| Feb 20, 2011
In school, I was taught that George Washington could not tell a lie, but I never knew that he owned more than 300 slaves.
I learned that lesson in December, when I visited the new President's House and its exhibit, "Freedom and Slavery in Making a New...
| Nov 10, 2010
| 3:07 PM
One of the city's oldest churches celebrates its 100-year anniversary this month with a talk Saturday on spiritual healing.
The First Church of Christ Scientist in Huntington Beach is celebrating its centennial year with a free lecture by John Adams, a...
| Nov 6, 2010
| 4:32 PM
This past week our nation voted in a sweeping referendum to send a message to Washington that we are not happy with the direction our country is taking. I will leave it to others to interpret the fact that the House of Representatives was taken away...
| Nov 8, 2010
| 7:04 PM
In a bold venture that the Los Angeles Philharmonic hopes will boost its "national brand" recognition and help raise the profile of classical music from Manhattan to Orange County, the orchestra next year will transmit live performances of three of its...
| Nov 26, 2010
It takes two, it always takes two.
Though romantic couples get the attention, some of the most memorable movie pairings, from Marlon Brando and Rod Steiger in "On the Waterfront" to Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon as "Thelma & Louise," feature same gender...
| Jan 30, 2011
Watching Peter Sellars rehearse is to observe a man possessed. Last week at the Metropolitan Opera House, L.A.'s reknowned theater director was fine-tuning "Nixon in China," which opens Wednesday. The new production of the John Adams opera, about the pre-...
| Feb 4, 2011
| 5:11 PM
"First Family: Abigail and John Adams"
By Joseph J. Ellis
Knopf, 299 pages, $27.95
Before Barack and Michelle, Eleanor and Franklin and certainly before the brand otherwise known as Brangelina, came America's first power couple: John and Abigail Adams....
| Apr 14, 2012
100 Years Ago
In the Times, there was a short piece about life span of some of our presidents:
"Age of Presidents
"The youngest chief executive at the time of his death was James K. Polk who was fifty-three. Fourteen...
| Dec 30, 2011
| 3:00 AM
Newt Gingrich, the self-proclaimed "smartest guy in the room," may have outsmarted himself in his latest assault on the American judiciary, just as his newly acquired front-running status for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination is shining a...
| Dec 27, 2011
Newt Gingrich, the self-proclaimed "smartest guy in the room," may have outsmarted himself in his latest assault on the American judiciary, just as his front-running status for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination is shining a brighter spotlight...
| Feb 7, 2012
| 6:18 PM
Barry H. Landau, the once-esteemed collector of presidential memorabilia, admitted in federal court Tuesday that he stole thousands of documents regarded as cultural treasures from historical societies and libraries in Baltimore and up the East Coast....