Mike Roe

Arts & Entertainment, LAist

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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.

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Comics legend Stan Lee at the Pasadena Rock'n Comic Con

Stan "The Man" Lee headlined the Pasadena Rock'n Comic Con this weekend. As a lifelong comic book geek, I enjoyed finally getting the chance to meet Stan.

Lee DeWyze wins American Idol, adults go 'huh?!'

Underdog Lee DeWyze won the season 9 finale of American Idol last night. Many critics were left puzzled, as Crystal had been acknowledged by many to be the vocal superstar this year from the beginning.

American Idol season finale tonight; Simon Cowell says goodbye

Another season of American Idol is coming to a close. It's been a strange one with the absence of Paula Abdul, the addition of Ellen DeGeneres, and most of all, the last season for Simon Cowell.

California Senate Democrats propose budget plan

California Senate Democrats responded to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's May Revise on Monday, proposing $4.9 billion in new taxes to close the state's $19.1 billion budget shortfall. Over $2 billion in added revenue would come from delaying corporate tax breaks, while $1.4 billion would come from changes to personal income taxes.

Google home page honors Pac-Man turning 30

Pac-Man, the iconic classic arcade game, celebrates its 30th anniversary today. Google put a playable Pac-Man game on their home page to mark the occasion, and it was even the lead story on CNN's website.

The Onion takes on location-based social networking tool Foursquare, media

The Onion, always a fountain of mirth, has a great article taking shots at both Foursquare and media coverage of new media.

Ben Folds, Pomplamoose at San Francisco MusicTech Summit

The San Francisco MusicTech Summit is taking place today. I had a chance to catch the Rebirth of Video panel streaming online, featuring a couple of my favorite musicians, Ben Folds (who played Los Angeles just last week) and Jack Conte of YouTube sensations Pomplamoose.

Facebook calls all-staff privacy meeting

Apparently the powers that be have recognized that something is rotten in the state of Facebook, as numerous users, bloggers and other commentators have spoken out over recent changes in Facebook's privacy policies.

Google's attempts to save journalism

People in the journalism world have been panicking about the dire straits the industry is in right now. The Atlantic has a great article by the esteemed James Fallows called "How to Save the News.

Governor Schwarzenegger jokes about Arizona immigration law

Arnold Schwarzenegger took a shot, albeit in jest, at the controversial Arizona immigration law. The line came during a graduation speech at Emory University in Atlanta.

Legendary fantasy painter Frank Frazetta dies

Frank Frazetta, one of the most influential if not the most influential artist in fantasy artwork, passed away today. As a comic book fan, I came across his artwork there, as he did some comic book work, but his work included film posters, book covers, album art and more.

NPR staff does Lady Gaga and Beyonce's 'Telephone'

Everyone at NPR, from Nina Totenberg to Robert Siegel, plays a role in this version of Lady Gaga and Beyonce's "Telephone." For the NPR lovers in your life.

Jay Leno recycles jokes from Tonight Show for White House Correspondents Dinner

Headlining the White House Correspondents Dinner is a pretty prestigious gig, and can often make headlines. Well, the headline coming out of this year's performance by Jay Leno is that, rather than coming up with a fresh set, he reused numerous jokes from his "Tonight Show" monologues.

Conan O'Brien gives first post-NBC interview to CBS's '60 Minutes,' making 15 minute return to TV

Conan O'Brien gave his first interview since being given the boot by NBC to Steve Kroft on CBS's "60 Minutes" last night. He was not allowed to say anything disparaging about the network and wasn't allowed to give interviews or appear on television until the beginning of May.

Los Angeles Art Association's 'Gem' exhibition

I attended the Los Angeles Art Association's Gem show Saturday night, featuring work by a variety of new and more experienced artists. Here are a few of the pieces that caught my eye: