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  • Autolux explores the six-year cycle of creativity that spawned its recent album

    Autolux explores the six-year cycle of creativity that spawned its recent album

    Like the life-cycle of a rare species that blossoms at odd intervals, the Los Angeles trio Autolux arrived with its recent album, “Pussy’s Dead,” after six years of germination. But however glorious its spring arrival may have been, dozens of other records, tracks, remixes and mixtapes by hot new...

  • Saturday's TV Highlights and Weekend Talk: AMC's 'Hell on Wheels'

    Saturday's TV Highlights and Weekend Talk: AMC's 'Hell on Wheels'

    SERIES Angel From Hell The comedy starring Jane Lynch and Maggie Lawson airs its final episodes. 8 and 8:30 p.m. CBS Dr. Dee: Alaska Vet Dr. Dee and her husband Ken host a clinic in a town with a population of 107 in the season premiere of the unscripted series. 8 p.m. Animal Planet Syfy Presents:...

  • Bob Law drawings find poignancy in simplicity

    Bob Law drawings find poignancy in simplicity

    The six paintings and 12 drawings in “Bob Law: 1959-2001” take visitors to the simplest of times and the most basic of places: right here and right now. That’s the beauty of the British minimalist’s works at Marc Selwyn Fine Art in Beverly Hills. The art bets everything on your capacity to understand...

  • At 'Ken Price: Drawings,' life's little details in broad strokes

    At 'Ken Price: Drawings,' life's little details in broad strokes

    “Ken Price: Drawings” is an intimate affair, despite the number of works in the exhibition (35), the number of rooms it fills (five) and the years it covers (1969 to 2011). Everything at Matthew Marks Gallery in Beverly Hills gives infectious form to Price’s fascination with details and the wide-eyed...

  • 'Harry Potter' director (and Comic-Con newbie) David Yates talks 'Fantastic Beasts'

    'Harry Potter' director (and Comic-Con newbie) David Yates talks 'Fantastic Beasts'

    Every year at Comic-Con, fans dressed as Harry Potter and Hermione Granger can be seen walking the convention floor in their wizard robes. But surprisingly, the man who directed the last four movies in the “Harry Potter” franchise has never actually been to the convention. This year, though, David...

  • An artist's imposing new monument at Echo Park Lake honors Angelenos killed in violent crimes

    An artist's imposing new monument at Echo Park Lake honors Angelenos killed in violent crimes

    The area around Echo Park Lake is known for its iconic sites. There is the lake itself, its exuberant fountain and the Art Deco statue on the north end that’s informally known as “The Lady of the Lake.” Now there is another: A monumental installation evoking a brutalist pergola by Mexican artist...

  • A celebrated production of 'Cabaret' returns to its seductive ways

    A celebrated production of 'Cabaret' returns to its seductive ways

    The time is always right for a production of “Cabaret.” Its slinky songs will seduce an audience in nothing flat, and its story, about the world slipping into brutality while people aren’t paying attention, bears perpetual repeating. Add that the musical is marking its 50th anniversary and we have...

  • L.A. Soul Music Festival founder says this weekend's inaugural event is just the beginning

    L.A. Soul Music Festival founder says this weekend's inaugural event is just the beginning

    Launching a new music festival in Los Angeles is a massive undertaking for any promoter. It’s an even bigger challenge for one that’s new to the city. Last year that was Mark Douglas. The chief executive of Airborne Tickets had relocated to L.A. after spending two decades in the Bay Area producing...

  • 'The Great British Baking Show'

    'The Great British Baking Show'

    “The Great British Baking Show” (PBS); Mary Berry interview on “Larry King Now” (Ora/Hulu). Things have been so crazy lately  that it was only yesterday that I learned we are in the middle of PBS’ broadcast of the current season of “The Great British Baking Show,” the loveliest of all cooking competitions....

  • TV This Week, July 24-30: 'Tallulah' and more

    TV This Week, July 24-30: 'Tallulah' and more

      SUNDAY Fans of everything from the hit musical “Hamilton” to the animated sci-fi comedy “Rick & Morty” will have their voices heard at the “2016 MTV Fandom Awards.” 8 p.m. MTV The docu-special “The Rise and Fall of El Chapo” profiles the incarcerated Mexican drug lord formerly known as the fugitive...

  • Hand-drawn 'Phantom Boy' is a welcome break from CG animation

    Hand-drawn 'Phantom Boy' is a welcome break from CG animation

    Like their Oscar-nominated “A Cat in Paris” (2010), “Phantom Boy” by Jean-Loup Felicioli and Alain Gangol is a modest, engaging film that reminds viewers of the intimate pleasures of drawn animation in an era of CG blockbusters. While in the hospital, 11-year-old Leo (Gaspard Gagnol) discovers...

  • Rebellious teen looking for answers in sad/funny 'Quitters'

    Rebellious teen looking for answers in sad/funny 'Quitters'

    A disaffected teen’s dad isn’t too far off the mark when he calls him “a mean-spirited little …” in “Quitters,” an unapologetically candid, melancholic coming-of-age comedy from first-time filmmaker Noah Pritzker. When his emotionally brittle, prescription drug-dependent mom (an effective Mira...

  • Skrillex and Rick Ross deliver an IMAX-sized rap cut for the 'Suicide Squad' soundtrack

    Skrillex and Rick Ross deliver an IMAX-sized rap cut for the 'Suicide Squad' soundtrack

    Rick Ross has the largest single-family home in Georgia, and now he’s got a new single with Skrillex that’s big enough to fill every last room of it. The two collaborated on the new single “Purple Lamborghini,” a centerpiece of the upcoming “Suicide Squad” soundtrack released today via Zane Lowe’s...

  • The fifth 'Ice Age' cometh, but feel free to misseth

    The fifth 'Ice Age' cometh, but feel free to misseth

    Fourteen years after the first “Ice Age” animated film was a hit, the fifth installment in the franchise, “Ice Age: Collision Course,” rolls into theaters. Is it inevitable? Yes, 2012's “Ice Age: Continental Drift” was the highest-grossing animated film that year. Is it necessary? Absolutely not....

  • The sculptures that help you to see (and feel) color in a new light

    The sculptures that help you to see (and feel) color in a new light

    The magical mysteries of color strut their shape-shifting stuff in “Peter Alexander, Sculpture 1966-2016: A Career Survey” at Parrasch Heijnen Gallery in Boyle Heights, where the exhibition is a garden of earthly delights. Its 21 pieces meld simple shapes and complex colors to give beauty a real...

  • New Orleans music giant Allen Toussaint saluted in style at Hollywood Bowl

    New Orleans music giant Allen Toussaint saluted in style at Hollywood Bowl

    The word “salute” in “Yes We Can Can: An Allen Toussaint Salute at the Hollywood Bowl” served more as a low-key theme than a specific call to action in the performances by Toussaint’s musical family from New Orleans: Dr. John, Irma Thomas, Cyril Neville, Galactic and the Allen Toussaint Band. There...

  • Samantha Bee's 'A Very Special Full Frontal Special'

    Samantha Bee's 'A Very Special Full Frontal Special'

    Samantha Bee, whose weekly TBS series "Full Frontal" has become appointment viewing for those who survive current events by seeing them kicked in the backside, went off-schedule Wednesday for "A Very Special Full Frontal Special." Timed, and more or less themed, to the Republican National Convention,...

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