Arts & Entertainment

Revolutionary opera director Gerard Mortier dies at 70

Gerard Mortier, a Belgian opera director whose nonconformist style often grated the tradition-bound elite and who became a fiercely avant-garde impresario, has died.

'True Detective': We unpack the secrets of the title sequence

As HBO's hit show wraps tonight, Patrick Clair — who created the memorable sequence — tells Take Two how the haunting images came together and what's behind them.

Review: LA Opera's 'Billy Budd' hard to surpass

Marc Haefele reviews the LA Opera production of "Billy Budd," an unfinished work by Melville turned into a sprawling opera by Benjamin Britten in 1951.

'The Grand Budapest Hotel': A conversation with Wes Anderson and Tony Revolori

Earlier this week, Take Two had the chance to talk with "The Grand Budapest Hotel" director Wes Anderson and star of the film, Tony Revolori.

Live from SXSW in Austin, it's KPCC!

At Take Two we talk a LOT about music... AND tech... AND film, so we thought we'd send our very own producer Jacob Margolis down to SXSW to check out what's going on.

Family Sky: ‘Cosmos’ reboot expanding into half a billion homes

"Cosmos" is expanding. A panel of otherworldly experts and entertainment executives met this week in Griffith Park to talk about the legacy of Carl Sagan and the reboot of his seminal science series.

'True Detective': The Handsome Family performs the theme song live on KPCC

"True Detective" marks yet another success for HBO, but it has also helped introduce a wider audience to a particularly dark Americana band from New Mexico.

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

Explore the city with endless art, outdoor shopping and a walk on the wild side. With no sign of rain, it'll be a sunny weekend with temps reaching 80 degrees.

Strange but true: Music doesn't make some people happy

Researchers say a small number of people appear to lack the brain circuitry to get pleasure from music.

Funny or Die admits hoverboard prank in new video

Funny or Die admitted that they were behind the hoax in a new video. The larger purpose behind that HUVr Tech hoverboard video prank: Facebook comments.

Pop-art icon Wayne Thiebaud tells his story in 2 SoCal exhibits

We talk with pop-art icon Wayne Thiebaud, now 93, subject of two new SoCal exhibits. He's known for paintings of baked goods, and says he's happy to be known as "the old pie man."

Kristen Bell in 'Veronica Mars' parody video, gives cameo SPOILER!

Kristen Bell and John Rabe star in a new "Veronica Mars" parody video, and Bell reveals the shocking truth behind the movie's cameos.

Chipotle says there's no 'guacapocalypse' looming

Chipotle says that news reports suggesting it could be forced to drop guacamole from the menu are vastly overstated.

Artist Daniel Joseph Martinez's 'Ship of Fools' comes to LA

Artist Daniel Joseph Martinez's career has spanned decades. His work has been called unpredictable, bold, challenging. He's taken his art all over the world, from the museums and galleries of New York to sites in Cairo, Berlin, Moscow and Mexico City.

Who should compete in KPCC's 2nd annual Public Radio Bracket Madness?

KPCC is about to launch its second annual Public Radio Bracket Madness, in which we ask you, the listener, to vote on your favorite public radio programming.

Who's behind the 'Back to the Future' hoverboard video?

The latest to seize on hoverboard dream is HUVr Tech, but the "Back to the Future 2" devices appear to remain imaginary for a wide variety of reasons.