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PALMDALE – The Palmdale City Library, located at 700 E. Palmdale Blvd., will host the next meeting of the African American Authors Book Club to discuss the memoir Moving Forward by Haitian-American activist, lecturer, and political commentator Karine Jean-Pierre at 6:45 p.m., Jan. 21,

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PALMDALE — The City of Palmdale is looking for local authors and artists to participate in the fifth annual Inkwell: Palmdale’s Book & Art Festival scheduled for May 2 at Legacy Commons for Active Seniors, 930 E. Ave. Q-9 in Palmdale.

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PALMDALE — The Palmdale Playhouse, located at 38334 10th St. East in Palmdale, will celebrate the opening of its newest art exhibit titled “Africa Moves: The Legacy of Vernon Charles Lawhorn.”

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The third edition of the “Bad Boys” franchise starts as it must do: With a gleaming Porsche swerving at impossible speeds through Miami traffic under the expert control of Will Smith, with Martin Lawrence growing very sick beside him.

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Auditions for Cedar Street Theatre’s production of “The Cherry Orchard,” by Anton Chekhov, are scheduled for 7 p.m., Jan. 17 and 3 p.m., Jan. 18 at the Mewbarn, 42524 N. 23rd St. West, Lancaster. Callbacks will take place from 2-5 p.m., Jan. 19.

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The nation’s premier Rat Pack Tribute will return to the Lancaster Performing Arts Center at 8 p.m., Jan. 18 for an evening of music and comedy.

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On Jan. 10, the collective music world was shocked to receive the news that Neil Peart, famed drummer of Rush, had passed away after a long bout with brain cancer.

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This week, we’re exploring LA restaurants, taking road trips to Pomona and Long Beach, admiring mural art in Pasadena and getting dapper at LACMA.

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Prince Rogers Nelson, the Pop music legend known as Prince is back from the grave and sounding better than ever, thanks to a recently buffed release of his iconic 1982 album “1999.”

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It’s obvious why the Greenhouse Cafe has been voted by Antelope Valley Press readers as the winner of AV’s Best Salads for the past 25 years. They have so many salads it’s simply amazing all the choices available—Carol’s, Chicken Caesar, Spinach, Tri Tip, Mandarin Chicken, Tossed, the Famous…

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“Hill Women: Finding Family and a Way Forward in the Appalachian Mountains,” Ballantine Books, by Cassie Chambers

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In this edition of Showcase, we will be interviewing Paul North. He has toured, managed and worked with classic English punk acts like the U.K. Subs and the Buzzcocks. He also operates a vinyl selling and tour service business called North Records in the U.K..

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Straight out of Birminghamburger, England to a grill near you, parody Heavy Metal tribute band Mac Sabbath returns to L.A., Jan. 18, to serve up their McDonald’s-themed tribute to English Metal band, Black Sabbath.

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This week, we’re getting into MOCA free, viewing colorful portraits in Culver City, getting our geek on in Long Beach, building LEGO masterpieces in Pasadena and celebrating the Year of the Rat in Monterey Park.

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The Gorman Learning Center Antelope Valley Resource Center theater group will present “100 Years of Broadway” at 6 p.m., Jan. 16 and 17 in the center’s gymnasium, at 3700 West Ave. L, in Lancaster. Tickets cost $10 each. Advance tickets are available at the student store. For details, email …

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Musician John “Dennis” Mancino is looking forward to picking up his music career after a brief hiatus.

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After a day of enjoying the snow in Rosamond, my companion and a couple of friends decided to dine at J’s Hideaway Family Diner. One step inside and everything shouts, “Proud to be an American!” The walls are filled with pictures of aircraft, the American flag, signs for all branches of the …

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The Palmdale City Library will host the next meeting of the free Holistic Poetry Program led by local poet Lida Abramian at 3 p.m., Jan. 4 at the Library, located at 700 E. Palmdale Blvd.

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It’s been a good time for World War I buffs — especially if they’re also movie buffs. A year ago director Peter Jackson applied state-of-the-art technology to century-old war footage to bring the Great War alive with sudden, stunning immediacy in his documentary “They Shall Not Grow Old.”

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I write this in the wee hours of the morning on the verge of a new decade. Out with the ’10s and in with the ’20s. I guess that’s what we decided to call this last bunch of years. Don’t worry, I’ll spare you from the gaggle of new roaring ’20s jokes and references that have flooded the Inter…

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This week, we’re checking out the California African-American Museum, sampling wine at Union Station, touring artworks of DTLA Metro rail stations, seeing aerial photographs at Glendale’s Forest Lawn and getting one last shot at some holiday pop ups.

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A new year brings hope for the future. If you are a movie fan, you hope 2020 brings the heartfelt drama, thrilling action and suspense, adventure, horror, comedy and romance you go to the movies to see. However, not all of the films scheduled for release this year will deliver.  

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There’s usually one film that tops lists whenever powerful legal thrillers are debated — “To Kill a Mockingbird,” set in the 1930s. Now comes a film showing how little has changed since then, based on a murder in the same Alabama town where Harper Lee wrote her masterpiece.

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This week, we’re seeing a selection from Getty’s photo collection, admiring the artistry of Rose Parade floats up close, bringing in 2020 at Grand Park and catching some exhibitions before they close in the first days of the new year.

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Craving Italian food last week prompted a visit to Gino’s Italian Restaurant. They have been voted AV’s best Italian restaurant year after year, so we were looking forward to having our cravings satisfied. 

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This week, we’re seeing movies amid Victorian homes, visiting exhibitions at LACMA, loitering at Barnsdall Park, shopping at Grand Central Market and exploring the themes of bondage and freedom in an exhibition in East Hollywood.

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Not much has caused a disturbance in the “Star Wars” galaxy quite like Rian Johnson’s “The Last Jedi,” an erratic but electric movie that, regardless of how you felt about it, was something worth arguing about. The same can’t be said for J. J. Abrams’ “Rise of Skywalker,” a scattershot, impa…

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Have you ever craved a particular flavor where you could almost taste it by just imagining it? Well, that is me on a daily basis. I close my eyes and think, “What do my taste buds crave today”? Then my mouth starts watering for just that flavor and nothing else will do. Last weekend while wa…

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The Antelope Valley could already be such a small world on it’s own. Once you’re involved in music and art, the Valley becomes even closer together.

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A limited number of tickets remain for the Antelope Valley Ballet’s 22nd annual production of “The Nutcracker” at the Lancaster Performing Arts Center this weekend.

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The Tehachapi Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Dr. David Newby will perform at 7 p.m., Dec. 13 at Country Oaks Baptist Church, 20915 Schout Road.