| Dec 13, 2013
| 10:37 AM
A side skirmish in the war on Christmas has developed over a Fox News host’s suggestion that both Jesus and Santa Claus were (are?) white men, and that people need to get over it.
Megyn Kelly — incidentally, the subject of a delightful...
| Dec 16, 2013
| 11:38 AM
Every Christmas Eve, I dress up as Santa Claus and deliver gifts to Los Angeles-area kids, most of them underprivileged, through a program organized by the Pasadena Junior Chamber of Commerce. Every year we number at least 75 Santas strong, each with...
| Dec 11, 2013
| 8:27 AM
A Jewish family from San Diego that has been seeking to recover a painting by Camille Pissarro that a relative sold during the Holocaust has received a legal victory from a panel of judges who ruled this week that the family can pursue the case, reversing...
| Dec 12, 2013
| 8:00 AM
The National Endowment for the Arts is helping to fund the Southern California premiere of John Adams' controversial opera "The Death of Klinghoffer," 23 years after it was first performed.
The $25,000 grant to the adventurous Long Beach Opera for its...
| Dec 13, 2013
| 12:54 PM
The hot priests calendar. In Rome, that's what they call the Calendario Romano. Its pages are filled with good-looking young men in clerical garb, posing for the camera.
Yes, they're actual priests, photographer Piero Pazzi told the Los Angeles Times,...
| Nov 28, 2013
| 9:00 AM
"Judas Maccabaeus" is the Hanukkah "Messiah."
Or it would be if choral groups had an equal-oratorio policy with Handel. Such a policy, in addition, would give us regular airings of another 23 Handel oratorios, all late works (the composer turned to...
| Nov 12, 2013
| 10:42 AM
Responding to international pressure, officials in Germany have released a preliminary list of the more than 1,400 works of art discovered in a Munich apartment that are believed to have been improperly acquired by the Nazis.
On Tuesday, authorities...
| Oct 3, 2013
| 1:05 PM
JERUSALEM -- There is no such thing as "Israeli nationhood," Israel's Supreme Court has ruled, putting to an end a 40-year legal battle but leaving fundamental questions about national identity and the character of the country very much open.
| Oct 6, 2013
The world is far too familiar with the seemingly intractable problem: Jews and Palestinians who live in the same small stretch of land between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea and, despite decades of trying to divide the land into two...
| Oct 6, 2013
| 7:00 AM
HARBIN, China — Two Chinese politicians and an Israeli professor are huddled around an architect's drawing. "Actually it would be better if the fence rails were shaped like Stars of David instead of crosses," politely suggests the professor, Dan...
| Oct 4, 2013
| 4:03 PM
Madonna dares to reveal one very personal truth in an essay for "The Daring Issue" of Harper's Bazaar: When she was young and trying to make it in New York City, she was raped at knifepoint.
The pop diva tosses off the information almost as an aside,...