Arts & Entertainment

New rap lyric street signs pop up in LA (photos)

Artist Jay Shells has posted more red and white signs with location-specific rap quotes across LA, just as his new exhibit opens at Gallery 1988 Friday.

After 14 years, Wayne Kramer is back with a jazz album, 'Lexington'

Wayne Kramer of the MC5 is back after 14 years with a new album called "Lexington." But fans of his work might be surprised, as this album is all about the jazz.

FAQ: Lucasfilm bids farewell to the Star Wars Expanded Universe

Friday, Lucasfilm addressed fans' concerns about their Expanded Universe of books, comics and more. Bottom line: the Expanded Universe might not be so expanded anymore.

Picture This: Inside the LAPD's rarely seen crime photo archives

One of the most striking exhibits at the Paris Photo event is a collection of rare crime scene photos unearthed from the LAPD's archives. Some of the photos date as far back as 1925.

NBC taps Seth Meyers as next Emmys host

Seth Meyers will take his late-night act to prime time as the next host of the Emmy Awards. It will be telecast live from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on August 25.

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

Our agenda includes sprucing up the apartment for spring and taking photos in fields of poppy flowers. Did we mention we'll also be bowling with Jeff Bridges?

An eater's-eye view of literature's most iconic meals

With intricately composed photographs, designer Dinah Fried puts readers at the table for 50 of her favorite literary spreads. Her new book is called "Fictitious Dishes."

Yankees pitcher Pineda suspended 10 games for pine tar

New York Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda was suspended for 10 games Thursday after being caught using pine tar to help him grip the ball.

New hope for the supposedly shuttered San Diego Opera

Marc Haefele reports that not only are fans of the San Diego Opera rallying to keep it from closing, but that the decision to close the company may have been made unlawfully.

Why Lupita Nyong'o's People cover is so significant

The Mexican-born Kenyan actress has been lauded for her looks, her impeccable fashion sense, and her humility. Now People says she's the most beautiful woman in the world.

RIP Mike Atta: Hardcore punk founder, The Middle Class guitarist

John Rabe speaks with LA Record's Chris Ziegler about Mike Atta, the guitarist for the pioneering hardcore punk band The Middle Class, who died on Easter Sunday of cancer.

On television, more transgender characters come into focus

Now that it's more common to see gay characters on TV, is the medium turning to transgender people for fresh stories? NPR's Neda Ulaby looks at TV's crop of transgender and "gender fluid" characters.

'Stone Cold' Steve Austin speaks out in favor of gay marriage

"Stone Cold" Steve Austin made headlines Wednesday after an excerpt from a podcast he released last year endorsing gay marriage started making the rounds.

Music that burns, literally

Take Beyonce. Take Sinatra. Take whomever you love and set them on fire — with a "Pyro Board." It plays music by pulsing the beats in flame, and when the singer hits a high note — stand back.

Jodie Foster marries girlfriend Alexandra Hedison

A representative for the Oscar-winning actress confirms that Foster wed Hedison over the weekend. Hedison is a 44-year-old photographer based in Los Angeles.

Mimi Pond's 'Over Easy': Sex, drugs and gourmet omelets

John Rabe talks with Mimi Pond about her new graphic novel, which paints a vivid picture of the 1970s and a crazy diner that changed her life.