Arts & Entertainment

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei gets passport back, plans Germany visit

The government confiscated his passport in 2011 after Ai Weiwei was detained in the Beijing airport and held for 81 days.

Olympics bid that beat LA shows organizers downplayed opposition

Organizers of Boston's bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics downplayed the opposition that was already galvanizing against it, according to the original bid. See the documents here.

Ian McKellen on Gandalf/Dumbledore confusion: 'I will always be the real wizard'

The accomplished actor talks about reuniting with the director who helped launch his career, his over-the-top British sitcom, and the biggest misconception about him.

5 things to do in LA this week

Here are five great things you should do in SoCal this week from the makers of the 5 Every Day app.

'Capital C,' a crowdfunded documentary about crowdfunding

In its short history, crowdfunding has led to some large controversies. But the creators of this new documentary want to show how inspirational crowdfunding can be.

Hulk Hogan's WWE contract terminated after alleged racist language in sex tape

WWE said it's "committed to embracing and celebrating individuals from all backgrounds as demonstrated by the diversity of our employees, performers, and fans worldwide."

Free weekend? 10 fun and almost-free things to do

Can't stand the humidity? We're going to get through this together, SoCal. Whether you want a weekend at the beach or indoors with air conditioning, we've got you covered.

Kent Twitchell paints larger-than-life Special Olympics heroes

The noted muralist is one of three artists commissioned to create new works in conjunction with the 2015 Special Olympics in Los Angeles.

Teragram Ballroom aiming to be the next 'it' venue in LA

Mike Swier, who opened the Mercury Lounge and Bowery Ballroom in New York, talks about opening a new venue in L.A.'s crowded market.

How a Matthew Sweet album inspired the stage musical, 'Girlfriend'

Playwright Todd Almond used his favorite album to write a musical inspired by the challenges he faced as a gay teenager in Nebraska.

Belgium-based La Chiva Gantiva kicks off Skirball Center's Sunset Concerts series

If you’re looking for somewhere to get your dance on, might we suggest checking out the band La Chiva Gantiva at the Skirball Center tonight:

Song of the week: ‘I Forgive You’ by OOFJ

Off-Ramp’s song of the week is “I Forgive You” by Los Angeles-based duo OOFJ, from their sophomore album, “Acute Feast."

Kurt Sutter learns to let go of being a 'control freak' for 'Southpaw'

Kurt Sutter is making the move from TV's "Sons of Anarchy" to film with "Southpaw." He discusses making the movie without Eminem and why his new boxing movie is unique.

Miguel tells us about his multi-racial identity and his love for LA

Miguel is becoming a dominant force in the music industry with over 1 billion Pandora plays on his last album "Kaleidoscope Dream," which also won him a Grammy for best R&B song.

Some Special Olympics athletes forced to sleep on gym floor

Special Olympics spokesman Rich Perelman says 1,500 athletes and coaches spent the night at Loyola Marymount University after flights and buses arrived late on Tuesday.

Buzzy Sundance films fail to deliver at the box office

“Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” and "Dope," both of which were darlings at this year's Sundance Film Festival, were unable to capitalize on their hype.