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Culturetopia: Must-Listen Arts & Entertainment (Son Of A Gun Edition)

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Influential musician and producer Alex Chilton died Wednesday at age 59. Wikimedia Commons hide caption

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The Late Alex Chilton, An Uncompromising Rocker

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Culturetopia: Must-Listen Arts & Entertainment (Embed Edition)

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At a moment when the Arab world was buffeted by modernity, Umm Kulthum's voice was a lodestar. courtesy of Arab Film hide caption

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Culturetopia: Must-Listen Arts & Entertainment (Active Subject Edition)

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Tyler Perry recently launched 34th Street Films, an art-house division of his Atlanta studio. It's named for Miracle on 34th Street, because Perry — a high school dropout — says his life is a miracle. Brad Barket/Getty Images hide caption

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More Than 'Madea': Tyler Perry Changes Course

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The Mariposa Film Group (left to right: Rob Epstein, Veronica Selver, Peter Adair, Lucy Massie Phenix, Andrew Brown and Nancy Adair) shared the roles of director, editor, producer and cinematographer to collectively make Word is Out. Their film went on to become an icon of the emerging gay rights movement. Janet Cole/Milliarium Zero hide caption

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'Word Is Out': A Love That Dared Speak After All

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Culturetopia: Must-Listen Arts & Entertainment (Junk In The Trunk Edition)

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Culturetopia: Must-Listen Arts & Entertainment (Safe Word Edition)

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Culturetopia: Must-Listen Arts & Entertainment (Shooting and Skiing Edition)

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Cupcakes Are So 2005: The latest "it" dessert is the macaroon ... or macaron, if you want to be French about it. Kyle Samperton hide caption

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Culturetopia: Must-Listen Arts & Entertainment (South Side Edition)

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Culturetopia: Must-Listen Arts & Entertainment (True Crimes Edition)

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