Mini Toad-in-a-Hole Sandwiches, Avgolemono Soup, and Chocolate-Orange Soufflé from THE PERFECT EGG by Teri Lyn Fisher and Jenny Park

Eggs are one of the world’s super-star foods: inexpensive, protein-rich, versatile, and easily renewable. Continue reading


Shaken & Stirred: A Stout Beer Cocktail—and a Lesson in Schooling

by Michael Cecconi

To teach. Perchance to learn. Aye, there’s the rub.

How to teach: Continue reading


The Starman That Got Away: YBCA’s “Cracked Actor” Spotlights David Bowie, Movie Icon

by Dennis Harvey

There are a lot of people who should have become movie stars, but few proved it more times—only to get no closer to that status—than rock icon David Bowie. Continue reading


LOL Fail: Tragicomedy Happens with Totò and Mario Monicelli at Pacific Film Archive

by Richard von Busack

“You see, Italy is a very poor and weak country, and that’s what makes us so strong”
—the Old Man in Catch 22

Watching Totò the clown in the 1960 Mario Monicelli film The Passionate Thief  (March 5 and 7 at Pacific Film Archive) means observing someone so good at his craft that he tantalizes you with the mystery of being born to the vocation. Continue reading


Daniel Day-Lewis and the Ghosts of Hamlet: An Excerpt from WHY ACTING MATTERS by David Thomson

Join the Roxie Theater and film critic, writer and historian David Thomson on Wednesday, March 11 for a book signing, film screening and discussion celebrating the release of Thomson’s new book Why Acting Matters (from Amazon, Indiebound or Yale University Press). Continue reading