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Obamas get into holiday spirit at benefit concert

Obama Christmas in Washington

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The Obamas celebrated the holiday season Sunday with "The Rock" and singers Rita Ora and Darius Rucker. Read more

Music lover puts work into making mandolins

Mandolin Reign

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James Bernabe's nondescript backyard workshop is a hideaway of sorts. Read more

Ohio girl hurt at fair challenges Indiana damages cap

Indiana Fair Stage Collapse

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Attorneys for a 13-year-old Ohio girl hurt when a stage collapsed at the Indiana State Fair argued Monday that the state's cap on liability damages is unconstitutional and should be thrown out by the Indiana Court of Appeals. Read more

More than 100,000 lights dance to music at park

For the first time in nearly a decade, Gary Shepard's Freeland home isn't the canvas for an animated, musical holiday light show. Read more

Holiday store music sets tone for buying

In malls all across the state, the sound of "Jingle Bells" and "Deck the Halls" can be heard wafting from unobtrusive speakers. Holiday music is intended to make shoppers feel nostalgic, optimistic and generous — all emotions that can equate to sales. Read more

Greenwich writer tells new story of 'Star Spangled Banner'

It's hard to sing, its wording is old-fashioned and it commemorates an obscure battle in an obscure war. Read more

Obamas get into holiday spirit at benefit concert

Obama Christmas in Washington

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The Obamas celebrated the holiday season with "The Rock" and singers Rita Ora and Darius Rucker. Read more

R&B star Jeremih charged after airport incident

R&B star Jeremih and two others face charges in New Jersey after one of the men allegedly opened a door to a boarding ramp at Newark International Airport after it had been closed to prepare for takeoff. Read more

Review: A charming 'Soul Doctor' returns to NY

Theater Review Soul Doctor

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You don't have to be Jewish to love Shlomo — but it helps. Read more

La Salle's Bob Dylan collection getting noticed

The question has lingered in song since it was first posed in the 1960s: Read more

Asheville Christmas Jam donates $500K to charity

The annual Christmas Jam held by Warren Haynes has written its biggest check yet to Habitat for Humanity. Read more

12-year-old cellist playing with orchestra in SD

A 12-year-old cellist has been sharing the stage with the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra during its annual holiday concerts. Read more

Pipe organist still playing music at 82

Exchange Pipe Organ Player

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It's been over 50 years since one of her friends in the congregation at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church asked Virginia Knapp if she was interested in learning to play the church's pipe organ. Read more

Sam Smith, Taylor Swift own the night at Jingle Ball

Z100 Jingle Ball 2014 - Show

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If you wanted to make a time capsule of what happened in pop music this year, Friday night's Jingle Ball — the annual extravaganza held in Madison Square Garden put on by pop station Z100 — would most likely provide the most accurate account. Read more

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Families of young, unarmed black men killed by police joined by thousands in protest Read more

New Ailey dance pays tribute to civil rights icon

Dance-Ailey-Civil Rights

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It would seem the timing could hardly be more apt for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's new civil rights-themed piece, "Odetta," a tribute to the late folk singer often referred to as the voice of the civil rights movement. Read more

Aretha serenades Swift as Billboard honors both

2014 Billboard Women In Music Luncheon

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It'll be hard for Taylor Swift top this as a birthday gift: A birthday serenade from none other than the Queen of Soul. Read more

Orchestra show, cowboy ball among weekend events

People throughout South Dakota have access to holiday entertainment this weekend. Read more

Cuba: Rappers targeted by USAID program 'victims'

Cuba Secret Hip Hop

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Cuban rappers targeted by a clandestine U.S. program are "victims" unknowingly swept into an effort to spark an anti-government youth movement, the Cuban government said Friday in its first reaction to an Associated Press investigation into the initiative. Read more

Director mourns 'Side Show' closing on Broadway

Theater Review Side Show

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Show business is fickle. Just ask the folks in "Side Show." Read more

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