• Edmond Jazz and Blues Festival comes to an end

    By Matt Patterson, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, May 21, 2015

    After a couple rough years, the Edmond Jazz and Blues Festival will no longer be held.

  • Rolling Stones rock small LA club ahead of stadium tour

    Updated: Thu, May 21, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Rolling Stones ripped through the intimate Fonda Theatre Wednesday with enough energy to fuel their entire 15-city North American tour. The band announced Wednesday morning it would perform a "club show" that night to kick off its Zip Code tour, which launches Sunday in San Diego. The surprise concert at the 1,300-person-capacity venue instantly sold out. And one fan outside the theater offered $4,000 for one ticket. The Stones played for an hour and a half, including the entire "Sticky Fingers" album, with the same enthusiasm they had when the record was released in 1971. "So this is our first show of our tour," an animated Mick Jagger said. "Tonight we're doing something we've never done befor

  • A frank conversation about death

    BY MATT CARNEY | Published: Wed, May 13, 2015

    On Sufjan Stevens’ new record “Carrie & Lowell,” and the light it sheds on the indie songwriter’s already impressive back catalogue.

  • Motorcyclists to gather around US for Memorial Day weekend

    Updated: Thu, May 21, 2015

    Memorial Day is one of the biggest holidays on the calendars of motorcycle riders. This year, just about a week after nine people were killed and more were wounded in a shootout involving what authorities say were outlaw motorcycle gangs during a gathering in Waco, Texas, rallies around the country will attract hundreds of thousands of everyday motorcycle enthusiasts. These are some of the larger motorcycle rallies in the United States: ATLANTIC BEACH, SOUTH CAROLINA The Atlantic Beach Bikefest is expected to attract an estimated 400,000 bikers in the latest installment of a weekend rally that dates back to 1980.

  • Blues great B.B. King's daughter to host Vegas Strip event

    Updated: Thu, May 21, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — B.B. King's eldest daughter says she'll host a free musical tribute event at a Las Vegas Strip venue after a public viewing of her father's body at a funeral chapel. Shirley King says when people are done being sad about her dad's death, she wants them to come out Friday night and let the good times roll. B.B. King died May 14 at his home in Las Vegas at age 89. A public viewing is scheduled from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday at Palm Mortuary west of downtown Las Vegas. Shirley King lives in Chicago and performs as the Daughter of the Blues. She booked the Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas to open to the public at 8 p.m. Friday for what she says will be live music and remembrances.

  • Huckabee is latest straw poll no-show. Is event in jeopardy?

    Updated: Thu, May 21, 2015

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The people running Iowa's Republican presidential straw poll want less money and glitz involved as they try to take this summer's event back to basics. But now they are facing a different kind of downsizing — fewer candidates. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is the latest 2016 prospect to opt out of the Iowa tradition, announcing Thursday that he won't participate in this year's poll. Eight years ago he placed second. In an opinion piece published Thursday in The Des Moines Register, Huckabee said the straw poll is likely to draw only the more conservative candidates and the competition could weaken them.

  • Rockefeller to mark 100th birthday with land gift in Maine

    Updated: Thu, May 21, 2015

    PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The oldest member of the Rockefeller family is giving a gift as part of his 100th birthday celebration: 1,000 acres of land including streams, trails and carriage roads abutting Acadia National Park. David Rockefeller, the retired CEO of Chase Manhattan Bank and grandson of oil tycoon John Rockefeller Sr., is transferring family property at Little Long Pond in Seal Harbor to the Mount Desert Island & Garden Preserve, describing it as a "gift to all the people of Maine." "This magnificent state and its wonderful residents have been such an integral part of my family's history. It is my hope that the public should forever benefit from this beloved tract of land," Rockefeller said in a statement.

  • Gaspar Noe's explicit 'Love' sets Cannes atwitter

    Updated: Thu, May 21, 2015

    CANNES, France (AP) — The movies are in love with love, but they're often squeamish about sex. That's not something that can be said about director Gaspar Noe, whose new film "Love" brings graphic sex — in myriad positions and permutations, in twosomes, threesomes and groups — to the Cannes Film Festival. A depiction of turbulent youthful relationships, it's extremely explicit — and it's in 3-D. "Love" is full frontal, in-your-face filmmaking. "I want to make movies out of blood, sperm and tears," said the central male character, an American film student in Paris. That could be Noe's motto, too. The director wants to smash the convention that keeps graphic eroticism out of mainstream cinema.

