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A 2023 gift guide that will strike a chord: 10 ideas for the music lover in your life

From the obsessive record collector to the casual listener. The shower singers to the rock stars of tomorrow. There’s a music-inspired gift for everyone over the holidays. The challenge, of course, is in the decision making.

New this week: ‘No Sudden Move’ and ‘The Tomorrow War’

This week’s new entertainment releases include documentaries about celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck and another on a landmark 1969 Harlem concert series known as “Black Woodstock” that featured Nina Simone, Stevie Wonder, Sly and the Family Stone.

Chlöe, Shahidi, Cordae part of Disney EP honoring Black life

Disney is celebrating this year’s Juneteenth with a new EP about the Black experience featuring actor and activist Yara Shahidi, Chlöe Bailey of Chloe x Halle and rapper YBN Cordae, who is donating his proceeds to students attending historically Black colleges and universities.

Questlove uncovers ‘Black Woodstock’ in his hit Sundance doc

A landmark 1969 Harlem concert series that he hadn’t heard of?

North Carolina home of Nina Simone gets permanent protection

TRYON, N.C. (AP) — The childhood home of iconic musician and civil rights activist Nina Simone will be indefinitely preserved in North Carolina.

Review: Bettye LaVette’s ‘Blackbirds’ celebrates Black women

Bettye LaVette, “Blackbirds” (Verve)

The wise intuition and emotional commitment of Bettye LaVette’s interpretative skills find an ideal setting on “Blackbirds,” a collection of songs mostly associated with Black women, from Nina Simone to Billie Holiday.

Review: Reissue of 1982 Nina Simone disc a work of contrasts

Nina Simone, “Fodder On My Wings” (Verve/UMe)

Nina Simone’s “Fodder On My Wings” is an album of contrasts and extremes — personal traumas and world sounds, joy and despair, harmony and defiance, the carnal and the spiritual.

New at home this week: ‘Onward,’ Nina Simone and ‘The Talk’

Epic adventures, exotic locales and cocktails mixed to order by bartenders — they may be largely off limits for the moment, but not on a device near you.

Hasty Pudding roasts Ben Platt, youngest Man of the Year

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Award-winning actor and musician Ben Platt took a quick jab at President Donald Trump late Friday while being honored by Harvard University’s famed Hasty Pudding Theatricals as its 2020 Man of the Year.

‘Black Panther’ wins top honor at SAG Awards, ‘Maisel’ soars

NEW YORK (AP) — “Black Panther” took the top award at Sunday’s 25th Screen Actors Guild Awards, giving Ryan Coogler’s superhero sensation its most significant awards-season honor yet and potentially setting up Wakanda for a major role at next month’s Academy Awards.

Moody Blues, Cars, Bon Jovi light up 2018 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductions

Moody Blues, Cars, Bon Jovi light up 2018 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductions

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Rock Hall 2018 class: Nina Simone, Bon Jovi, the Moody Blues

NEW YORK (AP) — Iconic singer Nina Simone and New Jersey rockers Bon Jovi lead the 2018 class of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees, which includes four first-time nominees.

Off-duty officer killed in Vegas shooting left funeral notes

HENDERSON, Nev. (AP) — A Las Vegas police officer and U.S. Army veteran who was among 58 people killed in the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history provided instructions ahead of time for those at his memorial not to mourn, a pastor told the crowd at his funeral on Friday.

Grammy Awards salute ‘Philly Sound’ legend Thom Bell

Kimberly C. Roberts Producer and songwriter Thom Bell, a pioneer of the world-renowned “Philly Sound,” is among a stellar group of musical icons being honored when “Great Performances,” in collaboration with the Recording Academy, presents “Grammy Salute to Music Legends 2017, the second annual all-