Articles in the “arts” category

The Doo Dah Parade Queen's Beauty Routine Is All About Social Justice

The Doo Dah Parade Queen's Beauty Routine Is All About Social Justice

She does work for the U.N. and is active in her community. Find out what a different kind of queen looks like.

What It Means For Green Lantern To Be A Heroic Cop (In Space) In 2018

What It Means For Green Lantern To Be A Heroic Cop (In Space) In 2018

Superstar writer Grant Morrison acknowledges that having a cop as a hero -- even one from outer space -- has a different meaning right now.

26 Fabulous Events Happening In Southern California This Weekend

26 Fabulous Events Happening In Southern California This Weekend

It's not even Thanksgiving but the holiday season is here with Christmas movies, twinkly lights and tons of craft markets. Plus, plenty of non-seasonal fun.

Street Artists Call Out Alleged #MeToo Perpetrators On LA Theater Marquees

Street Artists Call Out Alleged #MeToo Perpetrators On LA Theater Marquees

They were put up in the dark of night, calling out everyone from Harvey Weinstein to Quentin Tarantino.

Marvel's Stan Lee, Master Of Comic Book Hype, Dies At 95

Marvel's Stan Lee, Master Of Comic Book Hype, Dies At 95

Spider-Man. The Hulk. The X-Men. Without Stan Lee, none of them exist.

21 Awesome Things To Do In Southern California This Week

21 Awesome Things To Do In Southern California This Week

Free parks for vets, etymology for word nerds and French dips and crack pie for foodies.

A Thousand Oaks College Was About To Stage A Play About Columbine. Then The Borderline Shooting Happened

A Thousand Oaks College Was About To Stage A Play About Columbine. Then The Borderline Shooting Happened

Will the show go on? Should it? Cal Lutheran theater professor Brett Elliott is torn.

26 Things To Do In Southern California This Weekend

26 Things To Do In Southern California This Weekend

Explore the art and architecture of SoCal neighborhoods from Inglewood to Pasadena. Get your fix at a coffee confab. Honor the military veterans in your life.

How Fake Teeth And Fosse Walks Transformed Rami Malek Into Freddie Mercury

How Fake Teeth And Fosse Walks Transformed Rami Malek Into Freddie Mercury

He did lengthy movement coaching sessions, put on prosthetic teeth and hair, and spent endless hours watching video.

Hugh Jackman And Jason Reitman Talk Media, Authenticity And Gary Hart's 'Superpower'

Hugh Jackman And Jason Reitman Talk Media, Authenticity And Gary Hart's 'Superpower'

The media didn't always cover politics the way it does now. Hugh Jackman plays defamed politician Gary Hart in "The Front Runner."

18 Awesome Things To Do This Week in Southern California

18 Awesome Things To Do This Week in Southern California

Music fills the fall air, the Cinerama Dome celebrates its 55th birthday and there's lots of food talk.

The Video Game That Turns Everyone Who Plays It Into A Gentrifying Raccoon

The Video Game That Turns Everyone Who Plays It Into A Gentrifying Raccoon

Donut County creator Ben Esposito developed the game based on what he saw living in Highland Park.

LA's Best Korean Spas Are Waiting To Make Your Dry, Chapped Skin As Dewy As A Baby's Butt

LA's Best Korean Spas Are Waiting To Make Your Dry, Chapped Skin As Dewy As A Baby's Butt

Disconnect from the dystopia of the real world with a soak, a scrub and a lot of sweat.

Essay: Reflecting On The 1 Year Anniversary Of LAist's Shutdown

Essay: Reflecting On The 1 Year Anniversary Of LAist's Shutdown

We wept. We cursed the heavens. We regrouped.

The Amazing Santa Monica Prop Shop That's Rarely Open

The Amazing Santa Monica Prop Shop That's Rarely Open

"You would take me for granted if I was open regular hours."

Los Angeles Football Club Is In The MLS Playoffs -- And LA Sports Fans Could Use A Win

Los Angeles Football Club Is In The MLS Playoffs -- And LA Sports Fans Could Use A Win

This is Los Angeles Football Club's inaugural season in Major League Soccer and they wound up taking third place in the Western conference.

