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  • Despite a winning lineup, Soulquarius proves not worth the headaches

    Despite a winning lineup, Soulquarius proves not worth the headaches

    Soulquarius had the type of buzz inaugural festivals could only hope for.    The stacked lineup was an ambitious tracing of the last quarter century of R&B, and the daylong Saturday festival at the Observatory grounds in Santa Ana had long been sold out.   New jack swing and R&B representing the...

  • L.A. Opera's 30-year-old 'Salome' is back, and not a kid anymore

    L.A. Opera's 30-year-old 'Salome' is back, and not a kid anymore

    Thirty is not old in opera. An art form that’s been around for more than three centuries, it is also an art form that takes the long view. Classic 1950s and 1960s opera recordings of standard repertory survive, thrillingly remastered to the latest hi-res standards. Operas written 30, 40, even 50...

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  • New to Hulu, 'Golden Girls' is as timeless as ever

    New to Hulu, 'Golden Girls' is as timeless as ever

    What if the most radical television show of 2017 turns out to be a series created in 1985? It’s hard to shake that feeling since “Golden Girls,” which twice won the Emmy for comedy series, began streaming on Hulu on Feb. 13. The series would stand out among today’s crop of comedies for plenty of...

  • TV This Week, Feb. 19-25: NBC’s 90th anniversary and more

    TV This Week, Feb. 19-25: NBC’s 90th anniversary and more

      SUNDAY The best of basketball’s best, including Steph Curry and LeBron James, will be in the Big Easy for the “2017 NBA All-Star Game.” 5:20 p.m. TBS, TNT “The Good Wife’s” Christine Baranski spins off into the new legal drama “The Good Fight,” which bows on broadcast and streaming, with subsequent...

  • 'Steven Universe' construction sets bring the Mr. Universe van to life

    'Steven Universe' construction sets bring the Mr. Universe van to life

    Will you let this van be driven into your heart? New “Steven Universe” toys are on the way and fans will soon be able to build some familiar sights straight out of the show, including dad Greg Universe’s ever-enduring van.  McFarlane Toys is partnering with Cartoon Network for a line of “Steven...

  • With the Ringling era ending, two acrobatic shows fly high with modern takes on the circus

    With the Ringling era ending, two acrobatic shows fly high with modern takes on the circus

    "Give them bread and circuses and they will never revolt," wrote the satirist Juvenal of the common people of ancient Rome. He saw them as all too willing to trade their democratic freedoms for the trivial appeasements of food and fun. These days, we common people might ask Juvenal to cut us a...

  • Last chance to see Daft Punk's West Hollywood pop-up shop

    Last chance to see Daft Punk's West Hollywood pop-up shop

    Dance music group Daft Punk, known for its creative collaborations with the Weeknd, Kanye West and Pharrell Williams, ends its latest experiment this weekend: its first L.A.-area pop-up shop. With a nine-day run at Maxfield Gallery in West Hollywood, the shop has featured archival set pieces (such...

  • Judd Apatow and Pete Holmes get real about comedy in HBO series 'Crashing'

    Judd Apatow and Pete Holmes get real about comedy in HBO series 'Crashing'

    It’s a few weeks from the premiere of his new HBO series, and Pete Holmes has almost reached his limit for answering questions. “Not that I’m sick of it,” he clarified, leaning back into a sofa as he settled in for a chat inside Judd Apatow’s production offices in an aggressively nondescript stretch...

  • How Allison Williams mined the horrors of white privilege for 'Get Out'

    How Allison Williams mined the horrors of white privilege for 'Get Out'

    It’s been three days since Allison Williams dyed her hair blond. Before then, she’d spent the entirety of her 28 years as a brunet.  Sitting at a booth encased by mirrored walls, she’s still startled when she catches a glimpse of her reflection. She made the change after a fashion magazine posed...

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