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A look ahead to the books of 2018

Wasn’t it just yesterday we were lounging on beaches and plotting our summer reading? Well, time waits for no reader, and now we’re staring down a …

The top shows, stars and theater scandals of 2017

With a nod to Oscar Hammerstein II:<p><i>Bette at the Shubert<br>Bruce Springsteen on Broadway<br>Garth Drabinsky starts yelling and Mandy says “No way”<br>Michael</i> …

Springsteen on Broadway

Theater books of 2017 to read in 2018

Below is a list of theater books, most of which were published in 2017. Click on the titles to find more information and to purchase these books, …

Six moments that made last night’s Tony Awards one of the best ones yet

The Tony Award ceremony’s best moments didn’t come from host James Corden, though he was fine. Despite a series of glittery jackets that suggested he’d like to open a third-rate casino or time-warp to 1974 to sell you a used convertible, Corden has the top three traits one looks for in an …

Tony Awards

Slow Cooker Orange Chicken Recipe

<b>Serves 3 to 4</b><p>Ingredients<p>1 1/2 pounds boneless chicken, cut into 2-inch chunks<br>• 1/2 cup flour (such as Pamela's Baking & Pancake Mix)<br>• Olive oil, for …

James Gandolfini Death: 'Sopranos' Star Shined a Light on Soldiers' Issues

A trip to the front lines of the Iraq War left the actor deeply moved and led him to produce two excellent documentaries.<p><b>James Gandolfini,</b> who died …

Tim Goodman on James Gandolfini: 'You Couldn't Look Away From Him'

The "Sopranos" star died suddenly Wednesday at 51 years old.<p><b>James Gandolfini</b> was trying to make small talk -- or rather, not to talk at all. He was …

Emmys 2000 James Gandolfini Best Actor

James Gandolfini Death: 'Sopranos' Finale Restaurant Packed by Fans

Holsten's, an ice cream shop in New Jersey, left the iconic table empty with a reserved sign.<p>They never stopped believin'.<p>Holsten's, an ice cream …

James Gandolfini Remembered: 10 Definitive Tony Soprano Moments (Video)

The late Emmy winner will always be synonymous with the violent, funny and often cerebral mobster in the landmark HBO drama.<p>With the June 19 death of</b> …

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James Gandolfini Was a 'Special Man' and a 'Great Talent': Collaborators Remember the Actor

UPDATED: David Chase, Brad Grey, Journey and Lorraine Bracco
 also are among those paying tribute to the "Sopranos" star, who died Wednesday of a …

R.I.P. James Gandolfini

<b>BREAKING… Refresh for latest:</b> Actor James Gandolfini died suddenly after a suspected heart attack while on holiday in Rome to attend the Taormina …

Photos: James Gandolfini, 1961-2013

<i>Sopranos</i> star James Gandolfini died suddenly today after a suspected heart attack while on holiday in Rome to attend the Taormina Film Festival in …

Postscript: James Gandolfini, 1961-2013

Success came relatively late to James Gandolfini—if not by the standards of scholars, judges, and surgeons, then at least by the standards of actors. At the age of thirty-seven, overweight, sad-eyed, and modestly credited in motion pictures, he auditioned for the role of Tony Soprano fully …

Sally Jewell: An Ideal Choice to Lead Our National Parks Into Their Next Century

To witness our new Interior Secretary Sally Jewell in her element, it helps to find her outdoors, whether she's hiking a trail, paddling a kayak, or climbing a mountain. I know because I've gotten to share a number of excursions with her over the eight years she has served on NPCA's board of …

Jackie Robinson: Southern California's Hometown Hero

By Christina Rice, Senior Librarian - LAPL Photo Collection<p>When Jackie Robinson broke through Major League Baseball's unwritten, but understood, color barrier in 1947, he instantly became an inspiration for people across the country. He also became largely associated with Brooklyn, the city where …

Roger Ebert Chicago Theatre Tribute To Draw Hollywood And Indie Film Worlds Together In Remembrance

A week after the death of legendary film critic Roger Ebert, the worlds of independent film and Tinseltown will come together for a special memorial tribute at the iconic Chicago Theatre.<p>The "Celebration of Life" program spotlighting the Chicago Sun-Times critic's prolific life as a writer, TV …

Tiger Woods Deserves a Second Chance at Love With Lindsey Vonn

There's no question that Tiger Woods was the ultimate cheating jerk when he was married to Elin, but he's worked diligently to change his life and behavior. He's earned a second chance at love.<p>Tiger Woods couldn't have fallen off his platinum hero's pedestal harder when his epic cheating was …

Gun Bill Vote: Senators Explain Why They Tried To Prevent Debate From Even Happening

WASHINGTON -- More than 30 senators voted Thursday to try to prevent the Senate from debating a bill targeting gun violence, even as families of the Newtown, Conn. shooting victims were sitting in the balcony watching them cast their votes.<p>At least some of those senators -- particularly the …

With Two Strikes Against It, Detroit Future City Must Connect With Concerns of Citizens

DETROIT - It may have been opening day for the Detroit Tigers, but for Detroit's latest urban renewal plan, which changes names the way Justin Verlander changes pitches, it's simply time to step up to the plate and connect with the citizens of city. With two strikes already on the scorecard, the …

'Glee' 'Shooting Star' Episode: Newtown Victims Advocacy Group Warns Viewers Not Watch

In the April 11th installment of "Glee," titled "Shooting Star," Fox's episode description states that "an unthinkable event occurs at McKinley High."<p>Many are reporting that the episode features a school shooting and fans have been warned that it's "an emotional roller coaster." So much so, in …

White House Clarifies That the President Did Not Tell Jay-Z to “Chill, You Gonna Get Me Impeached,” Etc.

In response to Jay-Z’s new single, “Open Letter”—which seems to implicate both the White House and the president in Jay-Z’s recent controversial trip to Cuba with wife Beyoncé—White House press secretary Jay Carney answered a few questions on the subject at Thursday’s White House</i> …

This App Is Expanding 311 To Create A Robust Community-Engagement Platform For Philadelphia

PublicStuff helps cities create ways to digitally connect with their citizens. In Philadelphia, though, the 311 app they made is becoming much more than just a place to report potholes and noise complaints.<p>Even if you haven’t heard of PublicStuff, a three-year-old startup, there’s a decent chance …