| Jul 17, 2014
My in-laws recently accomplished a marital feat few people can ever imagine.
They celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. Holy moly matrimony! Not many even come close. It's an event so precious, 60 years is known as the "Diamond Anniversary,"...
| Apr 8, 2013
| 6:09 AM
American voters don't understand the very real threat of the Lizard People. Don't they see on the Internet about those shape-shifting reptilian people seeking to rule the world?
A nationwide survey conducted by Public Policy Polling finds only 4 percent...
| Aug 1, 2012
| 5:34 AM
LONDON – It seems the 2012 Olympic organizers want to punish those ticket-holders actually showing up to watch sports. The background rock music at most venues is so loud it could make anyone stone deaf in minutes.
There was no such noise at the...
| Dec 13, 2012
| 1:27 PM
The year 2012, as Queen Elizabeth II might have said, was quite the annus horribilis on Broadway. Especially after the leaves started to turn.
Consider the less-than-regal disappointments. "The Anarchist," the polemical new play by David Mamet, closed...
| Jun 3, 2012
| 4:36 PM
On the weekend of Queen Elizabeth's diamond jubilee, a group gathered in Evanston to commune once again with the abiding musical myth of a different British royal court. The opening night audience at Cahn Auditorium on Saturday for this Light Opera...
| Dec 9, 2011
When faced with a dark night of the soul, the powerful often seek the sustenance of subordinates. Such juicy, on-the-cusp moments — real or merely possible — are hard for playwrights to resist. Thus just as "Nixon's Nixon" memorably imagined...
| Jul 24, 2013
| 2:44 AM
The ranks of the world's most useless institution have increased by one, as spectacularly splashed across the top of The Morning Call's front page on Tuesday and lovingly detailed on page 10.
The fact that nearly every newspaper in America did the...
| Feb 5, 2012
The first Queen Elizabeth was standing under an English oak tree when she learned that she had become queen.
The second Elizabeth was high up in a mgumu tree in Kenya when she became queen, at the moment her father, King George VI, died in his sleep more...
| Dec 24, 2011
Connie Rice was 13 and her father was a test pilot at Edwards Air Force Base when the family drove from the high desert to church at First AME in L.A. She saw the city's ghastly gray air and said to herself, "Well, I'll never live here." Not only has...
| Aug 8, 2012
| 4:44 PM
The conventional wisdom about the Olympics has always been that it turns its viewers into wannabe athletes. Every time the Games roll around, particularly the Summer Games with their relatively easy-to-try-at-home events like track and swimming , we start...
| Jul 25, 2013
Hearing the news Tuesday that the new heir to the British throne was a boy, my first thought was of Lady Mary Crawley, heroine of the post-Edwardian-era soap "Downton Abbey." With no male heir left to inherit her family's estate, it falls on her to...