Writer John August writes short story 'The Variant' with help from Twitter

This weekend is Father’s Day and among those who will be celebrating is Los Angeles writer and dad John August. August wrote the films Go and Charlie’s Angels and he blogs about writing on his Web site, He recently wrote a short story called "The Variant." And as he tells KPCC's Alex Cohen, he got a lot of help from his fans on Twitter.

Emmys change date again

The date for the television industry’s big awards show has changed. Again. More on the latest on Emmy scheduling from KPCC’s Alex Cohen.

Aretha Franklin performs at Hollywood Bowl June 26

Like many popular singers, soul diva Aretha Franklin cultivated her vocal gifts in church. But she told KPCC’s Larry Mantle that it’s taken much of her lifetime to recognize how to maintain her instrument at its best.

Several hundred people attend LA arts town hall

Several hundred people attending a Los Angeles arts town hall today heard encouraging words about the outlook for Southland cultural organizations.

FBI director honors Efrem Zimbalist Jr.

FBI Director Robert Mueller Monday honored Efrem Zimbalist Jr. The actor portrayed Inspector Lewis Erskine in the old “FBI” TV series. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze has more.

Brad Silberling talks 'Land of the Lost'

Growing up in the San Fernando Valley, Brad Silberling used to watch Sid & Marty Krofft's “Land of the Lost” every Saturday morning. He loved the show about three human explorers trapped in a strange universe filled with dinosaurs, aliens, and hirsute humanoids called Pakuni. Little did Silberling know that more than 30years later, he'd wind up directing a film version of “Land of the Lost” starring Will Ferrell. It comes out this weekend. KPCC's Alex Cohen recently spent some time with director Brad Silberling as he put the final touches on his film. He talked about growing up in the San Fernando Valley and why he still loves Ventura Boulevard after all these years.

LA city councilman Garcetti wrote songs with Tony nominee

Sunday night the American Theater Wing bestows its top honors on Broadway’s outstanding artists. This year, in typical fashion, several musicals up for Tony awards have Los Angeles connections. KPCC’s Molly Peterson found an unusual tie between one award contender and a local politician.

Paul McCartney symphonic work makes West Coast premiere in Claremont

The music of Paul McCartney returns to Southern California this week. In April, the former Beatle headlined the Coachella Music Festival. This weekend, McCartney’s latest symphonic work makes its West Coast premiere in Claremont. KPCC’s Steven Cuevas has details.

Bob Baker Marionette Theater named historic monument

The Los Angeles City Council today designated the Bob Baker Marionette Theater near downtown an historic-cultural monument. KPCC's Alex Cohen talked with Bob Baker. Baker says the building is home to one of the longest-running live puppet shows in the nation.

Iconic LA jazz venue loses lease

Since it opened 16 years ago, the Jazz Bakery's become one of the top jazz clubs in the Southland, attracting the country's top musicians. It's a listening room; that is, a concert room free of waiters and clinking glasses and plates. This Sunday's show will be the last at the venue's longtime home in the historic Helms Bakery building. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez stopped by this week.

COOP artwork on display at Corey Helford Gallery

L.A.-based artist Chris Cooper, a.k.a.COOP, has done hundreds of posters for bands like Nirvana, Soundgarden, and the Sex Pistols. He’s known best for his rockabilly style – his work is dominated by cigar-smoking devils, hot rod cars, and voluptuous vixens.

Literary scholar helps preserve seminal LA writer John Fante's archives

UCLA announced recently that it's purchased the archives of seminal Los Angeles writer John Fante. Scholars believe the documents shed light on an important mid-20th century novelist and his times. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez toured the archives with the Cal State Long Beach professor who was largely responsible for pairing them with UCLA.

LACMA Organizes Major Exhibit of Chicano Art

A large exhibition of Chicano art opens at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art this Sunday. The show explores how a branch of art produced by Mexican-American activists 40 years ago has blossomed and inspired a slew of young Latino artists today.

Broad Museum Opens at LACMA

After five years and $60 million, a new museum to house philanthropist Eli Broad's private art collection opens this weekend at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. L.A. is already home to one contemporary art museum. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez stopped by the "members preview" yesterday.

Federal Officials Raid Four Southland Museums in Looting Investigation

Federal agents, armed with warrants,searched the offices of four well-known Southern California museums on Thursday. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez says the raids are part of a multi-year investigation into illegally looted art in the collections of public museums

Poets in Southland Gather for Benefit of Ailing Writer

It's not easy to locate a concentrated literary community in the Southland. Some people blame the geography; it's so spread out, there's no central gathering place. But KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez reports the recent news of a well-known L.A. poet's illness has generated enough support to defy expectations.