Arts & Entertainment

Playwright Ayad Akhtar's 'Disgraced' and "the nuances of Muslim identity in post-9/11 America"

Ayad Akhtar's play won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2013. Three years later, it's the most produced drama in the U.S., taking on more resonance as time goes by.

Everything you need to know about those free tickets on Ticketmaster (UPDATED)

This past weekend, Ticketmaster doled out millions of coupons for free or discounted coupons as part of a settlement over fees that date back to 1999.

An opera that's ripped, and sung, from the headlines

Composer Jacob Ter Veldhuis, aka Jacob TV, has created an audio-visual feast in which the subjects are the news media and the newsmakers.

From juvenile camp to a career in the arts

Arts organizations are bringing more classes into juvenile detention centers and building a bridge to careers in the creative economy for formerly incarcerated youth.

Chilean musician Alex Anwandter turns to film to advocate for LGBT rights

Alex Anwandter uses electro-pop to comment on LGBT issues, and he's now taken up those themes in his debut feature film, which is getting raves on the festival circuit.

Actor Anton Yelchin, 27, dies in freak car accident

The charismatic actor best known for playing Chekov in the new "Star Trek" films was killed early Sunday morning when his car rolled down his driveway and pinned him to his gate.

Food to celebrate freedom: Tea cakes for Juneteenth!

Juneteenth, which marks the end of slavery, is also associated with foods from the black community. Meet the woman who is reviving the traditional tea cake.

RIP 'Romper Room' host Mary Ann King

Ding dong, knock knock, hey natty do. The beloved Miss Mary Ann, who hosted the show for a decade, has rompety stompety romped off this mortal coil.

Compassion — and fear of alien abduction — drove dad to the salad bar

Her grandparents were vegetarians out of fear of eating reincarnated ancestors. Her father felt compassion for animals and was obsessed with The X-Files. But it wasn't so great for family unity.

Jim Henson's daughter expands on his creative legacy, on- and off-camera

Under the leadership of Lisa Henson, the Jim Henson Company has moved to diversify its staff and advance its use of technology. She even plans a virtual reality project using a script by her father from the 1960s.

Can a sound artist help save pedestrian lives in LA? LA DOT thinks so.

Sound artist Alan Nakagawa joined the LA Department of Transportation to create work that aims to help stop pedestrian deaths and cyclist deaths in intersections

The last slavery movies you ever need to see

Critic Tim Cogshell agrees with Snoop Dogg. We don't need any new slavery movies. But there are a few old ones you should see before you close the book on the genre.

'Tickled': A new documentary reveals the murky world of competitive endurance tickling

A journalist set out to learn about this odd "sport," and his curiosity led him to a strangely controlling company that invaded his privacy.

Autry’s 'Revolutionary Vision' mavericks took old school photos of nature and the West

84 years ago, as small cameras were revolutionizing photography, American photographers like Ansel Adams and Imogen Cunningham took a backward step.

7 ways to have fun in the heat this SoCal weekend

It'll be hot — real hot — but an impressive list of festivals to see and places to eat may tempt you to leave the house.

'The Chris Gethard Show' shuns cynicism and embraces heartfelt comedy

"The Chris Gethard Show" began on stage at New York’s Upright Citizens Brigade theater in 2009 and became a public access TV show in 2011.