It’s the Oscars! already | In L.A. land

* Movies: Get Out * Books: All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai * Music:  Little Fictions by Elbow * Wine: The Monastic

Elbow loses a member and become more accessible

Less, it turns out, is more for the British band Elbow. On their seventh studio album, the art-rockers have lost a founding member, but the music they

What if this is a dystopian society we live in?

What if the world we know today is actually a dystopian society? Could the reason we don’t live like the Jetsons be attributed to one person’s mistake

In ‘Get Out,’ the two-faced horrors of racism

Fifty years after Sidney Poitier upended the latent racial prejudices of his white date’s liberal family in “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner,” writer-director Jordan Peele has crafted a similar

The Monastic Heritage

Speaking of monastic influence on viticulture and winemaking, Burgundy is probably the most obvious example, but it is not the only one. Germany’s historic wine regions have their fair

Food & Beverage | Sticker shock for olive oil buyers after bad Italian harvest

  From specialty shops in Rome to supermarkets around the world, lovers of Italian olive oil are in for some sticker shock this year, with prices

News of the world | Oscars look to ‘La La Land,’ host Kimmel for ratings boost

If the Oscars had doubled down on nominating films with actors named Ryan, the ceremony’s chances for a ratings bounce might be as likely as host Jimmy

The North Korean Mata Haris

* Movies: 50 Shades Darker * Books: The Freedom Broker * Music: Son Volt, “Notes of Blue” * Wine: The Pride of Peru

Glutton for punishment? Then see ‘50 Shades Darker’

In all the kinked knots and twists of satin that adorn “Fifty Shades Darker,” none is more worthwhile to uncoil than the tangled absurdities of its

‘The Freedom Broker’ has gripping action, thrills

A  woman who runs an organization that specializes in recovering victims from kidnappings finds herself in a case that hits too close to home in K.J. Howe’s

An Americana icon ranges into new territory

If Merle Haggard is the defining voice of country music, Jay Farrar might be the artist you’d turn to if you had to explain the Americana genre

News of the world | North Korean and its long history of using women spies

A South Korean passenger plane that exploded off the coast of Southeast Asia. Army officers lured into sexual encounters. A secret agent spirited back to North Korea in a

The Pride of Peru

Situated in central-western South America, Peru – officially the Republic of Peru – neighbours Colombia and Ecuador in the north, Brazil in the east, Bolivia in the southeast

Food & Beverage | Cheesy Baked Grits a deeply satisfying staple

A kind of carbo-licious porridge made from dried and coarsely ground corn, grits are to Southern cuisine what potatoes are to Northern cuisine — a deeply

Aggressively seeking the truth

* Movies: John Wick: Chapter 2 * Books: The Rising by Heather Graham and Jon Land * Music:  Run The Jewels 3 by

‘The Rising’ by Heather Graham and Jon Land

B est-selling authors Heather Graham and Jon Land team up to create “The Rising,” an exciting and wonderful character-driven first book in an imaginative series. Alex