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.

Stories by Mike Roe

Comic books coming to the iPad

In the latest round of categories listed for Apple's iBookstore, one of them is "Comics & Graphic Novels." With the iPad being such a visual presentation medium, it seems like a natural fit.

The 2 Coreys - not as linked as one would think

I read this morning about the untimely death of Corey Haim and realized I'm fairly certain I've never seen a Corey Haim film. I ran down his filmography and don't think I've seen a single one.

Conan O'Brien leaves late night, starts Twitter account

Long-time late night host/short-lived Tonight Show host Conan O'Brien is keeping his brand alive in the online sphere through the use of Twitter, which he started using last month after leaving NBC.

Singer/songwriter David Bazan plays Long Beach; $2.99 album on Amazon

Singer-songwriter David Bazan, hailing from my former homeland of Seattle, is doing a concert tonight in Long Beach. He recently released his first solo full-length album, Curse Your Branches, after previous being known as the mastermind of indie rock darling Pedro the Lion.

Stan Lee & the Oscars; SNL presidents reunite

For your consideration... Mr. Stan Lee!

Comic-Con: San Diego no more?

As a huge comic book fan, I finally made the visit to geek mecca Comic-Con in beautiful San Diego last summer, along with 126,000 other fans. However, the buzz over the last year has been about whether this cultural phenomenon has finally outgrown its homeland, with the current contract running through 2012, leaving the convention on the open market for 2013 and beyond.

Pharmacy student faces trial for allegedly strangling, murdering disapproving mother

Pharmacy student Son Nguyen faces trial for allegedly strangling and murdering his mother. Nguyen became angry that his mother disapproved him going to pharmacy school, as she wanted him to become a physician.

American Idol & the butchering of Marvin Gaye's 'What's Going On'

Brief thoughts on last night's butchering of "What's Going On" by Mr. Jermaine Sellers:

Comic book icon Stan Lee guest stars on 'The Big Bang Theory'

I still haven't managed to check meeting Stan Lee off my list of life goals, but I did love his appearance last night on CBS's "The Big Bang Theory," quite possibly the geekiest sitcom on network television.

Sen. Scott Brown's daughter Ayla Brown's new EP

Bringing together two current cultural motifs, Ayla Brown, 21-year-old daughter of new Republican Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown, NCAA basketball player, and former American Idol contestant (top 16!), just released a new EP.

Haiti and the return of the charity single

The tragedy caused by the Haiti earthquake has led to a resurgence of a pop culture phenomenon we've seen far less of in recent years - the charity single. Last year's American Idol winner Kris Allen got in the act last night with a stirring rendition of "Let It Be," along with video footage of his trip to Haiti, with proceeds going to benefit Haiti relief efforts.

'A Serious Man' & St. Olaf College

Best Picture nominee "A Serious Man" shot several scenes at my alma mater, St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. The movie's a period piece, set in the 1960s, and the Coen brothers' search for a 1960s-era lecture hall led them to St.

Asterios Polyp makes LA Times Graphic Novel Book Awards nominee list

The Los Angeles Times has, for the first time, added a Graphic Novel category to their annual Book Prizes. This year's finalists are Luba (A Love and Rockets Book) by Gilbert Hernandez, GoGo Monster by Taiyo Matsumoto, Asterios Polyp by David Mazzucchelli, Scott Pilgrim, Vol.

Justice League: Crisis On Two Earths

I had the chance to attend a screening of the new DC Comics direct to DVD animated film, Justice League: Crisis On Two Earths. As a comic fan, I've seen a lot of animated and live action superhero films, but I felt this was the best of the recent run of these films.

Curling!

The Simpsons pulled one of their trademark feints this week. The show started off looking like a Valentine's Day story, but they pivoted into delivering an episode about... curling.