Arts & Entertainment

UC Irvine's 50 years features decades of drama

Robert Cohen is the founding chair of the university's vaunted drama department, and he shared memories of his five decades at UC Irvine with KPCC.

South African singer Pauline Malefane, the Isango Ensemble find US audience

The company is performing a unique version of the opera "Carmen" at the Broad Theater, translating the French original into English with an all-South African cast.

How Idris Elba blurred the line between actor and subject in 'Beasts of No Nation'

The actor explains how he and writer-director Cary Fukunaga used Elba's star power on a set of untrained actors to enhance his role as the commandant of a child army.

Song of the Week: 'Put Your Number in My Phone' by Ariel Pink

"Put Your Number in My Phone" comes off last year's "Pom Pom," and it's a trippy one.

Filmweek: ‘The Martian,’ ‘The Walk,’ ‘He Named Me Malala,’ and more

Larry Mantle and KPCC film critics review this week’s new releases including “The Martian,” “The Walk,” “He Named Me Malala” and more.

‘Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead’ director, producer on how ‘National Lampoon’ changed comedy’s course

Most of us probably know a National Lampoon movie or two because they’ve survived the test of time. Today, Larry will sit down with the director and producer to talk about making the film.

7 fun and almost-free things to do this weekend

Halloween starts now. We know it's only Oct. 2, but the festivities have already begun. (Don't know what to dress up as? How about El Niño? Just throwing out ideas...)

'Tacopedia': A mouth-watering tour of Mexico's taco culture

From the smoked marlin tacos of Baja California to the fried flower tacos of Chiapas, Mexico is home to endless interpretations of this essential dish.

Twyla Tharp: the need to create dance and the will to survive

Fifty years after its founding, the Twyla Tharp company is still thriving, despite dance being — according to the choreographer — at the bottom of the cultural heap.

Review: LA Mayor Eric Garcetti's Instagram on display

Contributor Mat Gleason reviews Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti's “Mayor of Instagram” show at the Take My Picture gallery in downtown Los Angeles.

Awesome Tapes from Africa brings obscure musicians to a wider audience

Ethnomusicologist Brian Shimkovitz turned his African music blog into a record label, which distributes and promotes the work of artists from across the continent.

Song of the Week: “The Heart is a Lonely Hunter” by Gun Hill Royals

Listen to the single "The Heart is a Lonely Hunter," brewed up by Pasadena's Americana addicts, Gun Hill Royals.

Vincent Price's very Off-Rampy cookbook, 'A Treasury of Great Recipes,' is back!

Mary and Vincent Price loved food, but they weren't snooty. Their "A Treasury of Great Recipes" turns 50 this year. Elina Shatkin gets the backstory with daughter Victoria Price.

#PodcastDay: The podcasts that have the KPCC staff glued to their earbuds

Let's celebrate the shows that make us listen harder. We've put together a list of some of our favorite podcasts here at KPCC, but we'd love for you to tell us your favorites too.

Court upholds California law to control driving by paparazzi

A three-justice panel of the 2nd District Court of Appeal in Los Angeles also unanimously decided the law is not vague and does not place an undue burden on the rights of news gatherers.

Kyle Eastwood on his latest album ‘Time Pieces,’ and scoring movies for his father

Clint Eastwood's son has worked with his dad on several films, but he's made his own name as an accomplished jazz composer.