Arts & Entertainment

7 ways to celebrate National Dog Day with or without a dog

Hot diggity dog — it's National Dog Day! Whether or not you have a dog, or even if you're more of a cat person, this dog day is not over, and it's time to celebrate.

'BoJack Horseman' season 3 is inspired by creator's love/hate of the Oscars

Raphael Bob-Waksberg is an avid follower of The Oscars, and wanted this season to explore the machine behind Hollywood’s biggest night.

You haven't got a box big enough for singer Baby Dee

Singer Baby Dee - playing Fri., Sept. 2 at the Fonda Theatre - is probably the only tree surgeon, church organist, tricycle-riding harpist you'll ever hear playing the accordion.

Prince's Paisley Park preps for public tours

Will Prince's compound become a purple-tinged Graceland? Probably. Paisley Park is set to open for daily public tours starting Oct. 6. Platform shoes are optional.

Sonia Rykiel, designer known as the 'Queen Of Knitwear,' dies

The famously red-headed Rykiel embodied the intellectual chic and feminism of Paris in the late 1960s. With vibrant stripes or simple black, her clothes hugged a woman's body.

Gingee: A unique blend of Filipino rhythm, global bass and LA roots

"I saw a void and I wanted to fill that," said L.A.-based artist Gingee, whose music draws on Filipino percussion, hip-hop, global bass and much more.

'South Park' celebrates 20 seasons with interactive exhibit

Ever want to enter a "South Park" scene? Now, you can — thanks to an interactive exhibit at the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills.

How 'Southside with You' recreates the Obamas' first date

In the new movie "Southside with You," a young Barack woos a young Michelle over the course of a day. Filmmaker Richard Tanne walks through the casting, researching and writing process behind his indie film.

The Los Angeles Arboretum's lake is filled with sludge

Baldwin Lake ran 12 to 15 feet deep in its heyday, but now the average depths sits around 30 inches. Arboretum officials say it doesn't have to be that way.

In mariachi music, a distinctive yell speaks to the soul

The grito is a spontaneous burst of emotion — a shout — that is part of the mariachi tradition. Some younger Mexican-Americans are reclaiming the grito for a new generation.

Herbie Hancock and the importance of reinventing himself

The jazz pianist has performed and worked with Miles Davis, Paul Simon and Christina Aguilera, and now with genre-busting musician and producer Flying Lotus.

Court rules that artworks once possessed by Nazis can stay at Norton Simon Museum

A Dutch-Jewish art dealer was coerced into selling a 16th Century diptych of Adam and Eve to Nazi officials. After WWII, the paintings ended up in the possession of a Russian aristocrat who sold them to Norton Simon in 1971.

Nazi-looted 'Adam' and 'Eve' paintings to stay in Pasadena

Seized by Nazis during WWII, German Renaissance masterpieces "Adam" and "Eve" will remain in Pasadena after a 10-year legal battle for Norton Simon Museum.

How Viacom's power struggle trickled down to Paramount Pictures

The parent company's woes have taken a toll at the studio. Its latest release, "Ben-Hur," cost $100 million to make, but only brought in $11.4 million on its opening weekend.

The US embargo against Cuba doesn't stop illicit TV providers

With "El Paquete Semanal," or "The Weekly Package," a courier with a hard drive visits homes and delivers current content from the U.S. and throughout Latin America.

Persistence pays off for 'War Dogs' screenwriter Stephen Chin

Former lawyer Stephen Chin's career as a producer was moving along, but he really wanted to be a writer.