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  • Tijuana tourism plunges amid drug violence

    Tijuana tourism plunges amid drug violence
    Marcos Rojas, a waiter at Mr. Tequila Restaurant, roams the Plaza Viva Tijuana, eager to pour double shots for partying tourists. This downtown gateway used to be crowded with Southern California day-trippers, Midwestern families and busloads of German...
  • 'Cadillac Records'

    'Cadillac Records'
    Fans of musical dramas may experience some deja vu while watching "Cadillac Records"; the story is remarkably similar to one told in the middle of 2006's "Dreamgirls," in a montage sequence set to "Steppin' to the Bad Side." There's the plucky upstart...
  • Even for Neil Gaiman, 'The Sandman' is a singular dream

    Even for Neil Gaiman, 'The Sandman' is a singular dream
    Even in casual conversation, British author Neil Gaiman sometimes sounds as if he's narrating some dark fairy tale -- his sentences slither across old stone floors or flit on gossamer wings. He also happens to live in a rambling Minnesota manse that...
  • Same game, different rules

    Same game, different rules
    Twenty years ago, Ballantine Books decided it no longer wanted to publish paperbacks exclusively, as it had done for the previous 35 years. Bucking convention, the firm launched its hardcover program with a first novel by an untested female writer that...
  • A return to India, this time with Mom

    The driver tossed our bags into the trunk of a white Ambassador cab and pressed his palms together. "Welcome to India, sir. Is this your wife?" "No, she's my mother." Mom giggled; neither of us was sure whether the driver's motivation was flattery...
  • 'Mamma Mia!' dances into theaters

    'Mamma Mia!' dances into theaters
    MY 9-YEAR-OLD son asked me the other morning why I was dancing around the breakfast table singing "Take a Chance on Me." I don't usually sing in the morning. I definitely don't dance. And I didn't know I knew any ABBA songs (I've never actually bought...
  • Warp speed to San Jose 'Star Trek' exhibit

    Warp speed to San Jose 'Star Trek' exhibit
    True "Star Trek" fanatics who visit "Star Trek: The Exhibition" at San Jose's Tech Museum may find some flaws in the life-size replica of the starship Enterprise's bridge. Sure, Capt. James T. Kirk's chair sits in the middle of the bridge, encircled by...
  • Chasing the king of chess

    Chasing the king of chess
    Like a lot of kids in the summer of 1972, I was riveted by a strange spectacle unfolding in Iceland: a chess match between Soviet grandmaster Boris Spassky and Bobby Fischer, the mercurial young American. The games weren't televised -- Fischer...
  • Performa '09 and futurism

    Performa '09 and futurism
    A decade ago, art historian and impresario RoseLee Goldberg, who literally wrote the book on performance art -- "Performance Art: From Futurism to the Present," first published in 1979 -- found herself being pushed by her publisher for an updated...
  • 'The Posthuman Dada Guide: Tzara and Lenin Play Chess' by Andrei Codrescu

    The Posthuman Dada Guide Tzara & Lenin Play Chess Andrei Codrescu Princeton University Press: 238 pp., $16.95 paper The job is gone, the 401(k) is gutted, college tuition is due, and "Grey's Anatomy" is a shadow of its former self. Can't decide...
  • Swaying to an island rhythm

    Swaying to an island rhythm
    Party guests have begun to arrive even before the appointed hour of 5 at the Malibu home of Chantal and Carl Gillberg, high on a distant knoll of the Santa Monica Mountains. A haze has settled over the sliver of ocean view, but in the terraced gardens...