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James Taylor isn't done with American Songbook
NEW YORK (AP) — Something happens when James Taylor covers a song. It gets all James Taylor-y.

“People often tell me, ‘It sounds like you wrote that song’ or ‘That sounds like a James Taylor song.’ And that’s because basically it’s been translated into my language,” the singer-songwriter told The Associated Press in an interview this week.

Friday, November 27, 2020

Kurt Russell, Goldie Hawn and Chris Columbus save Christmas in 'Chronicles'
They may be one of Hollywood’s most beloved couples, but Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn have never felt the pressure to use that unmatched chemistry for the big screen time and time again. Since 1987’s “Overboard,“ they’ve received hundreds of opportunities to reunite in a film. Although none seemed quite right until another longtime, A-list pair landed at their feet: Santa and Mrs. Claus.

The film is “The Christmas Chronicles: Part Two,” a sequel to the 2018 Netflix picture that introduced Russell as a Santa who’s more superhero-meets-Elvis speedracing his sled than jolly old Saint Nick sitting by a fire. At the urging of Chris Columbus, who produced the first, Hawn appeared as Mrs. Claus in a cameo at the end.

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Both Charlie Brown holiday specials to air on TV, after all, in PBS deal
The “Great Pumpkin” never showed on broadcast television this year, but after a deal with PBS, the Charlie Brown Thanksgiving and Christmas specials will return to the air.
Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Get in the holiday mood: Classics and not-so classic
Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Walnut chocolate peppermint bundt cake
Wednesday, November 25, 2020

GRape and apple sheet pan pie
Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Overnight walnut french toast with fruit topping
Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Gingerbread Cupcakes With Vanilla Buttercream
Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Jose Feliciano celebrates 50 years of Christmas classic 'Feliz Navidad'
Jose Feliciano is celebrating the 50th anniversary of his bilingual Christmas classic “Feliz Navidad” by releasing a new version featuring Jason Mraz, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Shaggy and more.

Pop balladeer Michael Bolton, Latin boy band CNCO, country duo Big & Rich, and Mexican singer and actress Patricia Manterola are among the 30 acts who teamed up remotely for the reimagined track, which is being released Friday by Amazon Music. The collaboration of artists from different backgrounds and musical genres reflects Feliciano’s original goals for the song.

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

New this week: 'Saved by the Bell,' Miley, McCarthy
Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week.
Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Macy's Thanksgiving parade marches on
Jawan M. Jackson recently got to do something he’s been yearning to do for months — sing and dance again with his Broadway cast.

Jackson is one of the stars of “Ain’t Too Proud — The Life and Times of The Temptations” and he reunited with castmates for the first time since theaters shuttered to prepare for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday.

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Episodes revived to put variety and music back in Carol Burnett show
Carol Burnett is so glad we had this time together, as she sang in her signature song. Now, she’s added a lot more time, and a lot more songs, to be glad about.

Since its original run from 1967 to 1978, most viewers have only seen heavily chopped versions of “The Carol Burnett Show,“ and many fans had no idea that singing and dancing were an essential part of a series that was actually more classic variety show than modern comedy sketch show.

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Experts offer tips to rookie cooks making their first Thanksgiving dinner
After Christopher Hughey tweeted that he’s tackling his first Thanksgiving turkey this year, the advice started rolling in.

Brine it. Don’t bother. Try “spatchcocking” — grilling the bird split open. Remember to turn on the oven, and expect that something will burn.

Monday, November 23, 2020

Health benefits of popcorn
 Many people will say that no movie marathon is complete without a big bowl of popcorn. Movies and popcorn have been linked for decades, but popcorn is more than just a must-have on movie night.
Saturday, November 21, 2020

LAYERS ARE FOR SALAD, TOO
Bring on the layers when it's cold outside. And before you reach for your fleece or parka, let's be perfectly clear: We're talking about salads. That's right, salads have a place in the fall and winter, and when the brisk seasons invite layering hefty, nourishing ingredients into our meals, this principle also applies to salads. They can handle it.
Saturday, November 21, 2020

Shedd Aquarium closing through end of the year
The Shedd Aquarium will voluntarily close to the public through the new year as part of a commitment to the health and safety of the Chicago community, the attraction has announced.

