Arts & Entertainment

How 'Southside with You' recreates the Obamas' first date

In the new movie "Southside with You," a young Barack woos a young Michelle over the course of a day. Filmmaker Richard Tanne walks through the casting, researching and writing process behind his indie film.

The Los Angeles Arboretum's lake is filled with sludge

Baldwin Lake ran 12 to 15 feet deep in its heyday, but now the average depths sits around 30 inches. Arboretum officials say it doesn't have to be that way.

In mariachi music, a distinctive yell speaks to the soul

The grito is a spontaneous burst of emotion — a shout — that is part of the mariachi tradition. Some younger Mexican-Americans are reclaiming the grito for a new generation.

Herbie Hancock and the importance of reinventing himself

The jazz pianist has performed and worked with Miles Davis, Paul Simon and Christina Aguilera, and now with genre-busting musician and producer Flying Lotus.

Court rules that artworks once possessed by Nazis can stay at Norton Simon Museum

A Dutch-Jewish art dealer was coerced into selling a 16th Century diptych of Adam and Eve to Nazi officials. After WWII, the paintings ended up in the possession of a Russian aristocrat who sold them to Norton Simon in 1971.

Nazi-looted 'Adam' and 'Eve' paintings to stay in Pasadena

Seized by Nazis during WWII, German Renaissance masterpieces "Adam" and "Eve" will remain in Pasadena after a 10-year legal battle for Norton Simon Museum.

How Viacom's power struggle trickled down to Paramount Pictures

The parent company's woes have taken a toll at the studio. Its latest release, "Ben-Hur," cost $100 million to make, but only brought in $11.4 million on its opening weekend.

The US embargo against Cuba doesn't stop illicit TV providers

With "El Paquete Semanal," or "The Weekly Package," a courier with a hard drive visits homes and delivers current content from the U.S. and throughout Latin America.

Persistence pays off for 'War Dogs' screenwriter Stephen Chin

Former lawyer Stephen Chin's career as a producer was moving along, but he really wanted to be a writer.

Review: Huntington's 'Blast' is the backstory to Getty's 'London Calling'

It’s 28 miles from the Getty to the Huntington, but you should make the trip to see “London Calling” and “Blast.” Together, they provide a rich, continuous century’s span of English figurative art we’ve seldom seen here.

On Six Flags' virtual reality coaster, ride is just half the thrill

Magic Mountain in Southern California has a roller coaster in which riders put on VR goggles to see an imagined world while their bodies undergo the physical thrills. How is it? We get a review.

The Binge: KPCC's staff picks!

Need help picking out what to watch online? In this installment of The Binge, we bring you the KPCC staff pick!

LA Rams fans turn out for 2nd preseason game

It's only the second game the L.A. Rams have played at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum — and fans came prepared to party.

Simone Biles: Excited to carry flag at Rio closing ceremony

"I'm afraid the flag is going to be too heavy for me because Michael Phelps is so much taller and he seemed to carry it so easily."

Frank Ocean debuts 'Blonde,' his first album in 4 years

Our long national nightmare is finally over. After four years of anticipation and build-up, Frank Ocean has released his new album.

Kenya's Kipchoge wins marathon; American Galen Rupp third

Eliud Kipchoge pulled away from a crowded field with about nine miles to go and finished more than a minute ahead of his nearest competitor on the streets of Rio.