• Correction: St Louis-Jazz Center story

    Updated: Mon, Sep 29, 2014

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — In a story Sept. 27 about a new jazz center in St. Louis, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Dave Steward is CEO of World Wide Technology. He is actually chairman. A corrected version of the story is below: Wynton Marsalis to christen St. Louis jazz center St. Louis to open new jazz center with hopes of becoming Midwest mecca for the musical style By JIM SALTER Associated Press ST. LOUIS (AP) — Trumpeter Wynton Marsalis will help christen a new St. Louis jazz center that organizers hope will serve as a venue worthy of the genre's top acts while inspiring the next generation of jazz greats from an area that has produced Miles Davis, Clark Terry and David Sanborn, among o

  • 'Children of a Lesser God' heads to Broadway

    Updated: Mon, Sep 29, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — The romantic story "Children of a Lesser God," which has been a hit already onstage and on film, is heading back to Broadway. Producer Hal Luftig said Monday that a revival is in the works for the 2015-2016 Broadway season. Tony Award-winner Kenny Leon will direct. No cast was announced. "Children of a Lesser God," by Mark Medoff, follows the relationship between a deaf woman and a teacher at a school for the deaf. Medoff's other plays include "When You Comin' Back, Red Ryder?" ''In the Hands of Its Enemy" and "Stumps." He also wrote the HBO movie "Apology" and the film "City of Joy." Phyllis Frelich won a Tony in 1980 for her Broadway portrayal of Sarah Norman, the deaf woman at the heart of the play,

  • Review: 'You Can't Take It With You' crazy, uneven

    Updated: Mon, Sep 29, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — You know the play you're watching might be a little long in the tooth when there are jokes about Eleanor Roosevelt, the Works Project Administration and Calvin Coolidge, and it makes reference to the nation's 48 states. As in not 50 yet. The Great Depression was still palpable when Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman wrote their Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy "You Can't Take It With You" in 1936, some 23 years before Alaska and Hawaii joined the Union. A sweet revival opened Sunday at the Longacre Theatre with a perfectly picked cast but offering little reason why this old chestnut needs to be seen again.

  • Mary Louise-Parker writing memoir

    Updated: Mon, Sep 29, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Mary Louise Parker, the award-winning star of "Weeds," is writing a book about the "significant men in her life." The book is called "Dear Mr. You," and Scribner announced Monday that it is scheduled for next fall. The 50-year-old Parker will tell her story through a series of letters. Her boyfriends have included actors Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Billy Crudup and singer Charlie Mars. Parker has starred in the films "Grand Canyon" and "Fried Green Tomatoes" and in a Broadway production of "Proof," for which she won a Tony. In 2006, she won a Golden Globe for best actress for her work in "Weeds," the Showtime series.

  • Nathan Lane picture book out next fall

    Updated: Mon, Sep 29, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Nathan Lane's first book is no shaggy dog story. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers announced Monday that the Broadway actor known for his starring role in "The Producers" has a deal for a picture book, "Naughty Mabel." Scheduled for next fall, the book was co-written by Lane and his partner, Devlin Elliott. It will be illustrated by Dan Krall. In a statement issued through his publisher, Lane said he and Elliott were inspired by their overindulged, well-groomed French bulldog, known to her owners as "the queen of the Hamptons." The book is the first of a planned series about Mabel's misadventures.

  • For sale in Belarus: Art from Yanukovych's home?

    Updated: Mon, Sep 29, 2014

    MINSK, Belarus (AP) — The Belarusian KGB says it has arrested several art dealers who were trying to sell what they claimed were five paintings taken from the former residence of Ukraine's disgraced former president, Viktor Yanukovych. KGB spokesman Artur Strekh told The Associated Press on Monday that the dealers were asking 2 million euros for paintings described as the work of Monet, van Gogh, Kandinsky, Munch and Russian artist Konstantin Yuon. But the art experts have not yet determined whether the paintings are authentic or whether they belonged to Yanukovych, who fled Ukraine in February after months of street protests. Ukrainians who later toured his estate outside Kiev were stunned by the opulence.

