Mike Roe

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Los Angeles is the home of arts and entertainment. My job is to help you figure out what is worth your time, and introduce you to other talented Angelenos who make it happen. This is a space for the creative work you care about — or don’t know about yet.

Stories by Mike Roe

California voters concerned about economy; Equally surprising: Sky blue

In one of the less surprising news stories of the night, exit polls show that the number one issue for voters in the California gubernatorial and Senate races is... the economy.

Oklahoma bans judges from using Islamic law

While there's no record of a judge citing Islamic law for precedent, Oklahoma voters passed a proposition banning that from happening. It wasn't a squeaker, either; early results show it passing by a 40 point margin.

Sylvester Stallone sounds off against Obama on Twitter

A bit of celebrity on this Election Day; Sylvester Stallone wrote a couple posts on Twitter encouraging everyone to vote against what he sees as an illegitimate president today.

What will the pundits say after the election? (Pundit Bingo!)

Political scientist/media critic Brendan Nyhan made this handy bingo game for you to play along as you follow the results of today's election:

Zach Galifianakis promotes Prop 19, smokes pot on HBO

On this past Friday's "Real Time with Bill Maher," during a debate on California's Proposition 19 (which would legalize recreational use of marijuana under California state law), comedian/actor Zach Galifianakis apparently decided to make his point by smoking a joint on the program.

San Diego Comic-Con 2011 ticket system fails, nerds outraged

The moment had finally arrived. Tickets for Comic-Con 2011 were scheduled to go on sale this morning at 9 a.m. The floodgates opened, and then... well, not so much. The ticket system apparently couldn't handle the massive amount of traffic of the eager masses (myself included) and left fans across the Internet looking at spinning icons letting them know that they weren't getting their tickets anytime soon.

President Obama's full-length 'Daily Show' interview

For those who aren't avid followers of "The Daily Show," Jon Stewart had what's known in the biz as a "big get" last night. He spent his full show speaking with President Barack Obama.

Linda McMahon Senate campaign wins right for fans to wear wrestling T-shirts at polls

Republican Linda McMahon's hopes in Connecticut look slim; The New York Times' FiveThirtyEight forecast currently gives her a 0.0 percent chance of winning. (That is not a typo.)

The next Batman movie: 'The Dark Knight Rises'

The next Batman movie's title has been announced: "The Dark Knight Rises." Geoff Boucher at the L.A. Times' Hero Complex did an interview with director Christopher Nolan (recently known for the mind-bending hit "Inception") on the third leg in his Batman trilogy.

New York Times looks at California's Proposition 23

The New York Times has an article today about California's Proposition 23, noting that a large amount of Prop 23's financial support comes from Texas oil companies. Prop 23 would delay California's global warming law until unemployment falls to 5.

California Brown-Whitman gubernatorial race key to Congress's future

This November 2, 37 states are holding governors races. A Sunday article by the Washington Post's Chris Cillizza takes a look at five governors races to keep an eye on: California, Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Texas.

Proposition 19: Will the federal government stand in the way?

The L.A. Times published an editorial yesterday on Proposition 19, "The feds say no way." It looks at Attorney General Eric Holder's statement that the U.S. government will continue to enforce federal drug laws whether or not California passes the proposition to legalize marijuana for recreational use.

Director of LA County Child, Family Services responds to new child death numbers

Documents show that the number of deaths of children of the the care of Los Angeles County's Department of Children and Family Services is higher than previously thought, according to the Los Angeles Times. The largest change was a revision of this year's number from 6 to 21. Trish Ploehn, director of the L.A. County DCFS, appeared on KPCC's "Patt Morrison" to respond.

Nintendo turns 25

As a child who grew up with the Nintendo being the first item I remember desperately wanting as a tyke, I got a little sentimental upon reading that today is the 25th anniversary of the NES (Nintendo Entertainment System).

Twitter - a Senate campaign selling point for Grassley

In one of the more unique ads of this campaign season, Iowa Republican Senator Chuck Grassley has one drawing attention to his use of social media.