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Though it may have interfaced with the music of Duke Ellington in passing over the years, the Los Angeles Philharmonic is addressing the Ellington legacy in a meaningful way this month with a miniseries of concerts at the Disney. 

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The moment Tom MacRae knew it was time to take the leap from successful veteran TV writer to novice lyricist came when he watched the joy and acceptance showered on Jamie Campbell — a 16-year-old with drag queen aspirations who wanted to go to the prom in a dress and heels.

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After spending the bulk of quarantine writing its latest album, “I Went to Hell and Back” — which releases on Feb. 4 — U.K. alt-rockers As It Is are ready to make the trip overseas. 

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DTLA has a plethora of opportunities to ring in 2022, from virtual events to immersive underground parties. There’s plenty to choose from below.

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Journalists Brad Tolinski and Chris Gill knew Eddie Van Halen, having interviewed the late Van Halen guitarist over the course of the musician’s career. 

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For seven days, celebrants will light candles, share stories and contemplate the seven principles of Kwanzaa. Beginning on Dec. 26, the celebration pulls in traditions from harvest and the African diaspora and emphasizes community and life.