Arts & Entertainment

UC Riverside to host Spike and Mike Festival of Animation

This year’s Spike and Mike Festival of Animation represents a special gift to the university. Festival co-founder Craig “Spike” Decker will be honored.

Bad news: Iconic ice cream truck song based on racist rendition

This is the story of why our beloved ice cream truck plays blackface minstrel music that sends kids dashing into homes in a Pavlovian frenzy searching for money to buy a popsicle.

Laurel Canyon music, vibe moves to Grammy Museum

The exhibition, a senses-shaking assault of music, memorabilia and visuals, features everything from reminisces by Jackson Browne to hand-written lyrics by Frank Zappa and Gram Parsons.

5 recipes to make Mom happy this Mother's Day

Sweet rice, pozole verde and lemon crepes. These are just a few delicious recipes from L.A. foodies, along with some words of cooking wisdom.

Video: Austrian drag queen Conchita Wurst wins Eurovision

Austrian bearded drag queen Conchita Wurst won the 59th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest Saturday with a James Bond-inspired power ballad. Watch the video here.

St. Louis Rams pick gay player Michael Sam in NFL draft

Michael Sam was picked by the St. Louis Rams in the seventh round of the NFL draft Saturday, becoming the first openly gay player drafted by a pro football team.

Compromise in dispute between Marines, off-roaders

The Marine Corps and off-road vehicle enthusiasts will share a rugged patch of desert near the military base at Twentynine Palms under a compromise brokered by Congress.

Koreatown: With great Korean barbecue comes great responsibility

The bulgogi beef in Los Angeles' Koreatown might be the best grilled meat you'll ever have. At least, if you know how to place an order. We'll walk you through one important rule.

'Senior black correspondent' named Colbert's successor

Comedy Central announced 'The Minority Report With Larry Wilmore' will replace 'The Colbert Report.' Wilmore is best known as The Daily Show's "Senior Black Correspondent."

'The Fifth Beatle': Bringing the Beatles' manager's story to life

"The Fifth Beatle" is a lush graphic novel about Brian Epstein, who discovered the Beatles in a Liverpool basement. We talked to the writer about what Epstein's story means to him.

'Bionic Woman' producer Nancy Malone dies at 79

Malone also directed episodes of numerous TV shows, including "Melrose Place" and "Diagnosis Murder" and starred in the groundbreaking 1950s series, "Naked City."

LA Chamber Orchestra maestro: 'It's OK to clap between movements'

Jeffrey Kahane says it's okay to applaud between movements of classical pieces if you're moved to. Which makes him a heretic, a rebel. Actually, it makes him a conservative.

Jill Sobule mines her junk drawer for concept album, 'Dottie's Charms'

LA based singer/songwriter Jill Sobule's newest album is based on something she found in her junk drawer... a charm bracelet. She joins Alex in the studio to talk about "Dottie's Charms."

War hero Louis Zamperini named 2015 Rose Parade grand marshal

The Torrance High and USC alum was on the 1936 U.S. Olympic team — where he met Adolf Hitler after a run — and was a POW in World War II.

When lyrics get posted online, who gets paid?

There are about 5 million searches for lyrics every day on Google. Who gets paid when people look up lyrics online?

Well into spring, 'Frozen' soundtrack keeps the charts cool

The soundtrack to Disney's "Frozen" has been the biggest-selling album of 2014, topping the Billboard album chart for 13 weeks.