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  • Performing arts

    Ukelele in hand, singer-songwriter Aleyna Yim proves ‘South Bay’s Got Talent’

    Aleyna Yim charmed the judges with a self-penned song in a performance that was part pop, part rap and all confidence, winning Saturday night’s “South Bay’s Got Talent” competition at Torrance’s Armstrong Theater. Accompanying herself on the ukelele, Yim impressed a panel of six expert judges, all employed in various elements of the entertainment industry. The event featured 22 performers — most under 21 and some still attending local...

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  • Music festivals

    Music Tastes Good: 10 rock star chefs you gotta try

    When it comes to most music festivals, the musicians are the stars of the show. But things are a little different at the two-day Music Tastes Good festival, which returns to Long Beach Sept. 30-Oct. 1 at Marina Green Park. At this festival, which celebrates food as much as it does music, the rock stars share the spotlight with culinary stars. More than 40 bands are on the busy lineup, including headliners Ween, who perform on the Long Beach stage at 8:20 p.m. Sept. 30 and...

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  • Concerts

    Linkin Park to perform tribute show for Chester Bennington

    Linkin Park will play a one-night-only concert in tribute to late lead singer Chester Bennington. Warner Bros. Records says the show will take place at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles on Oct. 27. It’s the first time that Linkin Park will perform since Bennington’s July 20 death at his house in Palos Verdes Estates. Warner Bros. says individual band members intend to contribute their fees from the show to Music For Relief in memory of Bennington. The...

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  • News

    Rose Bowl offers naming rights, here’s what the field will be called

    PASADENA >> For the first time, the Rose Bowl’s storied field — home to hundreds of gridiron and soccer clashes and live performances by the world’s top musicians — could bear a name. But it won’t be of a corporate sponsor. The field will be named for Silicon Valley real estate investor and

    Christopher Yee
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  • Concerts

    How to see Prophets of Rage perform at a Long Beach record store

    Politically charged supergroup Prophets of Rage will make an appearance at Long Beach’s Fingerprints Records, 420 E. Fourth St., for an in-store performance on Friday, Sept. 22. The

    Richard Guzman
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  • Entertainment

    Fall Films 2017: Can Wonder Woman, Luke Skywalker and Thor save the movies’ most serious season?

    It’s fall, the time when people who think about movies usually get excited about thoughtful films. Maybe not so much this year, though. Following a disastrous summer at the box office, cinephiles of all stripes are most concerned about the health of the theatrical industry. Many, therefore, hope that the season’s surest things among summer-like blockbusters — “Thor: Ragnorok,” “Justice League,” “Star Wars: The Last Jedi”...

    Bob Strauss
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  • Entertainment

    These are the movie release dates for the 91 most anticipated films of fall 2017

    SEPT. 22 Battle of the Sexes: The famed 1973 tennis match between Billie Jean King (Oscar-winner Emma Stone) and Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell) is dramatized in this film from “Little Miss Sunshine” directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris. Cast includes Andrea Riseborough, Sarah Silverman, Bill Pullman, Alan Cumming and Elisabeth Shue. Friend Request: When a college student unfriends a mysterious girl online, she finds herself fighting a demonic presence...

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  • Entertainment

    10 most anticipated films of Fall 2017

    We thought about giving this story a catchy headline like “Ten Movies You Must See Before You Die This Fall,” but then if you took that too literally you wouldn’t be around to see how we did — which of our picks ended up getting Oscar love, which would clean-up at the box office, and which were destined for an eternity of cult adoration. There are some big trends of note in the many, many, many films on the docket for the fall. Women continue to get a bigger...

    Peter Larsen
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  • Music

    Steve Smith: Rolling Stones hit the road again, Steely Dan to carry on, Oingo Boingo Dance Party sets Halloween shows

    In March 1965, The Rolling Stones undertook their first European tour. Last Saturday in Hamburg, Germany, with 74-year-old Mick Jagger continuing to defy nature by dancing up a storm for a full two hours, the band kicked off its No Filter Tour, its 18th invasion of the continent, reports Britain’s Mirror. This new 14-date tour runs through the end of October, wrapping with the band inaugurating the new 40,000-seat U Arena in Paris with trio of gigs. Earlier...

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  • Entertainment

    Class Act: Let’s call this fall ‘Leonard Bernstein season’

    Leonard Bernstein — composer, conductor, pianist, educator, television pioneer, etc. — was born Aug. 25, 1918, which means that the many, but not all, of the upcoming classical music seasons will be filled with Lenny’s music. Much of Bernstein’s output will be played, some pieces more than once, although not all of his vast oeuvre will be programmed — for example, if you want to hear all three of Bernstein’s symphonies, you’ll have to...

    Robert D. Thomas
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