| Feb 21, 2013
| 4:24 PM
Courtney Aoki envisioned herself as an actress when she participated in a summer stock program at the Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa. It was a program designed to help propel at-risk teens into a world of acting and to......
| Feb 22, 2013
| 12:23 PM
Since her days as a high school free spirit, Courtney Aoki developed a tougher exterior, with a heavy-metal edge. Tattoos began covering her body, including one of a black widow on her chest with the number 13. Her Facebook page......
| Dec 18, 2012
| 5:00 PM
Since I was born during the Great Depression, I have many memories of those harsh years.
Money was scarce and jobs were few. We were poor, but living on a farm we were never hungry. Our moms had big gardens and a truck patch.
They spent the summers...
| Jan 25, 2013
| 1:28 PM
"Misfits" star Joseph Gilgun guest stars in this Saturday's episode of "Ripper Street" on BBC America.
The episode, "In My Protection," gives a nod to Charles Dickens classic "Oliver Twist," with Gilgun playing a Fagin-like character named Carmichael who...
| Dec 23, 2012
| 1:59 PM
It's tough to go wrong with “Oliver” at the holidays. You've got tousle-haired urchins, pathos, Fagin, melodrama and power ballads — orchestrated with a whiff of the sounds of Dusty Springfield's Swingin' London — and a...
| Jan 9, 2013
For once, Chicago has beaten New York in a competition that the Windy City had no desire to win. Chicago ended 2012 with more homicides than New York. No one cheers for that.
Chicago, with only a third of New York's population, ended 2012 with 506...
| Dec 19, 2012
Friends (we're all friends this time of year, yes?), I ask: What type of one-man Charles Dickens show might you be in the mood for this weekend before Christmas? A traditional Dickens (albeit one delivering one of his lesser-known stories)? Or perhaps a...
| Dec 21, 2012
| 9:04 PM
If Charles Dickens had witnessed the first half at Welsh-Ryan Arena, he would have had an easy time describing it.
The best of times? Northwestern scored 17 straight points in a four-minute span.
The worst of times? At one point, the Cardinal had an 18-...
| Jan 16, 2013
| 6:55 AM
The Friends of the Library offers lovers of used books shelves and shelves of good quality books in the lower level of the Petoskey District Library.
Among the offerings are contemporary fiction, nonfiction, biography, travel, self help, art, cookbooks,...
| Dec 19, 2012
| 12:21 PM
Step back, Scrooge. There's another Dickens hit in town — but only for a few days. Step lively if you want to snag a ducat before it departs.
"Dickens' Women," first performed by star and co-creator Miriam Margolyes in 1989, closes out a...
| Dec 20, 2012
| 2:54 PM
As a relatively broke college student, Chicago-based writer Rob Christopher didn't have the cash to rent movies from a video store. Instead, he sought out his local library and discovered not only a repository of films vast enough to satisfy his tastes...
| Dec 20, 2012
| 1:11 PM
1. Hagerstown holiday
Hagerstown Municipal Band and the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts Wind Band will present a concert at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 23, at The Maryland Theatre, 21 S. Potomac St., downtown Hagerstown. Free admission; donations accepted....