  • Red carpet Emergency Room at Cannes is always full of drama

    Updated: Thu, May 21, 2015

    CANNES, France (AP) — For most of the year, room 331 of the Martinez Hotel is just your run-of-the mill luxury five star hotel suite. But during the Cannes Film Festival, it is radically transformed into a red carpet emergency room — where celebrities like Naomi Watts and Nicole Kidman can rush if they pop out of a dress, or a zipper breaks minutes before their film premieres at the Cannes Palais, the festival HQ just a stone's throw away. Paris fashion house Elie Saab is room 331's occupant this year, equipped with fitters, assistants and tailors in full war mode. "There's always drama," said Emilie Legendre Guillaumaud, Elie Saab's head of communications. "This year we've dressed Naomi Watts, with Lea Seydoux, Son

  • Cannes film pays homage to late designer Oscar de la Renta

    Updated: Thu, May 21, 2015

    CANNES, France (AP) — The spirit of Oscar de la Renta lives on every day at the Cannes Film Festival. Though the Dominican Republic-born fashion designer passed away last year aged 82 after battling cancer, his landmark fashion designs continue to dominate the red carpet — from Emma Stone's black sheer tulle gown at the "The Irrational Man" photocall to Aishwarya Rai's maroon silk number and Karlie Kloss' incredible blue fishtail gown at the De Grisogono soiree. Now a documentary film has been screened at Cannes, called "Ovation for Oscar," paying homage to his work.

  • Cross-dressing diva Conchita Wurst to Putin: Let's hang out

    Updated: Thu, May 21, 2015

    VIENNA (AP) — Conchita Wurst would like to hang out with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The bearded Austrian cross-dresser says she would "love to spend at least a week with him" because she wants to understand what it means to "be President Putin." Russia under Putin has clamped down heavily on gay rights, making public displays of homosexuality punishable by law. Wurst's participation last year in the Eurovision Song Contest was widely criticized by thousands of Russians. The Russian Orthodox Church described her as an "abomination" and after her win, Putin advised her not to flaunt her lifestyle. But that doesn't seem to phase Wurst, who expressed her wish Thursday at a presentation of her new album.

  • Jon Bon Jovi breaks out guitar at commencement address

    Updated: Thu, May 21, 2015

    CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — Rocker Jon Bon Jovi couldn't resist breaking out a guitar Thursday to help give advice to graduates at Rutgers University's Camden campus. After all, the ceremony was held at the Susquehanna Bank Center, a concert venue where his band has performed. The New Jersey native premiered a new song, "Reunion," which he said was a gift to the graduates. It began, "This isn't how the story ends, my friends, it's just a fork along the road." Rutgers-Camden, a university that takes pride in its civic engagement in a city that ranks as one of the most impoverished in the nation, gave Bon Jovi an honorary doctorate of letters recognizing his entertainment career and a history of philanthropy focused on homeless

  • Hou's 'The Assassin' offers martial arts with an arty twist

    Updated: Thu, May 21, 2015

    CANNES, France (AP) — "The Assassin" is a rare thing — a martial-arts movie in competition for prizes at Cannes. It's hardly typical action fare. The film is by Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao-hsien, who brings a painterly palette to the tale of an enigmatic killer in 9th-century China. Set at a time when central authority was challenged by rebellious provinces, the film follows a mysterious woman in black (Shu Qi) sent to her home region to carry out an assassination. Hou is known for beautiful, delicate films such as "A Time to Live, a Time to Die" and "The Flowers of Shanghai." ''The Assassin" — an action movie with more stillness than action — is a series of gorgeous tableaux interspersed with tightly controlle

  • Macklemore, Snoop Dogg to play in celeb softball game

    Updated: Thu, May 21, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Rappers Snoop Dogg and Macklemore and "Hunger Games" actor Josh Hutcherson will play in the 2015 MLB All-Star Legends and Celebrity Softball Game. "Black-ish" actor Anthony Anderson and country singer Justin Moore will also participate on July 12 at Cincinnati's Great American Ball Park alongside Cincinnati Reds legends Sean Casey, Paul O'Neill, Eric Davis and Aaron Boone. The softball game will air on ESPN immediately following the Home Run Derby on July 13. Tickets are on sale now. Other celebrity players include Rob Riggle, Miles Teller, Charissa Thompson and Nick Lachey, a Cincinnati native. Baseball Hall of Famer Andre Dawson, MLB legend Fred Lynn and Olympic softball gold medalist Jennie Fi

