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  • More delights than duds in MusicNOW series opener

     More delights than duds in MusicNOW series opener
    The concert that opened the MusicNOW season Monday night at the Harris Music and Dance Theater also signaled a closing. Or at least the prelude to a closing. For 2014-15 will mark Mason Bates' and Anna Clyne's fifth and final season as Chicago Symphony Orchestra composers in residence and co-curators of the CSO's valuable contemporary music series.
  • Concert review: Beach Boys upbeat and at home at Irvine Bowl

    Concert review: Beach Boys upbeat and at home at Irvine Bowl
    There went Mike Love, the 73-year-old Beach Boys singer, songwriter and musician, at the Irvine Bowl — but this time, not on stage. Rather, the vocalist, dressed in his usual performance garb of Hawaiian shirt, black pants and baseball cap, was...

    Digital Audience Ratings: 'The Voice' Hits High Note Following Premiere, #DeviousArmy Assembles for Season 3

    Each week Variety publishes ListenFirst Digital Audience Ratings (DAR), a measurement of fan engagement across all the major digital platforms as it relates to TV shows (see the film version here). Provided by ListenFirst Media, DAR measures what...

    'Gone Girl' is a sharp object

    'Gone Girl' is a sharp object
    ***1/2 (out of four) Cunning as a raptor and nearly as fast, “Gone Girl” is an anesthetic-free dissection of human nature. It pulls the masks off its manipulative characters and reveals something bloody and ugly underneath. Again: This is not...

    'Bright Star' wears its old-fashioned heart on its gingham sleeve

    There were times during "Bright Star," the quaint new musical by comedy-legend-turned modern-Renaissance-man Steve Martin and singer-songwriter Edie Brickell, when I wondered if my interminable journey on I-5 had led me to the Old Globe Theatre, where the...