  • Monday Catchy Quote No. 334

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Mon, Sep 29, 2014

    A catchy quote from a movie, TV show or other source to brighten the beginning of your week: Gawain: I can’t wait to leave this island. If it’s not raining, it’s snowing, and if it’s not snowing, it’s foggy. Lancelot: And that’s summer. - Click here to learn the source. - BAM

  • What to do in Oklahoma on Sept. 29, 2014: See Eyakem Gulilat's "Collaborative Self" at the Oklahoma Capitol

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Mon, Sep 29, 2014

    Today’s featured event: See the works by Oklahoma photographer Eyakem Gulilat in the North Gallery of the state Capitol. The North Gallery is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and weekends from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (use west entrance). The exhibit is on view through Nov. 30. Originally from Ethiopia, with a […]

  • This Guy Is Getting Coffee With All Of His Facebook Friends

    Published: Mon, Sep 29, 2014

    Matthew Kulesza, a 28-year-old student from Melbourne, is on a quest to get coffee with all of his Facebook friends, according to BuzzFeed. The project, which began in September, will continue for at least three years. "I plan to have a one-on-one coffee with every single one of my 1,000+ Facebook "friends" over the space of the next three years, or as long as it takes to complete. An exercis in remembering to socialise with and get to know people outside of the 'book."

  • WATCH: Kristen Wiig And Bill Hader Hilariously Call Out Reporter Who Clearly Didn’t See Their Movie

    Published: Mon, Sep 29, 2014

    Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader made an appearance on Denver's KWGN station to promote "The Skeleton Twins," where reporter Chris Parente quickly crashed and burned to hysterical results by confusing two of Wiig's movies, according to BuzzFeed. The interview quickly goes south when Parente asks Wiig whether she has any "advice for going nude," claiming that she did it in the movie. "Not this film! That's a different movie," she says, referring to "Welcome To Me."

  • AP Exclusive: Prince exalts in his 'heaven'

    Updated: Mon, Sep 29, 2014

    CHANHASSEN, Minn. (AP) — Nightfall is fast approaching at Paisley Park. There are few lights on in the cavernous compound, and unseen doves (of course there would be doves) are cooing up a racket before twilight fades to darkness. But even their collective noise takes a back seat once Prince — sitting in the dimmest bit of light — goes to his Mac, cues up a track and hits play. A melodious instrumental track floods the room, the lush orchestration compliments of the Minnesota Orchestra, whom Prince tapped to perform. Its inspiration has come from a little-heard Dionne Warwick song, "In Between the Heartaches," which he also played moments earlier. The track remains a work in progress; Prince has written no lyrics

  • 'The Simpsons' Revealed Which Character Died, And Fans Weren't Happy

    Published: Mon, Sep 29, 2014

    It was teased for months, but now we finally know which "Simpsons" character died in the Season 26 premiere. The Internet is pretty upset about how things turned out, according to The Huffington Post. SPOILER ALERT FOR THOSE WHO HAVEN'T SEEN THE SEASON 26 PREMIERE In the end, Krusty's father, Rabbi Hyman Krustofski, said his final shalom to the series while talking with his son. His last words to Krusty: “I think you’re eh.”

  • Memorable moments from Paisley Park

    Updated: Mon, Sep 29, 2014

    What we learned during a seven-hour odyssey at Paisley Park: — Prince is a mean pingpong player: A pingpong table is the centerpiece of the rehearsal space outside of the studio at Paisley Park, and it gets plenty of use. Prince shows he's a pretty deft player — he hits from wide angles and it's a wild sight, his white shoes with acrylic heels lighting up blue with every move. Alas, he loses his game by a few points. — Prince goes to YouTube for music, too: Some Prince fans who want to go to YouTube to pull up their favorite track or performance have long complained that Prince is overly aggressive in removing that music on copyright infringement grounds. So they might be surprised that he uses it to look up music and o

  • Fast food: Don't you love it when this happens?