The aquarium  is targeting a reopening date of Saturday, Jan. 2, it said.

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Cooking a smaller Thanksgiving feast
If you’re planning a smaller Thanksgiving gathering this year because of social distancing, you don’t have to give up the turkey, stuffing, pie and other traditional fare.

Thanksgiving feasts have typically been tailored for a crowd: big birds, large casseroles, and so on. Your favorite recipes might serve 10 or more. But from turkey breasts to muffin-tin pies, there are ways to adapt the classics for a smaller crew, with less expense and potential for waste.

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

New this week: 'Big Sky,' Fogerty and Dolly Parton
Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week.
Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Oxford study suggests playing video games can be good for mental health
Time spent playing video games can be good for mental health, according to a new study by researchers at Oxford University.

The finding comes as video game sales this year have boomed as more people are stuck at home because of the pandemic and many countries have once again imposed limits on public life.

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

PUBLISHERS WEEKLY BEST-SELLERS
Saturday, November 14, 2020

Books: Chicago cop retires to Ireland in 'Searcher'
Cal Hooper, a Chicago cop whose wife has left him for reasons he does not yet understand, tells himself he’s done with police work. He retires from the force, moves to western Ireland, buys an abandoned country house, and sets to work fixing it up. Not much given to introspection, his therapy is carpentry, hiking through the countryside, and fishing its streams.
Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Entertainment: First responders, CMA awards tonight
Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week.
Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Music : Stapleton delivers a sure-footed masterpiece
To say Chris Stapleton is one of country music’s best singers is to sell him short. He’s one of the world’s finest singers of any genre, period.

On his new album, “Starting Over,“ the Kentucky native ranges around in style with the confidence of a man who deserves the widest possible audience. His voice is pleading and impassioned and sounds phenomenal whether he’s wailing the blues or gently covering the Guy Clark classic, “Old Friends,“ one of two Clark compositions here.

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Michael Connelly proves master of legal thrillers
After celebrating his latest trial victory at a local pub, Los Angeles criminal lawyer Mickey Haller gets behind the wheel of his Lincoln, drives a hundred yards or so down the street, and gets pulled over by the LAPD.
Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Colder months can be perfect for garden photos
The coronavirus has led more people to spend time outdoors, and many find themselves walking the same paths and gazing at the same trees or shrubs day after day.

Author and self-taught landscape photographer Larry Lederman suggests looking at your surroundings anew by turning a camera on them. Fall and winter, he says, are the perfect time to take up landscape photography.

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Jamie Oliver promises maximum flavor for minimum effort
Jamie Oliver knows one of the biggest obstacles home cooks face isn’t the drudgery of shopping, the chore of chopping or the mess of washing up. It’s delivery apps.

What he calls the Uber-ization of the food industry has led to tired families just ordering dinner for delivery or pickup. “It’s never been easier to fix that urge for food at the click of a button,” he said.

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Season four of 'The Crown' premieres Sunday, November 15

 For viewers, “The Crown” offers a peek into a modern royal family’s life and times, or at least an engaging dramatization. For the cast, it’s meant the lofty equivalent of gig work as the Netflix series ticks through the decades.

Claire Foy played Britain’s young Queen Elizabeth II for the first two seasons, with Olivia Colman stepping in to chart her middle years last season and in the 10 new episodes out Sunday. Imelda Staunton ascends to the throne for the final two chapters 


Monday, November 9, 2020

Opus 24 Fall 2020 concert will be virtual this year
Decatur Choral Society’s Opus 24 will not be presenting their annual fall concert this year due to COVID-19 restrictions. A decision regarding their annual spring concert in 2021 has yet to be decided.  

Please connect to Opus 24 on Facebook to view past concerts, with a new one uploaded every other week as part of their “Virtual Concert Series.” The series began earlier this summer. 

