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12 things to do this weekend in Southern California

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| The best, boldest and weirdest picks for this weekend include an Edwardian ball, a cookie convention, a free Mardi Gras shindig and more.

In 'Candide,' LA Opera livens up Bernstein's too-big Broadway show

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“Candide” contains some of the best Bernstein: It isn’t just melodious, it is prodigiously tuney. As my companion said, “It would be hard to sleep through this.” Yet it is just as hard to stay engaged with it.

Common and Diane Warren's Oscar-nominated song asks us to 'Stand Up for Something'

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The songwriters are nominated for the song from “Marshall,” a film about the early legal career of Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall.

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Musical diplomacy rules the day at a jazz festival in Cuba

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This year's International Jazz Plaza Festival in Havana included some U.S. musicians visiting for the first time, and even performances by expatriates.

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Fantasy movie leagues are a betting haven for film buffs

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Just as with fantasy sports leagues, hardcore movie fans get to pretend what it's like to wield some power in the industry.

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Academy Award nominees hear from protesters on Latino representation

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The National Hispanic Media Coalition organized the protest to call attention to the lack of representation for Latinos in Hollywood.

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'Black Lightning' creator on the masks black people often must wear

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Set in the fictional town of Freeland, Salim Akil's new CW series touches on gang violence, social justice and police brutality.

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John Mahoney, who played cranky dad on 'Frasier,' dies at 77

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Mahoney played Martin Crane, father of Kelsey Grammer's Frasier and David Hyde Pierce's Niles. The series, a hit spinoff of "Cheers," aired from 1993 to 2004.

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Filmmakers in the news: Del Toro poised for an Oscar and Tarantino under fire

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Actress Uma Thurman leveled accusations against both Harvey Weinstein and Quentin Tarantino in a bombshell interview with the New York Times.

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