Arts & Entertainment

New music from Janet Jackson, Rudimental and more

This week music supervisor Morgan Rhodes joins A Martinez to talk about new music from Janet Jackson, Rudimental, Jono McCleery and more.

Playwright David Henry Hwang gives language lessons in 'Chinglish'

Hwang's comedy is a playful look at language and the power it holds, and it's based on real encounters he had while visiting China.

Director Ridley Scott says 'The Martian' isn't science fiction, it's science fact

The new movie, which opened to rave reviews and big box office, is based on the book of the same name by author Andy Weir.

Disneyland boosts prices for annual passes

The new Signature Plus Passport, which carries no blackout dates, is available for $1,049.

How a show about zombies looks at legacies of real violence

'Fear The Walking Dead' is telling a story not often explored on prime-time television: generational rifts over the violence that immigrant parents have experienced.

UC Irvine's 50 years features decades of drama

Robert Cohen is the founding chair of the university's vaunted drama department, and he shared memories of his five decades at UC Irvine with KPCC.

South African singer Pauline Malefane, the Isango Ensemble find US audience

The company is performing a unique version of the opera "Carmen" at the Broad Theater, translating the French original into English with an all-South African cast.

Song of the Week: 'Put Your Number in My Phone' by Ariel Pink

"Put Your Number in My Phone" comes off last year's "Pom Pom," and it's a trippy one.

Filmweek: ‘The Martian,’ ‘The Walk,’ ‘He Named Me Malala,’ and more

Larry Mantle and KPCC film critics review this week’s new releases including “The Martian,” “The Walk,” “He Named Me Malala” and more.

‘Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead’ director, producer on how ‘National Lampoon’ changed comedy’s course

Most of us probably know a National Lampoon movie or two because they’ve survived the test of time. Today, Larry will sit down with the director and producer to talk about making the film.

7 fun and almost-free things to do this weekend

Halloween starts now. We know it's only Oct. 2, but the festivities have already begun. (Don't know what to dress up as? How about El Niño? Just throwing out ideas...)

'Tacopedia': A mouth-watering tour of Mexico's taco culture

From the smoked marlin tacos of Baja California to the fried flower tacos of Chiapas, Mexico is home to endless interpretations of this essential dish.

Twyla Tharp: the need to create dance and the will to survive

Fifty years after its founding, the Twyla Tharp company is still thriving, despite dance being — according to the choreographer — at the bottom of the cultural heap.

Review: LA Mayor Eric Garcetti's Instagram on display

Contributor Mat Gleason reviews Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti's “Mayor of Instagram” show at the Take My Picture gallery in downtown Los Angeles.

Awesome Tapes from Africa brings obscure musicians to a wider audience

Ethnomusicologist Brian Shimkovitz turned his African music blog into a record label, which distributes and promotes the work of artists from across the continent.

Song of the Week: “The Heart is a Lonely Hunter” by Gun Hill Royals

Listen to the single "The Heart is a Lonely Hunter," brewed up by Pasadena's Americana addicts, Gun Hill Royals.