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Kids can be like Harry Potter at Fairytale Town

Children can be just like Harry Potter for one enchanted evening as Fairytale Town in Sacramento turns into the infamous Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry Sunday, July 29. This year, fantastic classes for young wizards will include topics such as potions, herbology and divination. In between classes, children should be ready to jump on a broomstick for Quidditch drills.

This event takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. at 3901 Land Park Drive in Sacramento (Directions: Take I-5 South to Sutterville Road East, turn left on Land Park Drive.) Tickets are $7 per person and $5 for members; children age 2 and under are admitted free. Advance tickets are available at http://www.fairytaletown.org or by calling (916) 264-7462. They will also be on sale the night of the event at the Fairytale Town box office.



Call (916) 264-5233 for more information.

– The Union staff




Anniversary of ‘OK Computer’ celebrated online

It’s been 10 years since Radiohead released “OK Computer,” and no album since has been “fitter, happier or more productive.”

Appropriately, the anniversary of Radiohead’s dystopic vision of an automated future is being best celebrated online.

To commemorate “OK Computer,” the music blog Stereogum.com commissioned a full cover album: “OKX: A Tribute to ‘OK Computer,”‘ (www.stereogum.com/okx). The site turned to a dozen indie acts and buzzed-about artists to put their spin on the album’s 12 tracks. Among them are Cold War Kids, My Brightest Diamond, Twilight Sad, John Vanderslice, David Bazan and others.

The results are impressively adventurous arrangements that are most memorable for their evident passion for Radiohead’s great album. Most of the artists also contributed notes on their memories of “OK Computer.”

Rockers from ’80s, ’90s still sell

NEW YORK – Much of the rock ‘n’ roll and pop canon is well established.

Buying the albums of ’60s and ’70s acts like the Beatles, the Beach Boys, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix and Bob Marley is akin to a rite of passage for any young music fan.

Now that the ’80s and ’90s are ancient history, what albums are people still buying from those decades? Do critical favorites like Radiohead and the Pixies grow more popular with time? Or do the Backstreet Boys and Madonna still rule the charts?

The short answer is that, above all, people are buying vintage Metallica, AC/DC, Bon Jovi, Guns ‘N Roses and, well, Trans-Siberian Orchestra.

Greatest hits compilations are counted as catalog releases and account for the majority of vintage best-sellers. Artists that commercially peaked in the ’80s or ’90s that have had lucrative best-of collections include Garth Brooks, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Tim McGraw, Creed, Queen, Tom Petty, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Def Leppard, Aerosmith and Lionel Richie.

Michael Jackson, of course, still has one of the most desirable back catalogs. His best- selling “Thriller” moves over 60,000 copies a year and his “Number Ones” collection yielded 162,000 sales last year.

– The Associated Press


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