Arts & Entertainment

President Obama talks to David Simon, creator of The Wire.

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WATCH: Obama, a 'Wire' superfan, talks to show's creator David Simon

The president called the show "one of the greatest, not just television shows, but pieces of art in the last couple of decades." Their conversation was about the effects of the war on drugs.

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

The heat wave is back, just in time for the weekend. That's why we're keeping you cool with indoor events. Here's everything you need to know.

Wrestlemania 31 weekend: Jim Ross continues an epic career of storytelling

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Jim Ross is the most famous pro wrestling play-by play commentator of all time. He no longer commentates for WWE, but he's still telling stories in person and online.

In 'Marilyn Forever,' a Hollywood icon gets the operatic treatment

Long Beach Opera's U.S. premiere of the new work has a libretto by Marilyn Bowering, who wrote a series of poems about Marilyn Monroe 30 years ago.

Chapman University's film department shows its stuff at the multiplex

The Orange County-based school has launched a production company that will make low-budget films for the marketplace, debuting with a psychological thriller, "The Barber."

Youth orchestra rides the LA Phil's coattails to Japan

Fifteen young musicians from Los Angeles will perform with a new youth orchestra from Fukushima, the area his by a series of disasters four years ago.

'Dreaming Sin Fronteras' removes border between real life and art

The stage production tells the stories of undocumented youth in their own words in a collaboration with musicians including Shawn King of DeVotchka and singer Ceci Bastida.

MOCA doubles your art pleasure with Sturtevant and Joseph exhibits

Kahlil Joseph's "Double Conscience" and Sturtevant's "Double Trouble" ask big questions at MOCA in Downtown LA.

'Downton Abbey' is officially saying goodbye

Recent reports were confirmed Thursday when the official announcement landed that "Downton Abbey"'s upcoming sixth season will be the end of the series.

How snobbery helped take the spice out of European cooking

Complex, contrasting flavors are a hallmark of Indian cooking. They used to dominate Western food, too. What changed? When spices became less exclusive, Europe's elite revamped their cuisines.

'Ready Player One' was written using cheat codes — here's our 11 faves

"Ready Player One" was written using classic video game cheats to play parts of classic games and write them into the book. That got us thinking about our favorite cheats — here they are.

Noah Baumbach says he feels 'a long way from 25'

The filmmaker reveals some of his personal anxieties about aging and creativity that went into his new film, "While We're Young."

Casting directors reflect on diversity in American TV

Several successful new shows reflect a new level of diversity on TV. Does this represent a sea change in an industry that has for many years been criticized for its homogeneity?

'Mad Men' star Jon Hamm has treatment for alcohol addiction

Hamm had the support of his longtime partner, actress-filmmaker Jennifer Westfeldt, in his struggle, publicist Annett Wolf said in a statement Tuesday.

Laker Steve Nash retiring after 19-year NBA career

Nash broke his leg during his second game with the Lakers and consequently was only able to play 65 games over the last three seasons due to injuries.

Laura Marling used the city of LA to inspire 'Short Movie'

The British singer-songwriter says she's never stayed in one place for more than a month. But she spent an entire year in Los Angeles to record her latest album.