• Racing museum exhibits NY artist's series of popular posters

    Updated: Tue, Jul 21, 2015

    SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — With the thoroughbred racing season about to begin in Saratoga Springs, a local museum has opened an exhibit of a popular series of posters started by a New York artist in the 1980s. The exhibit titled "Greg Montgomery: 30 Years of the Travers" features all 30 of the 66-year-old Albany artist's Travers Stakes posters. They're on display at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame through the end of the year. The museum is located across the street from Saratoga Race Course, which opens for the season on Friday. Montgomery created his first poster in 1986 in time for the Travers, Saratoga's biggest race. Since then, his colorful annual posters have become collectors' items.

  • AP-WI--Wisconsin News Digest 1:30 pm, WI

    Updated: Sun, Jul 19, 2015

    Here's a look at how AP's general news coverage is shaping up in Wisconsin. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to (800) 552-7250 or (612) 332-2727. News editor Doug Glass can be reached at those numbers or dglass@ap.org. Jeff Baenen is on the desk. For access to AP Exchange and other technical issues, contact AP Customer Support at apcustomersupport@ap.org or 877-836-9477. Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates. COMING TOMORROW: WALKER-ECONOMIC AGENCY OSHKOSH, Wis. — The leaders of Republican Gov.

  • Allied Arts to grant $2.55 million for Oklahoma City-area programs in 2016

    From Staff Reports | Published: Sun, Jul 19, 2015

    Allied Arts announced recently that more than $2.55 million will be distributed to various nonprofit arts organizations in the Oklahoma City area during fiscal year 2016.

  • Oklahoma Shakespeare takes Hamlet to college with modern prequel 'Wittenberg'

    By Brandy McDonnell Features Writer bmcdonnell@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Jul 19, 2015

    Thursday, Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park will open its debut production of David Davalos' intelligently witty 2008 "Hamlet" prequel “Wittenberg.” Performances will continue through Aug. 1 at Oklahoma Shakespeare's Paseo Arts District performance space.

  • Oklahoma features briefs

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Sun, Jul 19, 2015

    Features news in brief

  • Salesman’s son looks for truth in ‘Big Fish’ at Oklahoma City's Lyric Theatre

    By Rick Rogers  For The Oklahoman | Published: Sun, Jul 19, 2015

    “Big Fish,” a new musical based on the 2003 screenplay by John August and the 1998 novel by Daniel Wallace, comes to the Civic Center Music Hall in Oklahoma City this week in a new production presented by Lyric Theatre.

  • Oklahoma fine arts notes

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Sun, Jul 19, 2015

    Fine arts news and notes in Oklahoma

  • AP-RI--Rhode Island News Digest 1:30 pm, RI

    Updated: Sat, Jul 18, 2015

    Hello! Here's a look at how AP's general news coverage is shaping up in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to AP Providence at 401-274-2270, or approvidence@ap.org. Sylvia Lee Wingfield is on the desk. AP-New England News Editor Bill Kole can be reached at 617-357-8100 or bkole@ap.org. AP Providence correspondent Michelle R. Smith can be reached at 401-274-2270 or mrsmith@ap.org. A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories and digests will keep you up to date. All times are Eastern.

  • Henry Co. DUI crackdown dedicated to artist killed in crash

    Updated: Sat, Jul 18, 2015

    MCDONOUGH, Ga. (AP) — A crackdown on drunk drivers and other traffic violations in Henry County this weekend was dedicated to an artist who was supposed to sculpt a statue of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. but died in a crash with a suspected drunk driver. Andy Davis, 53, was riding his motorcycle in Henry County when he was rear-ended by a pickup truck on the morning of July 10 and died July 12, Georgia State Patrol has said. Davis had been selected to create a statue of the slain civil rights leader at the Georgia state Capitol building in Atlanta.

  • Funds secured to restore wall paintings by Thomas Cole

    Updated: Fri, Jul 17, 2015

    CATSKILL, N.Y. (AP) — A project to uncover and preserve previously unknown wall paintings by 19th century Hudson River School artist Thomas Cole will go forward with $460,000 in federal funding. Officials at the Thomas Cole Historic Site in Catskill said small sections of a frieze, or decorative border, were found in two rooms at Cole's house in Greene County. They applied for $600,000 for restoration work. Sen. Charles Schumer backed the request and said Friday that part of it has been approved by the National Endowment for the Humanities. He said he'll continue to fight for an additional $150,000 from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

  • Artist takes ax to wall of UK theater after negative reviews

    Updated: Wed, Jul 15, 2015

    LONDON (AP) — The critics bashed Douglas Gordon, and he bashed back — with an ax. The Turner Prize-winning artist hacked the wall of a theater where his play has opened to largely negative reviews. Gordon directs Charlotte Rampling in "Neck of the Woods," a twist on the Red Riding Hood story running at the Manchester International Festival. The Guardian dubbed the play "all style and no fangs." The Telegraph said it "has almost no force at all." A photo in the Manchester Evening News on Tuesday showed a gouge in the concrete wall of the brand-new HOME venue, surrounded by a drawing of a claw, Saturday's date and a signature. Festival director Alex Poots told the BBC that Gordon had acted in "a wholly ina

  • The books that change us

    Tiffany Gee Lewis, Deseret News | Updated: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    If we're reading just for pleasure, we're missing the larger point of literature.