Why These 'Guardians Of The Galaxy' Fans Bought A Billboard Next To Disneyland

Why These 'Guardians Of The Galaxy' Fans Bought A Billboard Next To Disneyland

Some fans are holding on as hard as Peter Quill held onto that Walkman -- they bought a billboard near Disneyland.

22 Of The Coolest Events Happening In Southern California This Weekend

22 Of The Coolest Events Happening In Southern California This Weekend

Choose from a bunch of off-the-beaten path happenings, fall art events and Día de los Muertos celebrations. Plus, the holiday marketplace season has begun.

LA Film Festival Calls It Quits After 18 Years

LA Film Festival Calls It Quits After 18 Years

Last month's L.A. Film Festival will be the last one.

Now You Can Visit The 'Stranger Things' Maze At Universal -- Without The Jump Scares

Now You Can Visit The 'Stranger Things' Maze At Universal -- Without The Jump Scares

"Ooh! Stranger Things! And it's part of... Halloween Horror Nights? Uh oh."

The Chillest Halloween Playlist That Absolutely Will Not Scare You

The Chillest Halloween Playlist That Absolutely Will Not Scare You

This is for the Halloween homebodies. May it help pass the awkward silences between strangers demanding candy.

Where To Celebrate Día De Los Muertos In Los Angeles

Where To Celebrate Día De Los Muertos In Los Angeles

Celebrate life and honor those who have passed at these Day of the Dead celebrations.

You Can Only See These SoCal Christmas Concerts By Calling In This 2-Hour Window

You Can Only See These SoCal Christmas Concerts By Calling In This 2-Hour Window

Remember busy signals? Get ready to hear them a looooot.

JPL Carves Better Pumpkins Than You Ever Will

JPL Carves Better Pumpkins Than You Ever Will

Forget the basic jack-o'-lantern. Look for fighting spaceships, ET on his flying bike, animated moon discoveries and Cookie Monster.

This Mezzo Soprano Makes Watching An Opera All In Sanskrit Completely Worth It

This Mezzo Soprano Makes Watching An Opera All In Sanskrit Completely Worth It

The non-linear opera is sung entirely in the ancient language of Sanskrit.

19 Of The Coolest Things To Do In Southern California This Week

19 Of The Coolest Things To Do In Southern California This Week

Everyone's getting into the Halloween spirit. What's even scarier? The midterm election. KPCC in Person discusses what's on the ballot at the state, local and national levels.

'The Good Place' Writers Are Getting Actual Forking Philosophy Lessons

'The Good Place' Writers Are Getting Actual Forking Philosophy Lessons

Creator and showrunner Michael Schur told us about the lessons being learned in the writers room.

Going To Dodger Stadium For World Series Game 5? Here's How To Avoid The Traffic

Going To Dodger Stadium For World Series Game 5? Here's How To Avoid The Traffic

TL;DR You probably can't. But you can make it less painful.

Essay: The LA Grinch Billboards Are Savage And Spot-On

Essay: The LA Grinch Billboards Are Savage And Spot-On

In fact, they don't go far enough.

We Watched The Paint Dry At Dodger Stadium As The Grounds Crew Prepared For World Series Game 3

We Watched The Paint Dry At Dodger Stadium As The Grounds Crew Prepared For World Series Game 3

The Dodgers' head groundskeeper explains why the best field is the one players and fans don't have to think about.

28 Of The Coolest Events Happening In Southern California This Weekend

28 Of The Coolest Events Happening In Southern California This Weekend

Tons of Halloween happenings! Plus, a celebration of mountain lion P-22, a Filipino food fest and David Bowie songs in Portuguese.

The Story Behind The 'Beat LA' Chant -- Born In Boston And Now Embraced By Haters Everywhere

The Story Behind The 'Beat LA' Chant -- Born In Boston And Now Embraced By Haters Everywhere

How do you track down who started a chant in Boston more than 35 years ago?

Free On LA Craigslist: One Possibly Cursed Salt Lamp, 'But Yay ... A Dimmer Switch'

Free On LA Craigslist: One Possibly Cursed Salt Lamp, 'But Yay ... A Dimmer Switch'

If possibly paranormal lamps are your thing, better act fast.

