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Country superstar Shania Twain will bring her Now Tour to Staples Center in 2018

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DJ Richard Blade talks ’80s music, the early days at KROQ and why there’s ‘a lot of sex’ in his upcoming book

As the sweet, upbeat music of Culture Club filled the air, patrons kicked off their shoes, raised their drinks high in the air and danced in the sand as the sun set into the Pacific Ocean during the inaugural 93.1 Jack FM Presents: Richard Bladeȁ...

By Kelli Skye Fadroski|

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  • Entertainment

    Here’s what female-powered rap story ‘Patti Cake$’ is all about

    Don’t stop me if you’ve heard this one before. Young person from wrong side of the tracks has showbiz aspirations. Economic obstacles, crappy home life and public embarrassments stand, seemingly insurmountably, in the way of realizing them. But the kid has talent and drive, even if they decide to give up several times throughout the movie. “Patti Cake$,” the story of a would-be New Jersey rapper, indeed comes with all of that 8-Mileage on it. But...

    Bob Strauss
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  • Entertainment

    The unlikely story of how rap underdog movie ‘Patti Cake$’ came to be

    Music video director Geremy Jasper’s feature writing-directing debut, “Patti Cake$,” draws on his own youth in a cruddy New Jersey suburb, from which the bright lights of Manhattan were easily visible yet seemed impossibly distant. Perhaps what’s more remarkable about his tale of an aspiring white rapper is that it works out to be a remarkable study of three generations of women whose fraught relationships with one another become fuel for both creative and...

    Bob Strauss
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  • Entertainment

    The evil genius of ‘Ingrid Goes West’ skewers LA stereotypes with plenty of laughs

    “Ingrid Goes West” is a deceptively superficial comedy with unusual emotional depth. In her richest performance to date, bad girl comedian Aubrey Plaza takes on the tricky title role of a social media obsessive who is genuinely disturbed. After some court-ordered time in locked-down therapy back East, Ingrid Thorburn makes her way to Venice Beach to get close to the appealing Taylor Sloane (Elizabeth Olsen), who makes some kind of living documenting her restaurant meals...

    Bob Strauss
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  • Opera

    Meet Redlands Opera Theatre’s new music director

    REDLANDS >> A shared vision for the future of the Redlands Opera Theatre led to the recent appointment of Aline Sardao as the local company’s new music director. Sardao, of Huntington Beach, met opera company co-founder Christa Stevens at a regional audition session, where the two discussed a possible partnership. “Our visions matched,” Sardao said, “and we expect this to be a long marriage.” After five years as music director,...

    By Penny E. Schwartz Correspondent|

  • Entertainment

    Royal Blood comes to Southland for 2 ‘Dark’ shows

    Rock fans, there may be a mosh pit in your near future. Known for straight-up heavy rock bass riffs and for inspiring a mosh pit at Coachella a couple of years ago, the British rock duo Royal Blood are heading to Santa Ana and Los Angeles this week as part of an international tour following the release of the band’s second album. Formed in Brighton, England, the band is made up of singer and bassist Mike Kerr and drummer Ben...

    Richard Guzman
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  • Concerts

    Riders in the Sky lead Redlands Bowl workshop for children

    REDLANDS >> Sounds of country music’s past took over the Mission Gables Bowl House Tuesday when Riders in the Sky entertained dozens of children in attendance. The visit from “America’s Favorite Cowboys” is part of the Redlands Bowl’s youth outreach program, an effort to connect children in the community to the arts. The series — which began July 18 — features local performers as well as acts performing at the Redlands Bowl Summer...

    Kristina Hernandez
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  • Music festivals

    Growlers to bring high-profile music festival to LA waterfront in October

    A high-profile, two-day music festival is headed to San Pedro’s waterfront this fall as the Port of Los Angeles moves to market the Outer Harbor as an outdoor entertainment venue. The Growlers Six Festival — with indie-garage rockers the Growlers as the headline act, along with the Yeah Yeah...

    Donna Littlejohn
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  • Concerts

    Santa’s Village to host Blue Jay Jazz Festival

    The 2017 Blue Jay Jazz Festival opens Thursday with its first concert, the King Brothers blues band, featuring Sam and Lee King. Music so hot it’s cool. However, the location of the concert is a big deal as well. The festival, which features internationally acclaimed performers from blues, soul and funk — as well as jazz — will present its three-concert series at SkyPark at Santa’s Village on three consecutive Thursdays through Aug.

    Michel Nolan
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  • Entertainment

    Remembering Glen Campbell: His life in music made him a star, his death from Alzheimer’s demonstrated grace

    Glen Campbell’s warm tenor, good-natured persona and knack for selecting songs such as “Wichita Lineman,” “By The Time I Get To Phoenix,” and “Rhinestone Cowboy” made him a star, and for a good run of years in the ’60s and ’70s he was one of the biggest, with his musical career branching out into television and film for a spell. But Campbell,

    Peter Larsen
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  • Celebrity deaths

    Glen Campbell, superstar entertainer of 1960s and ’70s, dies

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. >> Glen Campbell, the grinning, high-pitched entertainer whose dozens of hit singles included “Rhinestone Cowboy” and “Wichita Lineman” and whose appeal spanned country, pop, television and movies, died Tuesday, his family said. He was 81. Campbell’s family said the singer died Tuesday morning in Nashville and publicist Sandy Brokaw confirmed the news. No cause was immediately given. Campbell announced in June 2011 that he had...

    By Kristin M. Hall The Associated Press|

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