Arts & Entertainment

Legendary TV producer Norman Lear got Americans laughing — and talking

Norman Lear — who wrote, produced and created shows like "All in the Family," "Sanford and Sons," "The Jeffersons" — says he feels he got America to talk to each other.

'Gertie the Dinosaur' deserved a bigger 100th birthday party

"Gertie the Dinosaur" was arguably Winsor McCay's greatest achievement, and a watershed in the history of animation. Nobody bettered it for 20 years.

7 fun and almost-free things to do this weekend

It finally feels like fall in L.A. In our time off, we're chilling with zombies, seeing a live Quantic show and eating too many carbs.

Body found near river could be actress Misty Upham, police say

Police in the Seattle suburb of Auburn said Thursday that they believe they have found the body of missing actress Misty Upham.

Dael Orlandersmith: A daughter's travails and the salvation of art

The playwright and performer's latest work, "Forever," details a troubling relationship with her mother and how creativity gave her a family.

'Dreaming Sin Fronteras' removes border between real life and art

The stage production tells the stories of undocumented youth in their own words in a collaboration with musicians including Shawn King of DeVotchka and singer Ceci Bastida.

'Song Exploder': Dissecting the theme from John Oliver's show

Hrishikesh Hirway is the creator of the podcast "Song Exploder," in which artists take apart their own songs. Dave Hill of the band Valley Lodge explains how "Go" made its way to HBO.

Del Casher invented the wah-wah pedal and changed rock history

Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, George Harrison — none of them would sound quite like they do without Del Casher, who lives in Burbank.

Auto museum offers free admission before closing for over a year

Los Angeles's Petersen Automotive Museum will be closing its doors Sunday for a renovation project that will extend almost through the end of 2015.

'Lone Star' actress Elizabeth Peña dies at 55

"La Bamba" and "Lone Star" actress Elizabeth Peña died Tuesday in Los Angeles of natural causes after a brief illness.

Neil Patrick Harris to host the 2015 Oscars

It's a big week for Harris. His kids had their fourth birthday, his autobiography hit stores — and now, he's hosting the Oscars. He made the announcement in a video on Twitter.

Punk super-band The Flesh Eaters recall making newly reissued album

Chris Greenspon talks with members of The Flesh Eaters about their 1981 album - one of the most eclectic ever - "A Minute to Pray, a Second to Die"

Petty, Costello, Lauper up for Songwriters Hall of Fame

The organization announced its 2015 nominees Wednesday. Winners will be inducted next June at a New York gala.

Encuentro presents a sweeping view of Latino theater

The month-long festival has attracted more than 150 writers, actors and directors for performances that represent a wide range of creativity.

Foxygen's inspirations, from the Beatles to '70s rock to Limp Bizkit

The duo behind LA's Foxygen has been making music together since middle school. They share their childhood past on the heels of releasing "...And Star Power."

Feminist video game critic Anita Sarkeesian's latest death threat

Utah State staff received an anonymous terror threat over a live event with Sarkeesian, a vlogger who's angered some with her feminist critique of sexism in video games.