kinect owners can team up with their favorite "Sesame Street" friends...
| Aug 14, 2011
| 10:00 PM
In many ways, Asian-Americans have done remarkably well in achieving the American dream of going to college, working at a good job and earning a nice living.
Take Tuyet Le, who came to the United States as a Vietnamese refugee when she was 3 years...
| Oct 13, 2011
| 1:41 PM
We all know that many bullies get their start in the sandbox, not the boardroom, and that their youngest victims can nurture the resulting hurt for a lifetime. No surprise, then, that next week, "Sesame Street's" Big Bird and Elmo--who despite their...
| Oct 19, 2011
| 1:10 PM
A small commercial show from MadKap Productions is slated to make its Midwest premiere in January at the Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave.
Entitled "Clutter: The True Story of the Collyer Brothers Who Never Threw Anything Out," the play...
| Nov 4, 2011
Bad notes, old song in 'Janie Jones'
In "Janie Jones," the guitar-slinging pre-teen girl with the long black hair is 15-year-old Abigail Breslin, a little tougher-looking since her "Little Miss Sunshine" debut but sporting the same appealing mixture of...
| Nov 4, 2011
Punk rock dads open up
In the documentary "The Other F Word" the word implied in the title is fatherhood; the film takes a look at the seemingly contradictory transition into middle age for men who are in a working rock band and also trying to settle...
| Nov 4, 2011
'Silenced' is harrowing
A recent hit in Korea, "Silenced" ("Dogani") is based on a true story in which administrators at a school for deaf children received extremely light penalties for sexually abusing their young charges.
In the film, a teacher (Gong...