Inauguration 2013
10:44 am
Thu January 17, 2013

Designing Inaugural Dresses, Not All Roses



Now, let's head back to events in this country. Thousands of Americans will be in Washington to watch history being made at the presidential inauguration, to hear President Obama's vision for the next four years.

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Monkey See
9:51 am
Thu January 17, 2013

Chicken With Gatorade: The Oddball Pleasures of 'Chopped'

Ted Allen addresses the chefs competing on the Chopped Holiday Special.
David Lang Food Network

Originally published on Thu January 17, 2013 10:44 am

There's no shortage of food shows on television, from serene instructional content to tourist eye candy to kooky competitions where chefs cook in the desert. There's also The Great Food Truck Race, which is mostly about the finer points of where you should park a food truck.

But while my favorite was once Bravo's Top Chef, with its clearly skilled chefs and terrific judging panels, my new favorite is the Food Network competition Chopped.

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Monkey See
8:53 am
Thu January 17, 2013

'All My Babies' Mamas' Won't Be Happening, But What If It Had?

Seen here in 2008, Shawty Lo is the rapper whose babies and their mamas were scheduled to be part of an Oxygen reality special. But now, that's not happening.
Matt Sayles AP

Originally published on Thu January 17, 2013 10:16 am

It looks like All My Babies' Mamas isn't going to happen.

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Book Reviews
6:03 am
Thu January 17, 2013

New World, Old Evil In Tracy Chevalier's 'Runaway'

Originally published on Thu January 17, 2013 8:35 pm

Tracy Chevalier's 1999 masterpiece, Girl with a Pearl Earring, was a tour de force, revealing the painter Vermeer through the eyes of his 16-year-old maid. A publishing sensation, the novel set the pattern for Chevalier's subsequent work: meticulously researched historical fiction, filled with gritty detail yet rendered in luminous prose.

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2:45 am
Thu January 17, 2013

A Cooler Roof For A New 'Cat'

In Rob Ashford's new production of the classic play Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Scarlett Johansson plays an earthier version of restless sex kitten Maggie.
Joan Marcus

Originally published on Thu January 17, 2013 10:11 am

There are certain classic American plays that are revived on Broadway every decade or so, to let a new generation of actors and audiences discover them. Tennessee Williams' 1955 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, running through March 30, is one of those iconic plays.

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