"American Horror Story" welcomes viewers into its coven

A horror anthology series with a rotating/recurring cast, always led by the talented Jessica Lange. Too gruesome for some, too campy for others, American Horror Story is one of those shows that finds and snags a niche audience,


Great outer space “Gravity” and other film pleasures

I must start with the most stunning, a 3D film that had me jumping and falling out of my seat throughout the entire exasperating journey.


“The Summit:” Adventure, death, jaw-dropping cinematography

The Summit provokes many questions, but should appeal to aficionados of adventure (in particular mountaineering).


Finding her authentic voice

Several stories reflect te author's gnawing awareness of severe class and ethnic disparities in her adopted land.


Artist, teacher, Chicano activist, Jose Montoya made history

Much-beloved California artist, teacher, and former poet laureate of Sacramento, Jose Montoya died Sept. 25 at the age of 81.