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Stage Review: A Noise Within stages a storm of change

Stage Review: A Noise Within stages a storm of change

A stylish, seasoned approach and a fine cast led by Deborah Strang’s powerful female Prospero place “The Tempest” — Shakespeare’s odyssey of betrayal, shipwreck, dark magic, family matters and redemption — in good hands at classics-centric A Noise Within in...

Film Review: Reitman plumbs the hazards of technology

Film Review: Reitman plumbs the hazards of technology

Several early reviews of Jason Reitman's “Men, Women & Children” compare it to Paul Haggis' “Crash”: For fans of the latter, the comparisons are meant to show the inferiority of Reitman's film. For those (like me) who found “...

DVD Review: Early Frankenheimer feature shows his promise

Along with Olive Films and Cohen Media Group, Kino Lorber has been issuing relatively low-demand classics on Blu-ray (and DVD) in high-quality video but often with few (if any) supplements: the 1943 German “Titanic,” Mario Bava's “Black...

Dining: A market for primo pasta

Dining: A market for primo pasta

Restaurants come, restaurants go. When one restaurant has dominated the landscape of the busiest street in Burbank for more than 20 years, it’s time to figure out why. Market City Caffe with its open air patio and large interior stretching over half a...

Awards show hits high notes at the Alex

Awards show hits high notes at the Alex

Tribute and awards shows are almost always boring exercises in self-promotion and professional logrolling. Apparently no one told the Los Angeles Jazz Society: Their annual Tribute Awards & Concert, Sunday at the Alex Theatre, was a series of musical treats...

Dining: Trip to Bountiful Bakery is sweet indeed

Dining: Trip to Bountiful Bakery is sweet indeed

The economic downturn of 2008 was a curse and a blessing for Denise Assad. After a prestigious career in advertising and design, she lost her job. Using her unemployment checks as start-up cash, she began baking and selling the fruits of her labor to parents...

Jazz drumming is spotlighted in 'Whiplash'

Jazz drumming is spotlighted in 'Whiplash'

Miles Teller is a star on a rapid rise, while veteran actor J.K. Simmons has featured in many varied theater, movie and television roles. Together they are kinetic in the new film “Whiplash,” where Teller plays aspiring jazz drummer Andrew Neyman...

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Read On: Taking a trip to Ferguson, Mo.

Read On: Taking a trip to Ferguson, Mo.

I have to admit that when Barack Obama was elected president of the United States back in 2008, it seemed not only historic but incredibly exciting to everyone in my liberal-minded circle. A black...