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MTV Video Music Awards opts for outdoor performances, scraps indoor sets

Organizers had planned for some performances inside Brooklyn’s Barclays Center for the Aug. 30 show, but say they will follow the guidance of state and local officials to move them outside.

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Kanye West poised to be bounced from Illinois presidential ballot: Not enough valid signatures

The Illinois State Board of Elections found that West did not file the required 2,500 valid signatures needed to qualify for the ballot.

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Days after Gold Coast murder of FBG Duck, rapper’s mother calls for no retaliatory shootings

"I am asking that his fans, friends of my son, to please not seek retaliation in the death of my son…As his mother, I want to say please put the guns down so that the generation of tomorrow can grow and live and long and healthy life."

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After recovering from coronavirus, Placido Domingo vows to clear name from sexual misconduct allegations

Tenor claims "I never abused anyone" but multiple women accused him of sexual harassment and abusing his power while at LA Opera and the Washington National Opera.

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The Mix: Dance for Life and more cool things to do in Chicago Aug. 6-12

There’s a whole lot of local entertainment options to enjoy online and in person in the week ahead.

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Neil Young sues Trump campaign: Stop using my music

Neil Young has sued President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign, saying he doesn’t want his music used as a theme song for what he calls a divisive un-American campaign of ignorance and hate

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‘Drive ’N Drag’ brings biggest stars from hit series to Chicago live show

The drive-in theaterlike event at Soldier Field’s South parking lot showcases queens from various seasons of "RuPaul’s Drag Race."

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Status of Summer: What Chicago festivals, events are canceled, postponed, moved online

Here’s the latest updates on this year’s changing entertainment landscape.

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Michael P. Smith, much-recorded star of Chicago’s folk and club scene, dead at 78

Beside writing songs including ‘The Dutchman,’ the Chicago folk music pillar wrote stage scores including Steppenwolf’s ‘The Grapes of Wrath’ and Victory Gardens’ ‘The Snow Queen.’

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Tamar Braxton posts heartfelt thank you to boyfriend for ‘saving my life’

Braxton posted a lengthy message on social media late Saturday that paid tribute to David Adefeso being her "angel on earth." She said she is grateful for Adefeso who found her "lifeless" in their home, saying it "couldn’t have been easy" for him.

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South Siders revel in Jeremiah Collier’s ‘uplifting’ porch session music jams

A Facebook video of Jeremiah Collier’s Park Manor-based band collective that went viral with the tagline "There’s more Beauty in Chicago than there is Ugly... believe me there is…" has over a million views to date.

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Pianist Larry Novak, ‘a giant’ of Chicago jazz, dies

The musician was known for his 1960s club tenures at the London House and Mr. Kelly’s.

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When pandemic hit, a Chicago jazz icon’s world fell apart. Friends helped put it together again.

In his 80s and living alone, being unable to perform sent pianist and teacher Erwin Helfer into a spiral of depression. But proper care and friendship pulled him through.

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‘Black is King’: Beyoncé dedicates celebration of Black beauty, retelling of ‘Lion King’ to son

The trailblazer, 38, continued her push toward equality with the release of her raw and honest visual album "Black is King," which explores the beauty of blackness that is at best undervalued and at worst discriminated against.  

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A virtual Lollapalooza has its virtues

Yes, the raw feeling of live music is missing, but being online gave this year’s fest a better chance to emphasize women, artists of color, social change and Chicago.

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Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande top MTV VMA nominations; quarantine categories added

Gaga and Grande both scored nine nominations each, including video of the year for their No. 1 dance hit. "Rain on Me" is also competing for song of the year, best collaboration, best pop, best cinematography, best visual effects and best choreography.

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A new blues compilation showcasing Japanese artists reveals the genre’s well-traveled roots

Delmark Records’ "No Border Blues Japan" shines a spotlight on the impact of tours by Chicago blues artists to Japan since the 1970s.

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The Mix: A virtual Fiesta del Sol and more cool things to do July 30-Aug. 5

There’s a whole lot of local entertainment options to enjoy online and in person in the week ahead.

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A movie that Go-Go’s there: Documentary digs deep into band’s history

Comprehensive Showtime film details how the punk-turned-pop stars wrote their hits and blazed a trail for women rockers.

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Virtual Lollapalooza was ‘a massive undertaking,’ Perry Farrell says

The festival founder called in favors from big-name friends to secure footage for the free online showcase, with its emphasis on charity missions and civic engagement.

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Madonna’s coronavirus post flagged, then removed by Instagram

The singer was "making false claims about cures and prevention methods for COVID-19," the social media site says.

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Lollapalooza’s virtual 2020 schedule is here

The 4-day music festival will run from July 30 to Aug. 2, airing exclusively on YouTube each night at 5 p.m.

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Lloyd, Bobby V., Do Or Die to headline drive-in music festival at Soldier Field

Five local concert promoters aim to take concertgoers on a "trip down memory lane" via The Drive-In Fest.

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They call themselves the ’Rona Quartet after the disease that has kept so many musicians apart

The four French horn players — all Chicago-area musicians — have been playing at various locations.

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House passes bill to create Latino museum on National Mall

The Congressional Hispanic Caucus hailed the bill’s passage, noting that a museum honoring Latinos has been under consideration for more than 15 years.

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Grammy winner Rhiannon Giddens to head up Silkroad music collective

Giddens takes up the baton from renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma, who founded the group two decades ago. The 43-year-old North Carolina native is the first woman and first multiracial artist to lead Silkroad.

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Andrea Bocelli recovered from COVID but says lockdown made him feel ‘humiliated’

The singer’s announcement in May that he had recovered from the virus came weeks after his Easter Sunday performance in Milan’s empty cathedral.

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Paul McCartney, Chance the Rapper among Lollapalooza 2020 ‘fan-favorite’ official lineup

The star-studded roster includes classic sets by Paul McCartney, Chance the Rapper, Arcade Fire, Outkast, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Metallica and more.

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The sounds of DaBaby’s drive-in concert: beats, honking horns and sighs of relief

Despite a short set by the superstar headliner, many fans were thrilled finally to be hearing live music again at socially distanced Headlights Festival in Hazel Crest.

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Millennium Park At Home concert canceled amid singer’s allegations of censorship

On Thursday the city’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) canceled a virtual concert featuring Sen Morimoto and Tasha.

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Peter Green, Fleetwood Mac guitarist, dies at 73

The law firm Swan Turton announced the death in a statement Saturday. It said he died "peacefully in his sleep."

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Live theater returns to Chicago as ‘Judy and Liza’ reopens, configured for safety

Greenhouse Theater owner hopes stage fans can forget their troubles and get happy at the two-woman tribute show.