TV Upfronts Overview: It’s All About the Hamiltons!
May25

TV Upfronts Overview: It’s All About the Hamiltons!

It was just last week that the 2016 TV upfronts drew to a close and the music– and the spoofs– of “Hamilton” are still ringing in our ears. The smash hit Broadway show was omnipresent during the week of May 16 with cast members performing at a number of network presentations, including some unexpected ones, like ESPN.   Amid all the talk of catering to millennials, who have surpassed baby boomers as the nation’s...

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Rising Up: WGN America Goes ‘Underground’ to Explore a Troubled Time in History
May11

Rising Up: WGN America Goes ‘Underground’ to Explore a Troubled Time in History

With the pulse-pounding pace of its very first episode, WGN America’s “Underground” transported viewers to the antebellum world of 1857 Georgia, a dangerous and desperate place where slaves on plantations plotted their escapes via the Underground Railroad from their existences of degrading captivity. The 10-episode drama, which completes its first season tonight, May 11, has drawn the highest ratings ever for an original scripted...

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A Fashionable First: Oscar de la Renta Full-Scale Retrospective
May10

A Fashionable First: Oscar de la Renta Full-Scale Retrospective

Ruffles. Roses. Romanticism. All key ingredients that contributed to the lasting genius of one of the world’s most influential designers, Oscar de la Renta. Admirers of the late, great fashion designer will not want to miss the magnificent retrospective of his work currently on display at the acclaimed de Young Museum, part of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. It is the first major survey to celebrate the life and career of de...

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A Piece of Janis Joplin’s Heart in ‘Little Girl Blue’
May03

A Piece of Janis Joplin’s Heart in ‘Little Girl Blue’

The recent death of Prince sparked a revelation for director Amy Berg, who just spent eight years immersed in the life of another musical legend, Janis Joplin, culminating in the feature documentary “Janis: Little Girl Blue,” which she also wrote and produced.   Flash back to the fall of 1970. Less than three weeks after Jimi Hendrix died, the world mourned another drug overdose death of a larger-than-life musician, the...

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‘City of Gold’ a Glittery Look at LA’s Food Scene from its Top Critic
Apr10

‘City of Gold’ a Glittery Look at LA’s Food Scene from its Top Critic

Rarely have the city of Los Angeles and surrounding Southern California environments looked so delicious as they do in “City of Gold,” a documentary following Pulitzer prize-winning food critic Jonathan Gold as he traverses the area’s culinary culture in his big, black Dodge pickup truck. With his byline in the Los Angeles Times, Gold has single-handedly changed the face of restaurant criticism by uncovering the city’s undiscovered...

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