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Theater Review: 'Pygmalion' goes in search of subtext

Theater Review: 'Pygmalion' goes in search of subtext

“Pygmalion” was George Barnard Shaw’s unromantic basis for the romantic 1956 Lerner and Loewe musical, “My Fair Lady.” It starred Julie Andrews as Cockney guttersnipe Eliza and Rex Harrison as the phonetics professor, who, on a bet, schools Eliza into passing for one of...

DVD Review: Viewing 'Interstellar' more stellar on video

DVD Review: Viewing 'Interstellar' more stellar on video

In the normal course of things, the more spectacular a film in the theater, the likelier the home video version will be a disappointment. In the case of Christopher Nolan's “Interstellar,” however, it's quite the opposite. I'm not even vaguely...

Film Review: Lawrence and Cooper can't save 'Serena'

Film Review: Lawrence and Cooper can't save 'Serena'

At this exact moment in time, it's hard to imagine a film starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence getting only a token theatrical release after debuting on VOD. Are there any rising stars hotter?

Dining Review: Area Tiki bars serve as portals to paradise

Dining Review: Area Tiki bars serve as portals to paradise

Recently I went to a party in Palm Springs where many guests knew each other from Tiki Caliente, an event dedicated to tiki culture. I've always been into Polynesian motifs — our yard has tiki carvings and waterfalls — but these people are hard...

Damon's takes diners from the South Seas to out of this world

Damon's takes diners from the South Seas to out of this world

With an outrigger canoe hanging over the main dining area and Polynesian-themed murals on the walls, just walking into Damon's will make you feel a buzz. And, depending on how many tropical cocktails you've consumed, you'll definitely be feeling buzzed on your...

Cellists get on board to mark Bach's birthday

Cellists get on board to mark Bach's birthday

Johann Sebastian Bach would have turned 330 on Saturday, but his compositions are safely in the hands of some local young musicians, who paid a birthday tribute to the old master in an afternoon concert at the Larry Zarian Transportation Center — the...

DVD Review: New 'Witch' is a confusing brew

DVD Review: New 'Witch' is a confusing brew

This recent film from director Jacob Cheung (“Cageman”) is another adaptation of the book “Bai fa mo nu chuan” by prolific wuxia novelist Laing Yusheng. The title apparently translates as something like “White Hair Demon Girl,&...

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Read On: Making plans for the big night

Read On: Making plans for the big night

My beautiful and talented daughter Gabi is getting married two weeks from today. And it’s all great. She’s marrying a terrific guy with a fantastic work ethic and from top-notch stock....