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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.

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George Romero, Creator Of 'Night Of The Living Dead,' Dies At 77

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 16:28:53 -0400

George Romero has died at age 77. He was the movie director who created the modern zombie genre with films like 1968's Night of the Living Dead.

Meet Emin Agalarov, Trump-Connected Russian Pop Star

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 16:12:00 -0400

Get caught up on the singer and real-estate mogul in the news for helping arrange a meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and a Russian lawyer.

A Director's Struggle With Anorexia In 'To The Bone'

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 05:03:00 -0400

Marti Noxon first made a name for herself in Hollywood as a writer and producer on the Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Now, she makes her directorial debut with To The Bone, a film about anorexia.

Bookstore Owner Sues California Over Law Regulating Autographed Items

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 16:32:00 -0400

A new California law regulates how autographed items may be sold. Originally intended to cover sports memorabilia and an apparently thriving market in fake autographs, bookstores are worried it will shut down popular author book signings. Now one of them has filed suit.

'When Time Was New': 'Wonder Woman' Brings Sunlight To The DC Universe

Fri, 02 Jun 2017 16:55:00 -0400

Wonder Woman is the first superhero film to be headed by a woman both in front of and behind the camera. Star Gal Gadot and director Patty Jenkins worked together to make Diana Prince relatable.

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.