Arts & Entertainment

'Secret Life of Pets' rakes in $103 million on opening weekend

It's a good time for animated animals at the box office. "The Secret Life of Pets" follows "Zootopia" and "Finding Dory" as the latest success.

Ford Amphitheatre reopens after 21 months and a $66 million facelift

The Hollywood Hills gem is back in business and Angelenos can once again revel in one of the city's most intimate outdoor concert venues.

Long Beach City Hall becomes 'Kitty Hall'

The government building was taken over by dozens of cats and kittens for a feline adoption event.

The humble postage stamp reveals a lot about a country

This year's World Stamp Show had plenty of examples from the developing world. For Pakistan, stamps symbolized independence. In Cuba, they celebrate the health system.

Spice Girls 'Wannabe' — girl power anthem?

It's now a star-studded video from the U.N.'s Project Everyone, and it's going viral. We ask some globally-minded girls: Does it do a good job promoting gender equality?

Art & activism: Nate Parker, Jerrod Carmichael, Claudia Rankine, Aloe Blacc

Four artists talk about engaging in social issues through their art.

Kenya Barris: The purpose of art is to 'start a conversation'

The writer and producer isn't sure if recent violence around the nation will be addressed next season, but he's proven that he knows how to broach sensitive issues.

9 fun and almost-free ways to spend your SoCal weekend

Summer is in full swing — that means blooming flowers, outdoor concerts and... mud? Here's to some real fun in the sun.

With increased state funds, the California Arts Council expands its reach

The state agency issued a historic number of grants this year. The increased funding comes as the state continues to invest more in the arts.

Amazon bets on podcasting with Audible Channels service

The mega-company already has film and TV divisions, and now it's adding to its content platform by delving into the ever-growing world of podcasts.

Aloe Blacc blends artistry and activism in his musical career

The singer-songwriter deftly makes social statements in a wide range of musical styles as part of his commitment to being an "artivist."

'Captain Fantastic' and the perils of off-the-grid fatherhood

Writer/director Matt Ross found inspiration for "Captain Fantastic" story in his own upbringing as well as his experience as a parent.

'Neon Demon' composer Cliff Martinez enjoys feeling like a 'Hollywood outsider'

After an opportunity to score an episode of "Pee-wee’s Playhouse" in the ‘80s, Martinez became hooked on writing music for the big and small screen.

How Prince gave singer Kandace Springs her big break

The 27 year-old musician just released her debut full-length album, "Soul Eyes," on Blue Note Records after some early help from The Purple One.

Has Steven Spielberg lost his box office appeal?

"The BFG" was supposed to be the director's return to summer blockbuster success. Except hardly anybody came out to see it.

Lock screen: At these music shows, phones go in a pouch and don't come out

The Lumineers are among many artists frustrated by people on their mobile devices during performances. Their singer explains why they're asking fans to lock up their phones with a new technology.