| Jan 13, 2014
| 8:02 AM
A small Pierre-Auguste Renoir painting that a woman said she purchased for just $7 at a flea market will return to a Maryland museum that argued that the painting was stolen from its premises in 1951.
A federal judge in Virginia ruled on Friday that...
| Jan 16, 2014
| 5:01 PM
In naming Philippe Vergne, a seasoned career museum professional, as its new director, L.A.'s Museum of Contemporary Art has opted for fundamentals instead of glitz.
Vergne, 47, arrives with credentials that include more than 20 years running museums or...
| Nov 14, 2013
| 11:11 AM
Was that kid in a Ku Klux Klan outfit at Halloween racist or not racist? What about that Washington Post column by Richard Cohen talking about people with "conventional views" suppressing the urge to vomit when they see New York Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio...
| Oct 29, 2013
| 9:16 PM
Following an arrest and facing a charge for misdemeanor assault, Chris Brown has elected to enter a rehab facility, a rep for the singer told The Times late Tuesday.
"His goal is to gain focus and insight into his past and recent behavior, enabling...
| Nov 4, 2013
| 7:17 AM
After the coffee. Before resetting the clock in my car.
The Skinny: Finally made it to The Last Bookstore in downtown L.A. Very cool place. Now I know where to go when I have to escape from the newsroom, which is every day. Monday's roundup (or is it...
| Jan 6, 2014
| 10:14 AM
A small Pierre-Auguste Renoir landscape painting has set off a dispute between a major American art museum and a woman who said she purchased the painting for just $7 at a flea market in 2009.
The Baltimore Museum of Art said the Renoir was stolen from...
| Jan 29, 2014
| 1:53 PM
Deport Justin Bieber? A petition asking for just that is apparently headed to the White House, having obtained the 100,000 signatures needed within a month. This puppy actually hit the mark within six days.
"We the people of the United States feel...
| Dec 20, 2013
| 7:00 AM
This was the year that George W. Bush, five years after his calamitous presidency, came in from the wilderness and went on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" to say, "I think I'm a painter." He presented his host with a grinning portrait, and the audience...
| Jan 10, 2014
| 2:12 PM
They were novels discussed in whispers during class, passed around among groups of friends and read by flashlight late into the night.
They explored serious topics — race and class, body image, sex, addiction, divorce. And, says author and...
| Nov 22, 2013
| 12:51 PM
If reviews are any indication, the "Hunger Games" film franchise need not fear the sophomore slump. Building on the success of the 2012 film, the sequel "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" is earning excellent reviews. Many critics are praising director...
| Nov 29, 2013
| 9:00 AM
These are tough times to be a film critic. Not because the number of quality films for adults is diminishing — it is, but that's an old story — but because the movies are not getting the respect they should.
Everywhere I turn, people are...