| Jul 20, 2012
| 5:11 AM
LOS ANGELES -- Stop us if you've heard this one before: HBO dominated the Emmy nominations announced Thursday morning, picking up 81 nods for viewer favorites such as "Boardwalk Empire" and "Game of Thrones" as well as comedy newcomers "Girls" and "Veep."...
| Mar 31, 2012
| 8:00 PM
As you news media consumers know, an earth-shaking event took place last week; big enough to blow the presidential campaign, the pope's travels, the Supreme Court and health care, and even Kate Middleton's latest frock off the magazine covers.
| Apr 11, 2012
| 8:12 AM
When Charles Bradley appears onstage this Saturday at Revolution Live in Fort Lauderdale, there's a good chance he'll have already forgotten the name of the venue, if he's bothered to learn it at all. Nothing against the club, but Bradley will be so...
| Jun 27, 2012
My mom nearly started a revolt at her assisted living facility.
She called me at work recently, upset that a water cooler had disappeared from the dining room. Having been led to believe that it was not coming back, she and another resident conspired...
| Jun 29, 2012
The idea was simple enough. Take four South Florida songwriters, chosen for their talent and their disparate styles, get them together, ask them to write a song centered on a certain theme, and then give them a limited time in which to accomplish the...
| Jun 7, 2007
IT finally occurs to me, after 25 years, that I married Amelia Earhart. Hey, everybody, call off the search. She's right here, in the passenger seat next to me, trying to read a road map that she's holding upside down.
Seriously, my wife is the...
| Feb 8, 2009
For the last seven decades, Mills College, which will celebrate the renovation of its gorgeous Spanish-style concert hall with a gala concert Feb. 21, has provided a haven for a remarkable number of cutting-edge composers. No matter how academically...
| May 11, 2008
The James Brown Reader
50 Years of Writing About the Godfather of Soul
Edited by Nelson George and Alan Leeds
Plume: 318 pp., $17 paper
WHAT would the late James Brown make of Barack Obama? Most definitely, Brown would say he was down with the message...
| Jul 4, 2008
Stepping to the front of the makeshift stage, she rolled up her essay on "What Independence Means to Me" into a tight cylinder in her hands. "I'm not going to read my essay," Darlene Escalante said, her eyes watery, her voice a husky whisper.
| Mar 29, 2007
If good pornography is a you-know-it-when-you-see-it kind of thing, good parody is exactly the opposite: A parody succeeds when large numbers of people don't recognize the thing as a parody. By that standard, Ward Sutton's "Kelly" cartoons for The Onion...
| Jun 7, 2009
Rock stars, Jazzers, Pachucos...they may have grown up somewhere else quaint, like Sandusky, Ohio, or Canada, but they made their mark hereŚlived, created and died here. Music is as much a part of the L.A. legacy as film and television. From the bebop...
| Jan 13, 2009
| 4:30 PM
You are reading the 4,000th post in WatchDog's 20-month history. Thanks as always for your loyalty, support and contributions. To mark the occasion we link to Tom Hoffarth's post on the top 50 sports broadcasters of all time, as per......