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  • Opera in Kids Tent at New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Opera is as much a part of New Orleans’ African-American heritage as jazz, said Givonna Joseph, whose troupe is bringing opera to the Kids Tent at the New Orleans Jazz and…

  • Winehouse family criticizes ‘misleading’ movie about singer

    LONDON (AP) — The family of Amy Winehouse has criticized a documentary about the late singer that is due to have its premiere at next month’s Cannes Film Festival. A statement issued Sunday by family…

  • Putin accuses US of supporting separatists in Russia

    MOSCOW (AP) — In a new documentary, Russian President Vladimir Putin says intercepted calls showed that the U.S. helped separatists in Russia’s North Caucasus in the 2000s, underscoring his suspicions of the West. The two-hour…

  • Salma Hayek visits Lebanon to launch film ‘The Prophet’

    BCHARRE, Lebanon (AP) — Salma Hayek is in Lebanon, her first visit to her ancestral homeland, to launch “The Prophet,” an animated feature film she co-produced. Hayek visited the picturesque mountain village of Bcharre in…

  • Film to probe Newark schoolyard murders’ toll on family

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — For what seemed a small eternity, Shalga Hightower epitomized the picture of parental grief in the aftermath of Newark’s 2007 schoolyard killings, when a group of men and boys, including one…

  • Off-Broadway play ‘The Fantasticks’ offered a lifeline

    NEW YORK (AP) — The off-Broadway phenomenon “The Fantasticks” won’t be closing next month after all — thanks to a pair of fantastic fans. Two donors have stepped up and pledged to keep the stalwart,…

  • Winners of the 2015 James Beard media awards

    The winners of the 2015 James Beard Foundation book, broadcast and journalism awards are: ___ — Cookbook of the Year “Yucatan: Recipes from a Culinary Expedition” by David Sterling (University of Texas Press) — Cookbook…

  • Cleveland Play House wins Regional Theater Tony Award

    NEW YORK (AP) — This year’s Regional Theater Tony Award will go to the Cleveland Play House as it embarks on its centennial season. The Play House was founded in 1915 and has entertained some…

  • Falling prices, rising threats cool interest in Kurdish oil

    IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — The hall for the Irbil Oil and Gas Exhibition this week was crowded with company displays, executives and investors. But conspicuously absent were international oil giants like Shell, Exxon-Mobil and Chevron…

  • Do ballet skills translate to other dancing? Not so much (Video)

    WASHINGTON – The adage tells us to dance like no one’s watching. That might not always be such a great idea, even for professional dancers. The Globe and Mail recently sat down with two dancers…

  • Iraqi boy’s dream of becoming dancer defied threats, borders

    AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — As a boy in pre-war Baghdad, Adil Faraj dreamed of becoming a dancer, inspired by a Michael Jackson performance he watched on DVD. For over a decade, he pursued his passion…

  • ‘Mockingbird’ production moving from Ala. author’s hometown

    MONROEVILLE, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama hometown of “To Kill a Mockingbird” author Harper Lee will no longer host annual plays based on the classic novel. Monroe County Museum Board officials were told Thursday that…

  • WALL STREET JOURNAL-BEST SELLERS

    Best-Selling Books Week Ended April 19th. FICTION 1. “The Liar” by Nora Roberts (G.P. Putnam’s Sons) 2. “The Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins (Riverhead) 3. “Oh, The Places You’ll Go” by Dr. Seuss…

  • USA TODAY BEST-SELLERS

    1. “The Liar” by Nora Roberts (G.P. Putnam’s Sons) 2. “The Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins (Riverhead) 3. “The Road to Character” by David Brooks (Random House) 4. “Every Fifteen Minutes” by Lisa…

  • Glenn Close to present award to Tom Stoppard next month

    NEW YORK (AP) — Glenn Close will help honor playwright Tom Stoppard at next month’s PEN Literary Awards Gala, the PEN American Center announced Thursday. Close, who starred in the 1984 Broadway production of Stoppard’s…