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Martin to return to Rochester

Steve Martin and his bluegrass band are returning as headliners for the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival in June.

The producers of the 13th annual event said Tuesday that Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers, accompanied by singer Edie Brickell, will perform June 21. Martin and his band last performed at the Rochester festival in 2012.

Earth, Wind and Fire was also announced as one of the six headliners for the festival, which runs from June 20-28. The Grammy-winning R&B band will perform on June 27.

The nine-day festival will feature more than 230 shows at 13 venues in Rochester.

Tickets for the festival go on sale Friday morning.

Goos tickets to go on sale

Tickets for the previously announced Goo Goo Dolls concert on April 12 in the Bear’s Den of the Seneca Niagara Casino, will go on sale at noon Friday. Tickets start at $75 and will be available at the Seneca Niagara Casino box office, through Ticketmaster and by calling (800) 745-3000.

The Bear’s Den show is one of only 12 stops on what the band is calling “The Otis Midnight Sessions,” which will find the Goos performing in an intimate, stripped-down manner not unlike the popular VH-1 “Storytellers” show. Expect some deep cuts – band members have been taking to social media in order to get a sense of what tunes longtime fans might like to hear on this tour.

‘House of Cards’ gets renewed

Netflix says its acclaimed drama “House of Cards” will get a third season.

The online video provider had previously been cagey about the future of the series, which initially received a two-season order of 13 episodes apiece.

It returns with its second season on Feb. 14, when all 13 episodes will join the earlier 13 hours on the Netflix website.

Netflix offered no details concerning production start or release date for the third season’s 13 episodes.

“House of Cards” stars Kevin Spacey as a diabolical former U.S. senator now risen to vice president.

Cumberbatch meets Muppets

Benedict Cumberbatch is a star used to working with other stars, but even he was impressed by the cast of a new project. The British actor of “Sherlock” and “Star Trek” fame appears with a pair of “Sesame Street” Muppets in a video posted Tuesday on PBS’ YouTube channel.

With the help of Count von Count (Matt Vogel, who replaced the late Jerry Nelson) and Murray Monster (Joseph Mazzarino), Cumberbatch explains how to count up four apples and three oranges, and which is the greater number.

He also, patiently and repeatedly, tries to get a skeptical Murray to believe that he is not actually Sherlock Holmes but just plays the detective on TV.

Cumberbatch taped the spot in January, when he joined actress Amanda Abbington to promote the new “Sherlock” season to a TV critics meeting in Pasadena, Calif. His puppet encounter proved to be something to brag about.

“I just met with the Muppets,” Cumberbatch gleefully told Abbington, who plays the wife of Dr. Watson (Martin Freeman, her real-life partner).

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