We all have our favorite things that, implicitly or otherwise, reveal a little bit of ourselves. Thus it makes sense that Fraulein Maria would love whiskers on kittens and bright copper kettles, and that Oprah would have many, many favorite things. Which brings us to restaurants that you may consid ... More >>
Dino eggs are nestled inside the incubator, with the extra large cans of Mastodon Chunks arranged in a neat pyramid formation beside a display of Barbarian repellent and caveman candy (looking suspiciously similar to beef jerky).
"It's been a really long last month getting everything ready," May Pe ... More >>
If you're familiar with the writing of cultural theorist and freelance critic Mark Dery, you already know he writes in loop-de-loops and mazes, often embedding the meanings of his sentences in elaborate spirals of prose. His new essay collection, I Must Not Think Bad Thoughts, follows that pattern, ... More >>
Booze-themed cookbooks have never been terribly high on our everyday shopping lists, but there are those weekend moments when The Food of Morocco isn't quite what we're craving. Okay, that's not really true. We'd be content with Paula Wolfert's harissa any day of the week. But we're all for occasion ... More >>
The Southern California vocabulary, as endearing or maddening as it can be, doesn't exactly have a reputation for erudition. And we're totally chill about that.
The Dictionary of American Regional English, which you may have heard of recently, is an ambitious lexicographical project that recently r ... More >>
*Our review of Ryan Adams, for whom Kilmer as Twain opened
*Renaissance Man Val Kilmer May Have Met his Match
A bomb threat has sealed off the streets surrounding us, but Val Kilmer is calm. His long blond hair tied back into a loose ponytail, the actor is wearing a blue blazer, blue and ... More >>
Illustration by Sam WashburnBy Kiernan Maletsky
Friday night, Ryan Adams performed at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Check out our review of the show -- the opening act was Val Kilmer as Mark Twain -- you'll see that we have no photos from it.
That's because on this tour Adams' isn't allowing t ... More >>
Craig SchwartzA Noise Within cuts open a new path in Pasadena‚ÄčGIL CATES DIES: The Geffen Playhouse's artistic director, and Academy Awards producer, was found in a UCLA parking lot Monday night, having died of natural causes. More on this story to come. A Noise Within opened it's new Pasadena digs ... More >>
Combing through Craigslist's Farm and Garden Classifieds gives an Internet prowler a case of the chuckles. Some people yuck at the writing, but for us, the wares themselves (see pig statue entry) and the vendors' keen marketing ploys (see llama entry) are enough. Seriously though, seeing what peopl ... More >>
Some idiotic, thoroughly moronic publisher gave in to idiotic, thoroughly moronic busybody censors and republished Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer replacing the historically appropriate (and clearly condemned by the author, if you, say, bother to read the damn books...) usage of ... More >>
SapphireBlue22stack of newspapersWhat's the country reading today food-wise? Here's a roundup of some of the food-related stories from other newspapers, many of which print their food sections mid-week. And remember, even if you don't actually buy papers these days (or not; this paper is free ... More >>
The names alone sell these illustrations of authors-as-pets: Kurt Vonnemutt, Joyce Feral Oates, John Pupdike, Jane Pawsten and F. Scott Fetchgerald. The illustrations are by Chet Phillips. The Mark Twain...er, "Bark" Twain...in particular, bears an uncanny resemblance to the author who is said to ha ... More >>
AT YOUR FINGERTIPS, THIS WEEK'S COMPREHENSIVE THEATER LISTINGS
Also, this the latest NEW REVIEWS and this week's THEATER FEATURE on the 2009 Pacific Playwrights' Festival
HANKS A LOTTom Hanks and Rita Wilson piggy backing with The Comedy Photo courtesy of Shakespeare Festival/L.A.On Monday, May 1 ... More >>
The year was 1984. I had won the Memphis City Jr. High Chess Championship, narrowly defeating my arch nemesis Gus Lipman. Gus was a "Mr. Boy" type of kid who wore tortoise shell glasses, a London Fog trench coat and carried a briefcase for some reason (We were ELEVEN. What was in that briefcase? Fil ... More >>