| Apr 25, 2010
| 4:34 PM
Monsters, mermaids and âdudes casting spellsâ were some of the elements that excited the authors at the âWriting the Fantasticâ panel at the Festival of Books on Saturday. Moderator Scott Timberg called the session that featured writers Aimee...
| Sep 29, 2010
| 4:05 PM
The Huntington Beach Playhouse may be formulating plans to celebrate its 50th season three years hence, but next door in Westminster, there's already a golden anniversary event underway.
The Westminster Community Theatre, born in 1961, is in the midst of...
| Apr 12, 2010
When Apple's iPad debuted on April 3, it was greeted in some quarters of the tech world by a chorus of critiques. With no phone, no camera and no multitasking, how could it be revolutionary? And yet, when it comes to the iPad's e-reader, revolutionary...
| Mar 7, 2010
As mystery readers well know, constrained geography ups the likelihood of murder. From John Dickson Carr's mastery of the locked room to Agatha Christie's penchant for country houses to Louise Penny's depiction of nastiness crawling out of the woodwork of...
| Mar 23, 2011
| 9:05 PM
Elizabeth Taylor, the glamorous queen of American movie stardom, whose achievements as an actress were often overshadowed by her rapturous looks and real-life dramas, has died. She was 79.
Hospitalized six weeks ago for congestive heart failure, Taylor...
| Jun 5, 2010
The Virginia Arts Festival brings in an important lineup of international performers each year. Working almost behind the scenes is another festival event helping to produce the next generation of composers.
The John Duffy Composers Institute held during...
| Jan 10, 2010
Note: This is the second of a two-part column on the current state of contemporary detective fiction. This month: One of the masters of the form talks about the detective story.
In order to understand and properly appreciate contemporary detective...
| Apr 3, 2011
As actor Charlie Sheen brings his "Violent Torpedo of Truth" show to Chicago on Sunday, we won't perform any diagnosis but simply state that many people wonder whether his recent hijinks suggest he has become unhinged. In his honor, let's take 10 looks at...
| Apr 9, 2011
| 9:53 AM
Sidney Lumet, the award-winning director of such acclaimed films as "Network," "Serpico," "Dog Day Afternoon" and "12 Angry Men," has died. He was 86.
Lumet's death was confirmed Saturday by Marc Kusnetz, who is the husband of Lumet's stepdaughter,...
| Apr 26, 2010
| 9:06 AM
- Former President George W. Bush is writing a memoir, "Decision Points," which is set for release on November 9. The book, focused on Bush's career and the 14 most important decision in his life, is being described as "groundbreaking new brand of memoir"...
| Nov 3, 2010
I've been to many local theatrical productions. I usually take my seat at a performance with an air of hopefulness about me, wondering at each show if I might be pleasantly surprised. Thus, I was completely unprepared for the high level of quality...
| Nov 10, 2010
| 4:13 PM
Agatha Christie's "The Mousetrap" gave a new meaning to the term "staying power." The mystery play opened in London in 1952 and is still running after more than 25,000 performances.
It's been long absent from local stages, but currently the Westminster...