Life Luxe Jazz – Back to the Luxe Life 2021

Mark your calendars now for the Life Luxe Jazz Experience 2021 – November 4th through November 8th in the beautiful Los Cabos, Mexico! Visit to book now 😉🇲🇽☀️🌊🎷 

Nintendo’s ‘Super Mario 3D World’ Gets Another Chance On The Switch

by Kaity Kline Nintendo’s ill-fated Wii U just wasn’t a popular console — which means there are fantastic

You Actually Will Be Talking About ‘No One Is Talking About This’

by Heller McAlpin Writing is a calling for Patricia Lockwood, as she made clear in her sacred and

Video Of The Week – Sza Hit Different x Good Days

Check out this week’s video featuring Sza performing an acoustic version of Hit Different and Good Days.

The Creation Of The Magnificent Makers

by Madeline K. Sofia and Rebecca Ramirez Theanne Griffith has always loved science and literature. But her career has always focused on the science— specifically, neuroscience. She’s now a researcher at the University of California, Davis. But during her maternity leave, she felt a renewed urgency to embrace that other passion for books and writing.  So,

‘I’m Not A Cover Girl’: Halima Aden On Why She Decided To Leave A Modeling Career

by Ziad Buchh For Halima Aden, the decision to walk away from a career as the world’s first

Meshell Ndegeocello: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

by Lauren Onkey NPR Music’s Tiny Desk series will celebrate Black History Month by featuring four weeks of Tiny Desk (home) concerts and playlists by Black artists spanning different genres and generations each week. The lineup includes both emerging and established artists who will be performing a Tiny Desk concert for the first time. This

Trove Of Antique Portraits, Including 1 Of Susan B. Anthony, Found In Attic

by Ryan Benk “Oh my God, I think we found the Goonies treasure.”  That’s what David Whitcomb thought

Director Shaka King’s Journey From ‘Newlyweeds’ To ‘The Black Messiah’

by Andrew Limbong As the current chairman of the Black Panther Party Cubs, Fred Hampton, Jr. was guarded

Author Digs Into Family’s ‘Smalltime’ Mob Operation, Finds Family Secrets

by Dave Davies Hollywood portrayals of the American Mafia often focus on major cities, but writer Russell Shorto

Justin Timberlake Hopes ‘Palmer’ Will ‘Open Eyes, And Open Ears, And Open Hearts’

by Scott Simon In the new film Palmer, Justin Timberlake plays Eddie, a former high school football star who comes back to his Louisiana hometown after more than a decade in prison. As he pieces together his new life, Eddie moves in with his grandmother and befriends her young neighbor, a boy named Sam. Sam is funny

Learning To Love Bird Photography, Thanks To A ‘Competitive Collaboration’

by Gemina Garland-Lewis Photographer and explorer, Gemina Garland-Lewis has always been drawn to nature and wildlife. Garland-Lewis takes

Polish Thriller ‘Spoor’ Is A Pulpy Murder Story — And A Utopian Fable

by John Powers During the Cold War, the movies we saw from the Eastern bloc were steeped in

Glimmers Of Hope: A 2021 Poetry Preview, Part 1

by Phillip B. Williams, Ana Bozicevic, Evie Shockley, Ken Chen, and Craig Morgan Teicher It’s been a sobering

Car Concerts Offer Choirs A Way To Rehearse And Perform

by Nina Kravinsky For members of Luminous Voices, a professional choir ensemble in Alberta, Canada, rehearsing and performing safely during the pandemic has meant getting into their cars, driving to an empty parking lot and singing with each other’s voices broadcast through their car radios. This “car choir” solution is one that college music professor

Fran Lebowitz’s ‘Pretend It’s A City’ Is The NYC Trip You Can’t Take Right Now

by Terry Gross Iconoclastic humorist Fran Lebowitz used to be known as a writer. Back in the late 1970s and

To Adapt ‘After The Rain,’ Artists Cross All Kinds Of Boundaries

by Etelka Lehoczky As the market for graphic novels has taken off lately, so have graphic adaptations. That’s no wonder — they let publishers simultaneously recycle existing content and snare an all-ages audience. Fortunately, the profit motive can sometimes manage to coexist with good art — and even a new kind of art criticism. Peter Kuper’s Heart

‘Soul’ Is A Jazzy, Joyful Celebration Of Life

by Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Aisha Harris and Glen Weldon In Disney and Pixar’s Soul, a jazz musician voiced by Jamie Foxx falls down a manhole and finds himself teetering between life and the afterlife. He winds up on a New York adventure with a wandering soul, voiced by Tina Fey, who needs help getting ready

For Christmas, My True Love Gave To Me … Hand Sanitizer, Because It’s 2020

by Alina Selyukh On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me … hand sanitizer,

