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‘Beasts’ is Not So Fantastic

'Beasts' is brave enough to detach just enough from its enormously successful predecessor, however, the film relies too much on its pre-established and well-realized setting and lore.
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Ten Songs for the Turkey Drop

If you were a victim of the Turkey Drop, the excitement of seeing your significant other back home after months away at college turned to crying by a leftover turkey sandwich when they said it wasn’...
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21 Savage to Hit Velvet Jones

21 Savage is young, charismatic and will not filter himself for anyone.
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Neko Case Enchants Campbell Hall

There was something pure of the way Case poured her heart into her own words, making them echo against the walls of Campbell hall with intention.
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Poet Paul Tran Enlivens Santa Barbara

“This war is not over, America. This war is not over, America,” Tran repeated as they elaborated on the adversity their mother faced in her efforts to establish a new home.
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The Orwells Set to Rock Velvet Jones this Saturday

Imperfection is The Orwells’ comfort zone, and no live performance is exactly as recorded. The Orwells are consistently off the wall, but behind the leather-clad punks, there is immense musical tale...
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Art of the Black Panther Party Celebrates a Revolution

Douglas had constructed iconic images, that embodied the Black Panther Party’s persona of the militant and revolutionary poor, one that resonated with and began to define the insurgent minority.
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‘Moonlight’ Glimmers on the Silver Screen

For African Americans and the LGBT community, 'Moonlight' is a personal and poignant representation of a queer African American male, a character not commonly portrayed in film, struggling with the ha...
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Camp Flog Gnaw Festival Returns to L.A.

Ultimately, Tyler, The Creator exceeded the expectations of many music-lovers and critics and established his illustrious carnival as a staple of the West Coast festival scene.
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‘All the Way’ Captures Election Anxiety

Johnson became president in the worst way he could have imagined — in the wake of John F. Kennedy’s assassination in 1963.
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The Garden Rocks Velvet Jones

In The Garden’s world, there is no focus on wanting to fit in with what is deemed to be cool in the punk scene. They dare to defy gender roles, genre molds and the tangents of normality.
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First Lady of Folk Joan Baez Sparkles at Arlington

For the past 50 years, Baez — a dedicated social activist — has explored forms of social expression through her music.
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Bernhard Showcases Talent and Heart

The tiny, yet immensely passionate cast is remarkably in-sync with one another, chiming chorus lines at the exact same time and spitting in to metal cans in unison.
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Morrissey Lights Santa Barbara Aglow for Dia de Los Muertos

As I passed a group of sequin-clad skeletons savaging a Donald Trump piñata, something occurred to me: Morrissey couldn’t have picked a better event to play.
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Doctor Strange: A Fun, Magical Ride

“Doctor Strange,” despite some pretty noticeable flaws, is still a bunch of fun to watch, with the quips we’ve come to expect from Marvel.
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