These 2 Short Films Explore Gentrification And Crime In Los Angeles

These 2 Short Films Explore Gentrification And Crime In Los Angeles

They're finalists in NBC's short film festival.

10 LA Bars To Watch The Dodgers Battle The Red Sox In The World Series

10 LA Bars To Watch The Dodgers Battle The Red Sox In The World Series

Here's a list to get you started. Let us know if there are any standout bars you think we should include!

30 Rock's Werewolf Bar Mitzvah: An Oral History

30 Rock's Werewolf Bar Mitzvah: An Oral History

"Boys becoming men. Men becoming wolves."

All The Best LA Halloween Parties Happening This Pre-Halloween Weekend

All The Best LA Halloween Parties Happening This Pre-Halloween Weekend

Rattle your bones at the grooviest Halloween parties in Los Angeles!

Kevin Smith Loves Talking About Movies Way More Than Making Them

Kevin Smith Loves Talking About Movies Way More Than Making Them

"Making movies for me has always been like punching underwater, or trying to communicate in Spain when I only took two years of Spanish in high school."

21 Awesome Events In Los Angeles This Week

21 Awesome Events In Los Angeles This Week

Halloween season is in full force and plenty of events to prime you for the big day.

'Pod Save America' Brings Straight Shooting Political Talk To HBO

'Pod Save America' Brings Straight Shooting Political Talk To HBO

They thought Donald Trump's election was a national emergency. Now they're trying to fight back and get voters engaged.

How A Universal Studios Tour Guide Got Internet Famous For Taking Down Theme Parks

How A Universal Studios Tour Guide Got Internet Famous For Taking Down Theme Parks

Fake Theme Park lovingly takes down Disney, Universal, and all the rest -- and now it's a book.

Peter Dinklage Says He Couldn't Have Subjected Himself To What Fantasy Island's Tattoo Did

Peter Dinklage Says He Couldn't Have Subjected Himself To What Fantasy Island's Tattoo Did

Peter Dinklage and Sacha Gervasi worked on a movie about 'Fantasy Island's' Hervé Villechaize for more than 14 years. Now it's on HBO.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Told Us Why He's Auctioning Off His Basketball Memorabilia

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Told Us Why He's Auctioning Off His Basketball Memorabilia

He doesn't just write for Veronica Mars -- he was also a legendary basketball player.

25 Fabulous Events In Southern California This Weekend

25 Fabulous Events In Southern California This Weekend

Fall festivals featuring food, fun, families, fantastical art and Lebron James fill the weekend agenda.

Something Good: Chaka Khan To Headline Rose Parade As Grand Marshal

Something Good: Chaka Khan To Headline Rose Parade As Grand Marshal

The Queen of Funk is taking over Pasadena this New Year's Day.

This Electric Guitar Album Puts You Inside 6 LA-Area Landmarks That Are Long Gone

This Electric Guitar Album Puts You Inside 6 LA-Area Landmarks That Are Long Gone

Alexander Elliott Miller wanted to take pieces of L.A.'s history and turn them into sound.

San Gabriel Valley's Mandarin Radio Wars Are Heating Up

San Gabriel Valley's Mandarin Radio Wars Are Heating Up

Can upstart URadio capitalize on shifting demographics to unseat behemoth KAZN?

6 Underrepresented Comedians Get Their Own Special With 'Everything Is Fine!'

6 Underrepresented Comedians Get Their Own Special With 'Everything Is Fine!'

In an alternate world, comics of all races, genders and orientations would get the adulation they deserve. "Everything Is Fine!" is making that universe a reality -- right now.

How To Enter Dear Evan Hansen's Cheap Ticket Lottery

How To Enter Dear Evan Hansen's Cheap Ticket Lottery

Don't let the FOMO you got from missing Hamilton happen again.

17 Awesome Events Happening in Southern California This Week

17 Awesome Events Happening in Southern California This Week

"Dear Evan Hansen" arrives in L.A. while film lovers have lots of cool and creepy picks, including a cocktail series to go with "Inception."

