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5 things to do in LA this week

From the heart of the Southland, this is 5 Every Week.

Lynn Manning

Tribute set Monday for LA playwright Lynn Manning

Manning died earlier this month of liver cancer at age 60. The event at the Los Angeles Theatre Center begins at 5:30 p.m. and is open to the public.

Comedy Comedy Festival

The Comedy Comedy Festival puts a spotlight on Asian American comics


Festival co-founders Jenny Yang and Keiko Agena talk about the inspirations behind the event and how they want to create an opportunity for Asian-American comics to thrive.

Chiwetel Ejiofor just wants to tell stories — anytime, any place

The Oscar-winning actor explains why his interest in creating characters trumps issues such as race-specific roles or deciding between TV, movies and theater.

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

You know you want to eat those eggs Benedict.

September LA County EDM festival canceled, future event changes

The announcement comes in wake of the deaths of teenagers Tracy Nguyen and Katie Dix at an EDM event. It's suspected that they may have been using drugs.

What is the TV industry's responsibility when it comes to depictions of violence?

There have been calls in the past to limit TV shows with violent content to those airing later at night, but because of streaming services those limits don’t apply.

'Drunk History' creator Derek Waters tries to tell the stories not told in textbooks

Derek Waters started "Drunk History" as a web series in 2007 and now it's up for an Emmy. Waters talks about how the show got started and bizarre reality of being nominated.

The absurd comedy of 'Childrens Hospital'

Rob Corddry and David Wain say shorter episodes is best for 'Childrens Hospital'

Jeffrey Tambor cried when he heard the first review for 'Transparent'

Tambor tells us how important it was that he nailed his transgender role. "Lives are at stake, and integrity's at stake, and there's a community that needs for me to do that right."

Heino impersonator Marc Hickox highlights our SoCal Oktoberfest roundup

A sampling of Southern California's Oktoberfest celebrations includes the weirdest spectacle you will ever see, unless you already know about Heino. Also: there will be beer.

Salvation Mountain's history in photos

National Geographic photographer Aaron Huey has traveled the world for his job, but he found a book's worth of material in a place just 200 miles outside Los Angeles.

'Bessie' producer Lili Fini Zanuck says 'women don't help women' enough in Hollywood

With an Academy Award on her resumé and now 12 Emmy nominations for "Bessie," Zanuck laments that women don't help each other enough.

Van Morrison sells most of his catalog to Sony Records

LA Times music writer Randall Roberts explains why Van the Man finally decided to sell his catalog and put his discography on streaming services.

'Mr. Robot' star on season finale, hearing voices and his crazy eyes

Rami Malek used to skip out of his computer class in high school, which is funny because he's been playing a hacker on a hit TV show for an entire season.

'Narcos' director José Padilha: Pablo Escobar was the Al Capone of Colombia

Brazilian directorJosé Padilha is a producer and director on the new Netflix bilingual series "Narcos," which tracks the history of the cocaine trade.