Arts & Culture

This Nov. 8, 2019 photo shows Leslie Odom Jr. posing for a portrait in New York his first album of all-original material, the 13-track “Mr.” (Photo by Christopher Smith/Invision/AP)

Broadway's Leslie Odom Jr. Shows Off His Songwriting Skills

He's sung Broadway tunes and he's done jazz standards. He's sung Christmas classics and a commercial jingle for Nationwide. Leslie Odom Jr. might be known primarily for singing other people's music but that's no longer the case.
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This image released by Netflix shows Joe Pesci, left, and Robert De Niro in a scene from "The Irishman." The film will make its world premiere at opening night of the New York Film Festival on September 27. (Niko Tavernise/Netflix via AP)

'Irishman' Named Best Picture By National Board of Review

Scorsese's sprawling crime epic “The Irishman” has been named best picture by the National Board of Review.
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In this Oct. 31, 2017, file photo, former President Barack Obama, right, and former first lady Michelle Obama appear at the Obama Foundation Summit in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)

The Obamas' Publisher Makes New Pledge To Education Organization

The publisher of Barack and Michelle Obama has pledged to donate 300,000 children’s books to a leading educational organization, adding to the 1 million copies already given.
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El Rey Billboard at Central Skyway E/O Mission (Photo credit: AP)

Oakland-Based Tequila Urges Consumers To 'Reign Supreme' In New Bay Area Billboard Campaign

The campaign arrives just in time for the Holiday season, putting the brand on the map for the Bay Area as an excellent gift choice for any tequila lover.
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LOS ANGELES - SEPTEMBER 21: Actress Shelley Morrison attends the 55th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at the Shrine Auditorium September 21, 2003 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Shelley Morrison, Rosario On 'Will & Grace,' Dies at 83

Morrison's publicist said she died on Sunday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles from heart failure. She was 83.
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Elsa, voiced by Idina Menzel, from left, Anna, voiced by Kristen Bell, Kristoff, voiced by Jonathan Groff and Sven in a scene from the animated film, "Frozen 2."

'Frozen 2' Ices Competition Again With Record Thanksgiving

"Frozen 2" kept a wintry wind at its back in its second week, setting a Thanksgiving record with a whopping box office bounty, while newcomer "Knives Out" found its own broad audience.
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HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 10: Gabrielle Union arrives at "America's Got Talent" Season 14 Live Show Red Carpet at Dolby Theatre on September 10, 2019 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/Getty Images)

Gabrielle Union Speaks Out Amid Reports She's Off NBC's 'America’s Got Talent'

Union is thanking supporters for defending her amid reports she was fired from “America’s Got Talent” after complaining about racism and other on-set issues. Without directly addressing her status with NBC’s talent show, the actress tweeted that the backing helped overcome feeling of being lost and...
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LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 12: Londoners dressed in Santa Claus costumes participate in 'SantaCon', a Santa-themed pub crawl across the capital, on December 12, 2009 in London, England. Similar SantaCon events take place in various cities around the world

SantaCon SF Returns For 25th Anniversary In December

For the 25th year in a row, thousands from around the Bay Area will descend onto Union Square in San Francisco on Saturday, December 7th for the annual SantaCon.
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In this Sept. 22, 2019 file photo, Lin-Manuel Miranda arrives at the 71st Primetime Emmy Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

Actor Lin-Manuel Miranda Encourages Shopping Small

With the holiday shopping season upon us, Miranda is encouraging people to take part in Small Business Saturday, an effort to shop at local, independent stores on Saturday, Nov. 30, after Thanksgiving.
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Oakland ZooLights (Courtesy of Oakland Zoo)

ZooLights Return To The Oakland Zoo For The 2019 Holiday Season

At the Oakland Zoo, the Holiday Season means it's time once again for ZooLights. From December 6 - 23, 26 - 31 and January 1 - 5, 2020, the zoo lights up from 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM every night.
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