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Writer: Dashiell Hammett

Posted by on Sep 22, 2011 in Featured, The Arts, Writers | Comments Off on Writer: Dashiell Hammett

Every now and again, one person comes along who changes the tide of a literary genre. Dashiell Hammett took the genteel mystery novel...

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Americana: The Hollywood Bowl

Posted by on Sep 21, 2011 in Americana, Featured | 1 comment

As an East Coaster, I admit I had the “Hollywood Bowl” all wrong. I thought the name referred to the band shell, which...

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Actor: James Dean

Posted by on Sep 21, 2011 in Actor, Featured | 2 comments

Three movies. That’s all it took to create one of Hollywood’s most enduring legends. Oh, he had a couple of bit parts before...

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TV Show: Arrested Development

Posted by on Sep 20, 2011 in Featured, TV Show | Comments Off on TV Show: Arrested Development

“Now the story of a wealthy family who lost everything, and the one son who had no choice but to keep them all together.  It’s...

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Travel: The Waldorf=Astoria Hotel

Posted by on Sep 18, 2011 in Featured, Travel | Comments Off on Travel: The Waldorf=Astoria Hotel

You’ve stayed in those hotels where if you’ve seen one room, you’ve seen them all? That’s not how they do it at the...

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Sports: Fantasy Football

Posted by on Sep 12, 2011 in Featured, Sports | Comments Off on Sports: Fantasy Football

True confession to start: I’ve never won a fantasy football league. And the most embarrassing part is that I’ve really tried....

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The Arts: New York City Ballet

Posted by on Sep 1, 2011 in Featured, The Arts | Comments Off on The Arts: New York City Ballet

If you want to establish the credibility of your dance organization, one method is to point to the company’s founders. In the case of...

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Film: Chinatown

Posted by on Aug 30, 2011 in Featured, Film | Comments Off on Film: Chinatown

I love film noir. Give me a good black and white mystery from the 1940s, maybe written by Raymond Chandler, with a tough private eye and a...

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Actor: Will Ferrell

Posted by on Aug 25, 2011 in Actor, Featured | Comments Off on Actor: Will Ferrell

I don’t think anyone will be comparing Will Ferrell’s acting ability with, say, Robert DeNiro anytime soon. I hope they never...

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Travel: LA to Las Vegas Road Trip

Posted by on Aug 23, 2011 in Featured, Travel | Comments Off on Travel: LA to Las Vegas Road Trip

It’s about 300 miles, give or take a few casinos. You can make it in about five hours, provided you don’t travel during...

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