Archive for April, 2009

A Hybrid for the Pickup Truck Crowd

A Hybrid for the Pickup Truck Crowd

Several years ago, I interviewed a high-level Toyota executive who said that eventually there would be gas-electric hybrid versions of every type of vehicle in their lineup. I asked if that included pickup trucks, since those are a big part of the company’s U.S. sales, and his answer was “yes.” Well, while Toyota continues to […]

Book Review By Valerie Porter

Book Review By Valerie Porter

Let’s Read: “Home – A Memoir of My Early Years” It might be tempting to bypass Julie Andrews’ autobiography, since its subtitle indicates it covers only the early years of her life. There will be no Sound of Music stories, no memories of her becoming a Dame or the loss of her singing voice. The […]

Gladly Risking Over-Indulgence

When the gang just can’t agree on which style of Asian cuisine to enjoy for lunch or dinner, the road to mutual satisfaction could well be QQ (900 N. Central Ave. in Glendale), where the all-you-can-eat buffet offers Szechwan, Cantonese, Mandarin, hot and spicy Hunan, Thai, and even Japanese sushi dishes. There’s literally something for […]

Stars Gather to Celebrate “Yentl” and Focus on Women’s Rights

Stars Gather to Celebrate “Yentl” and Focus on Women’s Rights

“Yentl” is a movie about a woman struggling to gain equality in a man’s world, made by a woman struggling to gain equality in male-dominated Hollywood. 26 years later, Barbara Streisand’s masterpiece is still inspiring women to follow their dreams. On April 18, “Yentl” was the inaugural film in Kat Kramer’s Films That Changed the […]

Two productions to talk about this week…

Two productions to talk about this week…

One drama and one comedy. Although vastly different in content and style, both of them explore unexplainable “other worldly” events. The Woman in Black SHERMAN OAKS- Adapted beautifully by Stephen Mallatratt, from Susan Hill’s 1983 novel, this is a hauntingly involving ghost story! Still running after 20 non-stop years in London at The Fortune Theatre […]

Evans and Rogers Ensure “Vaudeville Lives”

Evans and Rogers Ensure “Vaudeville Lives”

A lighthearted look at songs and entertainers from the early twentieth century, “Vaudeville Lives” showcases the talents of Sharon Evans and Rick Rogers as they salute the headliners of vaudeville. Singing and dancing comical ditties in medleys as a duo, or performing songs on their own, both performers demonstrate a strong love and understanding of […]

Erin Kamler: Once Bitten, Twice Wry

Erin Kamler: Once Bitten, Twice Wry

Erin Kamler is a woman who knows what she’s talking about when she quotes the old saying: “Tragedy plus time equals comedy.” Twice divorced, the lifelong musician and composer married her muse to her experiences and produced “Divorce! The Musical,” which is now enjoying a highly-successful extended run at the Hudson Theatre in Hollywood. The […]

State of Play

State of Play

State of Play Run Time: 1 hr. 58 min. When Russell Crowe was asked why he did this movie, he said, “I got into movies to tell stories that affected me. Universal called me and said they were $40 million in the hole already on this film, shooting starts in two weeks and they needed […]

Il Divo

Il Divo

Il Divo Run Time: 1 hr. 57 min. Maybe if you’re Italian and follow Italian politics, this might be fascinating. Although, after sitting through it, even if it had been about American politics, the way director Paolo Sorrentino has fashioned the tale I don’t think many people outside of the world of effete film critics […]

Tops in Town

Pepperdine does it again! This time they got their celebrity-packed audience’s attention with an old-fashioned songfest, a tradition that’s been going strong for some 51 years. So, when Charlie Runnels, Chancellor Emeritus, invited us to a pre-show dinner he co-hosted with Keith Hinkle, Vice President for Advancement and Public Affairs, we promptly accepted. Others who […]