At Coachella, the future of rap is female

At the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, hip-hop has most certainly reigned supreme. Rap acts occupied a large swath of real estate in this year’s lineup with Eminem and young voices such as Post Malone, Migos and Tyler, the Creator billed high. But two weeks of catching sets in…

Essential Arts & Culture: Getty Villa’s redo, speaker dresses and Kendrick Lamar’s Pulitzer — damn!

Hip-hop upends the Pulitzer Prize and a pair of musicians take to the stage in dresses made out of speakers. I’m Carolina A. Miranda, staff writer at the Los Angeles Times, with the week’s rocking culture news (and essential cumbia remixes): ESSENTIAL IMAGE The 2018 winner of the Pulitzer Prize…

Four radical and radically original pieces of music that blew up the modernist status quo in 1968

Upsetting the modernist status quo in 1968 were Terry Riley’s transformative “In C,” Luciano Berio’s “Sinfonia” with a movement memorializing Martin Luther King Jr., Stockhausen’s mystical tune-in, turn-on “Stimmung” and Hans Werner Henze’s “The Raft of the Medusa,” dedicated to Che.

‘Grey’s Anatomy’ picked up for 15th season

Olivia Pope and “Scandal” may have fought their final battle this week, but “Grey’s Anatomy” lives on. ABC announced Friday that the medical drama set at a Seattle teaching hospital will return for a 15th season next year. The series, which, like “Scandal,” was created by Shonda Rhimes, is the…

Saturday’s TV highlights and weekend talk shows: ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ and more

SERIES Christiane Amanpour: Sex & Love Around the World The veteran journalist visits Shanghai, then Accra, to talk with locals about romance and related issues in back-to-back new episodes. 7 and 8 p.m. CNN Ransom Eric and Oliver (Luke Roberts, Brandon Jay McLaren) try to rescue a CIA operative…

‘Jane the Virgin’ showrunner explains that season finale — and yes, she screamed too

The final moments of the Season 4 finale of “Jane the Virgin” brought quite the twist. Showrunner Jennie Snyder Urman explains it.

‘Smallville’ actress Allison Mack arrested with sex trafficking in ‘guru to stars’ case

A television actress best known for playing a young Superman’s close friend pleaded not guilty Friday to sex trafficking after federal prosecutors said she worked as a slave “master” recruiting unsuspecting women to a cult-like group led by a man who sold himself as a self-improvement guru to the…

Does Bill Mechanic’s angry resignation reflect a deeper schism in the film academy?

When producer and former studio executive Bill Mechanic resigned last week from the motion picture academy’s board of governors, issuing a scorched-earth laundry list of gripes about its handling of some of the most thorny and sensitive issues it faces, it confirmed one of Hollywood’s worst-kept…

Fun and head games, terror and bloody revolt in ‘Westworld’s’ smart, action-packed season two

Humans, beware. When “Westworld” returns Sunday with its highly anticipated second season, the gun-slinging robot thriller does so with a vengeance. And you’re the target. The mechanized hosts of this wild west theme park suffered every sort of humiliation, indignity and gruesome death imaginable…

Karen Gillan is red-hot thanks to ‘Jumanji’ and ‘Avengers,’ but her true passion? Directing

Karen Gillan has recently transplanted herself away from sunny Los Angeles to much-less-sunny New York City, and she couldn’t be happier about it. “It’s cool here! I find it really inspiring,” the actress turned filmmaker explained, FaceTiming in from her new digs on a crisp spring day. “I think…

The L.A. Phil’s Bernstein and Beethoven peace project

What goes with Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony? We must be up to Example No. 2743 by now. Everybody’s a got a different idea, and some, such as Gustavo Dudamel, more than one. Last summer, with our contentious country in a stir, Dudamel asked the beloved sportscaster Vin Scully to recite Copland’s…

Rapper Aminé on pushing boundaries, wearing whiteface in the Trump era and his Coachella show

Alternative rapper Aminé is described as “stylistically left of center” in his Apple Music bio, news the 24-year-old greets with a laugh. “That needs to change soon,” he said still smirking. “I don’t know who made that to be honest. It’s a very funny bio; I love it. It makes…

‘Westworld’ enters a new world for its second season: The revolution will be televised

A surprising thing happened in the year and a half since the first season of “Westworld” confounded and attracted viewers with its knotted story of a futuristic android uprising at a patriarchal Western theme park. At the center of the revolt on different fronts were “hosts” Dolores (Evan Rachel…

Avicii was a dance-music futurist with deep ties to the past

As one of the biggest stars in electronic dance music, Avicii operated with an implied faith in the value of the future. “In the road of life, I tumble forward,” went the words to his song “For a Better Day” — lyrics that might have served as a kind of…

Avicii mourned: ‘I can’t even begin to comprehend this’

People were in shock Friday as news spread about the death of Swedish-born producer and DJ Avicii at 28. Friends and fans alike struggled to come to terms with the loss of the EDM phenom, who walked away from touring in 2016 but never turned his back on the music,…

