| Oct 5, 2013
| 7:00 AM
I once visited Monument Valley and tried to imagine myself in a John Ford western. It didn't work. I did the "Vertigo" tour in San Francisco and felt nothing. No matter how rooted in a specific time or place, most movies, especially the great ones, are...
| Oct 3, 2013
| 11:57 AM
"Top Chef" season 11 kicked off Wednesday night in a swamp. There were alligators, frogs, a video of Padma Lakshmi dancing in the streets and Emeril Lagasse with a box of beignets. Oh yeah, this season's in New Orleans.
The winning prizes are still the...
| Sep 6, 2013
| 11:20 AM
When the sun glowers, the Santa Ana winds rip through the canyons, and an invitation to have lunch on the patio feels like a death sentence, sometimes a quart of ice tea isn’t nearly enough. At such times it is nice to slip into an air-conditioned...
| Aug 12, 2013
| 6:00 PM
When Natalie Cole and Chucho Valdés share a bill Wednesday night at the Hollywood Bowl, it will mark a long-delayed reunion of two languages and two musical dynasties.
More than half a century ago, on the eve of the Cuban Revolution, Cole's father,...
| Aug 9, 2013
| 1:48 PM
Though actress Karen Black never stopped working, news of her passing this week at age 74 sent me back to the 1970s. That era -- a transformative cultural moment for women in general -- had the films I remember the actress in most. It actually starts on...
| Jun 28, 2013
| 4:15 PM
Harry Connick Jr.'s 29th and latest album, "Every Man Should Know," features 12 tracks for which the singer wrote the music, lyrics and arrangements. In a phone interview from his home in Connecticut, where he lives with his wife, former model Jill...
| May 21, 2013
| 5:00 AM
“This is the spray tan traffic zone, right here.” — host Tom Bergeron
We’ve reached the “Dancing With the Stars” Season 16 finals, ballroom fans! And this two-hour, heavily padded first-night showcase had each of...
| Feb 12, 2013
| 10:33 AM
Overcast skies and the threat of rain couldn't dampen the revelry of Mardi Gras in New Orleans as parades took to the streets Tuesday, showering costumed merrymakers with trinkets of all kinds. The parades began around dawn, led by clarinetist Pete...
| Feb 2, 2013
The holidays are long over, but your desire to keep throwing parties isn't. Today is Groundhog Day after all, and tomorrow is Super Bowl Sunday. Then there's Lincoln's Birthday (which promises to be more popular than ever this year thanks to Steven...
| Feb 1, 2013
| 4:53 PM
NEW ORLEANS — One thing you can say about New Orleanians: They know how to punt.
When the date for Sunday's Super Bowl XLVII was set, there could have been a loud gasp: It was scheduled right in the middle of the city's hectic Carnival season....
| Jan 3, 2013
As with many of the arts, there is a protocol for doing the proper kegstand, a heels-over-head staple of tailgate parties and bowl games across the land.
It should be attempted only by the fittest and most deviant among us. A helmet would be wise, though...