    Richard Hall | Published: Mon, Sep 29, 2014

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  • They did. They do. Clooney/Alamuddin wedding No. 2

    Updated: Mon, Sep 29, 2014

    VENICE, Italy (AP) — The romantic canaled city of Venice has been the venue for 323 weddings of foreign couples this year. Only one has drawn crowds and paparazzi. George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin said "I do" for a second time Monday, celebrating a civil wedding ceremony in Venice's City Hall on the Grand Canal, greeted by hundreds of well-wishers who waited hours for a glimpse of the newlyweds. The couple tied the knot two days earlier in a private ceremony attended by Hollywood celebrity friends and family in a luxury hotel. They followed up with a required civil procedure, which to be legally recognized must take place on a site designated by the city administration.

  • Minneapolis arts museum celebrating 100th birthday

    Updated: Mon, Sep 29, 2014

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minneapolis Institute of Arts is preparing to celebrate its 100th anniversary next year. The museum will launch its birthday celebrations with a luncheon Wednesday. The MIA plans several birthday year projects, including "The Habsburgs: Rarely Seen Masterpieces from Europe's Greatest Dynasty," which will bring many masterworks amassed by one of the longest-reigning European dynasties to the U.S. for the first time. Also planned are "Delacroix," organized by the MIA and traveling to the National Gallery of London, an exhibit exploring the artist's influence and legacy, and an exhibit on a Leonardo da Vinci document dedicated to the study of water.

  • Billy Hayes of 'Midnight Express' turns to stage

    Updated: Mon, Sep 29, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — The other day, Billy Hayes was rehearsing a scene from his one-man show when he was interrupted by the director. It was too static, worried Jeffrey Altshuler. There's not enough activity. "You mean locked in one place and you can't move?" cracked Hayes. "Yes, I know that feeling." Hays certainly does: His long ordeal in a Turkish prison was turned into the film "Midnight Express," forever scaring people crossing international borders. Hayes is 67 now, but hasn't lost his sense of humor. "What's not to be happy about? I'm healthy, I'm free. My wife loves me. Nobody's beating my feet. I'm doing theater," he said. "This is the top. Everything else is gravy.

  • Dempsey's 'challenge' raises more than $1.1M

    Updated: Mon, Sep 29, 2014

    LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — Nearly 3,900 people helped raise more than $1.1 million for cancer care and support at the 6th annual Dempsey Challenge, organized by actor Patrick Dempsey in honor of his mother. Aimee Arsenault, manager of special events and development at the Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston, announced the fundraising total at Sunday's closing ceremonies and added that it's still growing. Dempsey, the "Grey's Anatomy" actor and Maine native, was one of the roughly 1,000 people who took part in Sunday's cycling events. Others raised money by walking or running. The actor founded the Dempsey Challenge following the experience of his 77-year-old mother'

  • Oprah taking part in Syracuse University event

    Updated: Mon, Sep 29, 2014

    SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Oprah Winfrey is in central New York to attend the dedication of a newly-renovated building on the Syracuse University campus. Winfrey will be at Monday afternoon's ribbon-cutting ceremony for the refurbished Newhouse 2, part of the university's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. The building opened in 1974 to house the school's broadcast journalism department. It recently underwent $18 million in improvements to its studios. Winfrey is scheduled to speak before the ribbon-cutting in the Goldstein Auditorium of the Schine Student Center.

  • Jane Fonda gets personal at Rape Foundation brunch

    Updated: Sun, Sep 28, 2014

    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Jane Fonda told an audience of activists and philanthropists that her mother had been sexually abused as a child before eventually committing suicide at 42. Fonda shared the personal story at an event celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Rape Treatment Center, which provides comprehensive free treatment for sexual assault victims. She hosted the Rape Foundation's annual fundraising brunch Sunday at billionaire Ron Burkle's Greenacres estate in Beverly Hills. Fonda said that while writing her memoirs, she reviewed her mother's medical records and discovered she had been sexually abused when she was 8 years old. Frances Ford Seymour committed suicide when Fonda was 12.