Arts & Entertainment

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New book celebrates the centennial of jazz great Billy Strayhorn

"Strayhorn: An Illustrated Life" is a welcome addition for anyone interested in jazz, civil rights, or photography.

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Alda's "Passage": Music and environment, Cascadian style

Not a band to mince words, Alda is the latest 'green' black metal artist that is lamenting the destruction done to nature.

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Today in history: Vocalist/actress Melba Moore celebrates a milestone

Beatrice Melba Hill, best known by her stage name, Melba Moore, was born on this date in New York City in 1945.

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Something for everyone: The sounds of Sondheim

This bio-play of Stephen Sondheim dominates footage projected on a screen above the stage with six live singer/dancers onstage accompanied by a four-piece orchestra.

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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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