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Top Picks: 'World Party: The Big Bang Concert Series,' the 'Revolutions' podcast, and more

The magic of 'La La Land' comes to DVD and Blu-ray, National Geographic Documentary Films looks back at the Los Angeles riots with 'LA 92,' and more top picks.

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Top Picks: The Detour app, '20th Century Women' on DVD and Blu-ray, and more

The Yonder app can help if you're looking for inspiration for an outdoor adventure or thinking of recommending one you had to others, Adam Driver stars in director Jim Jarmusch’s latest movie, 'Paterson,' and more top picks.

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Top Picks: Craig Finn's 'We All Want the Same Things,' the movie 'Rogue One,' and more

'Ike and McCarthy,' by David A. Nichols is readable and revealing, the podcast 'Biography' tackles the lives of lesser-known figures such as Australian suffragette Vida Goldstein, and more top picks.

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Top Picks: Real Estate's 'In Mind,' the PCalc Lite app, and more

The Duolingo app lets iPhone users test their conversational skills, the movie 'Come What May' focuses on French people who tried to leave as the Nazis invaded France in 1940, and more top picks.

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Top Picks: Marian Hill's 'Act One,' the Topo Maps app, and more

The Smithsonian Channel's 'Pocahantas: Beyond the Myth' cuts through the legend, moviegoers return to the world of 'Harry Potter' with 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,' and more top picks.

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Arts orgs adapt for visitors with special needs

Pittsburgh Ballet is a pioneer in opening the performing arts to people with sensory sensitivities, including bringing in special education teachers as volunteer ushers and encouraging audience members to do whatever helps them engage.

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Top Picks: Netflix's 'Five Came Back,' 'Fences' on DVD, and more

John Mayer's guitar playing on 'The Search for Everything' astounds, Omar Z. Robles' photos of dancers are a must-see, and more top picks.

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Top Picks: Dan Hicks' 'Greatest Licks: I Feel Like Singin',' the Overcast app, and more

Actor Martin Clunes explores in Acorn TV's 'Martin Clunes: Islands of Australia,' the movie 'Moana' centers on a Polynesian girl who attempts to save her people, and more top picks.

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Hit Broadway musical 'Dear Evan Hansen' finds enough fans to beat 'Hamilton' in chart debut

'I think this musical speaks to universal issues that will resonate in cities and towns in rural areas all over,' says Marilyn Plotkins, chair of the Suffolk University Theatre Department.

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Top Picks: The Smithsonian Channel's 'Victorian Rebel: Marianne North,' Rag'n'Bone Man's 'Human,' and more

The OnTheSnow Ski & Snow Report app provides weather reports for more than 2,000 ski spots around the world and allows skiers to weigh in with data, Warren Beatty returns with 'Rules Don't Apply,' and more top picks.

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Teacher inspires students to reach for new ‘Heights’

Teacher Antonio Mercado has had a fruitful relationship with Denver's North High School, from premièring his play 'Dreaming sin Fronteras,' about immigrants who were children when they came to the United States illegally, to helping with a recent production of Lin-Manuel Miranda's 'In the Heights.'

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Top Picks: PBS's 'Great African Civilizations,' Sampha's 'Process,' and more

The Peakfinder Earth app helps you identify mountains, the movie 'Loving' stars Academy Award nominee Ruth Negga, and more top picks.

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Top Picks: Oscar best picture nominees, the 'Song Exploder' podcast, and more

The GateGuru app could make your flight easier, the movie 'The Eagle Huntress' tells an inspiring story, and more top picks.

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Bette Midler, Glenn Close return to Broadway – here's what else to expect on Great White Way this spring

Midler will star in a revival of 'Hello, Dolly!,' with previews beginning March 15, while Close will appear in 'Sunset Boulevard,' for which previews have already begun. 

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Top Picks: Wolfgang Muthspiel's 'Rising Grace,' 'The History of English Podcast,' and more

'Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children' brings Ransom Riggs' young adult bestseller to the big screen, National Geographic explores the history of ancient windmills, and more top picks.

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Botticelli work comes to the US for first time

For the first time, one of only two life-size nude paintings of a solitary Venus will be on display in the United States as the centerpiece of a new exhibition at the Muscarelle Museum of Art at the College of William & Mary.

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Top Picks: Bonobo's 'Migration,' the film 'Queen of Katwe,' and more

The Galileo Offline Maps app provides web-free guidance, the LibriVox AudioBooks app brings audio versions of books that are in the public domain straight to your ears, and more top picks.

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Edmonia Lewis chiseled a path for minorities into the art world

To kick off the 41st US Black History Month, the Google Doodle on Wednesday pays tribute to Edmonia Lewis – the first professional sculptor of African-American and Native American heritage, depicting her working on one of her most famous works, the Death of Cleopatra.   

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Top Picks: The BET miniseries 'Madiba,' The xx's 'I See You,' and more

The movie 'Denial' has impressive performances from actors Timothy Spall and Tom Wilkinson, PBS's 'City in the Sky' looks at how the movement of airline passengers is conducted safely every day, and more top picks.

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Top Picks: 'SNL' set change, the podcast 'Imaginary Worlds,' and more

Thomas Perry's thriller 'The Old Man' has verve and verisimilitude, the movie 'Complete Unknown' looks at how much identity matters, and more top picks.

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