Arts & Entertainment

LA’s new poet laureate found refuge at the public library

Writer Luis J. Rodriguez's resume: jail time, homeless, gang member, 15 books, gubernatorial candidate. Now he's Los Angeles's poet laureate.

'Bob's Burgers' voice actor Dan Mintz on fighting stage fright to do stand-up

The comedian, best known as Tina from "Bob's Burgers," talks about overcoming performance anxiety and how he came to voice such a popular TV character.

Jeremy Renner: Gary Webb story 'too important to pass up'

Renner stars in "Kill the Messenger" as Gary Webb, who wrote a series of controversial stories titled "Dark Alliance" in which he connected the crack epidemic that swept through LA in the 1980s, to the CIA-backed Contras in Nicaragua.

Where's Thor when you need her? Women in comics fight an uphill battle

The new female Thor has picked up her hammer, but the mainstream comics industry is still experiencing some growing pains as it figures out where women fit in as characters, creators and fans.

8 fun and almost-free things to do this weekend

We're here to help you plan your weekend — on a budget, of course. On the docket: Cool art, rowdy roller derby, flavorful food and a stroll through space.

Garcetti introduces LA's new poet laureate Luis J. Rodriguez

Mayor Garcetti announced L.A.'s new opet laureate, Luis J. Rodriguez, who grew up in Watts and East L.A.

OK Go hopes 'Hungry Ghosts' captures the feel of their middle school mixtapes

The band has connected with millions through their viral videos and they hope "Hungry Ghosts" connects with listeners on an emotional level.

'Water & Power' opens Highland Park Independent Film Festival

The debut film from Richard Montoya had a long road from stage play to feature film. After a short theatrical run, it's now on the festival circuit.

Live Nation, Nederlander/AEG battle for Greek to continue

The L.A. Parks Dept. decided to hold off for at least two weeks before voting on which concert venue operator should win the contract for L.A.'s iconic Greek Theatre.

Entrepreneur who brought Jheri curl to masses dies

Comer Cottrell, an entrepreneur who made millions on black hair products — especially a cheap kit that for the Jheri curl style — has died. He was 82.

Former 'SNL' star Jan Hooks dies; watch 12 of her best sketches

Hooks first appeared on television in the late night show "Tush." She went on to join the cast of "Not Necessarily the News" before landing "SNL."

Wrong! 3 recent reports that may surprise you

So maybe we don't know everything about health and wealth and sexuality. Three reports demystify facts that are commonly known.

Creating the music for 'Jimi: All Is By My Side'

"Jimi: All Is By My Side", looks at a pivotal year in the life and career of Jimi Hendrix, but the creators used no Hendrix songs... Alex Cohen finds out why.

'Whiplash' director Damien Chazelle on how virtuosity is bloody painful

'Whiplash' director Damien Chazelle talks about the blood, sweat, and tears required to become a true artist, and how he brought that physicality into 'Whiplash'

French author Patrick Modiano wins Nobel; who else has won?

Patrick Modiano, a 69-year-old resident of Paris, is an acclaimed writer in France but not well known in the English-speaking world. Learn more about him and view a list of past winners here.

Deaf West Theatre has a hit on its hands with 'Spring Awakening'

The Los Angeles company has revived the 2006 Tony Award-winning musical with a cast that largely can't hear.