| Dec 27, 2013
| 5:41 PM
Turning on the radio this morning I was listening to a sweet-sounding string ensemble play a selection of Christmas music. The group's virtuosity was quite amazing. Without changing any energy and verve they moved effortlessly between sacred carols,...
| Dec 28, 2013
| 12:26 PM
Earlier this month a controversy arose after a tongue-in-cheek column written by Aisha Harris, a woman of color, was published online at Slate.com, suggesting maybe it’s time that Santa Claus is no longer depicted as a white man.
A Fox news host,...
| Oct 25, 2013
| 2:53 PM
The argument between believers and atheists has found a new and very public forum in recent years — billboards.
Pro- and anti-religion advertisements and messages have been appearing on the sides of buses in places as diverse as London and Dallas,...
| Nov 29, 2013
| 1:39 PM
Two schools have decided to pull out of a charity toy drive after being challenged by the American Humanist Assn. over separation of church and state issues.
East Point Academy in West Columbia, S.C., and SkyView Academy in Highlands Ranch, Colo., have...
| Dec 2, 2013
| 4:43 PM
It's that time of year when, once again, local stages light up with holiday-themed treats for audiences of varying ages. The festive offerings range from the soulful (a symphonic concert) to the intentionally ridiculous (anarchic clowning, a British-style...
| Dec 5, 2013
| 6:32 PM
Daniel Roebuck has some big slippers to fill.
The TV and film veteran is taking on the role of Ebenezer Scrooge in Glendale Centre Theatre's annual production of “A Christmas Carol” following the death of Mario Di Gregorio, who played the...
| Dec 5, 2013
| 1:53 PM
A New York Times columnist is wondering: Where is the love?
Nicholas D. Kristoff says there's a “profound lack of empathy” these days, after columns he wrote about food stamp recipients, prison inmates and those without health insurance...
| Dec 9, 2013
| 1:34 PM
Guitarist Jim "Kimo" West divides his time between two dramatically different musical worlds. His mainstay job is as lead guitarist from the famed, freewheeling musical satirist Weird Al Yankovic, but West's heart and soul are completely invested in the...
| Dec 13, 2013
| 12:17 PM
"Marley was dead, to begin with."
December brings many things specific to the season and one of them is "A Christmas Carol," Charles Dickens' rich tale of redemption, a staple offering of countless theater companies this month, across the country and...
| Sep 28, 2012
| 11:41 AM
One of Los Angeles' most respected directors meets one of Shakespeare’s least produced plays as Evidence Room founder Bart DeLorenzo takes on the Bard's plot-dizzy, globe-hopping "Cymbeline," at A Noise Within in Pasadena.
The production, running...
| Aug 18, 2012
| 5:35 PM
Shakespeare, Moličre, musical romps, contemporary classics, comedies of all Jordi Galcerán's descriptions, cutting-edge new work — theater in Southern California is varied, plentiful and far-flung, from the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego and...
| Jan 4, 2013
| 7:39 PM
An Italian Catholic priest is under fire for a Christmas message he made that apparently blames women for domestic violence. Perio Corsi's text, titled “Women and femicide — healthy self-criticism. How often do they provoke?” contains...