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  • Ojai Music Festival's artistic director to retire

    Ojai Music Festival's artistic director to retire

    Thomas W. Morris, the artistic director of the Ojai Music Festival since 2004, will retire in 2019, the festival announced Friday. Morris, who will serve through the 73rd installment of the festival, said the time is right for his departure. “The decision to finish my work here was a difficult...

  • Saturday's TV highlights and weekend talk shows: 'I a.m. Elizabeth Smart' on Lifetime

    Saturday's TV highlights and weekend talk shows: 'I a.m. Elizabeth Smart' on Lifetime

    SERIES Sesame Street Elmo, Big Bird, Rosita, Alan, Julia, Nina and the rest of the neighborhood gather to appreciate all the Thanksgiving traditions, cultures and delicious foods their community has to offer in the season premiere of the venerable children’s show. 9 a.m. HBO Saturday Night Live...

  • The L.A. Phil is modern even when it's Baroque

    The L.A. Phil is modern even when it's Baroque

    “The Messiah” and “Christmas Oratorio” may be waiting in the wings, but Handel and Bach are already at hand. The season of the Baroque has begun, and it’s proving that it can be the timeliest of music if we let it. The Los Angeles Philharmonic, for one, is wrapping its signature 12-hour new-music...

  • Calendar Letters: A ‘Murder’ most fine

    Calendar Letters: A ‘Murder’ most fine

    Regarding “‘Murder on the Orient Express’ Fine Actor, So-So as Director” [Nov. 10]: I liked the movie more than the reviewer did. I especially loved the philosophical ending and the destabilizing effect on Poirot. You get the feeling that for all his prowess as a detective, he’s never had a case...

  • 'Marvel's the Punisher' packs a punch but still suffers from bad timing

    'Marvel's the Punisher' packs a punch but still suffers from bad timing

    Sledgehammer fights, machine gun massacres, bodies disposed of in cement mixers. “Marvel’s the Punisher” has it all in this New York City-based drama where sorta good meets super evil. The Netflix series, released in its entirety Friday, takes violence, torture and vengeance to skyscraper-dwarfing...

  • 'Lady Dynamite' returns with a bang for Season 2

    'Lady Dynamite' returns with a bang for Season 2

    One of the great advantages to living in the 21st century is that Maria Bamford’s “Lady Dynamite,” a giddy comedy of mental challenges and spiritual optimism, is on TV. To remind you of this fact, a second season began streaming on Netflix last week. Given that her series, a fractured reflection...

  • Tyne Daly valiantly swims the sea of sentimentality that is 'Chasing Mem'ries'

    Tyne Daly valiantly swims the sea of sentimentality that is 'Chasing Mem'ries'

    Is there a play-doctor in the house? A concerned onlooker would have reason to make this plea during “Chasing Mem’ries: A Different Kind of Musical.” Unfortunately, there’s not much anyone can do in a case in which sentimentality has spread to the bones. The show, which had its world premiere Wednesday...

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  • Friday's TV highlights: 'Hell's Kitchen' on Fox

    Friday's TV highlights: 'Hell's Kitchen' on Fox

    SERIES MacGyver MacGyver and Jack (Lucas Till, George Eads) become thieves in order to expose a dealer in stolen artworks, then find themselves swindled out of the artwork they swiped. Billy Baldwin and Curtis Armstrong guest star. 8 p.m. CBS Crazy Ex-Girlfriend After Rebecca (Rachel Bloom) moves...

  • 'Mudbound,' 'A Fantastic Woman,' 'The Breadwinner' and other movie picks for Nov. 17

    'Mudbound,' 'A Fantastic Woman,' 'The Breadwinner' and other movie picks for Nov. 17

    Movie recommendations from critics Kenneth Turan and Justin Chang. Battle of the Sexes This enjoyable and entertaining film, with the gifted and innately likable actors Emma Stone and Steve Carell as Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs, respectively, is most involving when it deals not with sports...

  • 'A Map of Virtue' leads in new directions, but do we really want to join the ride?

    'A Map of Virtue' leads in new directions, but do we really want to join the ride?

    At first, Erin Courtney’s play “A Map of Virtue” presents itself as a quirky love story: Sarah (Megan Branch) and Mark (Sam T. West) stand side by side onstage and deliver alternating accounts of the first time they saw each other, as if answering an unseen interviewer’s questions. They speak hesitantly,...

  • Drama 'Oasis' serves as little more than a Panamanian travelogue

    Drama 'Oasis' serves as little more than a Panamanian travelogue

    Running barely more than an hour (plus closing credits), “Oasis” plays like a short film stretched to minimal feature length. But that’s only one of this potentially intriguing movie’s issues. Writer-director-editor Jorge Ameer takes an awkward, elliptical approach to telling this dreamlike tale...

  • 'Revolt' delivers a swift, satisfying alien invasion

    'Revolt' delivers a swift, satisfying alien invasion

    It’s the end of the world as we know it — once again — in “Revolt,” a propulsive, no-nonsense sci-fi thriller that’s far more watchable than its generic title may imply. Joe Miale, who co-wrote with Rowan Athale, makes a sturdy feature directing debut with this futuristic tale of an American soldier...

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