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Put down your computer and close that tablet. We're making the most of our precious time off with free art, amazing food and delicious beer.

Low-budget talk-show host Skip E. Lowe dies at 85

Skip E. Lowe, whose long-running public-access cable TV show gave him a cult following and provided inspiration for Martin Short's unctuous, has died.

Sportstalker Petros Papadakis — radio's loudest, maybe smartest host

John Rabe talks with Petros Papadakis, former singing waiter, captain of the USC football team, English major, color commentator and co-host of sports radio's Petros and Money.

The importance of what's close: Beauty and being careful

A few recent stories that have mishandled cultural history are a good reminder that the familiarity of a subject doesn't reduce its importance.

11-year-olds around the world share their wisdom in new doc

A documentary, "I Am Eleven," looking at the world through the eyes of 11-year-olds in 15 countries. The filmmaker says age 11 is when you’re most passionate and optimistic.

Book News: Amtrak unveils writers picked for a residency on the rails

The 24 writers chosen will set out on long-distance train rides — and write along the way. Also: Neil Gaiman tells a tale about Terry Pratchett, who isn't quite the kindly elf you might think he is.

Angel City Jazz Fest: How Eloise Klein Healy's poetry inspired a young LA composer's work

For pianist Cathlene Pineda, the words of L.A.'s first poet laureate, Eloise Klein Healy, inspired "The California Suite," debuting at the Angel City Jazz Festival.

Soloway: Envy of 'Girls' and 'Louie' led to 'Transparent'

'Transparent' creator says, "I really had spent decades hiding unlikable, unattractive Jewish girls in likable, attractive, non-Jewish actors and characters."

4 of America's most musical universities are in California

Four California colleges made Spotify's list of schools where students listen to streaming music the most: UCLA, UC Berkeley, USC and, coming in at number one, Cal Poly.

Remembering Christopher Hogwood, evangelist for early music

The English conductor, keyboard player and musicologist used modern scholarship and keen musicianship to bring new life to works by Handel and Bach, Mozart and Haydn.

Ai Weiwei shaped his Alcatraz exhibition from a distance

The dissident Chinese artist is prevented from leaving his country, but that didn't stop him from creating a show at the former notorious prison.

'Perfidia' — James Ellroy's retelling of the Japanese internment

Novelist James Ellroy meets KPCC's John Rabe in a jail cell to talk his new novel, "Perfidia," set in L.A. in the weeks around the beginning of the internment of Japanese-Americans.

The creator of 'black-ish' and ABC wrestle over episode about spanking children

Kenya Barris says the show's writers came up with an episode about spanking before the Adrian Peterson story broke. His challenge: Getting ABC to let it air in timely fashion.

The Gefilte Fish Line: A sweet and salty history of Jewish identity

Gefilte fish can be a hard sell even in its standard savory form. But some European Jews like it sweet, a preference that, surprisingly, overlaps exactly with a geographic and linguistic divide.

Rapper Wiz Khalifa's wife Amber Rose files for divorce

Model Amber Rose is ending her yearlong marriage to Wiz Khalifa. She is seeking custody of their 20-month-old son and spousal support as laid out in a prenuptial agreement.

Streisand's history-making 'Partners' marks 6 decades of No. 1 albums

Billboard says Streisand's latest release debuted atop its 200 Albums chart, making her the only artist to issue No. 1 albums six decades in a row. Listen to a preview.