Arts & Entertainment

Cakes da Killa isn't afraid to rap about his sexuality

The hip-hop community still has a way to go in terms of LGBT acceptance, but the 25-year-old rapper is candid about being gay, even if it stirs up controversy.

For cinema-loving Parisians, movies could become a welcome diversion from terrorism

Nancy Tartaglione, the international editor at, joined us from France to talk about the importance of film in French culture.

LA Times’ Russ Parsons on when he realized food writing wasn’t just recipes

As readers and listeners use the LA Times' Russ Parson's turkey recipe this Thanksgiving, he'll be enjoying his first day of "retirement." He took the buyout and shares 26 years of memories.

Oscar nod for Pixar's Indian-themed short, 'Sanjay's Super Team,' debut film for Sanjay Patel

Pixar animator Sanjay Patel's mild mannered father is the hero of a short showing how an Indian immigrant's son comes to respect his father and his father's religion.

Gray-haired granny? An 85-year-old writer goes punk rock instead

When novelist Anne Bernays became a great-grandmother, she dyed her hair bright blue. She says young people tend to treat the elderly as if they're dumb, "whereas I feel like I'm still a teenager."

'Jessica Jones': Netflix's even darker spin on Marvel superhero noir

Writer-producer Melissa Rosenberg says she was attracted to the project by being able to write about a woman who is multi-leveled, complex and sexual being.

Pandora gets into 'on-demand' music streaming with its purchase of Rdio

Pandora is known for curating playlists and a radio-like experience for listeners, but now the service is add on-demand listening to compete with Spotify and Apple Music.

Donald Sterling loses appeal to reverse sale of Clippers

The 2nd District Court of Appeal ruled Monday that Sterling failed to show any legal error by a Los Angeles Superior Court judge who approved the sale last year.

Conan O'Brien's 'weird diplomacy' in Armenia

The late night host takes his abroad again, this time with his assistant, who is of Armenian descent. And he meets a group of unlikely fans: teenaged Syrian refugees.

In 'Song of Lahore,' Pakistani musicians fight social stigma to play the music they love

The new documentary "Song of Lahore" tells how traditional Pakistani musicians found a new audience through YouTube after decades of local suppression.

In 'You’ve Heard These Hands,' pianist Don Randi chronicles his career with The Wrecking Crew

Randi has written a memoir about his time with the legendary L.A. studio band, working with everyone from Brian Wilson to Frank Zappa to James Brown.

Metro touts LA transit connection to new Missy Elliott track

Metro took a ride on the coattails of rapper Missy Elliott Thursday after she released her latest single, which uses their downtown station as part of its backdrop.

Singer, drag performer Joey Arias channels Billie Holiday

Arias takes his performance of Billie Holiday's music to Los Angeles' REDCAT Theater this weekend in a performance the New York Times called "devastating."

Free weekend? 8 fun and almost-free things to do in LA

Did someone say Friday? We don't know about you, but we sure are ready to kick back and relax.

5 Every Week: 11 hour movies, salad and rock gardens

Here are five great things to do in Southern California this coming week, hand picked for you from the makers of the 5 Every Day app.

At just 27, bassist and singer Katie Thiroux already keeps up with jazz legends in LA

Thiroux is one of 11 semi-finalists, and the only Angeleno, in the 2015 Thelonious Monk Institute International Jazz Vocals Competition.