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Ben McKenzie, Debra Messing, Kate Walsh and Grant Gustin star in new TV series debuting in the next few weeks.

Festival in the Park started as a small thing in a small city in a small way. Now, five decades later, it’s a big deal in a big town and – weather permitting – about 150,000 people may partake of it this weekend.

Gamers can play with “Frozen” characters Anna and Elsa in the “Disney Infinity” video game, mixing them with some previous Disney characters, plus Pixar characters from “Toy Story,” “The Incredibles” and “Monsters University.”

As “Sesame Street” kicks off its 45th season, it looks to maintain its cultural place by doing what it’s always done: teach basic learning skills to preschool-age children.

But Mo’ (aka Kevin Moore) was a working musician long before being dubbed the second coming of Robert Johnson – albeit a more pop-friendly one. Mo’, 62, spoke to the Observer recently about the new album, being an older “new” artist, and finding his voice in the blues.

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Toppman: Kevin Smith’s comic horror movie relies on a strong central performance but has an unfinished feel. Grade: B-

Toppman: We can see ourselves in this drama about a gay couple thrown into trouble when one gets fired. Grade: B+

Toppman: The star's weighty presence and Scott Frank’s capable direction spark this melodrama to life. Grade: B-

Toppman: Three good performances keep a soggy script afloat. Grade: C+

In the best dramedies, laughter and tears alternate gracefully, and you leave both entertained and enlightened. Alas, “This Is Where I Leave You” isn’t that film.

Two new spots, Eight Sushi Asian Kitchen in NC Music Factory complex and Bakersfield in Dilworth, zero in on what’s been missing – and what hasn’t been.

Party Pix 09.18.14

Cleaning my house recently (which probably means I was obsessively arranging my four-year-old's t...

Sound Bites
Ben McKenzie, Debra Messing, Kate Walsh and Grant Gustin star in new TV series debuting in the next few weeks.

Raycom Media and DirecTV reached an agreement over the weekend on the rates the satellite provide...

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