| Oct 20, 2009
| 4:33 PM
Jack Kerouac's 1960 visit to Big Sur was not a happy one; although he set out to find some peace in the wilderness of the California coast, instead he reckoned with his own disquiet. He did, however, manage to write......
| Nov 4, 2009
| 4:33 PM
The rabbit hole is getting crowded again. Itâs been 144 years since Lewis Carroll introduced the world to an inquisitive girl named Alice, but her surreal adventures still resonate â Tim Burtonâs âAlice in Wonderlandâ arrives in theaters in...
| May 10, 2009
Words & Ideas
Compiled by Grace Krilanovich.
Michael Schmelling The author of "The Plan" will present and sign his new photography book documenting the homes of compulsive hoarders. Family, 436 N. Fairfax Ave., L.A. 7:30 p.m. Free. (323) 782-...
| May 21, 2009
Self-mythologizing is as much a part of rock as the 15-minute guitar solo. Tom Waits knows the drill: He's been messing with our heads for a full generation. Like Bob Dylan, he has proven a canny master of disguise, creating an impenetrable wall to keep...
| Nov 20, 2008
| 4:46 PM
"The question you're always asked is, 'Is opera still relevant?' " says handsome young tenor on the rise Joseph Kaiser. Despite his amiable temperament, he seems peeved by the frequently posed query. And why not? Singers like Kaiser and star baritone...
| Aug 24, 2008
Joe Lansdale The author of "Leather Maiden" will read and sign his new book. Mysteries to Die For, 2940 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. 1 p.m. Free. (805) 374-0084.
Nathaniel Mackey The author will read and sign the latest volume in his...
| May 3, 2008
It was hustle and flow, all right. Terrence Howard, the Oscar-nominated actor best known for his role as Djay, the rapping pimp protagonist of Craig Brewer's acclaimed 2005 film, was doing everything but serving smoked Gouda to the 40 or so people...
| May 11, 2008
THE VERY last scene of last year's hit film "Juno" pointed toward one small path in music's future: star Ellen Page sitting on a stoop, singing a song by obscure boy-girl folk duo the Moldy Peaches. Her leading man, Michael Cera, sang along, but he was...
| Jun 8, 2008
During the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, singer-songwriter Joe Henry participated in a panel on the connection between music and the written word. For our summer reading issue, we asked Henry to elaborate on this question and to write about how...
| Jun 19, 2008
PHOENIX -- The sprawling, brawling concert Tom Waits gave here Tuesday, opening his Glitter and Doom tour with two nights at the city's grand old Orpheum, found its central image, unsurprisingly, in a hat. This wasn't just any of the countless porkpies...
| Jun 25, 2008
The genre of pop standards is a bit out of bounds for Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, whose high-profile collaboration excavates a more traditional sector of America's musical geography. But when the singers and their band came to the Greek Theatre on...