| Jan 2, 2013
| 1:02 PM
As the final hours of a year slip into history and a new one begins, everyone has their own personal way in which to bid adieu to the old and ring in the new. While some opt for the coziness of home, others don their finery and step out for some big-...
| Jan 8, 2013
| 2:26 PM
A bar fight outside Whiskey Bend in Burbank Monday night involving four men left one victim with head injuries and two suspects at large, authorities said.
At around 10:45 p.m., the two Burbank victims -- a 48-year-old and 25-year-old -- left the bar,...
| Jan 8, 2013
| 9:25 PM
The brewmaster said "mouthfeel" and I knew I was in over my head.
This was some years ago, surrounded by fellow beerophiles in the belly of the beast at the Sam Adams brewery in Boston. Sam's top hop-ologists did their experiments here, a lab of sorts to...
| Mar 9, 2013
| 3:54 PM
Bruce Forman, widely recognized as one of the top jazz guitarists in the world, has gotten off the straight-ahead path in recent years to follow what seems at first a highly unlikely alternate route: Western swing.
Essentially a musical curiosity or...
| Nov 8, 2013
| 12:43 PM
Burbank-based trio LoveyDove trade in an extraordinarily perfected and intricate brand of modern, underground pop. Led by Dan West and Azalia Snail, a romantic twosome who share an artful and unusually self-possessed synchronicity, LoveyDove, who appear...
| Aug 6, 2013
| 1:51 PM
At just past 8:30 a.m., the neon sign flickered to life. Guthrie's Alley Cat had put out the welcome mat for the morning beer-and-shots crowd.
The bar sits on Wall Street in Bakersfield, a narrow piece of concrete near downtown. My wife, Donna, and I...
| Aug 15, 2013
| 1:38 PM
Story Tavern boosts Burbank and beer in equal measure. It's like walking into a history lesson where there's artisanal beer on tap. You're sipping your cider with Dr. David Burbank looking over your shoulder. The portrait of the eccentrically bearded...
| Aug 18, 2013
Renowned guitar player Laurence Juber possesses such a staggering facility that in performance, his combination of technique, sensitivity, feel, melody and harmonics is nearly overwhelming. The British-born musician, who appears at Burbank's Viva...
| Aug 30, 2013
| 5:49 PM
Ward Dotson, the brilliantly understated guitarist whose atmospheric style was a critical component of early ’80s Hollywood underground rock legends the Gun Club, is definitely an odd one. Widely recognized as one of the post-punk era’s most...
| Sep 19, 2013
| 2:49 PM
Holding a church meeting in a pub may at first seem a bit odd, but so-called theology pubs — regular pubs and bars where meetings are held, usually once a week — are catching on across the country.
According to Keith Anderson, a pastor in...
| Sep 27, 2013
| 12:53 PM
When local bluegrass band the Brombies gets to work, it always feels more like a family reunion than a professional musical performance. Now in their fourth year of an every-Monday residency at Burbank's Viva Cantina, their fast-moving style, far-...
| Nov 1, 2013
| 11:16 AM
The play “Miracle on South Division Street” holds a special meaning for its author, playwright Tom Dudzick. The story centers on a Catholic working-class family living in a deteriorating Buffalo, N.Y., neighborhood whose lives are upended upon...