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Even though I work in our entertainment and features department, any election week is stressful in newsrooms. So I’ve been focusing on my plants. As I’ve mentioned here before, my pandemic hobby (obsession?) has been houseplant parenthood.

I try to name them after rock stars whose material I own on vinyl because I like to give the plants listening sessions — didn’t we all do that elementary school science experiment where plants grew faster when played music? They also double as photoshoots for my Plantstagram.

Last weekend, as I picked up a pot for Prince, my purple Persian shield, I was struck by a dracaena moonlight that HAD to come home with me. His name hit me like a flash. Daryl Hall. (I’m still on the lookout for another dracaena to name after John Oates, but it almost needs to look like it has a mustache.)

So I’ve been playing Daryl a lot of Hall & Oates and it’s been as soothing for me as it is for the plants. That three-album run of “Voices,” “Private Eyes” and “H2O” is fantastic. Yeah, it’s packed with hits “I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do)” and “Maneater” and “You Make My Dreams,” but they also had some really great deep cuts, like “United State” and “Delayed Reaction.” And then there’s “Italian Girls.”

While Hall & Oates aren’t coming to town just yet, another duo is, For King & Country. They will be doing a drive-in show in Pasadena.

And we’re getting into the holiday spirit with the Jingle Ball news. Read on.

LDN-L-JINGLEBALL-1103.jpg?fit=620%2C9999Billie Eilish will take part in the 2020 iHeartRadio Jingle Ball virtual event alongside Sam Smith, Harry Styles, Doja Cat, Dua Lipa, Lewis Capaldi and Shawn Mendes on Thursday, Dec. 10. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

Jingle all the way

We’re still in a pandemic so iHeartRadio’s Jingle Ball is going virtual this year. Billie Eilish, Harry Styles and Doja Cat are among the performers you can see. Find out how to watch.

PAS-KINGCOUNTRY-1103.jpg?fit=620%2C9999pChristian pop duo For King & Country will bring its A Drummer Boy Drive-In: The Christmas Tour to the Rose Bowl on Sunday, Nov. 15. (Image courtesy of the artist)

Drive-in drumming

Grammy Award-winning Christian pop duo For King & Country announced that its A Drummer Boy Drive-In: The Christmas Tour will stop by the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Sunday, Nov. 15. The duo is also playing in Norco Nov. 12, but that show is sold out. Find out how to attend the Pasadena show.

LDN-L-RUSTYEYE-1106-01.jpg?fit=620%2C999Los Angeles heavy metal trio Rusty Eye (from left: vocalist-bassist Mr. Rust, vocalist-drummer Miss Randall and guitarist Baron Murtland) dropped its sixth album, “Dissecting Shadows,” on Oct. 23. (Photo by Fabien Photo)

Keep an eye on this oneGet to know L.A.-based metal trio Rusty Eye, who made COVID-safe music videos at LA’s Jumbo’s Clown Room. Reporter Kelli Skye Fadroski talked to the band about making music during the pandemic.

RPE-L-INFLUENCERS-1106-PHOTOF.jpg?fit=62Brian Christopher plays a slot machine at Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa Rancho Mirage on Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020. Christopher’s YouTube channel, Brian Christopher Slots, has nearly 300,000 subscribers and has had more than 180 million views. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

Slots of influence

There are fashion influencers and plant influencers, sure, but did you know there are casino influencers? Reporter Alex Groves looks into how area casinos are increasingly pairing up with social media influencers.

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OCR-L-MARKBRIAN-1108-08.jpg?fit=620%2C99Mark Thompson, right, and Brian Phelps, who held down weekday mornings as The Mark & Brian Show on KLOS-FM from 1987 until 2012, are seen here in April 2019 when they reunited for one more show during the 50th anniversary of the station. (Photo courtesy of The Mark & Brian Show)

Legends from the airwaves

KLOS-FM legends Mark Thompson and Brian Phelps were inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame last week. The Mark & Brian Show ran 27 years and the pair reflected upon the keys to a successful partnership.

OCR-L-HEAT-N-SERVE-1115.jpg?fit=620%2C99Customers can order take-out Thanksgiving feasts with turkey or ham from Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que. (Photo courtesy of Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que)

Talking turkey

Let’s back away from the guy in the beard and talk about Thanksgiving. If you’re not up for cooking this year, or plan to drink beer and watch football and don’t think you should be around knives, here are some of the chains offering heat-and-serve meals.

OCR-L-KOSTXMAS-1109-02.jpg?fit=620%2C999KOST DJ Mark Wallengren flips the switch from regular programming to all-Christmas music through the end of December or so, as Santa cheers at radio station KOST 103.5 FM in Burbank on Friday, Nov 08, 2019. (Photo by Ed Crisostomo, Contributing Photographer)

Simply having a musical Christmastime

Ready to rock around the Christmas tree? Or have George Michael lament about his broken heart at Christmas? Well, KOST 103.5 FM started its season of Christmas music programming today (Nov. 5).

OCR-L-HG-CHRISTMAS-1107-01-e160289359162With all things citrus back in vogue, this citrus and cinnamon wreath from GraceAndHome at Etsy fits right in.(Photo credit: Etsy)

Deck the halls

Since we’re talking Christmas and Hallmark has already started with its movies, let’s talk about decorating. Check out the handmade items, natural elements and traditional and retro fare that  are among the trends for this year’s holiday decor.

OCR-L-BOOK-NATURE20-1025-02.jpg?fit=620%An image from “The Lost Spells” by Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris (Courtesy of House of Anansi Press)

A page from nature

Chase away COVID-19 claustrophobia with books about animals, nature, science and the environment. Here are seven books about eels, mushrooms, moths and monsters that bring the outdoors to you.

RobotGaze-16x10-1.jpg?fit=620%2C9999px&sThe aim of Disney’s next-gen project is to develop an audio-animatronic figure that emulates the mutual gaze between humans. (Disney)

Chuck E. Cheese it’s not

Apologies in advance for the nightmares this story might give you. Take a look at the next generation of animatronics. It breathes and can stare at you. I am pretty sure this is how a number of techno thrillers start.

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