Arts & Culture

YouTube's #ProudToPlay campaign wins Shorty Award for Best Use of Video!

At this year's 7th Annual Short Awards, YouTube's #ProudToPlay campaign won the award for Best Use of Video. #ProudToPlay served as a YouTube-powered cause that brought together athletes, celebrities, and YouTube personalities to champion equality and inclusivity for athletes around the world.

X-Men comic book character unfreezes questions about his personal life

The #14 edition of All New X-Men hits comic book stores across the country tomorrow, and in it, there is a revelation that finally puts to rest what fans have been wondering for years; is Iceman gay?

The issue of the new comic series, sees younger versions of Iceman, Jean Grey and other X-Men team mates fighting alongside their future, older selves as they try to bring order to the space-time continuum.


COSTA MESA, California - “How do you survive the world?” asks 15-year-old Theresa (Emily James) of Mr. Wolf (John de Lancie), the only person she has known since he abducted her 12 years earlier.

“Inquiry,” he says. “Ask as many questions as you can. People are made uncomfortable by questions, and then they will be off-balance.”

In the dozen years they’ve been together, the precocious Theresa has become something of an expert in the workings of the universe, which she explains with beautiful diagrams and incomprehensible (to me) equations on a series of chalkboards.

Popular video game has a gay character; not everyone is happy

The violent video game Mortal Kombat X was released on April 14, and this time it is not the gratuitous violence that has some people up-in-arms. Some straight gamers were dealt a wallop when it was discovered one of the most popular characters in the series is gay.

THEATER REVIEW: "Freud’s Last Session"

“Things are simple only if you choose not to examine them.”

Sigmund Freud (Robert Smyth), outspoken atheist and the father of modern psychiatry, is talking to British author C.S. Lewis (Fran Gercke), who rather late in life came to his devout Christianity.

But, Lewis asserts, he now believes that “there is a God. That a man doesn’t have to be an imbecile to believe in Him. And we feeble-minded who do are not, as you claim, suffering from a pathetic ‘obsessional neurosis.’”

Penis and Vagina Talk Shows, both at the Diversionary Theatre

SAN DIEGO, California -- If you have wondered about the private parts of the male or female anatomy, then you’re in luck. "The Penis Talk Show" will play tonight April 18, at 7 pm, and again tomorrow at 8 pm at the Diversionary Theatre in University Heights.

"The Vagina Talk Show" will play Sunday, April 19 at 6 pm at the Diversionary as well.

The shows allow audience members to ask questions about genitalia through an emcee who addresses them onstage in a comedic way. Be warned, both the “Penis Talk Show” and “The Vagina Talk Show” contain full-frontal nudity.


The line between illusion and reality gets more and more smudged in Jean Genet’s absurdist 1957 play “The Balcony,” and the action gets likewise weirder and weirder.

Chronos Theatre presents Jean-Claude van Itallie’s translation of the play through May 3 at the Tenth Avenue Arts Center.

THEATER REVIEW: "Lord Of The Flies"

A plane crash tosses 11 boys up on an uninhabited Pacific island with no adults in sight. Will they cooperate and work together toward their mutual goal of being rescued or compete for power and descend into violence, chaos and tribalism?

British author William Golding explored the effects of fear and the desire for power – even among the young – in his 1954 allegorical novel “The Lord Of The Flies.” The book has been on the required reading list of American schools and colleges for decades. Now Nigel Williams’ 1991 stage adaptation is onstage through May 3 at New Village Arts Theatre.

THEATER REVIEW: "Buyer & Cellar"

Actors take some strange jobs in between shows. In Jonathan Tolins’ “Buyer & Cellar,” our lone actor Alex More (David Turner) ends up working in a shopping mall. Not just an ordinary mall, but the one Barbra Streisand built in the basement of her Malibu house to display some of her many tchotchkes.

No, I’m not kidding. You can see it in Streisand’s 2010 coffee-table book “My Passion For Design.”

'RuPaul's Drag Race' and Logo launch keyboard app

"RuPaul's Drag Race" just changed the texting game!

We all already find great pleasure in using "Drag Race" gifs on our friend's Facebook statuses and other social media platforms. Now, instead of digging through your photo stream to find that perfect gif of Latrice Royale fanning herself and saying "SHAAAADDDE," you can just go straight to this new tool from Logo -- the "RuPaul's Drag Race" keyboard.

Available on iOS and Android, the free "Drag Race" keyboard includes 20+ RuPaul’s Drag Race emoticons and GIFs and a system integrated keyboard.