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Panopticon's "Autumn Eternal" is fall-themed metal at its finest

I've always felt that Panopticon hit its peak with "Kentucky." The new album, "Autumn Eternal," changed my mind.

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Arlo Guthrie celebrates 50th anniversary of “Alice’s Restaurant”

Folk singer Arlo Guthrie is in the midst of an extensive tour across America.

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Today in history: Cellist Yo-Yo Ma born in 1955

Among his many distinctions are the National Medal of Arts, the Kennedy Center Honor, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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“uCarmen” from South Africa: No castanets, bring in the marimbas

For the second year in a row, the world-renowned South African Isango Ensemble has come to Santa Monica's Broad Stage.

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Today in history: Critic, playwright, Brecht translator Eric Bentley born

As Eric Bentley turns 99 and enters his 100th year, he is recognized as America's oldest living playwright.

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Should you see “The Book of Mormon”?

"The Book of Mormon," the musical, has been playing on Broadway to rave reviews since March 2011.

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Today in history: Musician/activist Leonard Bernstein is born

Bernstein became the most prominent American-born conductor and a supremely talented musician, educator and composer.

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"Who is Gil Scott-Heron?" is tribute to late poet-musician

A new film is being screened in select cities this summer that focuses on the life of the late poet-musician, Gil Scott-Heron.

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“Ricki and the Flash”: blinded by the light

The cast tried so hard. But the jokes were tortured and the warmth didn't reach room temperature.

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Today in history: Uncle Ruthie Buell born 85 years ago, still performing

Tomorrow, Aug. 8, marks the 85th birthday of an extraordinary performing artist who is still very much among us and active.

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