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

'Jungleland' a tale of trying to rise out of misery
When a small indie film uses the title “Jungleland,” it’s natural to expect that Bruce Springsteen’s famous tune will be heard. But, as with much of Max Winkler’s moody, tender movie, the answer is yes and no. There’s Bruce, but not the song you expected.
Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Music review: Neil Young revisits 2003's 'Greendale'
Think of Neil Young’s 2003 record “Greendale” as the venerable rocker’s take on “Our Town,” with a heavy dose of weirdness, environmentalism and anti-war sentiment thrown in.

“Return to Greendale” gives listeners, and viewers, a chance to revisit the often overlooked Young record, tour and rock opera film. On the live album, Young and his longtime collaborators Crazy Horse deliver versions of the record’s 10 songs that are largely faithful to the originals

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

New book has 150 recipes inspired by Black chefs
If anyone asks chef Marcus Samuelsson what African food taste like, he has a ready answer: Have you ever had barbeque? Rice? Collard greens? Okra? Coffee?

“All of that food comes from Africa, has its roots in Africa,“ says the Ethiopian Swedish writer and restaurateur. “Everyone has had African American dishes, whether they know it or not.”

Samuelsson is hoping to educate Americans and champion Black chefs in “The Rise: Black Cooks and the Soul of American Food” from Little, Brown and Company’s Voracious imprint.

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Entertainment this week: Outer space, Brubeck, TV comedies
Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press’  of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week.
Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Publishers Weekly - Best Sellers
Saturday, October 31, 2020

Hugh Laurie goes for political ride in PBS 'Roadkill'
On screen, Hugh Laurie has been by turns irascible (“House“), villainous (“The Night Manager“) and a comedic delight (“Jeeves & Wooster“). In a conversation about his latest project, PBS’ “Roadkill,” he proved equally versatile.

Laurie was thoughtful and charmingly wry and self-deprecating, including regarding expectations for the apple cider he attempted while housebound in London by the pandemic. “Revolting,” he predicts.

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Frampton looks back in gentle memoir
When Peter Frampton was a child, he busted his father on Christmas morning giving him an acoustic guitar dressed as Santa. “And from 3:30 in the morning on Christmas when I was 8 years old, I haven’t stopped playing since.”

So recalls the singer-songwriter and guitarist whose album “Frampton Comes Alive!” became a monster hit in the mid-1970s in his new memoir, “Do You Feel Like I Do?”

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Books: Jack Reacher stays the course
The cover of “The Sentinel,” the 25th thriller in the wildly popular Jack Reacher series, declares that it was written by Lee Child and Andrew Child, but no one by either name actually wrote the book.

Reacher’s creator Lee Child, whose real name is actually Lee Grant, has declared that his days as a novelist are over. Lately, he’s been working with Amazon to develop a Jack Reacher TV show starring Alan Ritchson, an actor as enormous and menacing as the character in the books — a welcome change from the pipsqueak (Tom Cruise) who played the role in two Hollywood movies.

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Entertainment this week: 'This Is Us,' Baby Yoda and 'The Craft' redone
Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week.
Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Four episodes in, El-Waylly has yet to be stumped by a food challenge
Mac and cheese, 18th-century style. A seven-course meal using only ingredients from a convenience store. A meal that is literally on fire.

Four episodes into her new YouTube show, “Stump Sohla,” part of the expanding “Babish Culinary Universe“ channel, Sohla El-Waylly has yet to be stumped by a food challenge.

Monday, October 26, 2020

Animals, people rescue each other in new series
In a new docuseries, a child who uses a walker meets a dog with its own version of wheels. Inmates find solace in training canines for adoption, and pigs strut their stuff in a “body positivity“ celebration.

That and more is part of “That Animal Rescue Show,” an endearing project that reflects its unexpected creators as well as its stars, human and otherwise. All 10 episodes are out Oct. 29 on the CBS All Access streaming service.

Saturday, October 24, 2020

'Song for the Dark Times' contains two mysteries
Ian Rankin’s best-known character, John Rebus, typically resides in the dark world of the human soul and things are no different in “A Song for the Dark Times,” Rankin’s newest Inspector Rebus novel.
Saturday, October 24, 2020

Westminster dog show takes a walk, leaving NYC in 2021
The Westminster dog show is set to take a long walk.

