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Let the games begin Suzanne Collins’ “The Hunger Games” has been a best-seller for a couple years. The book gets an adaptation to screen and the highly anticipated blockbuster opens Friday. See what film critic Roger Ebert says about the movie.


But there’s more music and entertainment inside:


  • Saying goodbye After nearly five years of performing “Beethoven’s Last Night,” rock outfit Trans Siberian Orchestra is taking the music out for one last tour. The band is currently working on two different albums set for release in 2013. TSO is set to perform on Wednesday, March 28 at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho.
  • Getting personal Country star LeAnn Rimes has been in the music industry for nearly 20 years. The star is gearing up to record a new album of material that is inspired by her life. Rimes will perform at the Inn of the Mountain Gods in Mescalero on Thursday, March 29.
  • Finding success Candyrat Records is putting four of its artists on a bill and sending them around the country — with a lot of success. Guitarist/singer/songwriters Craig D’Andrea, Gareth Pearson, Ewan Dobson and Matthew Santos will make a stop at The Cooperage on Wednesday, March 28.
  • Loving her job Country singer/songwriter Susan Gibson found success in the 1990s when she wrote “Wide Open Spaces” for the Dixie Chicks. Since then, Gibson has become a road warrior and looks to her fans for inspiration for new music. She will play at Low Spirits on Tuesday, March 27.
  • Unfocused screenplay “October Baby” tells the strong story of 19-year-old college student named Hannah and her discovery of being adopted. Film critic Roger Ebert weighs in on the film.

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Anything Goes Classic musical loaded with Cole Porter songs features madcap antics. It opens today at the University of New Mexico’s Rodey Theatre.

But there’s more music and entertainment inside:

  • Bolero Evening Spend a night of passion filled with romantic ballads of Latin America.
  • Channeling old-time Nashville Country singer Chuck Mead is on tour to support his latest album “Back at the Quonset Hut.”
  • Here to stay Country balladeer John Michael Montgomery treasures his longevity in the business.
  • ‘Jump’ laughs aplenty Roger Ebert is surprised by the movie loosely based on the TV series “21 Jump Street.”