‘Bridgerton’ Is A Delicious, Raunchy Tale Of One Very Hot Family

by Linda Holmes It’s tempting to review Bridgerton thusly: “I highly recommend this Shondaland series, which will remind you a

Cliff Beach’s Funky Christmas

Celebrate the holidays this year with a funky virtual concert in Pershing Square. Merry Christmas! Pershing Square and the City of Los Angeles – Department of Recreation & Parks are proud to present the next installment in our Virtual Holiday Concert Series, the amazing and incredibly funky, Cliff Beach on Friday December 25, 2020 at

‘Jingle Jangle’ Director David E. Talbert Calls Film ‘A Love Letter To My Childhood’

by Michel Martin and Janaya Williams Whimsical, larger-than-life movie protagonists — Ebenezer Scrooge, Caractacus Potts, Mary Poppins, Willy

Meet Beave, The Internet’s Most Famous Beaver

by James Doubek Leave it to a beaver to find new ways to build dams. That much was

McQsJazz Video Of The Week – Jackiem Joyner “In Your Eyes”

Check out this week’s video featuring Jackiem Joyner performing “In Your Eyes” only on

Buckle Up: ‘The Flight Attendant’ Is A Comedy-Thriller Worth Binging

by Linda Holmes and R. Eric Thomas A woman wakes up after a night of partying and realizes

OH OH OH! Joyful Holiday Cards That Don’t Shy Away From A Tough Year

by Scott Simon and Emma Bowman During a year when many Americans have had to forgo close gatherings with family and friends, holiday cards are among the few things that can still be shared with loved ones.  But when 2020 has been more “sick and tired” than “merry and bright,” what goes on a greeting

Let Us Be Your +1 To ‘The Prom’

by Glen Weldon, Aisha Harris, Mark Blankenship and Margaret H. Willison Based on a sudsy, splashy 2018 Broadway

‘Time’ Names Its Kid Of The Year: Water-Testing Scientist Gitanjali Rao

by Bill Chappell Gitanjali Rao, a Colorado teenager who invented a mobile device to test for lead in

‘Mank’ Takes On Hollywood Politics And The Legend of ‘Citizen Kane’

by Stephen Thompson, Aisha Harris, Bilal Qureshi, and Monica Castillo Starring Gary Oldman and Amanda Seyfried, Mank captures the artistic

Alt.Latino Film Festival: Fandangos And Mockingbirds

by Felix Contreras This fall, Mexican folk music takes the spotlight in two separate documentaries.  Linda and the Mocking Birds takes a trip to a small town in northern Mexico with Linda Ronstadt. She accompanies a group of young musicians and dancers from the Bay Area cultural group Los Cenzontles, which translates to “mockingbirds.” For decades, Ronstadt has

Can’t Find A Chess Set? You Can Thank ‘The Queen’s Gambit’ For That

by Neda Ulaby Who could’ve predicted chess sets might become as difficult to find as toilet paper during

Leslie Jones Reinvigorates ‘Supermarket Sweep’

by Stephen Thompson and Travis Larchuk The game show Supermarket Sweep has run in the ’60s, the ’90s and the

In ‘Fargo,’ Everything’s Up To Date In Kansas City

by Aisha Harris and Glen Weldon The fourth season of Fargo stars Chris Rock as Loy Cannon, a ruthless Kansas

Illusionist Scott Silven Can Turn A Video Call Into A Magical ‘Journey’

by Jeff Lunden A slender, dark-haired young man walks along the windblown Scottish coast, picking up stones and

Return Of ‘The Mandalorian’ (And Baby Yoda)

by Eric Deggans The secret weapon of Disney+’s The Mandalorian, is discovery. It’s pretty much in the DNA of

Actor Buys A Crumbling Home For 1 Euro And It Turns Into A ‘Big Italian Adventure’

by Lulu Garcia-Navarro An American actor buys a 200-year-old Italian home for 1 euro. What could go wrong? Well, a lot, as it turns out.  Lorraine Bracco is best known for her roles in The Sopranos and Goodfellas. In her new HGTV show, My Big Italian Adventure, Bracco renovates — really renovates — the abandoned house she bought in Sicily. The home

‘To Hold Up The Sky’ Asks A Simple Question: What If … ?

by Jason Sheehan Cixin Liu’s To Hold Up The Sky is a 1974 Chevy van with icy moons and swirling nebulae painted on the side that you saw for sale by the side of the road in a snowstorm. It is a copy of Heavy Metal you found stuck in the back of the rack at Empire Comics when

Yes, There’s Conflict — But No One’s The Bad Guy In ‘Memorial’

by Scott Simon by Scott Simon A lot is going on with Benson and Mike. They have explosive