December 17, 1993 |
Rosemary Clooney will tell you that her two favorite holiday songs are "White Christmas" and "I'll Be Home for Christmas." She'll forever be linked with "White Christmas," Irving Berlin's melancholy tune that lent its title to the 1954 movie in which Clooney starred with Danny Kaye, Vera-Ellen and her good friend Bing Crosby. The story behind her feeling for "I'll Be Home for Christmas" is much more personal.
December 3, 2009 |
Christmas is coming early to the Southland with two of the most beloved holiday movies screening next week. On Sunday, Clarence the Angel, George Bailey, Mr. Potter and company are winging into the Million Dollar Theatre downtown for the Los Angeles Conservancy matinee screening of Frank Capra's 1946 "It's a Wonderful Life," starring Jimmy Stewart, Donna Reed and Lionel Barrymore. www.laconservancy.org Next up is Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye and Rosemary Clooney in the 1954 musical comedy "White Christmas," at the ArcLight Hollywood on Monday.
December 24, 1989 |
For those dreaming of a white Christmas, a visit to Yosemite National Park is guaranteed to turn spirits high for the holidays. For us it began last year as we drove through the Sierra foothills from the San Joaquin Valley. Rain that spattered our windshield in Merced had turned to snowflakes by the time we neared the park's entrance. We put chains on our tires and did not remove them until we left snow-covered Yosemite a week later. It was two days before Christmas.
November 27, 2005 |
EBENEZER SCROOGE, watch your back. Kevin McCollum, the same Broadway producer behind the musicals "Rent" and "Avenue Q," is out to grab a chunk of the holiday audiences that queue up yearly across the U.S. for productions of "A Christmas Carol" and "The Nutcracker."
December 25, 1999 |
New England has the cold weather--now all many ski resorts need is snow. The resorts have fired up their snow-making machines in hopes of meeting "white Christmas" guarantees and making up for a slow start to the ski season. "There isn't much we can do," said Stanley Beers, whose Blue Hills ski area in Massachusetts was empty Friday. The Boston area has set a record this year for its lack of snow. As of Friday, no measurable snow had fallen at Logan International Airport for 284 days.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 25, 1987 |
As if ordered by Santa, frigid winds brought a white Christmas Eve to the mountains of San Diego County, with some snow flurries reportedly even making a brief appearance in such unlikely spots as La Mesa, Poway and the San Carlos area of San Diego. The snow came as the county was girding for possible record cold Christmas night. San Diego's downtown high temperature was 55 degrees Thursday, just 3 degrees short of the record low-high temperature of 52 degrees, set on a Christmas eve in 1879.
December 29, 2002 |
"Songs make history," Irving Berlin declared. "And history makes songs." Yet a precious few songs outlive their eras and elude, if not transcend, history. This is especially true in America, land of diversity and novelty, where tradition is short and memory shorter. It takes more than a catchy tune, a heartfelt lyric and a hook to make a standard that sticks in our scattered national consciousness.
December 24, 2009
SPECIALS A Christmas Story: A dog and a mouse team up to deliver a misplaced letter to Santa in this animated special (6:30 a.m. Toon). Blackadder's Christmas Carol: A kindly merchant is taught the error of his generosity by a group of mean-spirited spirits in this holiday comedy import (3 p.m. BBC America). Disney Prep & Landing: In this charming animated special, Dave Foley gives voice to a member of the elite elf team that prepares for and oversees Santa's arrival at children's houses (8 p.m. ABC)
December 24, 2009 |
Bob Dylan's decision to put out a Christmas album this year caught a lot of people by surprise. It wasn't just that the preeminent songwriter of the rock era had chosen to record secular seasonal staples such as "Winter Wonderland" and "Here Comes Santa Claus" for his "Christmas in the Heart" collection. Equally intriguing was that the musician born Robert Zimmerman and raised in a Jewish household also included exceptionally sincere versions of such quintessentially Christian carols as "Hark!