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95th Street Elementary learns to play jazz

Ninety-fifth Street Elementary School’s music program has been jazzed up this year, as the Symphonic Jazz Orchestra’s “Bach to Bebop” residency taught students how to compose original blues songs, improvise on the keyboard, analyze song striation structure, and experience some ...

‘Music in the Air’ tonight

West Coast Classical will present tonight at 7:30 a performance of “Music in the Air” at the Palmdale Playhouse, 38334 10th St. East. The performance is one of three special events this weekend with the culmination set for tomorrow at ...

‘Thunder Cruise’ set June 10

The city of Lancaster and Kid’s Charities encourage residents to mark their calendars for the June 10 Thunder Cruise In from 6 to 9 p.m. on the BLVD loop between Genoa and Beech avenues.

Michael Jace convicted of second-degree murder

Michael Jace, an actor who portrayed a Los Angeles police officer on the television series “The Shield,” was convicted of second-degree murder Tuesday for shooting his wife in front of their two young children in their Hyde Park home in ...

Digital Fairy Tale: Princess Shaw prepares to receive her public

The power of the Internet to transform virtual unknowns into the global stratosphere is by now well established, with perhaps its foremost example being the Canadian tour de force that is Justin Bieber. Thanks to the miracle of cyber tech, ...

Father Comes Home from the Wars’ into a world of confusion

Sterling K. Brown turns in a sterling performance in the Center Theatre Group’s production of “Father Comes Home from the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3),” playing at the Mark Taper Forum through May 15.

President Obama, public leaders, mourn Prince

The reaction to the passing of Prince Rogers Nelson, more commonly simply known as Prince, has come from all reaches of society. Prince was found unresponsive at Paisley Park – his home and entertainment compound – in the early morning ...

Book and art festival on May 7

Palmdale City Library and Legacy Commons for Active Seniors will host on May 7 a book festival and ARTown Fusion, a celebration of literacy and artistic culture for all ages. The event will take place from noon to 4 p.m. ...

Genealogy class set tomorrow

Palmdale residents who wish to delve into their family tree can attend a free “Genealogy and the Internet” session tomorrow at 11 a.m. at the Chimbole Cultural Center, 38350 Sierra Highway.

Hollywood by Choice

Friday, April 22 the much talked about, highly controversial film “Nina” will be released in theaters. The film stars the very popular actress Zoe Saldana as Nina Simone. Because she does not remotely favor Simone, Saldana’s skin was cosmetically darkened, ...

Music icon Prince dead at 57

The death of musical icon Prince prompted a flood of stunned tributes from luminaries in the worlds of music and entertainment Thursday, all hailing the 57-year-old icon for penning the soundtrack of a generation.

Hollywood by Choice

When I say “get your laugh on,” I really mean it. Two new films will have you laughing out loud. It’s rich Black humor at its best. Friday, April 15, Ice-Cube is back in the barber seat with “Barbershop The ...

Hollywood by Choice

A big question mark looms over Hollywood at this time of the year. It’s pilot season and this year’s proposed new crop of network shows is now in production. Which of these shows will be break-out hits, which will flop ...

Biopics reflect the duality of genius

The problem with casting prominent actors in biographies is the difficulty of forgetting the celebrity of the performer in the role of a real life person

Author Toni Morrison receives the PEN Award

Nobel Prize-winning novelist and Princeton University professor emeritus Toni Morrison has received the 2016 PEN/Saul Bellow Award for Achievement in American Fiction.