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'Hustlin' puts street life on the stage

'Hustlin' puts street life on the stage

The woman onstage is in mourning, rising unsteadily from the floor in fishnets and a dangerously short skirt, still in disbelief that another friend has died on the streets. “She was so young,” cries Carrie Gazzaruso, a curtain of blond...

Daryl Brown, son of James Brown, visits La Cañada to talk father's biography

Daryl Brown, son of James Brown, visits La Cañada to talk father's biography

Through words and recollections, the spirit of James Brown was resurrected Monday evening as local fans came to Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse to learn more about a new biography penned by the famed singer's son.

Curvy roads and cauliflower soup: Newcomb's Ranch celebrates 75 years

Curvy roads and cauliflower soup: Newcomb's Ranch celebrates 75 years

Perched alongside State Route 2, Newcomb's Ranch maintains its rustic, homestyle feel at 75.

Comic sequel takes 'The Trip' to Italy

Comic sequel takes 'The Trip' to Italy

“The Trip to Italy” is, in a sense, a sequel to “The Trip” (2010, released here in 2011), also directed by Michael Winterbottom and starring Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon. The first film was an edited-down version of a six-episode British...

Burbank label, Alive Naturalsound, keeps the record alive

Burbank label, Alive Naturalsound, keeps the record alive

Not far from where the old train tracks dead end at the lumber yard in industrial Burbank, there’s a nondescript warehouse that, if one is lucky enough to get inside, turns out to be both a museum-quality, wall-to-wall archive of rock ‘n’...

Dining Review: Kebab Daddy begets fresh offerings

Dining Review: Kebab Daddy begets fresh offerings

When you ask owners Jaina and John Orphali what kind of restaurant Kebab Daddy is, they hesitate. It’s got elements of Armenian, Lebanese, Mexican and classic American. Their focus on high-protein/low-fat meals makes it totally Californian as well. And...

DVD Review: Release 'revisits' Woodstock's 40th anniversary

DVD Review: Release 'revisits' Woodstock's 40th anniversary

“Woodstock: 3 Days of Peace and Music 40th Anniversary Limited Edition Revisited” is one of the more cumbersome titles ever to grace a home video release. Parsing it requires a little history.

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'November Man' script undercuts Pierce Brosnan's performance

It's no secret that Bond movies aren't spy movies. They're good guy/bad guy adventures as unconcerned with ambiguity as fairy tales.

'The Prince' appears more like a pauper in the thriller department

Another wish-fulfillment thriller scenario for overprotective dads, "The Prince" has taciturn auto mechanic Paul (Jason Patric) hotfooting it to New Orleans to hunt down his missing daughter (Gia Mantegna), presumed to be under the drugged sway of a dealer named the Pharmacy (Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson).

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Read On: Robin Williams' end spotlights depression

Read On: Robin Williams' end spotlights depression

I don't think I've seen the kind of shock and national mourning — and outpouring of love — for an entertainment figure that's been generated by the suicide this week of Robin Williams...