Arts & Entertainment

Free weekend? 7 fun and almost-free things to do

This weekend, we're listening to live jazz under urban lights; visiting Paramount, California for a dose of nostalgia; and treating our dogs to a day on the town.

Batman kisses Spider-Man on pre-Comic-Con magazine cover

Free monthly Pacific San Diego Magazine combined the city's gay pride festival with the upcoming Comic-Con, delivering an upside-down Spidey/Bats kiss on their cover.

'Midnight Rider' filmmakers say crash 'was not a crime'

Two filmmakers charged in a collision that killed camera assistant Sarah Jones while shooting a movie about singer Gregg Allman insist they committed no crimes.

A look at 2 big new art spaces coming to downtown LA

John Rabe gets an update on the Hauser Wirth & Schimmel gallery, coming to the downtown Arts District, and the Broad Museum coming to Grand Avenue.

Blues guitarist Johnny Winter dies at 70

Texas blues legend Johnny Winter has died, ending a long and expansive career that included working alongside bluesman Muddy Waters and playing at the Woodstock festival.

Elaine Stritch, brash stage performer, dies at 89

Elaine Stritch, the brash theater performer whose gravelly, gin-laced voice and impeccable comic timing made her a theatrical icon, has died, according to Brigade Marketing. She was 89.

After Thor, Marvel announces big change to Captain America

Sam Wilson, aka the Falcon, will carry Cap's shield. He's the second African-American to take on the iconic role. Also this week, Marvel announced that Thor will be female.

Is it OK to crowdfund a trip to San Diego Comic-Con?

Writer and vlogger Kiala Kazebee is set to appear at a San Diego Comic-Con panel on women in comics, but she's come under fire for using crowdfunding to pay for her trip.

App Chat: 3 ways to make your road trip fun and entertaining

We're smack in the middle of summer which for some means, ROADTRIP! Which is the perfect time to try out the new apps that we have today on App Chat.

One man 'Rodney King' show returns to LA

The life and death of Rodney King is examined on stage by writer/performer Roger Guenveur Smith.

Spike Lee Retrospective: 'As an artist you want to have longevity'

Spike Lee: "It's not good to be a flash in the pan. As an artist you want to have longevity, because longevity will let you do your work. And artists want to build up a body of work."

Marvel makes Thor a woman; Joss Whedon gives his approval

Comic books have long faced criticism for being dominated by male characters, with few female-led books, but Marvel's taking a swing against that.

Tuesday Reviewsday: Bleachers, Madlib, Charlie Haden and more

A local rapper creates a strange brew of psych, kraut and prog music and we bid farewell to jazz legend Charlie Haden, it's Tuesday Reviewsday, our weekly music segment.

'Midnight Rider' filmmakers booked in Georgia in Sarah Jones' death

Randall Miller and Jody Savin — director and producer of the biopic about rock musician Gregg Allman — turned themselves in on Sunday.

China: In a world without film critics, 'Transformers 4' prevails

The new 'Transformers' sequel has shattered box office records ... in China. The movie is a critical bomb here, but reviewers are apparently AWOL in China.

Nadine Gordimer: Wise words about bettering a troubled world

She lived in a country where people suffered because of the color of their skin. And she had a knack for saying just the right thing to inspire us to stand up for all the world's needy souls.