The nation’s top pooch pageant will be held outdoors at an estate about 25 miles north of Manhattan on June 12-13 because of the pandemic, the Westminster Kennel Club said Wednesday.

Thursday, October 22, 2020

No shortage of new games to keep us entertained
The pandemic has proven there’s no shortage of games to keep families, couples and kids amused. The classics are ever-present, but a range of new or off-the-beaten-track gift entries are available.
Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Entertainment this week: The Boss, Billie Eilish and Borat
Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week.
Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Stay warm inside and enjoy seasonal comfort food
Family Features — While this autumn season will likely look different than years past, wholesome meals celebrating fall flavors provide something to look forward to. Eating foods like walnuts, colorful fruits and vegetables, and whole grains can be a solution for improving overall well-being in an enjoyable, delicious way. 
Saturday, October 17, 2020

Take A Central Illinois day Trip
Saturday, October 17, 2020

Vienna, Illinois, another Illinois 'sundown town'
Ask around this time-battered Midwestern town, with its empty storefronts, dusty antique shops and businesses that have migrated toward the interstate, and nearly everyone will tell you that Black and white residents get along really well.

“Race isn’t a big problem around here,” said Bill Stevens, a white retired prison guard with a gentle smile. “Never has been, really.”

Unless they’re among the handful of Black residents.

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

British author Nick Hornby back with an endearing love story

Has the world ever needed a Nick Hornby book more than it does today? The British novelist who gave us “High Fidelity” and “About a Boy” is back with “Just Like You,” an endearing love story that defies convention.

Set in London as Britons vote on whether or not to leave the European Union, the novel is a breezy read, grounded in just enough realism to make it all feel, well, real.

Monday, October 12, 2020

Wainwright is dance band crooner on new album
On the aptly titled “I’d Rather Lead a Band,” Loudon Wainwright III embraces a role even more retro than the one he has carved out as an old-fashioned troubadour, putting his guitar aside to join the ’20s — the 1920s.

Wainwright makes like a dance band crooner as he revives material by Irving Berlin, Fats Waller and Frank Loesser, among others. For any kids who might listen, this is their great-great-grandparents’ music, which explains the reference to a Gatling gun.

Monday, October 12, 2020

Warm up with a rich, chocolate beverage
Nothing beats sipping a hot, soothing beverage after a day of choosing the perfect Christmas tree or lobbing snowballs in the backyard. Teas, hot toddies, coffees, and mulled ciders certainly can fit the bill, but a mug of rich hot chocolate is a holiday season staple.
Saturday, October 10, 2020

When salsa is the party
This bright and festive starter is part-salsa, part-ceviche. It's not meant to be a simple dab to complete a chip, but rather a command to attention with a jumble of shrimp awarded star billing in a kaleidoscope of colorful ingredients. In this concoction, sweet and briny shrimp are lightly poached and steeped in a bright, citrusy sauce that continues to "cook" and infuse the shrimp with flavor. A whole bunch of fresh ingredients are added to the mix, including chile peppers, tomato and corn, which add substance and round out the flavors with juicy sweetness and heat.
Saturday, October 10, 2020

Review: 'Missionaries' sees our forever wars as vocation
Phil Klay’s “Redeployment” was a masterwork in mostly spare prose, its tonal range from laugh-out-loud, Joseph Heller-esque absurdity to soul-crushing bleakness. It may be our best literary window into the Iraq war.

A young Marine veteran’s literary debut, the short story collection won a 2014 National Book Award.

Saturday, October 10, 2020

Thomas Jefferson Byrd, known for Spike Lee films, killed
Actor Thomas Jefferson Byrd, known for his roles in Spike Lee films, has been shot and killed in Atlanta, police said Sunday.

Police responded to a call around 1:45 a.m. Saturday and found the 70-year-old Byrd unresponsive with multiple gunshot wounds in his back, police spokesman Officer Anthony Grant said in a statement.

Monday, October 5, 2020

A punchy set of Western swing from Canadian Colter Wall
Colter Wall, who comes from Canadian cattle country, possesses a baritone that gives his music a distinctive brand.

