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  • More than 175 authors to participate in 2015 National Book Festival

    WASHINGTON–  An astronaut, an award-winning journalist and a Poet Laureate walk into a bar. No, it’s not the beginning of a bad joke, and they’re actually walking into the Washington Convention Center. Buzz Aldrin, Tom…

  • Aretha Franklin blocks screening of documentary at festival

    DENVER (AP) — Aretha Franklin earned some R-E-S-P-E-C-T in a federal courtroom on Friday, convincing a judge to prevent the Telluride Film Festival from screening a documentary about a 1972 concert of hers without the…

  • Miss America Organization gave $6M in cash, tuition in 2014

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — The Miss America Organization says it handed out nearly $6 million in cash or free tuition to contestants last year in its scholarship awards program. Figures released Friday represent a…

  • Afghan artist paints Kabul’s walls of war to help heal city

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A city at war, the Afghan capital is among the ugliest in the world. Wide avenues once lined with rose gardens are today gridlocked streets sandwiched by concrete blast walls protecting…

  • VENICE WATCH: Ukraine revolution inspires Venice documentary

    VENICE, Italy (AP) — The Venice Film Festival is bringing 11 days of red carpet premieres, innovative movies and Hollywood glamour to the Italian city. Here’s what has been catching the eye of The Associated…

  • Chefs, restaurateurs team up with artists to enhance dining experience

    More chefs are throwing out their traditional white plates and are throwing clay instead. It’s all part of an effort to enhance the overall dining experience.

  • With Emmys change, ‘OITNB’ creator not a fan of genres

    NEW YORK (AP) — The creator of “Orange Is the New Black” says though the Emmys switched the hit show from the comedy category to drama, she’s not a fan of people boxing the series…

  • WALL STREET JOURNAL-BEST SELLERS

    Best-Selling Books Week Ended Aug. 30th. FICTION 1. “X” by Sue Grafton (Marion Wood Books/Putnam) 2. “Go Set a Watchman” by Harper Lee (HarperCollins) 3. “What Pet Should I Get?” by Dr. Seuss (Random House)…

  • USA TODAY BEST-SELLERS

    1. “X” by Sue Grafton (Marion Wood Books/Putnam) 2. “The Martian” by Andy Weir (Crown) 3. “The Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins (Riverhead) 4. “Wildest Dreams” by Robyn Carr (Harlequin MIRA) 5. “The…

  • Kathleen Turner and Deborah Cox to star in off-Broadway play

    NEW YORK (AP) — Kathleen Turner and Deborah Cox will star in the world premiere of an off-Broadway play about transgender identity. 22Q Entertainment said Thursday that both women have signed on to John S.…

  • Broadway season features Jennifer Hudson and Bruce Willis

    NEW YORK (AP) — The new Broadway season hasn’t yet started in earnest and already there’s a front-runner for the Tony Awards next summer — “Hamilton.” But there are plenty of challengers hoping to steal…

  • Mondrian show in Berlin traces artist’s evolution of style

    BERLIN (AP) — Abstract compositions of black lines and rectangles filled with red, blue and yellow highlight a new Piet Mondrian exhibition in Berlin. The show goes far beyond the Dutch artist’s iconic works, tracing…

  • Polish fireman returns huge diamond ring to Paris Hilton

    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Paris Hilton got lucky in Poland. The 34-year-old socialite lost an enormous diamond-studded ring on an airport shuttle bus in the Polish city of Lodz last week. But she won’t be…

  • Skateboard artists run riot in nation’s capital

    WASHINGTON — No, you’re not imagining things. There are actually jazz musicians skateboarding at the Kennedy Center and film crews shooting skaters in your backyard swimming pool. Both efforts are coming to the surface this week in our nation’s…

  • American dancers teach technique, confidence in South Africa

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A day before the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater begin the South African leg of their international tour, the company’s dancers taught a master class in Johannesburg’s historic Soweto township on Wednesday.…