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Faith-based 168 Film Festival returns to LA for its 15th year

By Sandra Barrera|

International City Theatre’s ‘Silent Sky’ blends science, heart in Long Beach

Just as the 2016 film “Hidden Figures” highlighted the accomplishments of female mathematicians who worked for NASA in the 1960s, a Long Beach theater company is also looking at the stars, going back decades further to shine a light on a...

By Richard Guzman|


  • Obituaries

    Comedian, civil rights activist Dick Gregory dies

    LOS ANGELES >> Dick Gregory, the comedian and activist and who broke racial barriers in the 1960s and used his humor to spread messages of social justice and nutritional health, has died. He was 84. Gregory died late Saturday in Washington, D.C. after being hospitalized for about a week, his son Christian Gregory told The Associated Press. He had suffered a severe bacterial infection. As one of the first black standup comedians to find success with white audiences, in the...

    By Daisy Nguyen Associated Press|

  • Visual arts

    ‘LA Redux’ looks at the city through artist Dave Lefner’s prints at Pasadena Museum of California Art

    Dave Lefner discovered his driving passion for linocut printing one night in college. Needing pressure to create his image but with all the printing presses in use, Lefner got creative, backing his 1972 Oldsmobile Delta 88 over his materials to create a nice print of the Lucky 7 liquor store sign. Over the past 25 years, Lefner has gone from printing with an old car to creating prints of old cars, as well as neon signs and other bygones of Los...

    Michelle Mills

  • Jazz

    Paul Robeson Theatre Festival celebrates the Harlem Renaissance and LA’s Central Avenue

    When actor and director Ben Guillory came to Los Angeles in 1983, there were more than 200 theaters. There was also a notable lack of diversity, with few Latino, Asian or African-American companies, he said. It took nearly a decade, but in 1994 Guillory and his friend actor-and-producer Danny Glover launched the Robey...

    Michelle Mills

  • Entertainment

    ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,’ now on DVD, lacks charm of original

    “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” brings back almost everything that made the first film a hit — except some of the charm. From writer-director James Gunn, the story revisits the motley space crew led by the carefree Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), who calls himself a Star-Lord. After being hired by a powerful alien race, the Sovereign, to protect their precious batteries from invaders, it’s discovered that Rocket — a raccoon bounty hunter voiced by...

    Rob Lowman

  • Entertainment

    Successful Aging: How to celebrate National Senior Citizens Day

    August is a month with several days designated for celebration. Aug. 11 is National Raspberry Tart Day; the 13th is International Left-Handers Day; the 15th is National Relaxation Day; and Aug. 19 is National Potato Day. One day in August is a bit more serious. It is National Senior Citizens Day celebrated on Aug. 21 each year. President Ronald Reagan proclaimed the first National Senior Citizens Day in 1988. He wrote, “For all they have achieved throughout life and for all they...

    Helen Dennis

  • Entertainment

    Blind Boys of Alabama sound as vibrant as ever on ‘Almost Home”

    The Blind Boys of Alabama first began singing at an institute for the blind in Talladega, Alabama, in 1939, in the school’s chorus. Almost eight decades later, the five-time Grammy winning gospel quintet has released “Almost Home,” which features two founding members, Clarence Fountain (87) and Jimmy Carter (85). The group sounds anything but dated on this vibrant collection of songs from writers such as Marc Cohn, Billy Joe Shaver and Bob Dylan. (Its...

    By Sam Gnerre @samgnerre on Twitter|

  • Painting

    Exclusive look: Here’s what curators hope to find out about ‘Blue Boy’

    SAN MARINO >> At first glance, there still is much vibrancy to “Blue Boy.” But take a closer look and one can see he’s starting to show his age. After all, he’s 247 years old. As part of a two-year conservation project for the famed 18th century work by British painter Thomas Gainsborough, the piece was removed from...

    Claudia Palma

  • News

    There’s an O.J. Simpson museum in LA - catch it before it’s gone

    LOS ANGELES — A pop-up museum dedicated to examining the legacy of former USC and NFL star O.J. Simpson will open in Chinatown today. Displays in The O.J. Museum include sports memorabilia, a 1994 Ford Bronco, board games, a collection of 60 bootleg trial T-shirts and interactive exhibits. • PHOTOS: The 1995 OJ Simpson trial -- did he get away with...

    City News Service|

  • Entertainment

    Six Flags Magic Mountain’s Fright Fest expands for 2017

    Like a bat out of hell, Fright Fest comes screaming back to Six Flags Magic Mountain with a 21 days of sensory overload in September. The nighttime Halloween event returns Sept. 16 with some terrifying new attractions, including the transformation of the theme park’s new City of Metropolis into the scare zone “Damned ‘n Disguise: Change Before Your Eyes!” Also new to the...

    Sandra Barrera

  • Entertainment

    This is how Voyager went ‘The Farthest’ exploring the solar system and beyond

    Forty years ago this Sunday, Voyager 2 took off from Cape Canaveral, beginning the astounding story of the first exploration of our solar system and beyond — one that continues today. “It’s the fact there are still discoveries that keep me interested, not the fact it’s 40 years old,” says 81-year-old Ed Stone, Voyager’s chief scientist for 45 years. “I hope someday other things will follow on behind and will take advantage of what...

    Rob Lowman

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