Monthly Archive for September, 2015

: September, 2015

Channel 13 airs ‘Rasheeda Speaking’

The terrific comedy by Joel Drake Johnson that the Signature Theatre produced last winter — “Rasheeda Speaking” — kicks off the new season of “Theater Close-up” tomorrow night at 9 on Channel 13. The

CrimeCONN 2: murder & mayhem in Westport

I had a great time and learned a lot at the second CrimeCONN at the Westport Library on Sunday. The day-long event featured panels on crime fiction, along with fascinating presentations by people who

‘Back Row’: an outsider’s look at fashion

Amy Odell cuts through a lot of the bull in the fashion business and the fashion media in her witty new memoir, “Tales from the Back Row” (Simon and Schuster). Now the editor at Cosmopolitan.com Odell

‘The White Ghost’: JFK as murder suspect

James R. Benn continues his remarkable historical mystery series, featuring World War II crime solver Billy Boyle, with “The White Ghost” (Soho Crime), which takes us from the European theater setting

Second CrimeCONN set for Westport

After a successful launch last year, the second annual CrimeCONN will take place at the Westport Library on Sunday. The all-day event starts at 9 a.m. and runs through 4:30, with a wide variety of

‘Make Me’: the amazing Lee Child

20 books in, the phenomenally successful Jack Reacher series by Lee Child shows no signs of fatigue. “Make Me” (Delacorte Press), which was published two weeks ago, demonstrates once again what might

Sloane Shelton, R.I.P.

I was sorry to learn on Tuesday of the death last week of the wonderful veteran actress Sloane Shelton, whose stage and screen credits spanned more than 50 years, and included “The Shadow Box” and

Is the whole country going ‘postal’?

Director Emil Chiaberi never appears on camera in his subtly subversive documentary “Murder by Proxy: How America Went Postal” (RF Releasing) which could be one of the reasons why it has a lot more

#FridayReads ‘My Lunches with Orson’

2013 was a great year for books about old-time Hollywood. First, we had the fantastic “Ava Gardner: The Secret Conversations” and then “My Lunches with Orson” (Metropolitan Books) which preserves a

‘Mike’s Murder’: the lost Debra Winger gem

The late writer-director James Bridges earned lots of acclaim — and more than a few dollars — for his 1979 topical hit, “The China Syndrome.” Before that, he wrote and directed the popular 1973