  • Smithsonian to post sign outside Bill Cosby's art collection

    Updated: Tue, Jul 14, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art says it will post a sign telling visitors that an exhibition featuring Bill Cosby's art collection is about the artists, not a tribute to the comedian. The exhibition is continuing despite allegations by more than two dozen women that Cosby committed sexual misconduct in the past four decades. Several say he drugged and raped them. Smithsonian spokeswoman Linda St. Thomas says the museum will install the sign Wednesday. She says the sign will essentially say the museum does not condone Cosby's behavior. The Cosby art collection features African-American artists long under-appreciated by museums.

  • BC-AP Entertainment and Arts Digest,3rd Ld-Writethru

    Updated: Tue, Jul 14, 2015

    If you have questions, please contact Shelley Acoca at sacoca@ap.org or Steve Loeper at sloeper@ap.org. Expanded AP content, beyond what appears here, can be obtained from http://www.apexchange.com. For access to AP Exchange and other technical issues, contact apcustomersupport@ap.org or call 877-836-9477. For reruns of stories and questions about the best-seller lists, call the Service Desk at 800-838-4616. Times are EDT. UPDATES TUESDAY, JULY 14 BILL COSBY-GOLDBERG — Bill Cosby's biggest public defender, Whoopi Goldberg, is backing off her support after getting some legal advice Tuesday on the daytime talk show "The View." By Television Writer David Bauder. SENT: 320 words, photos.

  • Film camp showcases the talents of autistic young adults in Oklahoma

    By Heather Warlick Staff Writer Hwarlick@Oklahoman.com | Updated: Tue, Jul 14, 2015

    A camp hosted by Autism Oklahoma is helping young artists learn how to create an animated film and celebrate their differences.

  • Events marking 70th anniversary of atomic bombings of Japan

    Updated: Tue, Jul 14, 2015

    TOKYO (AP) — The 70th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki will be marked with memorial services, peace concerts and art exhibits. More than 200,000 people died in the two blasts, which were the first wartime uses of nuclear weapons. The U.S. dropped the bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945, and on Nagasaki on Aug. 9, 1945. World War II ended with Japan's surrender days later. An annual government-sponsored memorial service marking the end of the war takes place Aug. 15 at Tokyo's Budokan hall, with Emperor Akihito, Empress Michiko, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and top ministers expected to attend. Here are some of the events in Hiroshima and Nagasaki planned to commemorate the b

  • Johnny Worthen continues to mix folklore, science fiction in 'Celeste'

    Kent Larson, Deseret News | Updated: Fri, Jul 10, 2015

    Johnny Worthen’s book “Celeste” is the second in his young adult paranormal series The Unseen, mixing science fiction and folklore into an entertaining story.

  • MLK sculptor remembered for art, passion after deadly crash

    Updated: Mon, Jul 13, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) — The artist selected to sculpt a Martin Luther King Jr. statue for the Georgia Capitol grounds died Sunday after a weekend crash involving a suspected drunken driver, a coroner said. Andy Davis was 53. Davis' friends remembered him Monday as a passionate artist who mentored young creatives by establishing an arts center in his hometown of McDonough. He brought people from Georgia to life through sculpture, including works of musician Ray Charles and Chick-Fil-A founder Truett Cathy. He was a Bohemian who refused to wear shoes whenever possible but took his work and getting to know his subjects seriously.

  • 'Whistler's Mother' on display at Massachusetts museum

    Updated: Mon, Jul 13, 2015

    WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. (AP) — An iconic image of motherhood is making a visit to Massachusetts. The painting known as "Whistler's Mother" is on display at the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, part of an exhibition featuring the works of James McNeill Whistler. The 1871 painting is one of the most renowned works of art by an American. It has been owned by the French state since 1891 and is in the Musee d'Orsay's collection in Paris. The Clark Institute is one of only two American venues featuring the painting this year. It was previously at the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, California. The painting depicts Anna McNeill Whistler dressed in black mourning garb and a white cotton cap, sitting in profile. It will

  • Comic-Con cosplay could turn into Hollywood costuming career

    Updated: Mon, Jul 13, 2015

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — For now, it may be just a hobby, but for the costumed fans at the Comic-Con pop culture expo this past weekend, dressing up can be a first step toward an entertainment career. Costume play — or cosplay — has become a huge component of Comic-Con. Thousands of fans, and some celebrities, too, elaborately disguise themselves as their favorite characters from comic books, movies, TV, video games and anime. Taking photos of the coolest cosplayers is part of the convention experience. Celebrities can enjoy the festival in anonymity by wearing a mask like so many other fans — just like Daniel Radcliffe did when he secretly dressed as Spider-Man last year.