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  • Van Gogh exhibit to feature artist’s nature paintings

    WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. (AP) — An exhibit featuring 50 paintings and drawings of nature by Vincent Van Gogh will open in western Massachusetts in June. “Van Gogh and Nature” is the first exhibit devoted to the…

  • Integration, reconciliation recounted in ‘The Class of 65′

    “The Class of ’65: A Student, a Divided Town and the Long Road to Forgiveness” (Public Affairs), by Jim Auchmutey In 1965, the all-white high school in the small, south Georgia town of Americus ended…

  • Trevor Noah set to replace Stewart on ‘Daily Show’

    NEW YORK (AP) — Trevor Noah, a 31-year-old comedian from South Africa who has contributed to “The Daily Show” a handful of times during the past year, will become Jon Stewart’s replacement as host, Comedy…

  • Poet Sjohnna McCray receives Walt Whitman Award

    NEW YORK (AP) — Sjohnna McCray, a prize-winning poet whose work has appeared in numerous journals, has won the Walt Whitman Award for best first book. McCray’s honor was announced Monday by the Academy of…

  • Rockville rockers O.A.R. return to advocate the arts

    WASHINGTON — Growing up in Rockville, Maryland, doesn’t guarantee a rock career any more than Suitland guarantees a career in men’s formal wear. But that doesn’t stop O.A.R. frontman Marc Roberge from reveling in the…

  • Tony winner and Neil Simon director Gene Saks dies at 93

    NEW YORK (AP) — Gene Saks, a prolific actor-director who teamed with playwright and fellow New Yorker Neil Simon on hit Broadway and movie productions of such Simon comedies as “The Odd Couple” and “Brighton…

  • Jolie delivers empowerment message at Kids’ Choice Awards

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The traditional green slime flowed at the Kids’ Choice Awards, but it was Angelina Jolie’s message of empowerment for youngsters that stuck. Jolie, who has sought to inspire women with public…

  • Colorado town microcosm of art urban development movement

    LOVELAND, Colo. (AP) — A national movement that counts on painters, dancers and musicians to help revitalize downtowns is coming to this Colorado city as the first residents prepare to move into new low-income apartments…

  • Hot Rod Hundley, former NBA player and Jazz announcer, dies

    PHOENIX (AP) — Hot Rod Hundley, the former NBA player who broadcast Jazz games in New Orleans and Utah for 35 years, died Friday. He was 80. The Jazz said Hundley died at his home…

  • ‘Mad Men’ stars donate items to Smithsonian

    The cast and crew of AMC’s “Mad Men” donate items to the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.

  • Swedish poet Tomas Transtromer dies at 83

    STOCKHOLM (AP) — Swedish poet and Nobel Literature Prize winner Tomas Transtromer has died at age 83, Swedish publisher Bonniers said Friday. The reclusive, mild-mannered wordsmith — considered a master of metaphor and one of…

  • Mannequins by designer Ralph Pucci fill NYC exhibition

    NEW YORK (AP) — A room full of mannequins is the subject of a new museum exhibition in New York City. They’re the creation of designer Ralph Pucci — who elevates these dummies to a…

  • Billie Joe Armstrong musical comes to Atlantic Theater Co.

    NEW YORK (AP) — Green Day front man and “American Idiot” co-creator Billie Joe Armstrong’s new musical, the final installment of Dominique Morisseau’s Detroit trilogy and the world premiere of a David Yazbek musical will…

  • Ken Burns unravels the mysteries of cancer in PBS film

    PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — There’s a mystery to cancer, in large part because of fear, that PBS tries to unravel in next week’s six-hour documentary “Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies.” “We’re not really honest…

  • Review: Rockettes shine in messy spring homage to New York

    NEW YORK (AP) — The “New York Spring Spectacular” has arrived and it’s one show this season that definitely lives up to its name — spec-ta-cu-lar. There are more than 40 Rockettes, 500 gallons of…