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The Mix: 57th Street Art Fair, Asian Pop-Up Cinema and more cool things to do April 15-21

There’s much to check out online and in person in Chicago in the week ahead.

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Mick Jagger and Dave Grohl team up for pandemic anthem

"It’s a song that I wrote about coming out of lockdown, with some much needed optimism," Jagger said of the song "Eazy Sleazy."

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Nipsey Hussle bio, ‘Decoding Despacito,’ a dinosaur guide for kids and 6 more must-read new books

Other mini-reviews of books worth a read are from Gabriela Garcia, Joe Ide, Virgil Abloh, Hanif Abdurraqib and John Woodrow Cox. Plus ‘Black Panther: Tales of Wakanda.’

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Luke Bryan tests positive for COVID-19, sidelined from ‘American Idol’

Paula Abdul, an original judge on the talent show when it aired on Fox, was announced as Bryan’s replacement for Monday’s show, joining Lionel Richie and Katy Perry on the panel.

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Spotify podcast ‘Dissect’ examines Kanye West’s ‘Yeezus’ song by song

The Chicago native’s sixth album is a double-platinum RIAA certified record.

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Rapper DMX dead at 50

The Grammy-nominated performer died after suffering "catastrophic cardiac arrest," according to the hospital in White Plains, New York, where he died.

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Andrea Bocelli tour — latest arena trek headed to Chicago

The 21-date "Believe" tour, in support of Bocelli’s new album of the same name, kicks off Oct. 13 in Milwaukee.

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The Mix: Chicago Latino Film Festival, PrideArts Spring Fest and more cool things to do April 8-15

There’s much to check out online and in person in Chicago in the week ahead.

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Prayer vigil held outside hospital for rapper DMX

The 50-year-old was admitted to a New York hospital on Friday, following a heart attack.

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Longtime Chicago stagehand Jolly Roger to get a new smile with help from his friends

A GoFundMe campaign has raised over $47,000 from about 400 donors. Ben Lovett of Mumford & Sons donated $5,000.

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Rapper DMX on life support after suffering heart attack

Rapper DMX has been admitted to a hospital in New York. His attorney Murray Richman said he could not confirm reports that DMX, 50, overdosed on drugs and was not sure what caused the heart attack.

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Earth, Wind & Fire vs. The Isley Brothers next up in Verzuz battle

Two of funk/R&B’s finest are set to meet in what could be one of the most anticipated Verzuz battles to date.

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Closed for a year, Berwyn’s Wire music club is for sale

The owners hope to find a buyer who wants to keep using the space for live performances.

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James Taylor kicking off rescheduled 2021 tour at the United Center

Tickets for the original tour dates will be honored.

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The Mix: The WNDR Museum, Art on theMart and more cool things to do in Chicago April 1-7

There’s much to check out online and in person in Chicago in the week ahead.

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How churches, community organizations created safe spaces for South Side teenagers via hip-hop

Nacrobats MC Pugs Atomz: ‘You were desperate to find hip-hop at that time. The flier culture was so big back then. It was a competition who had the best fliers for their events.’

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Ariana Grande will join ‘The Voice’ next season as a coach

Grande will be joined by Blake Shelton, Kelly Clarkson and John Legend. The 20th season of "The Voice" is currently on air and features those three singers along with Nick Jonas.

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BTS publicly condemns anti-Asian racism

BTS is one of the first South Korean bands to openly condemn anti-Asian racism. K-pop bands are known to be careful about maintaining personas created by their labels, which often muzzle stars on touchy subjects like race and mental health.

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Dion Payton, legendary Chicago underground blues guitarist, dead at 70

His style, talent and personality inspired many musicians; his 43rd Street Blues Band was a regular at the Kingston Mines.

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Carrie Underwood celebrates her faith on debut gospel album

Underwood will perform the new album during a livestream event from the Ryman Auditorium on Easter Sunday via her Facebook page. Donations raised during the event will benefit Save the Children.

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It’s a new day for ’80s ‘jangle’ courtesy of Pylon, ‘Strum and Thrum’ box sets

While many ’80s songs, great or not, have a time-stamped feel, Pylon’s 40-year-old debut and much of "Strum & Thrum" burst from the speakers with contemporary power.

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Kaskade, Griz, Zeds Dead among the lineup for North Coast Music Festival 2021

The festival moves to SeatGeek stadium in Bridgeview for Labor Day weekend.

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Tina Turner makes your pulse react once more in HBO documentary

Uplifting movie blends the singer’s dramatic life story, of abuse and struggle and triumphant comeback, with knockout performance clips.

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The Mix: ‘Window Plays,’ MLK concert and more cool things to do in Chicago March 25-31

There’s plenty to see and do online and in-person in the week ahead.

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Tina Turner HBO doc is her ‘farewell’ to fans, husband says

The documentary — coupled with bio-musical "Tina," which opened on Broadway in 2019 before the COVID-19 shutdown — is essentially her "goodbye" to her American fans, Tina’s husband Erwin Bach says in the film.

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Albums by Janet Jackson, Nas, song by Kermit the Frog added to National Recording Registry

The Library of Congress announced Wednesday that Labelle’s song "Lady Marmalade" and Kool & the Gang’s "Celebration" are some of the titles tapped for preservation this year. The national library also selected Kermit the Frog’s "The Rainbow Connection."

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Singer B.J. Thomas reveals stage four lung cancer diagnosis

Thomas, perhaps best-known for his chart-topping hit "Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head," is receiving treatment at a Texas health care facility.

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Elton John inviting everyone to his virtual Oscar night party this year

The Elton John AIDS Foundation is inviting everyone to an hourlong, virtual pre-show Oscar party special hosted by Neil Patrick Harris and with a performance by Dua Lipa. Proceeds will go to young people at risk and living with HIV all over the world.

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‘Genius: Aretha’: A respectable bio with music as its heart and Cynthia Erivo as its soul

The rising star plays all the layers of the R&B queen in a flawed but fulfilling miniseries premiering Sunday on the National Geographic Channel.

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Former Met Opera and Ravinia conductor James Levine dead at 77

Levine died March 9 in Palm Springs, California, of natural causes, his physician of 17 years, Dr. Len Horovitz, said Wednesday.

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The Mix: Chicago Shakespeare streaming, Restaurant Week and more fun things to do March 18-24

There’s much to do in the week ahead in Chicago.

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Ravinia announces return of concerts this summer

The Highland Park venue announced a six-week series by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and a lineup of other concerts to be announced in April.