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Dining Review: For fun and burgers just follow the signs

Dining Review: For fun and burgers just follow the signs

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Good signage should be a restaurant’s top priority or at least near the top. It was the striking, huge, lit-up sign that brought Simmzy’s to my attention. The second Happy Face sign...

DVD Review: First-time director shines with 'January'

DVD Review: First-time director shines with 'January'

Screenwriter Hossein Amini (“Drive”) makes a sure-handed directorial debut with this suspenseful adaptation of the Patricia Highsmith novel of the same name. For a “genre” writer, Highsmith generally presented her characters in an...

Film Review: Jason Statham's 'Wild Card' doesn't pay off

Film Review: Jason Statham's 'Wild Card' doesn't pay off

It's been roughly 15 years since Jason Statham surfaced in Guy Ritchie

Still having a 'rock 'n' roll ethic'

Still having a 'rock 'n' roll ethic'

Evie Sands began her life in music as a 1960s rock ‘n’ roll bad girl, blossomed into a balladeer of profound depth and a prolific writer of striking grace and prowess. She has had her original songs recorded by Barbra Streisand, Dionne Warwick,...

Actor Michael Gross' connection to story brings a short film to life

Actor Michael Gross' connection to story brings a short film to life

When La CaƱada actor Michael Gross read the script for the short film "Our Father," he was hooked.

Alex production taps into dancers' old-movie legacy

Alex production taps into dancers' old-movie legacy

With all due respect to Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers or Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron, the silver screen’s most electrifying dance duo was the Nicholas Brothers. While Astaire and Kelly glided with their respective dance partners in classic movie...

The blues come to Pasadena

The blues come to Pasadena

It’s Saturday night at Redwhite + Bluezz, which shares a courtyard with the Pasadena Playhouse. The business began as a high-end gourmet restaurant with an extensive wine list, in its first home off of Pasadena’s Paseo in 2008. It’s changed...

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Read On: Oscar acting nods show lack of diversity

Read On: Oscar acting nods show lack of diversity

I’m feeling a lot of the outrage here in Hollywood/Burbank/Glendale since Thursday’s announcement of Academy Award nominations — namely, that all 20 lead and supporting nominees in...