Arts

Arts hold promise as jobs engine in California economy

California lost thousands of manufacturing jobs when the economy soured in the early 1990s. The recession has drained away thousands of construction jobs. What the state could use is a new source of well-paying jobs — and it might have found it in the arts. The Joint Legislative Committee on the Arts held a hearing last week in Culver City to find ways to help the arts heal the ailing economy.

Happy pigs adorn pork-packing plant that makes Dodger Dogs [Audio slideshow]

The Vernon-based Farmer John pork-packing plant is the second-largest employer in the industrial city of Vernon.

Sheen takes break from 'Two and a Half Men'

CBS is temporarily halting production of television's top-rated comedy, "Two and a Half Men," following news from Charlie Sheen's publicist that the actor is in rehab and is taking a break from the show.

'Heroes' actor Adrian Pasdar charged with DUI

Court records show actor Adrian Pasdar has been charged with drunken driving, and his arraignment is scheduled for later this week.

'Captain EO' returns to Disneyland Tuesday

A fantasia from the 1980s, "Captain EO," is returning to Disneyland as an homage to its late star. Michael Jackson’s special effects-laden starring role hits the Magic Kingdom’s screen again on Tuesday.

Imix Bookstore hosts music-filled fundraiser to keep doors open

The Imix bookstore is a small shop among many other shops on Eagle Rock Boulevard. The front room’s walls are painted bright yellow and teal and on the wall opposing the window front stands a new mural of a Chicana woman who appears to be flying against the yellow paint.

'The Ballad of Emmett Till' opens at the Fountain Theatre

In Money, Mississippi 55 years ago, a 14-year-old African American boy is said to have whistled at a white woman. In the South, that action carried severe consequences. Assailants beat the young man, shot him, and threw his body into the Tallahatchie River. They tied a heavy cotton gin fan to his body with barbed wire. Three days later, two fishermen retrieved the remains of Emmett Till. This weekend, "The Ballad of Emmett Till" opens at the Fountain Theatre in Los Angeles, barely six weeks after a man shot and killed the theater's director, Ben Bradley.

Judge: Lindsay Lohan complying with probation

A judge says Lindsay Lohan is in full compliance with the terms of her probation for a drunken driving and drug case.

Thousands of fifth-graders join live dance performance at Blue Ribbon Children's Festival

The thunderous chatter of thousands of fifth-graders reverberated throughout The Music Center Plaza in downtown Los Angeles on Thursday as they performed the Diavolo dance, a contemporary acrobatic dance.

Artists behind Oscar-nominated songs won't perform

Oscar is breaking with tradition for its nominated songs.

Villaraigosa, Councilman Garcetti to appear in 'All My Children' epidoses this week

Episodes of the ABC daytime drama "All My Children,'' in which Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Councilman Eric Garcetti portray themselves, will air this week.

Valentine's Day fragrance line concocts gifts for the sensual, sinful

They say, "You can’t buy true love." But you can spring for a 5 milliliter bottle of scented body oil that might help you fulfill a sinful desire. “Get laid…" laughs Elizabeth Moriarty. She’s a real pistol. She collects vintage pornography and she’s the mastermind behind Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab. Its complete catalogue includes 700 unique scents.

LA Councilman Garcetti wants to save Silver Lake bear mural

Los Angeles City Councilman Eric Garcetti is trying to save the bears. Well, technically he’s trying to save a gray bear, a panda, a raccoon, a bird and a bunny — all that stand about 6-feet tall and line a gray stucco wall in a Silver Lake neighborhood.

Lucha VaVoom brings wrestling and burlesque together in downtown LA

Joey Ryan stood on the outside, taking a breather in the middle of his match. Suddenly he looked up and saw a man in a giant chicken costume ready to come crashing down on him from high above.

Pasadena Playhouse closes due to millions in debt

Pasadena Playhouse theater went dark last night amid overwhelming debt.

Leif Garrett booked for having heroin in LA subway

Former 1970s teen idol Leif Garrett has been released from jail on a charge he carried heroin into a Los Angeles subway station.