Arts & Entertainment

Kenya Barris: The purpose of art is to 'start a conversation'

The writer and producer isn't sure if recent violence around the nation will be addressed next season, but he's proven that he knows how to broach sensitive issues.

9 fun and almost-free ways to spend your SoCal weekend

Summer is in full swing — that means blooming flowers, outdoor concerts and... mud? Here's to some real fun in the sun.

With increased state funds, the California Arts Council expands its reach

The state agency issued a historic number of grants this year. The increased funding comes as the state continues to invest more in the arts.

Amazon bets on podcasting with Audible Channels service

The mega-company already has film and TV divisions, and now it's adding to its content platform by delving into the ever-growing world of podcasts.

Aloe Blacc blends artistry and activism in his musical career

The singer-songwriter deftly makes social statements in a wide range of musical styles as part of his commitment to being an "artivist."

'Captain Fantastic' and the perils of off-the-grid fatherhood

Writer/director Matt Ross found inspiration for "Captain Fantastic" story in his own upbringing as well as his experience as a parent.

'Neon Demon' composer Cliff Martinez enjoys feeling like a 'Hollywood outsider'

After an opportunity to score an episode of "Pee-wee’s Playhouse" in the ‘80s, Martinez became hooked on writing music for the big and small screen.

How Prince gave singer Kandace Springs her big break

The 27 year-old musician just released her debut full-length album, "Soul Eyes," on Blue Note Records after some early help from The Purple One.

Has Steven Spielberg lost his box office appeal?

"The BFG" was supposed to be the director's return to summer blockbuster success. Except hardly anybody came out to see it.

Lock screen: At these music shows, phones go in a pouch and don't come out

The Lumineers are among many artists frustrated by people on their mobile devices during performances. Their singer explains why they're asking fans to lock up their phones with a new technology.

What makes food 'artisanal'?

Terms like “artisanal” and “farm-to-table” are used widely in our food-obsessed culture today. But what do those terms really mean?

Pluck, pearls and a pillbox hat: Remembering Noel Neill

Actress Noel Neill, who played Lois Lane on TV's The Adventures of Superman from 1953 to 1958, died over the weekend. Her take on Lois was unique and hugely influential.

Should PBS have shown old fireworks footage in its July 4th show?

One commenter called it "the Milli Vanilli of fireworks"; another stated, "current mood: disbelieving moon landing."

Filmmaker Michael Cimino dead at 77

Friends had been unable to reach Cimino by phone for the last few days and called the police, who found him dead in his bed.

Elie Wiesel, Holocaust survivor and Nobel winner, dies

Elie Wiesel, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986, has died at the age of 87. "Night," his memoir about his time in Nazi concentration camps, has been translated into more than 30 languages.

Garrison Keillor's final farewell at the Hollywood Bowl

Writer and humorist Garrison Keillor served up a bittersweet farewell for some 18,000 fans at the Hollywood Bowl as he hosted his final episode of "A Prairie Home Companion."