Arts & Entertainment

Why Benjamin Millepied left a lifetime gig at the Paris Opera for LA Dance Project

The French dancer/choreographer is back in Los Angeles after two years as Artistic Director of the Paris Opera Ballet. His upcoming show in LA will be his last time on stage as a dancer.

How trans politics changed who 'Hedwig's' audience is

The show's star, Darren Criss, says America is able to embrace the show differently due to growing awareness of gender identity.

'The Model Apartment': Donald Margulies 1988 play about family trauma is still relevant

Donald Margulies isn’t the son of Holocaust survivors but a childhood friend is. And they were the inspiration for his play, “The Model Apartment.”

Aaron Eckhart: 'I don't think about being a star anymore'

The actor currently has supporting roles in the films "Sully" and "Bleed For This," but he's now looking for roles that suit his age.

Red, White and Beard: The Sikh Captain America in SoCal

Vishavjit Singh isn't just a cartoonist — he's also Captain America. Well, he dresses up like Cap, at least, as part of an effort to engage with people of different views.

Some encouraging and discouraging news about LGBTQ depictions on television

The annual study by the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation finds an uptick in LGBTQ depictions on broadcast shows, but a disturbing trend about such characters being killed off.

A hungry Hollywood cooks up Yelp video reviews

"There's a lot of restaurants in L.A. and some of them have to go to pretty great lengths to be novel and a lot of the time that's pretty funny."

Your go-to guide for the weekend in SoCal

Before holiday madness kicks in, hit up a Japanese food fair, a "sacred market" in the mountains and more.

'Loving' inspires a DIY Film Festival of miscegenation films and shows you need to see

This DIY festival, including a doc, a short silent film, and even a few TV episodes, is inspired by Jeff Nichols new film - "Loving" - which is about the 1967 miscegenation case that changed the law and the movies.

1,000 Disneyland artifacts go up for auction

You'll be able to peek into the Happiest Place's history next month when items like a years-old unopened can of tobacco and ash trays go up for auction.

Chicano art champion Cheech Marin and the sublime pleasures of works on paper

Actor, comedian, and Chicano art champion Cheech Marin on his newest traveling exhibit, Papel Chicano Dos, spotlighting works on paper by young Chicano artists.

Mario Batali shares his favorite LA restaurants and more

The chef behind dozens of restaurants across America has a new book. Mario Batali's "Big American Cookbook" celebrates the regional cuisines of cities across the country.

Mariachi trio La Victoria respects tradition and celebrates the new

It’s no longer rare to come across a female mariachi group, but these accomplished musicians are making their mark with a contemporary approach to traditions they hold dear.

From VR to 'Atlanta': Director Janicza Bravo is on the rise

From a lauded virtual reality film about police brutality involving an unarmed black man to an episode of the FX comedy "Atlanta", director Janicza Bravo is someone to watch.

Gimlet Media goes Hollywood to attract new listeners — and advertisers

For-profit podcast network Gimlet Media launches three new shows, and borrows quite a bit of Hollywood talent to attract new listeners and sponsors.

Creator of NBC's 'The Good Place' wants to make an inclusive utopia

Michael Schur created other comedy shows including "Parks and Recreation" and "Brooklyn Nine-Nine." On his latest NBC comedy, he set it in an afterlife that's inclusive to all "race, creed, gender, sexual identity."