Holiday high notes in Aurora

Double bassists for the Aurora Symphony Orchestra practice  during rehearsal, Feb. 5 at Gateway High School. For the second consecutive year leaders from Highpoint Church are teaming up with the Aurora Symphony Orchestra to present a holiday concert to benefit local nonprofit Aurora Warms the Night, which provides shelter and aid for the homeless on frigid winter nights. The benefit concert is scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 7 from 3 - 5 p.m. at 6450 S. Southlands Pkwy. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel)

Bunches of holly and mistletoe have a quirky way of acting as olive branches during this time of the year, when illuminated icicles dangle from suburban gutters and mailboxes brim with greetings from friends and family near and far. Hopefully that’s not too Kevin McAllister for you. But, if you have some semblance of a […]

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Nicki Minaj, from left, Jessie J and Ariana Grande perform at the 42nd annual American Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

“This has been a real perfect day … America feels like a second home to us,” Liam Payne said onstage with his band mates when they won the night’s first award. The group released its new album, “Four,” last week.

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This CD cover image released by Universal shows the soundtrack for the film "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1," performed by various artists. (AP Photo/Universal)

It was only a matter of time before Lorde graduated from contributing a song for “Catching Fire” to taking over the soundtrack for the latest “Hunger Games” soundtrack in which the 18-year-old chanteuse curates a concoction of dark magic, enchanting tunes and revolutionary feelings.

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