| Mar 31, 2011
| 5:28 PM
Retired City Manager Ken Frank was honored March 25 by Laguna Beach Seniors Inc., but he had to be coerced into accepting the fifth annual Legacy Award.
"The award is presented to people who have left a lasting legacy to our town," said Seniors...
| 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...
| Oct 31, 2010
It's a peculiar person — if not an unabashed sadist — who takes pleasure in someone's stuttering, particularly at a public event. Yet when filmmaker Tom Hooper heard that Colin Firth couldn't stop stammering while accepting an acting honor for...
| Oct 31, 2010
Abigail & John Adams
Joseph J. Ellis
Alfred A. Knopf: 304 pp., $27.95
John and Abigail Adams are the most well-known, most-written-about couple in America's Revolutionary generation. Why? Because they left such a well-constructed paper...
| Nov 3, 2010
| 4:05 PM
"First Family:Abigail and John Adams"
By Joseph J. Ellis
Alfred A. Knopf, 320 pages, $27.95
The lustful letter, like most things in these digital days, isn't what it once was. Never mind the dissipated form or the Tweeting generation's grammatical...
| 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-...
| 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...