We thought we were going to a small reception at the State Department. It was day 3 of the Association of Food Journalists annual conference, this year held in Washington D.C. As we stood in line to undergo the rigorous security clearances needed to enter the building (we had been asked to provide d ... More >>
COMPREHENSIVE THEATER LISTINGSNEW THEATER REVIEWSStage FEATURE on Gregg Ostrin's KowalskiKris BicknellD is for DogThis week, Deborah Klugman was smitten with Kate Polebaum's new play about 1950 suburbia gone awry, D is for Dog. Also, weekly critics filed strong reviews this week for As You Like ... More >>
Diaz-Duran.To celebrate his imminent citizenship, a Guatemalan immigrant is walking from New York to Los Angeles as we speak. Although we would recommend avoiding Arizona, what with all its anti-immigrant fervor and summer heat, it turns out that this here walking man, Constantino Diaz-Dura ... More >>
L.A. Librarian Alicia MoguelThe Benjamin Franklin Branch Library in Boyle Heights serves 16 local elementary schools -- from public to private -- but young students can't go to the busy library after school on Mondays due to deep budget cuts to the Los Angeles Public Library system. "We no ... More >>
Sexual rights are protected by the Constitution, if only the U.S. Supreme Court would open its eyes
McDonald'sThe McRib is Back Unless you've been living under a rock -- or in line at LudoBites 6.0 -- you may have heard that McDonald's McRib sandwich is back. The story seems to be everywhere: in national magazines, in local newsletters, and there's even a McRib Locator where fans of the sa ... More >>
Ensemble, life and death in Michael Hollinger's 2006 play
COMPREHENSIVE THEATER LISTINGSNEW THEATER REVIEWSSTAGE FEATURE ON LINDA PURL'S FESTIVALBREWSIE AND WILLIE Poor Dog Group's adaptation of Gertrude Stein's novella, is among the productions being reviewed this week. Photo by Scott Grolier Check back here on Monday night for reviews of THE BAKER'S ... More >>
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COMPREHENSIVE THEATER LISTINGSNEW THEATER REVIEWSSTAGE FEATURE on Lieutenant of Inishmore and A Tale Told by an IdiotAN UNKNOWN FUTURE: Theater on Seward Closes its Doors John Fleck performs tonight (Thursday), 8 p.m. with his sardonic one-man comedy about Trader Joe's (and points beyond), Side E ... More >>
COMPREHENSIVE THEATER LISTINGSNEW THEATER REVIEWSCURRENT STAGE FEATURE on KING LEARNEW REVIEW GO TWO PLAYS BY YUKIO MISHIMA Photo by Yukata Takeuchi Perhaps most notorious in the West for his sensational, 1970 suicide by seppuku, controversial poet-novelist Yukio Mishima was also a pl ... More >>
He's solved some of the world's most vexing illusion puzzles and builds tricks for acclaimed magic artists
The pain and the beauty, from tattoo coverups to dermal anchors and subdermal corsets
If you're going to drink one clear cola this year, make it Crystal Pepsi. Please.40. No Age-Nouns (Sub Pop) Face it, *Nouns* is this decade's *Let it Be* (The Replacements, not The Beatles): A ragtag posse of scruffy dudes sonically illustrating their homes with spectacular tunes and pure passi ... More >>
"Tell him I killed the fucking baby!"
And special guest Benjamin Franklin on immigration
HBO's patriot gamesmanship
Drugs, death, drama, gangs... hows a teenage, all-girl party crew supposed to stay on top?
Frank Lloyd Wright and the Taliesin Fellowship
A conversation with Chalmers Johnson
The take-no-prisoners social critic skewers Bush, Ashcroft and the whole damn lot of us for letting despots rule.
Walter Russell Mead makes a case for U.S. foreign-policy effectiveness
Top spenders will vie to replace the late John Ferraro
A tale of methamphetamine, drug cartels and an amateur chemist named Fester.
Dilettante Press goes with its gut