| Dec 2, 2013
Holidays in Chicago are synonymous with the Joffrey Ballet's lavish production of "The Nutcracker," the classic ballet adapted in 1987 by Robert Joffrey from E.T.A. Hoffmann's "The Nutcracker and the Mouse King" and set to the traditional Tchaikovsky...
| Dec 4, 2013
| 10:53 AM
Santa and his reindeer have some company this year: military fighter jets. And that has some people very unhappy, saying it is a thinly veiled marketing video aimed at children.
NORAD is equating jolly old St. Nick and the military in the minds of kids,...
| Dec 4, 2013
| 2:30 AM
My dear late mother, Maria Puck, started her Christmas baking at the beginning of December. A wonderful cook, and especially gifted when it came to cookies, cakes and pastries, she loved baking as a way to express not only her creativity but also her love...
| Dec 5, 2013
| 8:43 AM
Marion Cotillard wore a striking dress from Dior Haute Couture to the "Waltz With Monica" premiere at the 13th Marrakech International Film Festival on Wednesday. The elegant dress adds a touch of whimsy with orange-and-black-striped silk layered under...
| Dec 13, 2013
| 2:39 PM
Wine shop Bar & Garden in Culver City is hosting a goose taco pop-up on Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m. Chef Paul Osher of Bean & Thyme will prepare roast goose tacos, goose-schmaltz refried beans and vegetarian options such as butternut squash quesadillas. The...
| Dec 15, 2013
| 1:58 PM
Jon Toothman's Radio Shack doesn't seem like a place that's out to destroy Christmas.
It's wrapped in garland and Christmas lights and features two small Christmas trees. When I stopped in, Josh Groban's baritone filled the shop with the sounds of "O...
| Dec 12, 2013
| 4:30 PM
Ask any random group of patrons of the Orange County theater world, and they can probably tell you that Hal Landon Jr. has played Ebenezer Scrooge in South Coast Repertory's "A Christmas Carol" for the last 34 years.
What they may not know is that...
| Dec 16, 2013
| 8:30 AM
What do you consider essential Christmastime equipment? Extension cords to power the inflatable monster Santa on the lawn? The electric carving knife to slice the Christmas roast? A solar-powered swizzle stick to stir rum into your eggnog? (Or, as I...
| Dec 8, 2013
| 2:30 PM
If a samurai movie can't work in Japan, where can it?
Universal execs are asking themselves just that after the weekend's weak performance of "47 Ronin" in Japan, where the mega-budgeted Keanu Reeves starrer launched ahead of the Dec. 25 Stateside bow,...
| Dec 9, 2013
| 2:13 PM
Bah! Humbug! For days, the words of irritation and disgust just kept echoing in my head at the oddest of times. Was I being haunted by old Ebenezer himself? What was this? Did I too believe that Christmas was a fraud?
I went for a walk to ponder the...
| Dec 17, 2013
| 1:10 PM
Bob Cratchit worked at Mega-Mart, which is to say, he worked all the hours his employer allowed him to work but never was allowed quite enough hours to make ends meet for his family, nor to reach that magic threshold that would have made him a real, full-...