Protect pets from holiday hazards

Written by Statepoint Thursday, 13 December 2012 18:08

You can bet that during the holiday season your pet is bound to sniff out leftovers, dig into the presents and have fun with all of your decorations. And while these holiday effects can spread cheer and joy among your human family members, they can be a real hazard to pets. This season, keep your holidays safe, happy and healthy for pets by taking these key measures:

Award-winning film documents the impact of AIDS activists on health care

Written by Gregg Shapiro,
Staff writer
Thursday, 13 December 2012 17:08

Writer and filmmaker David France’s film debut, “How to Survive a Plague,” is one of the most acclaimed films of the year. The AIDS documentary won a 2013 Independent Spirit Award nomination for best documentary and a New York Film Critics Award for best first film. It’s been short-listed for an Academy Award for best documentary.

'Collected Stories' questions the ownership of personal information

Written by Mike Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 13 December 2012 16:44

Sarah Day as Ruth Steiner and Laura Frye as Lisa Morrison in “Collected Stories.” -PHOTO: Mark Frohn

One repays a teacher badly by remaining only a pupil, according to philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche. But if the pupil plucks a plum that the teacher unintentionally offers and then capitalizes on it for her own gain, has the teacher been honored or betrayed?

Ricky Martin finds new home on small screen

Written by AP Tuesday, 04 December 2012 04:25

Ricky Martin is saying goodbye to Broadway’s “Evita.” But don’t cry for him.

The Latin superstar has a slew of new projects in the works, including two television series and a children’s book. 

Punch up your holiday spirits

Written by Mike Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 13 December 2012 17:31


My research for this article led me to a cookbook published in 1891 by the Ladies of the Plymouth Church in Des Moines, Iowa. The book’s introduction contained the following caveat:

Hooper’s ‘Les Miserables’ is relentless

AP writer
Wednesday, 12 December 2012 19:30

Tom Hooper’s extravaganza – big-screen telling of the beloved musical “Les Miserables” – is as relentlessly driven as the ruthless Inspector Javert himself. It simply will not let up until you’ve Felt Something – powerfully and repeatedly – until you’ve touched the grime and smelled the squalor and cried a few tears of your own.

It is enormous and sprawling and not the slightest bit subtle.

Joe Pabst and MAM refine the art of AIDS awareness

Written by Debra Brehmer,
Contributing writer
Monday, 03 December 2012 19:57

Focusing attention on serious issues is a challenge in a culture that seems intent on distracting people from them.

’Tis the season – for white truffles!

Written by Mike Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 13 December 2012 17:24

Vittorio Giordano knows that the holidays are best celebrated with truffles. He doesn’t mean the overwrought chocolate kind that come wrapped in colorful foil, but the exotic fungus that grows underground and is considered a delicacy worldwide.

"Gigi' is the perfect holiday Champagne musical

Written by Mike Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 13 December 2012 16:56

Lavish costumes, romance, familiar songs and a storyline about a young girl training to become a high-class prostitute – what better way to ring in the holidays?

Nothing, according to Dale Gutzman, whose Off the Wall Theatre celebrates the season with “Gigi.” The 1958 Lerner and Lowe musical about a Parisienne courtesan and her “vieux protecteur,” which opens Dec. 14, is designed to be an engaging theatrical holiday truffle, but one with complexities at its center, Gutzman says.

‘Fifty Shades’ dominates publishing in 2012

Written by AP Wednesday, 12 December 2012 13:06

The story of 2012 in publishing was the story of “Fifty Shades of Grey,” in more ways than one.

EL James’ erotic trilogy was easily the year’s biggest hit, selling more than 35 million copies in the United States alone and topping bestseller lists for months.

Brad Pitt talks about his new movie and living with a bounty on his head – for photos

Written by The Interview Feed Monday, 03 December 2012 19:33

Brad Pitt in

Seven years into their relationship, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are getting ready to seal the deal by getting married at Chateau Miraval, their $52-million palazzo by the French Riviera. The impending nuptials serve as ultimate confirmation of Pitt’s lifelong dream of being father to a big family – even if shuttling six children between homes in London, L.A., New York, and southern France can at times resemble a covert military operation. Pitt, however, has no qualms about logistics. He lives for his kids.