It’s a voice as raw as the prairie wind in his native Saskatchewan, with a vibrato akin to a rusty gate on the back 40. Wall actually sounds like a bassoon — not the kind of instrument usually found on a ranch.

Saturday, October 3, 2020

McQueen's 'Small Axe' anthology a main event
In a movie year mostly lacking big, ambitious releases, Steve McQueen’s “Small Axe” anthology is an unqualified main event. While many other filmmakers are on hold, the “12 Years a Slave” director has raced to finish not one but five new films.

The movies, spanning 1968 to 1985, are each individual stories about the West Indian community in London. They are testimonies of resistance. Each tale resurrects a chapter of recent history to illuminate the daily oppressions of institutional racism and the struggles against it — in courtrooms, in all-white police precincts, in segregated schools.

Saturday, October 3, 2020

Two love affairs fuel 'The Book of Two Ways'
Jodi Picoult's "The Book of Two Ways" follows Dawn Edelstein, a death doula with a physicist husband and a teenage daughter. Dawn's job is to help terminally ill patients and their loved ones transition from life to death.
Saturday, October 3, 2020

What's on the menu at this time of year? Venison
Saturday, October 3, 2020

A Crisp For All Seasons
It's fall, and in my book, that means it's time for apple crisp. When it comes to a good recipe, I follow the popular adage: If it's not broken, don't fix it. This recipe is my go-to recipe throughout the year. The method and amounts remain consistent, and I'll change up the types of fruit, spices and nuts according to the season.
Saturday, October 3, 2020

Last solo recording of jazz icon Dave Brubeck to be released
Nearly eight years after his death, the final solo recording of late American jazz legend Dave Brubeck is set for release next month.

Verve Records announced last week that “Lullabies” — a collection of intimate standards often played for children — will be available Nov. 6 in the latest effort by a label to preserve unreleased jazz recordings.

“Dave was mainly thinking of it as a sort of documentation and gift for immediate family and some close family friends,” said Chris Brubeck, his son, who is also a musician.

Thursday, October 1, 2020

The lighthearted and enjoyable 'Enola Holmes' features Sherlock's sister
There is a long, questionable and occasionally successful tradition of spinning off iconic literary and film characters through relatives distant and not from James Bond Jr. to John Shaft II and III. In other words, it's not out of bounds that someone would come along and invent a little sister for Sherlock Holmes and eventually make a movie out of it.

Enola Holmes is the creation of American author Nancy Springer who wrote a series of six young adult novels about Sherlock and Mycroft’s teenage sister who becomes a detective in her own right. The lighthearted and enjoyable film adaptation stars “Stranger Things’” Millie Bobby Brown as the titular character in an origin story that is clearly an attempt to start a franchise. Thankfully it isn’t merely a “set-up” film.

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Dancer Misty Copeland has new book out for children
Misty Copeland has long told the story of the childhood ballet teacher who recognized her talent and took the young dancer, then 13, from the cramped motel room she was living in to stay in her own house for three years, so she could continue her training.

Now “Miss Bradley” — Cynthia Bradley — is one of the key characters in Copeland’s new children’s book, “Bunheads,” a story based on Copeland’s own youth and introduction to ballet.

In “Bunheads,” the story of young Misty’s first ballet class and first dance production (the classic ballet “Coppelia”), the celebrated ballerina not only pays tribute to key figures in her youth, but explores themes of camaraderie among dancers, the need for a support system, and the importance of having the confidence to try something new. Confidence is a quality Copeland says was often lacking in her journey from a childhood of modest means in California to becoming the most famous ballerina in America — and the first female Black principal dancer at American Ballet Theatre.

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Entertainment this week: Carey, Steinem, So. Park
Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week.
Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Music: Bishop and Musselwhite pair up for a vigorous blues fest
Two Southern boys who both hit the big time in 1960s Chicago — Elvin Bishop and Charlie Musselwhite — have over a century of blues experience between them.

Their first album together, “100 Years of Blues,” plays on that longevity but neither Oklahoma guitar ace Bishop, nor Tennessee harmonica legend Musselwhite sound ready for retirement just yet.

