| Nov 14, 2013
| 9:00 AM
"The Lion King" roars back into the Pantages, the musical "In the Heights" lands in Boyle Heights, and the Grinch is up to his old tricks at San Diego's Old Globe.
A Family Affair Staged reading of an adaptation of Alexander Ostrovsky’s classic...
| Nov 11, 2013
| 6:09 PM
Sometimes a week goes by and the Los Angeles literary landscape is as barren and desolate as the Salton Sea. This is not one of those weeks.
Tonight: Vermin on the Mount returns. The punk rock reading series takes its name from its original location,...
| Nov 13, 2013
| 1:58 PM
A science experiment went awry Wednesday when it set off two dry-ice explosions at a Mar Vista middle school, prompting an evacuation and causing a student and an LAPD bomb technician to suffer minor injuries.
A student had brought a couple of pieces of...
| Nov 5, 2013
| 9:21 AM
It started with a Jerusalem artichoke. Jane Rainwater looked at one a few years back and noticed how much it resembled a hand grenade.
This connection between things and violence merged nicely with research that Rainwater had done in grad school on 19th...
| Nov 10, 2013
| 6:08 PM
The Bowl Championship Series is sort of like what Mark Twain once said about the weather in New England. If you don’t like it now, just wait a few minutes.
Two weeks ago, Florida State fans were panicked that their No. 3 Seminoles would go...
| Oct 29, 2013
| 11:54 AM
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A Sioux Falls elementary school that has honored a famous American author for decades is being razed and replaced by one that will honor a famous 19th century women’s rights activist, and some residents of the...
| Oct 28, 2013
| 9:32 AM
Sci fi and fantasy TV get their due in November with the premieres of Fox's robot-action thriller "Almost Human," the "Doctor Who" 50th anniversary special, "The Day of the Doctor," and BBC America's mythology series "Atlantis." Two sitcoms, Fox's...
| Sep 20, 2013
Re "LAUSD's priority problem," Column, Sept. 18
Thanks to Steve Lopez for his column. Education officials need to get back to the basics.
As a former teacher, I'm convinced that teaching would be so much easier if the ivory tower bureaucrats would...
| Sep 14, 2013
| 6:56 PM
Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities. Truth isn't.
— Mark Twain
Fruitland Park rolled the dice last week and lost. Prediction: It's going to cost the fine folks who live there some...
| Oct 22, 2013
| 2:51 PM
Some of the country’s best known authors and illustrators of children's books have signed a letter addressed to President Obama with a simple message: Too much standardized testing is causing children to lose their love of books.
More than 100...
| Oct 16, 2013
In 1942, the popular detective fiction writer Rex Stout published a book about Congress featuring "the silliest, stupidest and most dangerous statements that have ever been made by men laying claim to being leaders of the American people." The book's...
| Oct 18, 2013
| 10:50 AM
Scientists have long thought that bullfrogs generally can’t jump more than a meter. Turns out they were wrong -- which they learned only after leaving the lab and heading to California to witness a county fair contest inspired by one of Mark Twain&...