Watts Residents Explore #BlackLivesMatter And Gun Violence In 'Gunshot Medley'

Watts Residents Explore #BlackLivesMatter And Gun Violence In 'Gunshot Medley'

Watts residents have joined forces with the Collaborative Arts Bloc in creating a play that sheds light on police brutality and gun violence in predominantly black communities

Not Religious? This Sunday Service In Silver Lake Worships Theater And The Arts

Not Religious? This Sunday Service In Silver Lake Worships Theater And The Arts

For secular folk interested in the community benefits of religion, Secret City offers Sunday worship of the arts and all things creative.

Emo Nite Day Delivers Feels, Nostalgia With Dashboard Confessional, 3OH!3 & More

Emo Nite Day Delivers Feels, Nostalgia With Dashboard Confessional, 3OH!3 & More

Have you ever listened really intently to someone playing acoustic emotional punk rock while letting your eyes well up? Then you might be the target audience for Emo Nite Day.

This Musical Exhibit Has A Title Inspired By Abba And A Sentiment Inspired By Obama

This Musical Exhibit Has A Title Inspired By Abba And A Sentiment Inspired By Obama

"I would never have made this piece today. I was just so excited about America back then," the artist said about his Obama-era musical installation.

Why Ryan Gosling Pushed For 'First Man's' Most Devastating Scene

Why Ryan Gosling Pushed For 'First Man's' Most Devastating Scene

"First Man" is about the failures and sacrifices behind one of the world's most famous success stories.

Free Pasadena VR Art Show Goes Way Beyond Games

Free Pasadena VR Art Show Goes Way Beyond Games

VR video games aren't all the medium has to offer.

29 Awesome Events In Southern California This Weekend

29 Awesome Events In Southern California This Weekend

This weekend, there's a festival for everyone. Female filmmakers, indie gamers, beer drinkers, ukulele players, oyster eaters, comedy lovers and David Lynch fans.

Lady Gaga's 'A Star Is Born' Character Travels All Over LA's Eastside

Lady Gaga's 'A Star Is Born' Character Travels All Over LA's Eastside

The dodginess of the movie's geography is its own work of art.

From South LA, To Beverly Hills, To The NFL, To The CW: This Is 'All American'

From South LA, To Beverly Hills, To The NFL, To The CW: This Is 'All American'

He was recruited from South Central to play football for Beverly Hills, and he eventually made it to the NFL. Now his story's a CW teen drama.

Wicked Lit Puts You Inside Gothic Horror At A Real Altadena Mausoleum

Wicked Lit Puts You Inside Gothic Horror At A Real Altadena Mausoleum

Wicked Lit's 2018 one-act plays are streamlining to give more guests a frightening theatrical experience.

17 Awesome Things To Do This Week In Southern California

17 Awesome Things To Do This Week In Southern California

L.A. throws its first celebration for Indigenous Peoples Day and you've got your pick of mezcal dinners, cult movie celebrations and comedy.

Bridesmaids' Director Is Helping Women Make Films About LA

Bridesmaids' Director Is Helping Women Make Films About LA

Forty women were invited to submit concepts that would showcase Los Angeles's diversity, and it was narrowed down to these seven -- five solo directors and one team.

23 Fabulous Things To Do In Southern California This Weekend

23 Fabulous Things To Do In Southern California This Weekend

For lovers of festivals, there's a seafood fest, a mole fest, an inflatable run-fest, two comedy festivals, a Greek fest, an Oktoberfest and a medieval feast (close enough).

Art On Display At Ai Weiwei's LA Exhibit Was The Last Thing Shipped Before His Studio Was Destroyed

Art On Display At Ai Weiwei's LA Exhibit Was The Last Thing Shipped Before His Studio Was Destroyed

"Life Cycle," Ai Weiwei's new work on display now at the Marciano Art Foundation in Los Angeles, was shipped out of China just days before Chinese authorities razed Ai's studio without warning.

LA Isn't Getting The Free 'RBG' Screenings, So Check Out 'Notorious RBG' At The Skirball

LA Isn't Getting The Free 'RBG' Screenings, So Check Out 'Notorious RBG' At The Skirball

Here's where you CAN learn more about the Supreme Court's Ruth Bader Ginsburg in Los Angeles.

