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Mandalit del Barco : NPR

As an arts correspondent based at NPR West, Mandalit del Barco reports and produces stories about film, television, music, visual arts, dance and other topics.

Last Build Date: Thu, 11 May 2017 05:00:00 -0400

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Michael Parks, TV And Movie Character Actor, Dies At 77

Thu, 11 May 2017 05:00:00 -0400

Parks had more than a hundred film and TV credits as villains and antiheroes in a career lasting more than 50 years. He was a favorite of directors Quentin Tarantino, Kevin Smith and David Lynch.

LA's 14th Factory Offers A Warehouse Full Of Art And 'Otherworldly' Experiences

Wed, 03 May 2017 16:31:00 -0400

Artist Simon Birch sunk everything he had into creating the immersive (and enormous) pop-up art space. He says, "It's not like a traditional museum. ... It's the exhibition I'd want to go to."

Gas Station Cashier Remembers 1992 Los Angeles Riots

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 07:30:00 -0400

Carol Park grew up working in a bulletproof cashier's booth at a gas station in Compton, Calif. Now, 25 years after the Los Angeles riots, she reflects on the violence and racism that shaped the city.

'Vegetable Whisperer' Chef Plants The Seeds Of His Own Reinvention

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 09:50:00 -0400

With a vegetables-only restaurant in Napa Valley, chef Jeremy Fox was a rising star. But the stress was too much and it all fell apart. Now he is back with a vegetable cookbook.

Carl And Rob Reiner Leave Hand And Footprints In Concrete

Sat, 08 Apr 2017 08:06:22 -0400

Father and son comedy legends Carl and Rob Reiner have their hand and footprints immortalized in front of the Grauman's Chinese Theatre.

Getty Museum Acquires Collection Of Architect Frank Gehry

Sat, 01 Apr 2017 08:04:14 -0400

The Getty Museum in Los Angeles has acquired a major collection of work by the architect Frank Gehry. It includes more than three decades of Gehry's drawings, photos, models and ephemera.

John Lydon On Anarchy, Politics And 'Mr. Rotten's Songbook'

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 05:07:00 -0400

In a new book, the former Sex Pistol — better known as Johnny Rotten — collects the lyrics to every song he's written over a provocative 40-year career.

Meet Jenni Konner, The Off-Screen 'Grown-Up' Who Helped Make 'Girls'

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 07:00:00 -0400

For six seasons, Konner has been a sort of den mother to the show's millennial actresses. Today, she and Girls creator Lena Dunham are creative partners and best friends.

California Deserts In 'Super Bloom' Thanks To A Wet Winter

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 04:46:00 -0400

A rainy winter has brought an early spring to Anza-Borrego Desert State Park in Southern California. Wildflowers are in bloom. How can seeds survive years of drought and then put on such a display?

Covert Fashion Provides Camouflage Against Surveillance Software

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 16:39:00 -0400

Hyphen-Labs is a group of women of color who are scientists, engineers, architects and designers who have designed clothing that camouflages against facial recognition software.

Late-Night Stunner: Best Picture Mix-Up At The Oscars

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 04:59:00 -0500

Talk about a surprise Hollywood ending — Moonlight was crowned the winner of Sunday night's Academy Awards ceremony. The coming-of age film won for best picture after much confusion onstage.

Hollywood Speaks Out About Politics

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 08:12:40 -0500

Actors and agents were involved in teach-ins and rallies in the past week to oppose President Trump. Award shows and other events have been peppered with political opposition as well.

These Oscar-Nominated Documentaries Tell Intimate Stories Of Syria's Civil War

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 16:26:00 -0500

Three of the five films in the documentary short category show Syrians affected by the years-long conflict, including a group of civilian rescue volunteers, fleeing refugees and a resettled family.

Adele Upsets Beyoncé At 2017 Grammy Awards

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 05:10:00 -0500

Just like 2012, Adele swept her general category nominations. Beyoncé has never won either Record or Album of the Year. Adele is the first to twice sweep the Album, Record and Song of the Year awards.

The Grammys May Not Be Hip, But For These Nominees, The Awards Still Matter

Sat, 11 Feb 2017 07:36:38 -0500

In a year when the likes of Frank Ocean and Justin Bieber have dismissed the awards show as irrelevant, Mandalit del Barco speaks to a few artists for whom a Grammy win remains a very big deal.