Arts & Entertainment

Food for thought: 10 restaurants that shaped America

A Yale historian's new book explores America's changing tastes, and what they say about our culture — from class mobility to civil rights to women's changing status.

Massive box set of Rolling Stones in glorious mono takes you back to 1960s

Everybody knows stereo recordings sound better. Right? Maybe not. This new remastered collection of Rolling Stones tunes is often more intimate and immediate than often-flawed stereo versions.

Brian Helgeland reflects on writing 'LA Confidential' with Curtis Hanson

The acclaimed director and screenwriter died Tuesday at the age of 71. Screenwriting partner Brian Helgeland joins Take Two to remember him.

Hard Day of the Dead rave isn't happening this year

After three deaths at the electronic-music fest Hard Summer, the company isn't holding its annual Halloween fest.

A comics convention for the unconventional: The Small Press Expo

Every year the Small Press Expo (SPX) brings creators of independent comics together with passionate fans. Many of those fans make comics themselves and say they're inspired by SPX's "funkier" feel.

Scully heads into final week behind mic at Dodger Stadium

After 67 years as the voice of the Dodgers, Vin Scully will call his final game on Oct. 2.

How Lucy Alibar's Southern childhood became fodder for the stage

After she co-wrote the Oscar-nominated "Beasts of the Southern Wild," Lucy Alibar began thinking about parenting — and her own influential father.

A 'sheepish' Seth Rogen and other images of American men

A sheepish Seth Rogen and Conan O'Brien flying high. Celebrity photographer, Robert Trachtenberg captures the Red-Blooded American Male in his latest project

'Game of Thrones,' 'Veep' take top honors at Emmys

"Games of Thrones," the fantasy saga based on George R.R. Martin's novels, has now received a cumulative 38 awards, besting "Frasier" by one to claim most prime-time series awards ever. See the list of winners.

9 cheeseburgers in paradise (aka LA) for National Cheeseburger Day

Need a place to celebrate? Here are a few great Southern California cheeseburgers, from simple to fancy.

'Sound of Music' actress Charmian Carr dies at 73

Charmian Carr, the actress best known for portraying the eldest von Trapp daughter in Rogers & Hammerstein's "The Sound of Music," has died. She was 73.

East LA celebrates Mexican Independence Day with a major festival

Floats, dancers and marching bands will help Angelenos celebrate Mexican Independence Day, a holiday that celebrates Mexico's independence from Spain.

Renouncing Pablo Escobar's sins, his son traffics in motivational talks

Drug czar Pablo Escobar's son studied to be an architect. But his late father's notoriety interfered with business, so today he urges kids to stay away from drugs.

Former NSA deputy director weighs in on 'Snowden'

You can probably guess what a former deputy director of the National Security Agency thinks of the new biopic on Edward Snowden.

Hari Kondabolu says his mom is hilarious — and not because of her accent

The comedian won't impersonate his parents' Indian accents. For many people, he says, "immigrants are funny voices," and he doesn't want to play into that.

Playwright Edward Albee, who changed and challenged audiences, dies at 88

"All art should be useful," Albee said. "If it's merely decorative, it's a waste of time." The Pulitzer-winning playwright of "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" died Friday following a short illness.