Brett Kavanaugh's A Woman In Bootleg Theater's 'Who's Hysterical Now?'

Brett Kavanaugh's A Woman In Bootleg Theater's 'Who's Hysterical Now?'

Kavanaugh's a woman and his accuser Dr. Christine Blasey Ford's a man in this gender-swapped production.

The Bob Baker Marionette Theater Is Closing -- But It's Coming Back Next Year

The Bob Baker Marionette Theater Is Closing -- But It's Coming Back Next Year

They're going mobile before moving to a new permanent location.

Wonder Woman's Latest Enemies: Nazis, The Patriarchy, And Pick-Up Artists

Wonder Woman's Latest Enemies: Nazis, The Patriarchy, And Pick-Up Artists

What happens when an all-female society meets toxic masculinity?

One-Woman Show 'Sell/Buy/Date' Wants To Get Audiences Talking About Sex Work

One-Woman Show 'Sell/Buy/Date' Wants To Get Audiences Talking About Sex Work

Sarah Jones' futuristic show at the L.A. LGBT Center wants to start an empowering conversation about sexuality and sex work.

19 Of The Best Things To Do This Week In Southern California

19 Of The Best Things To Do This Week In Southern California

There's a major pairing of tacos and vodka for National Taco Day. Plus, the Halloween season is in full swing.

15 Of The Big Bang Theory's Real-Life Pasadena Locations

15 Of The Big Bang Theory's Real-Life Pasadena Locations

We've got maps, photos, and everything else you need to know about both the real and slightly fictionalized locations from the show.

Nicole Holofcener Fights Sexism By Making Movies About Women Over 40

Nicole Holofcener Fights Sexism By Making Movies About Women Over 40

Holofcener also wishes she didn't have to release her latest on Netflix -- but mainstream studios don't want to do movies like hers.

An 8-Mile Street Party Is Closing Roads From DTLA To The Hollywood Bowl

An 8-Mile Street Party Is Closing Roads From DTLA To The Hollywood Bowl

Performers, street closures, maps! Here's everything you need to know about Celebrate L.A., happening this Sunday.

26 Awesome Things To Do In Southern California This Weekend

26 Awesome Things To Do In Southern California This Weekend

A major Ai Weiei show, a massive CicLAvia, an exhibition of sandwich art, several Oktoberfests, a queer literary fest and Halloween haunts.

Documentary 'Free Solo' Makes You Feel Like You're Climbing A Mountain -- Without Ropes

Documentary 'Free Solo' Makes You Feel Like You're Climbing A Mountain -- Without Ropes

Climber Alex Honnold is the first person to ever scale the face of Yosemite's El Capitan without ropes. "Free Solo" documents it.

LA Art Legend Ed Ruscha Is Cool With You Selfieing In Front Of His Paintings

LA Art Legend Ed Ruscha Is Cool With You Selfieing In Front Of His Paintings

He thinks art is definitely in the eye of the beholder -- or, in the case of selfies, behind them.

5 New TV Shows Starring Los Angeles

5 New TV Shows Starring Los Angeles

Yes, the fall TV season is still a thing. Check out five shows shining a light on pieces of L.A. life.

Tommy Wiseau Is Back In A New Movie -- And So Is This Interview He Did With LAist In 2007

Tommy Wiseau Is Back In A New Movie -- And So Is This Interview He Did With LAist In 2007

After a 15-year absence from acting, Wiseau returns to the screen playing a quirky mortician. Could he play any other kind?

18 Awesome Things To Do In Southern California This Week

18 Awesome Things To Do In Southern California This Week

California soul, a confab of bicyclists, music by Childish Gambino, a pizza pop-up and stories about sisterhood under a harvest moon.

The LA Film Festival Is Sick Of Movie Execs Ignoring It

The LA Film Festival Is Sick Of Movie Execs Ignoring It

The L.A. Film Festival has had trouble getting movie execs to care.

'Nightwalk In The Chinese Garden' Brings Theater To The Huntington At Night

'Nightwalk In The Chinese Garden' Brings Theater To The Huntington At Night

Stan Lai's first English-language play delivers an immersive time-travel experience.

