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MUSIC FOR FAMILIES: MUSIC, MAGIC, AND MYSTERY AT SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY IN APRIL. Did you know you don’t need a wand to cast a spell? Think about the magical powers of music. Even without pictures, music can paint colorful stories in our minds, make us feel different emotions, and transport …

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Director Steve McQueen (“12 Years A Slave”) knows how to evoke an emotional response from his audience. Yes, the subject matter of his previous work -- slavery, sexual addiction, prison hunger strikes -- has been conducive to that, but it’s also in the way he uniquely handles the words, imag…

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There is an embarrassment of science fiction riches right now in popular culture. One subsect of the genre is space-based hard sci-fi. Star Wars this, Star Trek that, even comic book superheroes are leaping upward and into the beyond. Space-as-a-setting content is everywhere.

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The 25-year-old was first solo female rapper to top the Billboard Hot 100 chart in nearly 20 years. She's also won five BET Hip Hop Awards and a Billboard Music Award.

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Country music legend Willie Nelson debuted a new election-themed song at a Texas rally for Senate candidate Beto O'Rourke, getting the crowd to join in the chorus of "Vote 'Em Out."

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Marty Balin, whose tenor voice provided hits for the '60s psychedelic rock band Jefferson Airplane, has died, his publicist and family said in a statement.

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The New York Times reported that actress Asia Argento paid actor Jimmy Bennett $380,000 after he accused her of sexually assaulting him in 2013. Argento denied the allegations in a statement, according to the Huffington Post.

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NEW YORK — MSNBC’s Joy Reid, under fire for homophobic language in old blog posts, apologized Saturday for any past comments that belittled or mocked the LGBTQ community and says she hasn’t been able to verify her claim that her account was hacked.