Articles in the “arts” category

Taylor Mac Wants To Replace Traditional Holiday Entertainment With Drag

Taylor Mac Wants To Replace Traditional Holiday Entertainment With Drag

Mac brings us "Holiday Sauce" -- an antidote to conservative christianity, consumerism, and homophobia.

LA Gifts Are The Best Gifts, And We Have The Receipts To Prove It

LA Gifts Are The Best Gifts, And We Have The Receipts To Prove It

Put down the Yankee Candle. Here's a roundup of uniquely L.A. gifts.

18 Times The Artists Who Made It Into The 2019 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Rocked LA

18 Times The Artists Who Made It Into The 2019 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Rocked LA

A look back through the L.A. history of this year's selections, in video form.

Netflix's 'Roma' Digs Up Alfonso Cuarón's Childhood Pain

Netflix's 'Roma' Digs Up Alfonso Cuarón's Childhood Pain

In 'Roma,' Alfonso Cuaron takes a deep dive into his childhood -- through the perspective of his nanny.

24 Awesome Happenings in Southern California This Weekend

24 Awesome Happenings in Southern California This Weekend

Whether it's a body positive strip show, Handel's Messiah, a J Dilla pop-up or a screening of Barry Jenkins' new film, L.A. has you covered.

Beyond 'Feliz Navidad': Great Holiday Songs En Español

Beyond 'Feliz Navidad': Great Holiday Songs En Español

Same ole Christmas music got you tuning out? Try another language.

Why The SAG Awards Matter And The Golden Globes Don't

Why The SAG Awards Matter And The Golden Globes Don't

The SAG Awards are seen as a strong predictor the acting nominations and awards at the Oscars. The Golden Globes aren't.

The Origin Story Of Lady Gaga's 'Shallow' From 'A Star Is Born'

The Origin Story Of Lady Gaga's 'Shallow' From 'A Star Is Born'

Mark Ronson told us how he worked with Gaga to craft "Shallow" and give us all the feels.

The 'Love Actually' Soundtrack Is Now A Live LA Stage Show

The 'Love Actually' Soundtrack Is Now A Live LA Stage Show

The music of Love Actually takes the spotlight.

Where To See All Your Favorite Holiday Movies In LA This Year

Where To See All Your Favorite Holiday Movies In LA This Year

There are oodles of holiday movie screenings around L.A. At least six of them are Die Hard.

The Bizarre Story Behind The Suicide Bombing Of A SoCal Cult

The Bizarre Story Behind The Suicide Bombing Of A SoCal Cult

On December 10, 1958, a blast in Box Canyon killed 10 people and decimated a religious sect. Why did two acolytes want to kill their guru?

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

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

Play a game(show) hosted by Bruce Campbell. Hear from the reporter behind Dirty John. View the work of 11 female photojournalists.

The Best And Worst Of The 2019 Grammy Nominations, According To A Pop Music Obsessive

The Best And Worst Of The 2019 Grammy Nominations, According To A Pop Music Obsessive

Here's what's on point, what's not, and what you should all go listen to.

Fa La Land Brings Holiday Pop-Up Joy To La La Land

Fa La Land Brings Holiday Pop-Up Joy To La La Land

We met Santa. We took pictures. Here is our story.

These Are The Golden Globes Nominees You Should Watch, Based On Reviews

These Are The Golden Globes Nominees You Should Watch, Based On Reviews

It's the era of peak everything. We're here to help you prioritize.

25 Fabulous Events Happening in Southern California This Weekend

25 Fabulous Events Happening in Southern California This Weekend

Celebrate the season with a new tamale festival, a play about the Virgin of Guadalupe, a beer fest, craft fairs and even an occult-related arts fair.

29Rooms Art Pop-Up In DTLA: A Complete Guide To All The Rooms

29Rooms Art Pop-Up In DTLA: A Complete Guide To All The Rooms

Take a look at 29 rooms of art. (And branding.)

This Man Spent 99 Days Rolling His Wheelchair From Santa Monica To New York

This Man Spent 99 Days Rolling His Wheelchair From Santa Monica To New York

Gabriel Cordell was paralyzed from the chest down at 22. His story is told in a new Netflix documentary.

Christmas Movie Bingo: A Non-Boozy Drinking Game

Christmas Movie Bingo: A Non-Boozy Drinking Game

Grab your cocoa and your remote and play along with us.

16 LA Holiday Concerts To Help You Celebrate The Season

16 LA Holiday Concerts To Help You Celebrate The Season

From hipster scarves to R&B to smooth jazz, we got you.

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

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

Food and music events rule the week along with latkes, laughter and the theatrical adaptation of a popular Christmas movie.

