| Nov 25, 2010
There'll be no potato latkes on my Hanukkah table this year. Yes, I know they're traditional — my mother made them every Hanukkah when I was growing up. I've also prepared them for my children in years gone by, along with sufganiyot, an...
| Dec 10, 2010
✭✭ Various artists, "Christmas From the Blue Note" (Blue Note). This mixed-bag compilation too often sacrifices coherence for novelty and hipness. Self-conscious modernism subverts "Deck the Halls" by singer Kate Davis and saxophonist George...
| Dec 14, 2010
| 11:17 AM
This year's bountyof new holiday releases offers thoughts of the season from a slew of musicians, including a pair of singers who've officially "Got Talent," an "American Idol" alumnus, a neo-rockabilly hipster, a former member of an influential British...
| Nov 21, 2011
| 2:28 PM
Sure, New York City is home to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, the Christmas tree in Rockefeller Plaza, the Rockettes and, well, snow, but that doesn’t mean it has a monopoly on holiday magic. In fact, with a little planning, a trip to Las...
| Dec 4, 2011
Awkward Family Pet Photos
Mike Bender and Doug Chernack
Three Rivers Press, $15, paper
The guys who brought us "Awkward Family Photos" are back with an edition devoted to cruel and unusual punishment to animals. Sort of. It's not that we don't love our...
| Dec 15, 2011
For Jewish parents, the Hanukkah holidays are particularly challenging; they last not one day but eight. Beginning this year at sunset Tuesday and ending at sunset Dec. 28, there will be lots of candles to light, loads of latkes to fry and eight nights of...
| Dec 23, 2009
Believe it or not, there are some thirsty souls in this world who take in the strings of colored lights, the dangling snowflakes and overdressed fir trees and do not think of Christmas morning. They hear the strains of "Good King Wenceslas" or "The...
| Dec 1, 2009
| 4:32 PM
What? No Ikea and its Swedish meatballs??? Cafe Surfas, the eatery at Surfas gourmet and kitchen supply store in Culver City, tops Bon AppÃ©tit's list of the 10 best in-store dining spots. Says the mag: Southern California's premier restaurant supply........
| Dec 9, 2009
| 4:34 PM
p>Wednesday is -- according to the duo Good for the Jews -- the "minus-third day of Hanukkah." Sure, the eight-day festivities don't officially start until Friday, but gear up early with Rob Tannenbaum and David Fagin's "Putting the Ha! In Hanukkah" tour,...
| Dec 10, 2009
| 4:33 PM
This modernist menorah from the most recent edition of the do-it-yourself lifestyle magazine ReadyMade resembles artwork by George Segal. But this piece won't break the bank, as it will be made (by you) with cheap recycled bottles. With Hanukkah running...
| Dec 11, 2009
| 4:32 AM
Los Angeles Times file photo Temple Bânai Bârith, Hope and 9th streets. Dec. 11, 1909: âThe Hanukkah teaches us to be true to our colors as a religious entity; to shield, protect and safeguard our spiritual heritage for ourselves and for our...