Monday, September 28, 2020

Alexie, Pilkey books among the most challenged of past decade
Toni Morrison is on the list. So are John Green and Harper Lee. And John Steinbeck and Margaret Atwood. All wrote books that were among the 100 most subjected to censorship efforts over the past decade, as compiled by the American Library Association.

Sherman Alexie’s prize-winning “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian” came in at No. 1, followed by Dav Pilkey’s “Captain Underpants” picture book series and Jay Asher’s young adult novel “Thirteen Reasons Why.” Objections raised by parents and other community members have ranged from explicit language and depictions of drug use in Alexie’s novel to Asher’s theme of suicide.

Monday, September 28, 2020

Fall home decor trends: Comforting hues, flexible design
In recent years, brown anything in a living space was considered by some arbiters of decor as drab and outdated. But this fall the hue is back in favor, in part because of the unsettled, anxious state of the world.

“Brown traditionally makes people feel comfortable and safe, and those are feelings that many of us are looking to our homes to provide,” says interior designer Dawn Hamilton of Oakland Park, Florida.

It’s just one of the trends in decor this season, when the pandemic has made home an even more essential space for living, working, studying and more. Also on the watch list: flexible rooms, indoor and out.

Saturday, September 26, 2020

Review: Ayad Akhtar's 'fever dream' of a fallen America
An elegy is a mournful poem expressing regret for something lost. Ayad Akhtar’s brilliant new novel, “Homeland Elegies,” mourns an America that has lost its way in the half century since it welcomed his parents’ generation of Muslim immigrants from Pakistan.
Saturday, September 26, 2020

A drink to soothe your stomach
Smoothies are often associated with breakfast, but they actually can be enjoyed all day long.

Smoothies have been around since the 1920s, when the first blender was invented by Stephen Poplawski. In 1939, the Waring blender company designed a pamphlet that came with the appliance that included fruit-based drinks.

Saturday, September 26, 2020

End of summer slaw
It's officially the end of summer. A change of seasons is always a good time to switch gears and do a little cleaning -- consider it a spring clean, but in the fall -- and nothing too taxing, mind you; we're all under a little stress these days. A simple project will feel like an accomplishment, such as cleaning out your refrigerator. This was my inspiration when I did just that and made this slaw.
Saturday, September 26, 2020

Shedd hosts turtle hatchlings set for DuPage County release
More than 20 endangered Blanding’s turtle hatchlings have a new temporary home at the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago.

The 24 hatchlings are part of a partnership between the aquarium and the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County.

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

How frugal fashionistas can stay on trend
(AP) — Nowadays, it’s not just celebrities who wear high-end clothing and accessories. The influencers filling your social media feed likely wear them, too.
Friday, September 18, 2020

Siriano puts on a backyard fashion show
WESTPORT, Conn. (AP) — Christian Siriano, who turned his atelier into a mask-making machine, took to his Connecticut backyard Thursday for a cozy fashion show complete with picnic baskets for his small in-person crowd, masks on the faces of his models and a dip in his pool for pregnant muse Coco Rocha.
Friday, September 18, 2020

Grandson of Warren Harding and lover wants president's body exhumed
The grandson of U.S. President Warren G. Harding and his lover, Nan Britton, went to court in an effort to get the Republican’s remains exhumed from the presidential memorial where they have lain since 1927.

James Blaesing told an Ohio court that he is seeking Harding’s disinterment as a way “to establish with scientific certainty” that he is the 29th president’s blood relation.

The dispute looms as benefactors prepare to mark the centennial of Harding’s 1920 election with site upgrades and a new presidential center in Marion, the Ohio city near which he was born in 1865. Blaesing says he deserves to “have his story, his mother’s story and his grandmother’s story included within the hallowed halls and museums in this town.”

A branch of the Harding family has pushed back against the suit filed in May — not because they dispute Blaesing’s ancestry, but because they don’t.

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Entertainment: Alicia Keys, new prime-time soap and the Emmys
Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week.
Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Macy's plans a smaller but camera-ready Thanksgiving parade
A Macy’s Thanksgiving parade reimagined for the coronavirus pandemic will feature floats, performers and giant balloons along a one-block stretch of 34th Street in front of the retailer’s flagship Manhattan store, Macy’s officials announced Monday.

