What happens when you say Hello Kitty is not a cat? Kitty chaos

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So you pour your heart and soul into essays about race and prisons … then an anthropologist tells you that Hello Kitty isn’t a cat and, well, the Internet explodes (complete with Aaron Paul animated GIF).

L.A. Opera to host screening of ‘La Traviata’ at Santa Monica Pier

Santa Monica Pier will be transformed into an outdoor opera house for one evening in September when Los Angeles Opera hosts a free, high-definition screening of “La Traviata.”

Hello Kitty is not a cat, plus more reveals before her L.A. tour

Her expressionless mug has been featured on countless toys, not to mention bowling balls, motor oil, a Fender Strat, a pricey Judith Leiber clutch, sanitary napkins and mens underwear. She has inspired a controversial song by Avril Lavigne, works of sculpture by Tom…

Getty team launches conservation study of Kahn’s Salk Institute

The Getty Conservation Institute has announced that it is partnering with the Salk Institute in La Jolla to preserve a pillar of mid-20th century Modern architecture.

Made in L.A.’s Mohn Awards winners a varied, creative lot

Their work couldn’t be more different, but in the eyes of the 2014 Made in L.A. Mohn Awards, they are all the same: winners.

McGegan and Barnatan cavort with Mozart at Hollywood Bowl

If it’s August or early September at the Hollywood Bowl, you can expect Nicholas McGegan to drop in for his annual journey back to the 18th century.  Thursday night, he returned with another configuration of an old reliable concept – an all-Mozart program. 

Jeff Koons exhibition at Whitney Museum is vandalized

A small section of the Jeff Koons retrospective exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art was vandalized Wednesday, but no works of art were damaged, according to the New York museum.

Los Tigres del Norte get a star on Hollywood Walk of Fame — finally!

I’m not the kind of person who generally gets all excited about someone getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The area is tourist-trappy. Parking sucks. And the idea that the stars might be awarded out of merit (or actual fame) is a fiction. After all, Donald Trump has a star on the…

Joe Lloyd’s abstract paintings at Western Project are loose and fun

For his first solo exhibition, local artist Joe Lloyd offers large, sunny, intensely layered abstract paintings at Western Project. These roughly symmetrical compositions of sharply angled shapes are rendered in clear, bright colors that intersect and overlap in fevered, sometimes psychedelic…

Hip Hop International keeps the world (head)spinning

Hip-hop dance is not going global — it’s been global for years, and the evidence was once again presented at the recent Hip Hop International’s USA and World Hip Hop Dance Championships and World Battles in Las Vegas.