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Theater Review: “Hold These Truths”

 American democracy is one of the greatest political systems the world has ever devised, granting freedoms (and responsibilities) to its citizens that are paralleled in few other areas of the world.

But that “shining city on the hill” has a few dark spots as well, brought about by those old bugaboos fear and loathing. 

Theater Review: “Around the World in 80 Days”

“Around the World in 80 Days” plays through December 22, 2019, at New Village Arts, 2787 State Street, Carlsbad.

And now for something completely (or at least delightfully) different: New Village Arts’ world premiere of the pirate version of “Around the World in 80 Days,” with original music composed by Joseph Freeman and Renee Moreno of Leucadia’s pirate rock band Shantyannes.

Billy Porter to emcee New Year's Rockin' Eve live from New Orleans

Billy Porter to emcee New Year's Rockin' Eve live from New Orleans.

Emmy winner Billy Porter is going to help ring in 2020 live from New Orleans as he helps host Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest 2020.

This will be the first time the Pose star has been a part of the show now in its 48th year.

Dolly Parton switches up "Jolene" lyrics to honor her "gay crowd"

Dolly Parton switches up "Jolene" lyrics to honor her "gay crowd."

Dolly Parton appeared on Late Night with Seth Meyers this past week and gave a special shout out to her gay fans through one of her most famous songs.

The 73-year-old singer was on the show to promote "Heartstrings," a Netflix original that uses her songs as the inspiration behind the episodes.

Theater Review: “American Buffalo"

“American Buffalo” plays through December 7, 2019 at the Tenth Avenue Arts Center, 930 Tenth Ave., downtown.

It’s a story of a couple of minor-league crooks planning a revenge heist. Backyard presents this funny and profane American classic through Dec. 7 at the Tenth Avenue Arts Center. Rosina Reynolds directs.

Donny (Francis Gercke), proprietor of a cluttered junk resale shop, has sold a buffalo head nickel for $90, but now thinks it’s worth a good deal more and wants it back.

Theater Review: “And Neither Have I Wings To Fly”

"Even Emmerson’s stolid Leo engages the audience; we can’t help but be affected as we watch him begin to realize that his life may not go as planned."

Love, loss, dreams and responsibility haunt the characters in Ann Noble’s “And Neither Have I Wings To Fly,” playing through Dec. 8 at Scripps Ranch Theatre.

Celine Dion crashes NY drag club in celebration of album drop

The Lips drag club got a special visit from a Canadian superstar on Thursday.

Celine Dion was in the mood for some fun on Thursday night. In conjunction with the release of her 12th English-language studio album Courage, the megastar visited LIPS to the surprise of guests and performers. 

Theater Review: “The Last Five Years”

“The Last Five Years” plays through November 17, 2019 at Cygnet Theatre.

Let’s face it, breaking up is a bitch. The smashed hopes, the realization that this isn’t what you’d hoped it was – it’s all a pretty depressing (though familiar) part of the human experience.