Arts & Entertainment

'After' Fifty Shades, could this be the next big online hit?

"After" is an epic, erotic fan fiction loosely based on the British boy band One Direction. It's being republished by Simon & Schuster, which is hoping the story's online fans will buy it in book form.

Upright Citizens Brigade opens new LA theater on Sunset

The UCB Theatre has carved out a big place in the Los Angeles comedy scene. Now they're expanding that influence with a new theater and training center on Sunset Boulevard.

Riverside house delivers musical lights after being shut down

A Riverside resident has been doing Halloween light shows since 2008 and he's back this year with three new songs — after getting shut down for a couple of days.

Art duo Kozyndan on growing up with Hello Kitty in Japan

Kozy and Dan Kitchens make up Kozyndan, a husband and wife team whose work is featured in the Japanese American National Museum's Hello Kitty exhibit.

'Classic Alice' gives a college girl's life literary treatment

Alice Rackham is a college student who responds to a bad grade by living her life according to the themes of classic literature. Learn about this Web series here.

Wonder Woman and her lesbian, feminist, bondage themes

Why hasn't the heroine had her own feature film? We delve deep into the origins of Wonder Woman and her creator, William Marston.

Treasure Island Music Festival 2014: Washed Out, Chet Faker and more

The event, set on a small man-made island in the middle of San Francisco Bay, is like no other festival experience.

Cash for Halloween candy? Dentists' buyback program is booming

If you're like many parents, by tomorrow morning you'll be facing a candy glut. One possible solution? Sell it to a dentist participating in a program that sends candy care packages to troops.

Jeff Bridges returns to his first love (music) with a new live album and tour

You probably know Jeff Bridges best as an actor in films such as "The Big Lebowski" and "True Grit." Turns out music was his first love, but his dad, actor Lloyd Bridges, convinced him to act instead. These days, Jeff Bridges does both.

The creepiest ghost and monster stories from around the world

Did you know about the bat-demon of Tanzania? Or the Japanese girl who haunts school bathrooms? We've rounded up some spooky stories that come from different cultural contexts. The chills translate.

Keeping Day of the Dead alive in Los Angeles

A massive display of traditional altars at Grand Park in downtown L.A. is just one of the many commemorations of Día de los Muertos.

25,000 fans to descend on LA’s Hello Kitty Con

Hello Kitty Con marks the 40th anniversary of the Sanrio character. Organizers say 25,000 convention-goers will pack the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA in Little Tokyo.

A playlist of the most terrifying songs of all time

It's almost Halloween, which means it's time to freak yourself out with scary songs. We've compiled a playlist from your suggestions.

Halloween 2014: 8 fun and almost-free things to do this weekend

It's going to be a wild one. We're celebrating Halloween and Día de los Muertos with eerie hikes, costume contests and walking altars.

Rain on Halloween? 5 indoor trick or treat alternatives, safety tips

You can expect to bring your umbrella this Halloween; there is a 90 percent chance of rain on Halloween night in Los Angeles. Here's how to stay dry and safe.

An Inside Pass to Hello Kitty Con

Sanrio held its first-ever official Hello Kitty Convention timed to the iconic cartoon character’s 40th birthday. Some 25,000 people converged on downtown Los Angeles over four days.