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Theater Review: Playful panto at the Playhouse

Theater Review: Playful panto at the Playhouse

Take a familiar, happily-ever-after fairy tale, throw in slapstick, topical humor, pop songs, ample buffoonery, audience participation throughout and a guy in a dress and you’ve got “Sleeping Beauty and Her Winter Knight,” a dandy...

Dancers add the frosting to ballet premiere

Dancers add the frosting to ballet premiere

To hear Aerin Holt reveal details about her contemporary ballet this season, one feels like a child listening to a bedtime story. Her eyes dance while she reveals some of the mystical creatures and elements in the show — there's a frozen dragon,...

Dining Review: Canele dishes up 'Wild' cuisine

Dining Review: Canele dishes up 'Wild' cuisine

From the moment you walk in and sense the old wood, the crimson walls, the fresh ranunculus, you know this is going to be something special. Bowls of persimmons and quince and boxes of wild greens look straight out of a still-life painting. Hard-working...

A holiday recording wrap-up

New seasonal albums from Sinatra, Streisand, Il Divo and more

No matter the state of the world or how desperate the straits of the recording industry, and regardless of changes in musical delivery systems (78, LP, CD, MP3, downloads), one constant is the yearly flood of year-end holiday music. Americans love Christmas...

Lightnin' strikes a chord

Lightnin' strikes a chord

Pasadena-based bluesman Lightnin’ Willie has developed a particularly intriguing wrinkle on the genre, one that’s cool, airy, with a sinuous groove that infiltrates his audience’s consciousness and invariably gets them up on their feet.

Film Review: Terrific 'King and the Mockingbird' mixes old and new animation

Film Review: Terrific 'King and the Mockingbird' mixes old and new animation

Animator Paul Grimault is most famous for his one feature, “The King and the Mockingbird,” arriving in American theaters for the first time this weekend. The film’s reputation is all the more remarkable when you realize that it was started in...

DVD Review: Allen film conjures up some 'Magic'

DVD Review: Allen film conjures up some 'Magic'

“Magic in the Moonlight” is somewhere between the 43rd and 45th movie Woody Allen has directed (depending on how you count “What’s Up, Tiger Lily?” and “New York Stories”) — almost certainly the most of any major...

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Read On: Yanking 'The Interview' was inevitable

Read On: Yanking 'The Interview' was inevitable

Well, what a year, huh? Crazy stuff in politics, in sports, in entertainment. Really crazy in entertainment.