| Nov 11, 2011
| 2:00 PM
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — If only it were possible to block out the world's harshest realities — the way the people of Happy Valley have done for decades now — this week's crystalline skies might have set the scene for one more perfect...
| Dec 8, 2011
| 4:08 PM
Few movies can be reinterpreted as one-person plays with any degree of success, yet the Laguna Playhouse has made the concept succeed in two consecutive productions.
Following on the heels of the one-woman "Shirley Valentine," the Playhouse now has the...
| Dec 13, 2011
| 9:50 PM
As Linda Jordan put the final touches on the characters in the "Snoopy House" Christmas display's dollhouse outside City Hall on Tuesday night, she broke down.
"I just couldn't stop crying," she said. "It's not relief. I'm happy. I'm sad at the same...
| Feb 2, 2012
| 11:48 AM
In an industry filled with struggling actors, Brian Dietzen is one of the lucky ones. In 2004, he went to what was supposed to be an audition for a one-shot guest appearance on "NCIS." Now, nearly eight years later, he's logged more than 100 episodes in...
| Dec 29, 2011
| 1:02 PM
Can't win 'em all, can you?
The highs were pretty high in the tech world in 2011, as new gadgets, updates and advances delighted the masses. I mean, Facebook made a change that most people (so far) seemed to actually like. What are the odds?
| Sep 13, 2009
Morris Dickstein's "Dancing in the Dark" is not exactly the syncretic "Cultural History of the Great Depression" that its subtitle promises -- at best, the book treats inferentially the broad political and social trends of that desperate, crucial era. Let...
| Dec 25, 2008
For many Jewish people in America, Christmas day has long meant wide-open freeways, Chinese takeout and "It's a Wonderful Life" on a loop on TV. If perchance you find yourself invited to a Gentile household for the holiday, however, Rob Tannenbaum of...
| May 22, 2008
TO MILLIONS, James Stewart was Everyman. To Kelly Stewart, he was just Dad.
"Dad was a very private person," she says, adding that her father never brought his work home with him. But she got her first inkling of his tremendous popularity at age 6,...
| Jul 23, 2007
SINCE HER INFANCY, my now-adult daughter and I have ritualized every summer with a week spent lurking as lizards at one or another blazing hot Southwestern desert resort. We're neither rock hounds nor tree huggers; what we seek during these annual...
| Sep 27, 2007
Scott Thompson didn't make the cut when NBC programmers began making their long-range TV plans.
For 23 years Thompson has been a hair stylist and barber at Universal Studios, tending to everyone from mogul Lew Wasserman to the youngest mail room clerk....
| Dec 25, 2007
Every holiday season my brother and I argue the merits of Frank Capra's "It's a Wonderful Life," never resolving the conflict, just joyously engaging in sibling rivalry under the guise of cultural debate. As Annie Korzen's Op-Ed shows, though, the...
| Sep 9, 2008
Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear and the rest of the Muppets will help NBC celebrate the holidays this year.
The network has announced its holiday-specials lineup for this year, and it's a little bigger than usual. The Muppet special, titled "Letters to...