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Music Review: Eubanks, Jordan display special chemistry on new CD

Kevin Eubanks & Stanley Jordan, "Duets" (Mack Avenue)

Kevin Eubanks has gotten his jazz groove back since stepping down as "Tonight Show" band leader in 2010. On "Duets," he teams with fellow guitar virtuoso Stanley Jordan for an intimate, relaxed session that's more spontaneous than over-produced, mixing jazz standards, contemporary pop tunes and original compositions.

Galleries highlight special exhibits for 'Art Around Town'

For several years Capital Arts has sponsored an evening gallery crawl. This year the name has been changed to Art Around Town to represent the galleries around Jefferson City.

Exhibit to display art works of local couple

Runge Nature Center invites the public to celebrate the art and photography by an area couple on April 2.

Music Review: Marcus Miller explores his African roots on new release

Marcus Miller, "Afrodeezia" (Blue Note)

Inspired by his work as spokesperson for UNESCO's Slave Route Project, bass guitarist, composer and producer Marcus Miller takes listeners on a groove-filled musical odyssey on "Afrodeezia." The CD explores how the rhythms and melodies brought from Africa shaped the music of the U.S., Latin America and the Caribbean.

From the Stacks: ‘The Shell Collector’ is poetic short-story collection

“Everything runs into the river, he thinks...

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Movie Review: 'Get Hard' plays with stereotypes with mixed success

While the stereotypes in "Get Hard" may be gross exaggerations, its characters live in the real world: A place where the chasm between rich and poor is vast and growing; where black men are disproportionately jailed and white-collar criminals often evade punishment.

Music Review: 'Balas y Chocolate' equal parts emotion, style

Lila Downs, "Balas y Chocolate" (Sony Music)

Fluency in Spanish isn't necessary to understand Lila Downs' shape-shifting voice: It transcends language, carrying pure emotion.

Music Review: Van Morrison breaks mold in diverse duets album

Van Morrison -- "Duets: Re-Working the Catalogue," RCA Records

The duets format can be a lazy way to go, a predictable romp that showcases familiar old songs. Not so with Van Morrison's new collection "Duets: Re-Working the Catalogue" which skips obvious hits like "Moondance" and "Brown-Eyed Girl" for overlooked, sometimes eccentric tracks from memorable albums like "The Healing Game" and "A Period of Transition."

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Movie Review: Animated alien adventure 'Home' lands with a thud

In "Home," the latest adventure from DreamWorks Animation, the misfit alien protagonist is called Oh ("The Big Bang Theory's" Jim Parsons) simply because that's the resigned reaction everyone has when he's around.

Music Review: 2 gospel quartets are inextricably linked

The Fairfield Four, "Still Rockin' My Soul" (Fairfield Four Records) / McCrary Sisters, "Let's Go" (MCC Records)

The Fairfield Four and the McCrary Sisters are Nashville, Tennessee, gospel quartets that are inextricably linked.

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Solve the crime from your seat during mystery theater

The audience is able to play sleuth at the dinner mystery theater “Murder at the Half Moon Club” by naming the murderer.

Facebook’s Messenger app adding more ways to connect

Facebook is trying to mold its Messenger app into a more versatile communications hub as smartphones create new ways for people to connect with friends and businesses beyond the walls of the company’s ubiquitous social network.

‘Stand by Me’ among 25 records being preserved at US library

One of the most broadcast songs of the 20th century, Ben E. King’s “Stand by Me,” has been selected for preservation at the Library of Congress, along with recordings from Joan Baez, The Righteous Brothers, Steve Martin and the darker sounds of the band Radiohead.

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Movie Review: Pacino, a strong ensemble charm in 'Danny Collins'

"I was the real thing once," opines Al Pacino's rock star protagonist Danny Collins in a moment of late-in-life crisis.

Music Review: Kendrick returns with an impressive sophomore album

Kendrick Lamar, "To Pimp a Butterfly" (Interscope Records)

Rapper Kendrick Lamar went three years without releasing an album, taking his time to craft an impressive sophomore effort in "To Pimp a Butterfly."


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