Michele Reverte

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Catching Up With Eddie Izzard Before He Takes Over The Hollywood Bowl

Nothing seems to be impossible for Eddie Izzard. He once ran 43 marathons in 51 days for charity. He performed his current show, Force Majeure, in three languages in three hours. And in five years, he'll be running for public office in the United Kingdom. His acting career has included roles in Hannibal, The Riches, Ocean's Twelve and Thirteen and Velvet Goldmine. But he's probably best known for his comedy specials, and whether he's in "boy mode" or "girl mode," the experience is both hilarious and insightful.

Johnnyswim Showcases Their Chemistry on Debut Album 'Diamonds'

When Abner Ramirez invited Amanda Sudano to write music with him in 2005, his primary intention was to get some alone time with the hottest girl he'd ever met. But as they spent time singing and writing together, they realized their musical chemistry was something pretty special. The years that followed saw them form the band Johnnyswim, release three EPs, get married in 2009 and move from Nashville to Los Angeles. Their debut full-length album, Diamonds, was released in late April, and the 12 tracks traverse genres and reveal the complementary talents of this duo.

Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers' Benmont Tench Takes Center Stage With Debut Solo Album

Even if his name doesn't ring a bell, chances are you're familiar with Benmont Tench's talents. As a founding member of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers—and a member of its predecessor, Mudcrutch—his keyboard work is unmistakable. Add to that his contributions as a session player on albums by the Rolling Stones, Johnny Cash, Fiona Apple, U2 and scores of others, and his presence is near-ubiquitous. Earlier this week, he reached a major milestone with the release of his first solo album, 'You Should Be So Lucky.'

PAPA Talk About Their Debut Album 'Tender Madness,' Drumming Barefoot & How They Got Their Name

Even though their first full-length album, Tender Madness, won't be released until October 8, L.A.-based band PAPA has already established a presence as commanding as the capital letters in their name. LAist recently sat down with Darren Weiss (drums and lead vocals) and Danny Presant (bass)—who have known each other since childhood—to get the scoop on the new album, their must-watch video for "Young Rut," and the dangers of drumming barefoot.

20 Of Our Favorite Finds From Unique LA's Spring Show

More than 14,000 people attended Unique LA's fifth annual Spring Show, which featured 350 handpicked designers and artists, many of whom are Los Angeles-based. The event, which was held May 11 and 12 at the California Market Center in Downtown LA, also raised $3,000 for the Downtown Women's Center. Some of the items we found during our shopping adventure were: the best strawberry jam ever, do-it-yourself school notebooks, backpacks that change lives, LA commute necklaces and playful cat silhouette bikinis.

'Arrested Development' Cast Dishes On Behind-The-Scenes Details From The New Season

Only a week remains until Netflix releases all 15 new episodes of "Arrested Development," and the coming days are sure to be filled with "Final Countdown" references, along with banana stand and stair car sightings. As we mentioned in an earlier feature, LAist attended the "Arrested Development" press conference on May 4, and it was sometimes hard to hear the actors' answers over the laughter in the room—which is par for the course when this group gets together.

'Arrested Development' Cast Reveals New Details About Their Forthcoming Netflix Season

Ever since Netflix announced the resurrection of Arrested Development—and with it, the dysfunctional Bluth family—people have felt more excited than Buster holding a juice box or Lucille discovering Gene Parmesan in disguise. (And if you didn't get those references, there's still time to watch the previous seasons before Netflix releases 15 new episodes on May 26!) Although the cast has been tight-lipped in recent months, LAist got some fresh Bluth scoop during their press conference on May 4.

Bagavagabonds' Traveling 'Art Migration' Showcases Awesome Local Art And Music

In recent years, the local creative collective Bagavagabonds has hosted some of the best art-centric events in the city. This year, their popular Art Explosion has evolved into a three-city Art Migration that will hit Los Angeles tonight. Tonight's event will feature live art installations, screen-printing, an old-fashioned letterpress, interactive smart vehicle experiences (including a horn organ), a hosted bar and free haircuts.

Singer Tift Merritt On a Lifetime of Making Music, What's On Her Mixtape, and Her Favorite Spot In L.A.

Tift Merritt's fifth studio album, Traveling Alone, proves that she's a musician at the top of her game. Whether revealing the certainty in subtlety, or the question in a foregone conclusion, Merritt's music is arresting in the best possible way. In spite of the album's title, Merritt—who grew up in North Carolina and lives in New York—didn't go it alone, and she recruited musicians such as Andrew Bird and Eric Heywood to lend their talents to these tracks.

Musician Blake Mills Talks About Opening For Fiona Apple, Getting Half A Manicure And His Favorite Local Guitar Spots

During a recent flight, we had the chance to sit next to a writer for a well-known music publication. When we asked him who he thinks will be the next big thing in the music industry, he said, "In the next couple years, it's going to be all about Blake Mills. No question." It's not hard to see why. A musician from a young age, Mills has honed his skills to the point that he's become one of the go-to guys for both guitar and producing expertise.

So Say We All: Highlights From The Battlestar Galactica Panel At Comic-Con 2012

Battlestar Galactica will celebrate its 35th anniversary next year, and enthusiasm still runs high. This year's packed panel at Comic-Con on July 12 delighted fans of the original series as well as the reboot. Richard Hatch—who played Capt. Apollo in the original and Tom Zarek in the later series—was the ideal moderator, and writer/producer Jane Espenson (BSG/Firefly/Husbands) could've spoken all day and still held the audience in rapt attention.

Folk Musician Ben Howard Talks About His Stunning Debut Album 'Every Kingdom'

When UK-based musician Ben Howard released his first album, Every Kingdom, he figured it would likely be a few years before he'd get to play larger venues and tour the United States. But word of his singing, songwriting and guitar skills spread quickly. Within months of its release in the UK last fall, the album went gold. Then, following Every Kingdom's US release in April, Howard sold out his first-ever L.A. shows at the Troubadour on June 5 and 6.
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