Arts & Entertainment

Shamir uses his androgynous voice to his advantage

Growing up, singer Shamir says "no one really got" his androgynous voice, but he's using it to his advantage as he gathers global acclaim.

Sandwich Monday: The Pretzel Dog

For this week's Sandwich Monday, we try the Pretzel Dog from Auntie Anne's. It's a hot dog, wrapped in soft pretzel and meditations on life and death.

Palm Springs Film Festival: A celebrity warm-up for Oscar

Unlike festivals earlier in the season, Palm Springs is more about whether you'll run into Brad Pitt at the Renaissance Hotel than selling a film.

TV in 2015: Late-night shuffles, big goodbyes and more

The most important TV events coming in 2015 include new voices in late-night, big goodbyes, online platforms picking up old shows and, NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans says, more of everything.

ESPN sportscaster Stuart Scott dies at 49

The longtime host of the SportsCenter was famous for his enthusiasm and the bevy of catchphrases he mined for his commentary.

Little Jimmy Dickens, oldest Opry member, dies at 94

Little Jimmy Dickens, a diminutive singer-songwriter known for his sense of humor and as the oldest cast member of the Grand Ole Opry, has died. He was 94.

For the new year, Ray Bradbury's buoyant vision of the future

We saw a lot of dystopias in both films and books this year. Author Jason Sheehan has had enough. He plans to celebrate the new year with some science fiction that's actually hopeful about the future.

Marvel trolls fan with ant-sized 'Ant-Man' trailer

You're probably going to be hearing a lot about ants this year, as Marvel's promoting "Ant-Man." Their year-opening salvo: A not-quite-postage-stamp-sized teaser trailer.

Donna Douglas, aka 'Beverly Hillbillies'' Elly May Clampett, dies

Donna Douglas, who played "The Beverly Hillbillies'" Elly May Clampett and the woman under the bandages on the "Eye of the Beholder" episode of "The Twilight Zone," died New Year's Day.

LA's top 10 best new restaurants

Restaurant critic Patric Kuh gives his Top 10 list of the best restaurants that opened in L.A. over the last year.

The madly uneven 'Downton Abbey' turns its eye from money to sex

The fifth season of Downton Abbey continues some trends from past seasons — flawed pacing, especially. But its looks at the choices of women are intriguing.

Bono: I may never play guitar again after crash

The 54-year-old U2 frontman suffered multiple injuries, including fractures to his left eye socket, shoulder blade and left elbow, when he crashed his bike in Central Park in November.

Rose Bowl: Oregon beats Florida State 59-20

Oregon has beaten Florida State in the Rose Bowl to reach the first College Football Playoff title game.

Free weekend? 7 fun and almost-free things to do

Happy New Year! This weekend, we're hitting the streets of Pasadena, reminiscing about our favorite cartoon cats and taking a trip to Tanaka Farm.

Why would a record store give away 25 albums to each customer?

The Record Parlour in Hollywood recently bought a huge collection that dramatically increased its inventory. So the owner decided to make room through a giveaway.

Ranking renditions of 'Auld Lang Syne' from bad to better to ...

We review several versions of the classic New Year's Eve tune with our favorite pop culture junkie, Sean Ramesvaram of WNYC's Sideshow podcast.