Arts & Entertainment

It's brown, it's barrel-aged, it's ... gin?

Barrel-aged gin resembles young whisky in color and flavor. It's quickly becoming the new darling of distillers and craft bartenders across the U.S.

Free weekend? 'Home Alone,' Hot Wheels, and CicLAvia

We hope you’ve perked up after the L.A. rain. This weekend, we're watching our favorite toys come to life and building sand snowmen in the sand.

Alexandre Desplat on scoring 'The Imitation Game' and fighting composer's block

He's scored two films that won best picture Oscars, but he's never won for one of his scores, despite being nominated six times. Could this be his year?

Bill Cosby seeks to dismiss new sex abuse lawsuit (updated)

LAPD Chief Beck told reporters Thursday that the department is ready to investigate accusations brought against Cosby — even past the statute of limitations.

'It's a Wonderful Life' — unless you're Cosby, Ghomeshi, or Sterling

R.H. Greene likes it that Frank Capra let Mr. Potter keep Bailey Building and Loan's money in his holiday classic, "It's a Wonderful Life."

The story behind Jerry Brown's gubernatorial portrait

As California governor Jerry Brown gears up for his fourth term, artist Don Bachardy talks about the portrait he made for the governor 30 years ago.

Near downtown LA's Skid Row, a haven for harpsichords

It's no longer surprising to find good restaurants and craft cocktails in downtown LA, but you will be surprised to discover what Curtis Berak has been up to in his basement since 1976.

Faces rocker Ian McLagan dead at 69 after stroke

A statement on his official website said Ian McLagan died Wednesday in Austin, Texas, after suffering a stroke a day earlier. He was 69.

Kevin Costner's timely 'Black or White' enters the nation's racial debate

The film is centered on a widowed grandfather who fights to retain custody of his bi-racial granddaughter. How much does race fuel each side's case?

2 friends who helped integrate 'Peanuts' gang with Franklin

In 1968, several parents, including Harriet Glickman and Ken Kelly, convinced Charles Schulz to create Franklin, the first black character in "Peanuts."

Mischief under the mistletoe: Office partygoers behaving badly

Partying with co-workers can lead to awkwardness and even worse. And surprise: HR experts say alcohol is often to blame.

LA Music Center 50th Anniversary: Who was Dorothy Chandler?

KPCC's Patt Morrison interviews her grandson, Harry Chandler, about the socialite and philanthropist who brought the Music Center to Los Angeles.

Brooke Shields opens up about her late mother, Teri

Mother, manager, alcoholic... Brooke Shields' relationship with her mom informed who she is as a person, but there were plenty of problems along the way.

Cameron Esposito may be the hardest working comedian in show biz

She has an online column and video series, two podcasts and a new album, “Same Sex Symbol." For comedians, "that is the norm now," she says.

A #SadTree lot: Your photos of the Charlie Browniest trees

To mark 50 years of "A Charlie Brown Christmas" airing on American televisions, our readers are sharing photos and memories of Christmas trees.

New music from Willie Nelson, Jimmy Greene and more

This week on Tuesday Reviewsday, our weekly new music segment, journalist Steve Hochman joins us to talk about the latest from Willie Nelson, Bessie Smith and more.