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Book Review | Toni Morrison's "God Help the Child"

Toni Morrison's compelling new book, a novella with the weight and complexity of a novel, is like a riff on the Billie Holiday song, Morrison's title echoing the lines "God bless the child that's got his own." "God Help the Child" has many emotional strands, but the one that ties all the characters and plots together is concerned with the various sorts of violence we commit aga

Movies | Are we ready for the home premiere?

There are plenty of factors to chew on when considering why "Avengers: Age of Ultron" took in just $188 million in its first weekend box office - the second-biggest opening of all time but nonetheless lower than both pre-weekend estimates and the opening total for the first movie.

Places to pick your strawberries in Tidewater

In Tidewater, May means strawberries.
Farmers have been coaxing crops to fruition since August. View the interactive map for the location of farms that allow you to pick your own.
Be sure to call ahead because availability depends on the weather and how many visit the farms to pick the day before.
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Culture Candy | Our guilty pleasures

Don't feel bad. We've all been there. We've all felt the same way.
Whether it's looking around to make sure nobody hears you singing along to Kiss' contrived but lovable "disco" hit "I Was Made for Lovin' You" or knowing that your foodie friends in Ghent would roll their eyes at the sight of you biting into a Big Mac, we all can relate to the allure of guilty pleasures.

Fun to do | Pixies at the NorVa

Today Monsters on the Beach. 2 p.m. show on the beach between 5th and 7th streets, Virginia Beach. www.beachstreetusa.com. Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. 4 p.m. at Ferguson Center for the Arts, Newport News. www.fergusoncenter.org. R. Kelly with special guest: Demetria McKinney and Friends. 7:30 p.m. at Hampton Coliseum. www.hamptoncoliseum.org. Monday

Fun to do | Judy Collins, cheerleading and the symphony

Saturday
We Are One Mother's Day Celebration featuring Shirley Caesar, Marvin Sapp, Tamela Mann and Deitrick Haddon.
7 p.m. at Hampton Coliseum.
$45 to $55. www.ticketmaster.com.
Judy Collins, folk music
8 p.m. at The American Theatre in Hampton.
$40 to $45. www.ticketmaster.com.
Sunday
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.
4 p.m. at Ferguson Center for the Arts in Newport News.

"Freebird!!" (Don't be that guy)

Yeah, OK, you go to concerts to get out of your head and untangle the stressors that can gnarl inside you during the workday or workweek. But as summer concert season is about to take off, it's worth remembering one important thing: A concert isn't all about you.

"Pursuit" pairing should've worked

Cheap, short and slow, "Hot Pursuit" is a comedy that never lets you forget that pairing up Sofia Vergara with Reese Witherspoon should have worked better than this.

Jamesetta | Fast food is what it is

Poor McDonald's. The fast-food giant is struggling to remain relevant as casual dining competitors eat away at its base.
As a discerning consumer, I'm probably part of its problem. I pulled back as I grew up and became more informed about nutrition. But I doubt I ever could completely turn my back on Ronald McDonald. He has been there for me so many times.

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