SHAG's new exhibit: Autumn's Come Undone

Southern California artist Josh Agle is better known as SHAG. For years, he’s created colorful depictions of cocktail parties, Tiki heads and hotrods. But recently his art taken a much darker turn. (Audio: Extended version of interview with SHAG.)

Shepard Fairey edits new 'Art For Obama' book

Los Angeles-based artist Shepard Fairey created one of the most important images in the 2008 presidential election. It's a red, white and blue portrait of Barack Obama with the word HOPE.

Getty Leadership Institute announces move to Claremont Graduate University

The Getty Leadership Institute announced Thursday that it’s changing locations, from the campus of the Getty Center in West Los Angeles to the campus of Claremont Graduate University.

Michael Jackson's 'This Is It' tops box office charts

The posthumous Michael Jackson movie “This is It” topped the charts this weekend. It's number one at the box office.

Arts Tune-Up offers management advice to artists

The Los Angeles County Arts Commission is sponsoring a free “arts tune-up.” A lot of artists would be the first to admit they could benefit from a more management savvy. Saturday at the Glendale Civic Auditorium, it’ll be there for the taking.

Screen Actors Guild makes White permanent director

The Screen Actors Guild has made permanent the status of interim national executive director David White.

The Ettes come (back) to Southern California

KPCC's Alex Cohen loves the band the Ettes. The Ettes are a four member band that knows how to rock and roll. Their music brings a raw updated feel to the classic garage rock of the '60s. When the Ettes recently came to town for a show at the El Rey, Alex had the chance to chat with the Ettes' lead singer, Coco, who told her how the band got started.

Contemporary Iranian art takes off in LA

Shervin Shabazi is an L.A.-based art curator who has two exhibits featuring contemporary Iranian artists. "From the Streets of Iran" showcases the work of graffiti artists in Tehran, and "Traces of Being" features the work of Iranian artists living in the U.S. The art in both exhibits responds to the current political climate in the country.

SAG members elect Ken Howard president

Members of the Screen Actors Guild have elected Ken Howard as their new national president. KPCC’s Brian Watt reports.

8-month mural project beautifies LA school

After eight months and more than 500 gallons of paint, two Los Angeles artists unveiled Friday a mural project that’s reshaped the climate at an 82-year-old middle school. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.

Longtime Hollywood columnist Army Archerd dies at 87

Longtime Hollywood columnist Army Archerd died yesterday. He was 87 and suffered from a rare form of lung cancer. After the war, he went to work for Variety in 1953 and, in 1985, broke the story that Rock Hudson was being treated for AIDS. When he retired his daily column in 2005, he began blogging, and updating old columns – a sort of “then and now” look at celebrities. Archerd spent the last 17 years working with Kirstin Wilder, now Variety’s managing editor. She spoke to KPCC's Steve Julian about how it was to work with the Variety veteran.

Artists document city-animal encounters

A pair of artists has created an exhibit out of the tension in Southern California between its concrete jungles and its wild animals. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.

A chat with Spamalot's creator

There are castles in Los Angeles, and while the water feature outside the Ahmanson Theatre doesn’t quite qualify as a moat, it does lead to the castle on stage. Spamalot is derived from Monty Python’s The Search for the Holy Grail. The musical follows King Arthur, played by John O’Hurley, as he looks for his holy grail.

Video games feature few minority characters, study shows

USC is out with a new study that shows video games feature few minority characters. And the few that are included are often racial stereotypes. KPCC's Patricia Nazario explains the findings.

Community group talks about future of Neverland Ranch

In Los Olivos, California, debate over the future of a piece of property once owned by Michael Jackson is heating up. Last summer a company called Colony Capital, LLC purchased the loan on the property known commonly as Neverland Ranch. KPCC has called Colony and the company won’t commit on their plans for the 2,500 acre site, but neighbors are worried that the ranch could be developed as a tourist destination in tribute to the King of Pop. They’ve recently formed a group called “NEVER” which refers to when they’d like to see a Graceland style-like resort in their community. Alex Cohen asked founder Bob Field what leads him to believe that Colony Capital has plans for the ranch’s development.

Remembering Judi Ann Mason

A trailblazer for African-American women writers passed away last week. Judi Ann Mason died on July 8th en route to UCLA Medical Center. She was 54.