Archive for March, 2009

Goodbye Hollywood, Hello Bollywood!

I had an exclusive interview with veteran controversial Hollywood publicist Chris Harris, who has been a part of the Hollywood scene for more than 35 years, and who has been mentioned in over 25 books on every subject from the death of Marilyn Monroe to the Zodiac Killer. (It was Chris Harris who introduced the […]

How to Teach Your Child to be an Independent Learner

(Grassroots Newswire) – As a parent, it’s natural to feel compelled to remind your child to finish his/her homework, to offer assistance when he/she gets stumped by a math problem or provide editing help on that essay or book report. However, as your child nears middle and high school, it becomes increasingly important to help […]

Honda Brings Back the Insight Hybrid

Honda Brings Back the Insight Hybrid

It’s been almost ten years since Honda introduced the American public to a new idea in driving, with a gasoline-electric hybrid vehicle called the Insight. The small, two-seat car with a teardrop shape was a model of efficiency and foretold an interesting trend in automobiles. (Arriving in December 1999, it beat the first Toyota Prius […]

Stimulus-Inspired Meals

It’s been 23 years since my dining columns and broadcast reviews were christened as The Curious Palate, so I am more than a little identified with that tag. Imagine my surprise to discover that, by design or coincidence, there is a recently arrived Curious Palate Café on Venice Blvd. in Mar Vista. It’s evidently an […]

“Lady Rose: Secret Agent 36-24-36” by Jean Marie Rusin

“Lady Rose: Secret Agent 36-24-36” by Jean Marie Rusin

By Deborah T. Kilday When I first started reading this book, the writing drew me immediately into the story, was full of action and I was swept away into a world of espionage and mystery. As the story progressed, I started to feel a kinship to Lady Rose. It made me question why she had […]

Race to Witch Mountain

Race to Witch Mountain

Race to Witch Mountain Run Time: 98 Minutes OK for children Disney has returned to something that has worked in the past, the “Witch Mountain” movies. They have pulled out all the stops in this one by hiring the popular Dwayne Johnson (the actor formerly known as “The Rock”) as the protagonist, and added Annasophia […]

I Love You, Man

I Love You, Man

I Love You, Man Run Time: 105 Minutes Not for Children The first 80 minutes of this is as excruciatingly horrible as I had anticipated. Peter Klaven (Paul Rudd) is getting married. His fiancé, Zooey (Rashida Jones) has a lot of girl friends with whom she shares her intimacies. Peter has no male friends, so […]

Two highly entertaining romantic comedies to recommend this week.

Two highly entertaining romantic comedies to recommend this week.

One contemporary and the other written 100 years ago… Funny how little the “dance of romance” has changed through the years… Everybody Say “Cheese!” BURBANK- If you’re yearning for a break from the endless news reports on the dismal state of our economy, this wacky comedy should do the trick! Now in its West Coast […]

“Waiting for Lefty”

“Waiting for Lefty”

Waiting for Lefty, at the Stella Adler Theatre, proves that the power of a single voice can ignite thousands to follow, regardless of circumstance. It is placed in New York City, 1935. Although not quite at the brink of war, it was a time of tremendous social upheaval, bordering on revolution. It is a cast […]

No Trivial “Question”

No Trivial “Question”

Dance is often astonishing to watch but to a casual observer of the art, its abstract forms can still sometimes leave the viewer perplexed. That’s why JT Horenstein’s massive talent as a choreographer, coupled with the narrative structure of his ongoing work, “The Question” is such a refreshing and expanding experience. Given a clear storyline […]