  • Megan Hilty on motherhood, 'Smash' and returning to Broadway

    Updated: Thu, May 21, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — You can tell a lot about a person by the way they treat waiters. So it's refreshing to see Megan Hilty smile and warmly greet each of the men busily setting up dinner service at the Cafe Carlyle. "Hi, good to see you," she says, again and again to the white-coated staff. They smile back, beaming. Hilty, the Broadway star and new mom, is sleep-deprived but happy to be doing a set of concerts at the famous club, where she made her debut last summer. In the year since, she and her musician husband, Brian Gallagher, welcomed their first child, a daughter, Viola. Gallagher will be on guitar as part of Hilty's four-piece band during her 15-song set at the Carlyle.

  • Indianapolis Symphony plans free summer concerts in parks

    Updated: Thu, May 21, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra plans to perform three free concerts in Indianapolis parks this summer. The symphony says the concerts are part of its efforts to increase its visibility in the community. The "Symphony in the Parks" concerts will be July 1, 8 and 16. They're done in partnership with Indianapolis Parks and Recreation. The concerts will feature patriotic, popular and classic works. They will be canceled if there is bad weather. Each concert is paid for by a corporate or anonymous sponsor. The symphony also plans summer concerts in Danville and Lebanon. ___ Online: http://www.IndianapolisSymphony.

  • Mississippi musicians to be honored with marker in Nashville

    Updated: Thu, May 21, 2015

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi Country Music Trail marker will be placed June 4 in Nashville to honor Magnolia State musicians who performed on Music Row and at the Grand Ole Opry over the decades. The marker will be placed at 1111 16th Avenue South in Nashville, the home of Big Loud Shirt Industries, an independently owned and operated music publishing company established in 2003 by award winning songwriter and producer Craig Wiseman. Nashville country music stardom attracted many performers, songwriters and producers from nearby Mississippi, including Jimmie Rodgers, Tammy Wynette, Charley Pride, Moe Bandy and Faith Hill.

  • Noted jazz musician Bob Belden dies in NYC at age 58

    Updated: Wed, May 20, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Bob Belden, a Grammy-winning jazz musician, composer, arranger and producer who was the first American musician to perform in Iran since its 1979 revolution when he toured there earlier this year, died Wednesday. He was 58. Belden died at Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan after suffering a heart attack in his apartment, his sister Elizabeth Belden Harmstone said. She described her brother as a pioneer and a "jazz musician true and true." In February, Belden and his group, Animation, went on a four-day tour of Iran, performing tunes by Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock and Belden's own compositions. The visit, which came as Tehran and Washington engaged in nuclear talks, was arranged by Search for Common Ground, a U

  • Akon says singing has given him a platform to promote Africa

    Updated: Wed, May 20, 2015

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Grammy-nominated hip-hop artist Akon says being a successful entertainer has given him a platform to pursue his dream of helping Africa grow and prosper. The performer, songwriter and producer was born in the U.S. of Senegalese parents and reared in both countries. He started an initiative called "Akon Lighting Africa" two years ago with a goal of bringing electricity to a million homes by the end of 2014. He told a U.N. news conference Wednesday on promoting clean energy that the initiative not only achieved that but has spread to 14 African countries. Akon, born Aliaune Thiam, said the biggest obstacle to Africa's growth is the need for infrastructure and energy.

  • Music City Bowl gets first prime-time kickoff since 2011

    Updated: Wed, May 20, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The 2015 Music City Bowl will take place Dec. 30 and have its first prime-time kickoff in four years. Music City Bowl officials announced Wednesday their game would begin at 7 p.m. EST. The game will be televised on ESPN. This marks the Music City Bowl's first prime-time start since Mississippi State's 23-17 victory over Wake Forest in 2011. The Music City Bowl matches a Southeastern Conference team against a school from either the Atlantic Coast Conference or Big Ten. The game is sponsored by Franklin American Mortgage. ESPN has served as the game's television partner since the bowl's inception in 1998. Notre Dame defeated LSU 31-28 in last year's Music City Bowl.