Payless Pranked LA Fashion Influencers With $640 Shoes

Payless Pranked LA Fashion Influencers With $640 Shoes

Take a former Armani store, invite some influencers, and you've got a viral ad campaign.

New Beverly Reopens With Promises Of Film Over Digital, Plus Great And 'Pretty Mediocre' Movies

New Beverly Reopens With Promises Of Film Over Digital, Plus Great And 'Pretty Mediocre' Movies

It's been closed for almost a year, but it's back with a full schedule starting Saturday.

The Surprisingly Funny 9/11 Musical 'Come From Away' Is Now In LA

The Surprisingly Funny 9/11 Musical 'Come From Away' Is Now In LA

The Tony-winning musical tells the true story of 38 planes diverted to Newfoundland -- and a town of 9,000 who welcomed 7,000 stranded strangers.

24 Awesome Events Happening in Southern California This Weekend

24 Awesome Events Happening in Southern California This Weekend

From a menorah lighting and a tuba Christmas concert to CicLAvia and the New Beverly reopening, you've got your pick of holiday and non-holiday events.

How British Rockers Bankrolled Monty Python's Career

How British Rockers Bankrolled Monty Python's Career

"You don't really know what part of your life is interesting."

3 Women Of Color Land Major Film And TV Deals This Week

3 Women Of Color Land Major Film And TV Deals This Week

These deals point to the possibility of change in an industry that has been long dominated by white men.

SpongeBob SquarePants Creator Dies At 57 From ALS

SpongeBob SquarePants Creator Dies At 57 From ALS

The creator of the absorbent, yellow, porous icon revealed his diagnosis last year.

Excelsior, Mural Fans! Stan Lee Gets A Spray-Painted South LA Tribute

Excelsior, Mural Fans! Stan Lee Gets A Spray-Painted South LA Tribute

The Spider-Man creator lives on through his characters, and now, in wall tribute form.

18 Awesome Events In Southern California This Week

18 Awesome Events In Southern California This Week

Elvis Costello, a wine and street food dinner, a new musical, Christmas-themed cocktails and George Balanchine's Nutcracker are on tap for the week.

How Unique L.A.'s Sonja Rasula Became An Artisanal Entrepreneur

How Unique L.A.'s Sonja Rasula Became An Artisanal Entrepreneur

The founder of Unique LA was ahead of the curved when she launched her market for indie vendors -- and it was all because of traffic.

Getting A 110-Foot-Tall Christmas Tree To The Citadel Outlet Is Even More Complicated Than You Think

Getting A 110-Foot-Tall Christmas Tree To The Citadel Outlet Is Even More Complicated Than You Think

The massive tree gets filled out with branches from other trees that are placed in holes all over the trunk.

22 Things To Do This Thanksgiving Weekend And None Of Them Involve Eating Turkey

22 Things To Do This Thanksgiving Weekend And None Of Them Involve Eating Turkey

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, complete with faux snow and paddle-boarding Santas. We've also got plenty of non-holiday options.

This Unofficial Eric Garcetti 'Urban Latino Beat' Song Means The 2020 Campaign Is Here

This Unofficial Eric Garcetti 'Urban Latino Beat' Song Means The 2020 Campaign Is Here

Some of Garcetti's supporters are REALLY excited. And they're putting that excitement in song.

Did An Arts Teacher Make A Difference In Your Life? Tell Us About Them

Did An Arts Teacher Make A Difference In Your Life? Tell Us About Them

Maybe they introduced you to music or dance or theater or crayons. We want to hear your story.

LA's LGBT Seniors Are Learning Comedy From A 'Tragically Hetero' Teacher

LA's LGBT Seniors Are Learning Comedy From A 'Tragically Hetero' Teacher

They're breaking L.A.'s history -- and what may be the current status quo -- of young straight cisgender stand-up.

Christmas At Disneyland Explained In 15 Photos

Christmas At Disneyland Explained In 15 Photos

It's the merriest place on Earth.

SoCal's Brightest Holiday Lights And Where To Find Them

SoCal's Brightest Holiday Lights And Where To Find Them

From theme parks, zoos and gardens to boat parades, Candy Cane Lanes and shopping malls, here's where to get lit.

15 Things To Do In LA This Thanksgiving Week

15 Things To Do In LA This Thanksgiving Week

It's time to press pause and give thanks, yes, even for this crazy beautiful world. Here are ways to give back, get some yuks or find some fun.

Road-Tripping With California's Poet Laureate (Who Helped Invent The Jello Jiggler!)

Road-Tripping With California's Poet Laureate (Who Helped Invent The Jello Jiggler!)

During Dana Gioia's tenure, he made it a point to visit every one of California's 58 counties.

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!

'Werewolf Bar Mitzvah' From '30 Rock': An Oral History

'Werewolf Bar Mitzvah' From '30 Rock': 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.

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