| Apr 19, 2010
| 6:29 PM
Carolyn M. Rodgers, who grappled with issues of African American identity and culture in poems that took first flight during the vibrant Black Arts Movement of the late 1960s, has died. She was 69.
Rodgers died of cancer April 2 in hospice care at...
| Nov 11, 2008
Ever since Proposition 8 passed Nov. 4, enshrining heterosexual-only marriage in the California Constitution, demonstrators from Sacramento to San Diego have staged daily marches and protests to express their anger and disappointment that homosexuals will...
| Feb 9, 2010
| 4:33 PM
In a Jan. 15 Culture Monster post on "The Last Plastics Show" at Cardwell Jimmerson Contemporary Art, reviewer David Pagel noted that the work of Venice, Calif.-based Doug Edge pushed "mysteriousness to extremes, making wacky talismans that are too...
| Feb 19, 2010
| 4:33 PM
When conservative Rob Port took a tour of the White House this week, he was scandalized by the books he found on shelves in the White House library. "Photo Evidence: Michelle Obama Keeps Socialist Books in the White House Library,"......
| Jan 18, 2009
Winding down his first news conference as president-elect, Barack Obama indulged a question about the puppy he'd promised his daughters, Sasha and Malia. He noted there were "two criteria that have to be reconciled." On the one hand, there was a need...
| Jan 20, 2009
In the year since Barack Obama's remarkable surge to the head of the pack of Democratic presidential candidates, we've been hearing a lot about the nation's new "post-racial" politics. The basic concept is this: Obama's acceptance by the white...
| Jan 25, 2009
The Sky Below
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: 288 pp., $24
Gabriel, the chimerical narrator of "The Sky Below," Stacey D'Erasmo's episodic novel of mayhem and myth, was not the sort of boy his "sad brown bear of a father" could bond...
| Feb 6, 2009
The image of a glittering downtown Los Angeles skyline turned upside down, which opens Stacy Peralta's sobering "Crips and Bloods: Made in America," is both striking and unnerving. With that image, Peralta telegraphs a theme that will resonate in chilling...
| Feb 19, 2009
| 12:49 PM
In "The African Book of Names," a new work compiled by Askhari Hodari, there are more than 5,000 names deriving from 37 nations and more than 70 ethno-linguistic groups. One thing that sets it apart from other name books is that it makes clear that it's...
| Sep 26, 2008
In the most complimentary sense, Yves Lola St. Vil's "The Bones of Lesser Men" at the Met Theatre is an ensemble piece that follows in the stylistic footsteps of the late August Wilson.
Set in a diner that serves as the heart and soul for an impoverished...
| May 19, 2008
There was a remarkable atmosphere of synchronicity during the performance of Christian McBride's "The Movement Revisited" at Walt Disney Concert Hall on Friday night. And maybe a trace of irony as well.
The four-section suite for big jazz band, small...