Mandalit del Barco 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.

Hollywood Execs Shift Programming After Newtown Shooting

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Singer Jenni Rivera Presumed Dead In Plane Crash

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Independent Movies Embrace On-Demand Platforms

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Juanes' latest album is all acoustic, and was recorded in front of a live audience as part of MTV's Unplugged series. MTV hide caption

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Juanes: A Superstar Slows Down, Shifts Gears

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Workers dismantle an installation that was set up for the premiere of The Dark Knight Rises in Paris. It had been scheduled for Friday night but was canceled after a gunman killed 12 people at a Colorado opening of the same film. Jacques Brinon/AP hide caption

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'Dark Knight' Events Canceled, Theaters Add Guards

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Jerry Seinfeld is premiering a Web-only series Thursday called Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. The new show features fellow comedians like Larry David, Ricky Gervais and Michael Richards. John Shearer/Invision for David Lynch Foundation/AP Images hide caption

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Seinfeld Hits The Web, Still Talking About Nothing

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Country's First Female Star Kitty Wells Dies At 92

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Myisha Areloano, Adrian James, Jahel Campos, David Vuenrostro and Antonio Cabrera camp outside President Obama's campaign headquarters in Culver City, Calif., on Friday to protest his immigration policies. Grant Hindsley/AP hide caption

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Is Deportation Freeze A 'Big Relief' Or 'Cynical Ploy'?

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English-Language News Launched By Univision, ABC

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The fifth-graders from L.A.'s Pico Union neighborhood, who rarely get to spend time in nature, say it was the best field trip ever. Mandalit del Barco/NPR hide caption

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A New Destination For Kayakers: The L.A. River?

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'Shenanigans Are What He Does': Is Banksy Gunning For An Oscar?

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Hello Kitty Hooks Generations On Cute, Kitsch

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Zapping Inmates To Control Them: Harmless Or Torture?

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Marcia Muller's long-running Sharon McCone mystery series is set in San Francisco and follows Detective Sharon McCone as she helps clean the city up -- one murderer at a time. shakestercody/Flickr hide caption

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Sharon McCone: P.I. On The Pier Of San Francisco Bay

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Real-life "Madonnas" of Echo Park: Sixteen-year-olds (from left) Ana Rivas, Michelle De Leon, Brenda Marones and Yesenia Pum pose at a neighborhood grocery store on Sunset Boulevard. They are all participants in the writing group 826LA. Mandalit Del Barco/NPR hide caption

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'The Madonnas Of Echo Park': Residents, Reinvented

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