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  • TV Picks: '@midnight,' 'Cosmos' times two

    TV Picks: '@midnight,' 'Cosmos' times two
    "@midnight" (Comedy Central, weeknights Monday through Thursday). Busy Chris Hardwick, the alt-Allen Ludden (I might have said "indie Gene Rayburn" or "left-field Dick Clark" just as well), hosts this late-night comedy game show with a social media theme. It's one of those series, in the long tradition of "Information Please," "My Word," "The Match Game" and "Wait Wait ... Don't Tell Me!" and Stephen Fry's "QI" (as critic-picked this week by Mary McNamara) whose main purpose is the display of celebrity wit. (Points, which are somewhat beside the point, are awarded largely at the discretion of the host.)
  • Weekend Agenda: Alan Braxe, Michael Showalter, Pole Dance Soiree

    Friday, 3.4: Alan Braxe @ Avalon Paris comes to Hollywood with a double dose of Gallic goodness at the Avalon. Legendary French house producer Alan Braxe, the man behind the epic groove “Music Sounds Better With You,” will be bringing his...

    Thursday's Talk Shows

    Click here to download TV listings for the week of Feb. 13 - 19 in PDF format TV listings for the week of Feb. 3 - 19 in PDF format (from Weekly TV Listings and more can be found...

    Book calendar events for the week of February 27, 2011

    Words & Ideas Compiled by Grace Krilanovich. SUNDAY Tamim Ansary: The author of "Destiny Disrupted: A History of the World Through Islamic Eyes" will discuss and sign his new book. Pacific Asia Museum, 46 N. Los Robles Ave., Pasadena. 2 p.m. Free...

    Faces to Watch in 2012: Books

    Faces to Watch in 2012: Books
    Shalom Auslander NOVELIST Only Shalom Auslander would call a novel "Hope: A Tragedy." But then, what else would you expect from an author whose last book, a memoir, was titled "Foreskin's Lament"? There, he recalled his Orthodox Jewish upbringing,...