Avicii had a reason for good feelings when he dominated the dance tent at Coachella 2012

Swedish-born producer and DJ Avicii was found dead at age 28 in Oman Friday. Among the many massive music festivals he played in his brief career, Avicii brought his signature song “Le7els” to the 2012 Coachella fest, where he sat down with LA Times reporter August Brown to discuss the…

Paula Patton stars in the surprisingly effective thriller ‘Traffik’

Once again, a distributor chose to hold back a film from reviewers that turns out to be better than its peek-a-boo marketing strategy implied. That movie, “Traffik,” is an effective weekend-from-hell thriller with a vital message, a terrific lead performance by Paula Patton and some unexpectedly…

In ‘The Invisible Hand,’ a kidnapped American banker strikes a deal for survival

The color of money runs blood red in the Southern California premiere of Ayad Akhtar’s riveting hostage thriller, “The Invisible Hand.” A superbly cast staging by Santa Barbara’s Ensemble Theatre Company further validates Akhtar’s reputation for storytelling that both engages and informs as it…

TV This Week, April 22-28: ‘Westworld,’ ‘Archer’ and more

SUNDAY It’s all Monica Lewinsky this and Al Qaeda that in the conclusion of the two-part special “The Untold Story of the 90s.” 8 p.m. History Channel Do unto others before they do unto you, as in the new made-for-cable thriller “I Killed My BFF: The Preacher’s Daughter.” With Carly…

As Prince’s health waned, his inner circle had grown increasingly alarmed

Some of Prince’s closest confidants had grown increasingly alarmed about his health in the days before he died and tried to get him help as they realized he had an opioid addiction — yet none was able to give investigators the insight they needed to determine where the musician got…

Lucrecia Martel fuses the mystical and the historical with bold adventure in ‘Zama’

“Zama,” the story of a man waiting to return, has become the vehicle for the long-awaited return of Argentine filmmaker Lucrecia Martel. The film is a bold, heady work made up of sly humor and revelatory vision. It also marks the first new movie since 2009’s “The Headless Woman” from…

‘Scandal’ finale by the tweets

“Scandal” said goodbye Thursday by doing what it does best: blowing up Twitter. In between a live table read of the finale for charity and a group appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” series creator Shonda Rhimes and the cast gathered to live-tweet one last time (or actually two last times:…

CB1 Gallery in the Arts District to close after artists allege nonpayment

CB1 Gallery, which began life in a storefront space at the downtown L.A. intersection of 5th and Spring streets in 2010 and now inhabits a more polished Arts District space on Santa Fe Avenue, will shut its doors next month. “Unfortunately, expanding into the current space along with the slow…

‘The Mod Squad,’ ‘Adam-12’ and how TV brought the counterculture into 1968’s cop shows

“One black, one white, one blonde” was the tagline for a new kind of cop show that premiered in 1968 on the heels of Vietnam’s bloody Tet Offensive, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination, a shootout between the Black Panthers and Oakland police and the passage of the Fair…

When the Doors brought original rock bad boy Jerry Lee Lewis to the Forum in 1968

The Doors reveled in their role as rock’s new bad boys when they burst onto the pop music scene in 1966, and two years later, when they helped usher in the nascent era of arena rock with the opening of the Forum in Inglewood. They carried that idea all the…

The Moviegoer, April 22-28

COLCOA French Film Festival The annual festival opens with director Eric Barbier’s Promise at Dawn, starring Pierre Niney as celebrated French author and diplomat Romain Gary (real-life husband of Jean Seberg) and Charlotte Gainsbourg as his overbearing mother. Directors Guild Theater Complex,…

The Velvet Underground, Aretha Franklin, Tiny Tim: An alternate history of music in 1968

“Beggars Banquet.” “Electric Ladyland.” “Wheels of Fire.” Rock fans know the important albums from 1968 that helped set the table — along with the opening that year of the Forum in Inglewood and Madison Square Garden in New York — for what we now refer to as arena rock. But…

Rage and wonder in 1968: The year war came through the TV and I felt pieces of childhood ending

I was 9 years old. My father was at war. I watched Vietnam every night on TV, wind blowing through the tall grass of a distant land, numbers of the fallen flashing on the screen, all in black and white, a war in two colors, scary and real in my…

The 99-Seat Beat: Social justice as taught by imprisoned women, ‘Native Son,’ ‘The Immigrant’ and Henry VIII

Social justice is a topic in L.A. smaller-theater productions of “Key Change” by Collective Studio: Los Angeles, “Native Son” by Antaeus, “The Immigrant” by Sierra Madre Playhouse and “Enrique VIII y Catalina de Aragón” by Bilingual Foundation of the Arts.

In 1968, moviegoers had a lot more choices before blockbuster fever took over

Remember the fable about frogs in a pot of water, oblivious to the temperature slowly changing from tepid to boiling until it’s too late? The same thing is true for critics, except it’s not water we’re immersed in, it’s movies. Because we deal with hundreds and hundreds of films, one…