Arts & Entertainment

9 ways to begin improving LA's urban spaces

From the Barnsdall Art Park to Mercado La Paloma, panelists will take up the ways everyday people, community organizations and public agencies here and across the country are working together to build thriving cities.

Ann B Davis, 'Brady Bunch' star, dies after fall

Ann B. Davis, who played Alice Nelson, the housekeeper on the long-running show, The Brady Brunch, has died after a fall. She was 88 years old.

On the trail of black cowboys from Nat Love to Sheriff Bart

At least one quarter of working cowboys during the height of the great cattle boom were black. Many had spent their childhood in slavery and headed west after the Civil War.

Meet Helen Molesworth, MOCA's new chief curator

Helen Molesworth will join MOCA on Sept. 1, leaving her position at the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston. What will she bring to the MOCA community?

How to make squirrel and earthworm look appetizing

Environmentalists say we should eat up invasive species like squirrel and nutria. Problem is, they don't usually look very tasty. A photo project tries to alter our perception of creepy critters.

8 fun and almost-free things to do this weekend

We're sailing into June with free outdoor music, good food and epic art. Oh, and we're walking off those Memorial Day treats with 100 public staircases.

Pro Wrestling Guerrilla's WWE hopefuls battle monthly in Reseda

Off-Ramp contributor CJ Greenspon takes us to the minor leagues of pro wrestling, an event at an American Legion hall in Reseda put on every month by Pro Wrestling Guerrilla.

Dylan Brody on a his literary manager who, apparently, can't read

My former literary manager told me he didn’t really like reading. There are reasons he’s no longer my literary manager.

Fox entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly steps down

It follows a rough year for the network, with "American Idol" suffering a severe decline. Its 2014 season finale was down 66 percent from three years ago.

What is the DEAL with all those matchsticks?!

Mysterious, giant matchsticks have been showing up all over Los Angeles in the last few weeks. No one's come forward yet to claim responsibility.

Brad Pitt 'attacker' Vitalii Sediuk: Who is this guy?

The man who rushed up and touched Brad Pitt on the Hollywood red carpet for "Maleficent" is Vitalii Sediuk, a Ukrainian journalist who has a history of pranks.

'China Dolls,' 'Forbidden City' explore long-gone nightclub scene

Two new books — Lisa See's "China Dolls" and Arthur Dong's "Forbidden City" — explore the exciting world of San Francisco's Chinese-American club scene in the '30s and '40s.

'Reading Rainbow' Kickstarter hits $1 million goal in hours

LeVar Burton's fundraising effort to bring "Reading Rainbow" to the online masses is a by-the-book success, with the $1 million goal reached within hours of the campaign's launch.

Church group boycotts NPR over 'Tell Me More' cancellation

The National Black Church Initiative is calling for its members not to give money to NPR, telling the network it "has abandoned the African American community."

Poet Maya Angelou, 86, has died

An actress, singer and dancer in the 1950s and 1960s, Angelou broke through as an author in 1970 with "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings."

Jelly Roll Morton, 'inventor' of jazz music, is buried in Los Angeles

Buried under an unassuming stone in Cavalry Cemetery are the bones of Ferdinand Joseph LaMothe, the self-proclaimed, and not entirely wrong, “originator of jazz.”