| Mar 1, 2014
Humor, unlike music, isn't a universal language. I mention this up front for the benefit of anyone who cannot find anything funny in religion, poverty, disease, genital mutilation or various other things targeted in "The Book of Mormon," the mega-...
| Feb 15, 2014
| 5:49 PM
SALT LAKE CITY — The art of bartending, Matthew Pfohl says, is all about the performance, the subtle dance of bottle and glass.
Over his career this virtuoso of the high-end pour has dazzled customers, effortlessly grabbing a top-shelf gin, say...
| Feb 25, 2014
| 5:02 AM
The curtain-raising scene of Jesus appearing "in ancient upstate New York" is the first little clue that "The Book of Mormon" is not your average Broadway musical. By the time the show ends, every politically incorrect button has been pushed, every...
| May 19, 2014
| 2:49 PM
You've heard a lot about "The Book of Mormon," the winner of nine Tony awards including best musical, now winding up its local premiere at Costa Mesa's Segerstrom Center for the Arts. How it's raunchy, irreverent, hilarious and — according to the...
| May 8, 2014
| 1:20 PM
Cody Jamison Strand was agog when he earned a spot in the cast of "The Book of Mormon."
And then, the nerves crept in.
The 24-year-old realized he'd struck comic gold with the role of Elder Arnold Cunningham — whom he describes as happy, over-...
| May 17, 2014
One by one, the sacred cows hit the ground, adroitly tipped over by the best-selling author Steve Berry in his 13th historical novel, "The Lincoln Myth."
Berry, 59, is a Florida-based former attorney and county commissioner turned author whose...
| Jun 26, 2013
| 5:50 PM
Pastor Jim Franklin was one of the leading voices supporting California’s 2008 gay marriage ban. He spoke passionately about the importance of traditional marriage from the pulpit of Cornerstone Church in Fresno and led rallies against gay unions....
| Jan 3, 2013
| 7:20 AM
The holiday season is usually a bountiful time of year for Broadway shows. Hordes of tourists bring about a bump in box-office receipts for musicals and plays across the board.
The most recent holiday period proved to be no exception. "Wicked," still...
| Jan 6, 2013
| 11:52 AM
Midseason used to be a time for networks to put on series that weren’t good enough to make the fall lineup. The thinking was: The money has been spent to make these episodes, so let’s try to get something out of them by plugging them for shows...
| Jan 6, 2013
| 12:53 PM
Where did the famous and semi-famous spend New Year's Eve in the Chicago area?
NASCAR driver Danica Patrick dined New Year's Eve at the newly opened Baume & Brix in the River North neighborhood before heading nearby to The Grid. "Cooler Than Me"...
| Feb 4, 2013
| 5:00 AM
Over the past 103 years, America's churches have built the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) into the nation's most successful youth group — which makes it remarkable that the BSA stands ready to let gays join Scouting, thus publicly renouncing the wishes...