| Feb 18, 2009
Of the five lead actress Academy Award nominees, Melissa Leo is probably the most bohemian, the least likely to live in a luxury hotel or employ a personal assistant or spend weeks worrying over her Oscar gown. Leo tidies her own house, cooks her own...
| Aug 25, 2008
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Janis Ian is back in the news thanks to her provocative memoir "Society's Child" (Tarcher/Penguin, $26.95).
Ian, 57, recounts her life as a teenage prodigy and lets readers get a glimpse of how she came up with her hit songs ("At Seventeen," "Society's...
| Nov 2, 2008
Christina Hendricks eyes a darling white cloche much as a cougar sizes up a coyote with a limp. She circles. She purrs. She pounces. "I have so many hats, but. . . " she says, adjusting the brim in the mirror at the local vintage boutique The Way We Wore....
| May 18, 2008
The Chelsea Hotel had a beleaguered look. A tenant had draped several banners across the legendary establishment's red brick facade: "Stanley Bard is my hero," one banner proclaimed.
The signs referred to the hotel's part-owner and longtime manager who...
| May 25, 2008
Anyone who believes that the cultural imperialism of baby boomers is limited to the generations that came after them need only see a recent documentary called "Young at Heart." Almost unanimously loved by critics (most of them baby boomers), the film...
| May 31, 2008
Watching footage of Janis Joplin at the 1967 Monterey International Pop Festival, you can see why Mama Cass, sitting in the crowd, keeps shaking her head. There's Janis, decked out in full gold lamé and tiny mules, shaking and snarling her way through...
| Jun 1, 2008
On a Sunday afternoon in March 1970, Dr. George Reardon photographed me in degrading, sexually provocative poses in his office at St. Francis Hospital.
It was just another day for the doctor. Afterward, he stopped at Arthur Drug on Farmington Avenue...
| Jun 15, 2008
FILM, TV and Broadway star Betty Buckley moved back to the ranch in Texas nearly five years ago. She appears in M. Night Shyamalan's "The Happening." She has recently released two CDs, including an archival recording, "1967," which was engineered by T...
| Jun 14, 2008
Everyone expects a party band to be versatile. But when it comes to stretching, few cover groups can out-flex Strictly Bizzness, a combo whose setlist includes Ozzy Osbourne's "Crazy Train," the Temptations' "My Girl," and "Don't Cha" by the Pussycat...
| Jun 22, 2008
When pondering the West -- that unwieldy stretch of U.S. soil from Texas to the Pacific Northwest -- travelers tend to flash on archetypes -- the Golden Gate Bridge, Disneyland, the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Hollywood, Monument Valley, Vegas, the Alamo,...
| Jun 26, 2008
GOOD OL' Will Shakespeare never got to see his plays performed under the gorgeous Southern California sun. If he were to, he might be taken aback by the number of outdoor festivals held in his honor. This summer, nearly 20 companies from Santa Barbara...