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Can Harry Styles win at the MTV Video Music Awards without One Direction?

<b>Harry Styles</b> has already won four MTV Video Music Awards, but all of those were as a member of the boy band <b>One Direction</b>. This year he’s nominated …

Pop Music

From red wagons to Red China: Richard Pontzious and the Asian Youth Orchestra return to Zellerbach

When Richard Pontzious signed as conductor-in-residence with the Shanghai Conservatory of Music in 1983 the Cultural Revolution’s brutal legacy still …

A jazz lovers paradise, the Sound Room in Oakland gives Bay Area musicians their props

OAKLAND — For more than two decades, Karen Van Leuven and Robert Bradsby threw elaborate neighborhood parties featuring live jazz.<p>“We’d invite all …

Santa Monica Symphony Orchestra Confronts Controversy Over Right-Wing Guest Conductor

The Santa Monica Symphony Orchestra will have a guest conductor this week: Dennis Prager. He'll conduct Haydn's Symphony No. 51 at an orchestra fundraiser.<p>Dennis Prager's day job, however, has members of the orchestra up in arms — and laying down their instruments. He is a conservative talk show …

At 88, saxophonist Benny Golson has stories to tell

You don’t often see standing ovations at the Jazz Showcase, or most any such club, for that matter.<p>But the large crowd that rose up at the end of Benny Golson’s first set Thursday evening had the right idea.<p>And it’s a fair bet that the audience was honoring more than Golson’s 88 years, his deep …

Why This Old School Activity Is Beneficial to Your Brain

Research keeps showing why it's a good idea to hold on to your pen and paper.<p>In a constantly connected world, it may seem like there is no need to handwrite anything anymore. But despite living in a time where a legitimate summer movie offering is about the inner lives of emoji, it would appear …