SNL's Newest Cast Member, Ego Nwodim, Cut Her Teeth In LA's Comedy Scene

SNL's Newest Cast Member, Ego Nwodim, Cut Her Teeth In LA's Comedy Scene

She graduated from USC with a degree in biology but went into acting and comedy instead.

The Goonies Live: How They're Making This '80s Classic Less Problematic

The Goonies Live: How They're Making This '80s Classic Less Problematic

Goonies never say die -- and now a new generation of gender-swapped, race-swapped actors are taking on that challenge for a live reading.

23 Fabulous Things To Do In Southern California This Weekend

23 Fabulous Things To Do In Southern California This Weekend

Filled with fall festivals and fun stuff to do in the fresh air, this weekend features the Frogtown Art Walk, a Moon Festival, a craft fair and Tarfest.

The Hidden History Of LA County's Official Anthem

The Hidden History Of LA County's Official Anthem

"Seventy-Six Cities," which has spent decades in relative obscurity, has ties to an evangelical organization that saw itself on the front lines of an ideological war.

7 Of LA's Most Immersive And Intense Halloween Haunts

7 Of LA's Most Immersive And Intense Halloween Haunts

From dinner parties set among carnivorous plants to a twisted cabaret that changes based on your choices, these haunts will transport you to grittier, gothier worlds.

This Getty Exhibit Tracks The Rise Of Street Fashion Photography

This Getty Exhibit Tracks The Rise Of Street Fashion Photography

The Sartorialist brought street-style fashion photography to the masses. Now it's at the Getty.

Today In Gaming The Red Carpet: The Getty Images Purse From The Emmys

Today In Gaming The Red Carpet: The Getty Images Purse From The Emmys

How do you ensure that your red carpet walk gets covered? Get the photo service's name printed on your bag.

What It Takes To Win An Emmy Nomination, From 5 People Who Have One (Or More)

What It Takes To Win An Emmy Nomination, From 5 People Who Have One (Or More)

But with over 100 people nominated in 27 categories for tonight's 70th Emmy Awards, how can you really tell which shows are the best of the best? And, more importantly, how do you win your office Emmys ballot?

19 Of The Best Things To Do This Week In Southern California

19 Of The Best Things To Do This Week In Southern California

From beers and bites to cheese and paella, the week ahead has some tasty offerings. Cinephiles also have a lot to choose from.

What It's Like Trying To Be America's Next Kids TV Host

What It's Like Trying To Be America's Next Kids TV Host

Mike Rylander joined thousands of others in the open call to become the host of the rebooted "Blue's Clues" -- and he got a callback.

How This Is Us's Music Supervisor Creates The Show's Timeless Sound

How This Is Us's Music Supervisor Creates The Show's Timeless Sound

Music supervisors are the ones in charge of choosing the right songs to make you feel things, and "This Is Us" nails that every time -- thanks to Jennifer Pyken.

Netflix's 'Reversing Roe' Asks Why Abortion's A Partisan Issue In The First Place

Netflix's 'Reversing Roe' Asks Why Abortion's A Partisan Issue In The First Place

New Netflix documentary, "Reversing Roe," wants you to see how abortion got politicized in the first place.

Tired Of Crowded Beaches? This Hidden Gem Has Tide Pools, Plus Some Cold War History

Tired Of Crowded Beaches? This Hidden Gem Has Tide Pools, Plus Some Cold War History

For both nature and history lovers, White Point and Royal Palms has something to offer from tidepools to Nike missiles.

You Can Buy Robin Williams' Prized Possessions, Including His Golden Globes

You Can Buy Robin Williams' Prized Possessions, Including His Golden Globes

From a Golden Globe to props from Williams' movies, it's all up for auction.

Comedy Twitter Takes Shots At The Guns And Drugs Found At Hollywood's Abandoned iO West Theater

Comedy Twitter Takes Shots At The Guns And Drugs Found At Hollywood's Abandoned iO West Theater

iO West shut down earlier this year. Today: an early morning raid on the building that once housed it -- and a barrage of jokes from former students.

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