The spectacle will be broadcast as usual from 9 a.m. to noon Eastern time on NBC and will include both live and recorded elements, Macy’s officials said.

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Warm up with a rich, chocolate beverage
Nothing beats sipping a hot, soothing beverage after a day of choosing the perfect Christmas tree or lobbing snowballs in the backyard. Teas, hot toddies, coffees, and mulled ciders certainly can fit the bill, but a mug of rich hot chocolate is a holiday season staple.

Hot chocolate can be whipped up quickly from premade packets, but many such packets are loaded with sugar. Chocolate lovers should have a reliable hot chocolate recipe to lean on when the moment is right. This recipe for "Real Hot Chocolate" from "Chocolate" (Parragon) by the editors of Love Food is sure to please.

Saturday, September 12, 2020

JUST ADD WIND AND RAIN
When summer fades and the season tilts to autumn, my senses heighten. The lower light casts a gauzy glow, stretching the shadows lazy and long. The air turns cool and sharp, tinged with wood-burning smoke and the essence of dew on fallen leaves. Wind gusts grow blustery, and fog bears beads of mist and drizzle. No longer stultified by heat and humidity, my appetite grows and shifts to warmth and comfort, craving steaming bowls of chowder and stews, warm drinks and fortifying libations. This steamy bowl of buttery clams hits the spot.
Saturday, September 12, 2020

Review: Book looks at what it means to be white in America
The African American man whose beating by Los Angeles Police ignited civil upheaval in 1992 famously said later: “Can’t we all just get along?”

The answer to Rodney King’s question, which has taken on renewed importance these past months: Not yet.

Saturday, September 12, 2020

Pandemic chases 'Wonder Woman 1984' to Dec. 25
Following the less-than-stellar theatrical debut of Christopher Nolan’s “Tenet,” Warner Bros. is delaying its next big release, “Wonder Woman 1984,“ to Christmas.

The postponement of the “Wonder Woman” sequel, which had been scheduled to hit theaters Oct. 2, comes on the heels of Hollywood’s strongest attempt to lure moviegoers back to theaters during the pandemic.

Saturday, September 12, 2020

Dallas Symphony among 1st US orchestras to return to the stage, here's how
Fabio Luisi never expected his first performance as Dallas Symphony Orchestra music director to be in a mostly empty Meyerson Symphony Center.

“Who could imagine this planetary thing?” the 61-year-old conductor said.

He agreed in June 2018 to a contract with Dallas that starts this season and runs through 2023-24, and his tenure started yesterday with an all-Beethoven program that includes Piano Concerto No. 2 with Yefim Bronfman and Symphony No. 8.

Friday, September 11, 2020

On new album, Chick Corea plays with a piano and with his fans, too
If you’re very lucky, one day Chick Corea will make your portrait. And because he’s a formidable musician, it will be a portrait entirely in musical notes.

Corea likes inviting volunteers onto the stage during solo concerts, sitting them down near his piano and creating spontaneous, entirely subjective tone poems about the person.

“It starts as a game — to try to capture something I see in music,” he says. “While I play, I look at them a couple of times like a painter would. I try to see if, while I’m playing, are they agreeing with what I’m playing? Do they think that this is really a portrait of them? And usually they do.”

Friday, September 11, 2020

Monogamy is rare in the animal kingdom: New novel explores the topic
Even after reading all 338-plus pages of Sue Miller’s new novel, it’s hard to tell if the noun of the title is aspirational or unattainable. And maybe that’s the point.

“Monogamy” stars Annie and Graham, two Cambridge residents devoted to the arts (he co-owns a bookstore, she’s a photographer), happily married for three decades. Miller shifts timelines — a memory in the present sparks a pages-long trip into the past where we learn both of their back stories and get to meet the other people in their lives. They have one child together, Sarah, and Graham has a son from a previous marriage, Lucas. Friends flit in and out of the book just as they do in real life, filling out the main characters and making them come truly alive.

Friday, September 11, 2020

Suzanne Vega's vibrant live album full of NYC tales
Suzanne Vega has had a symbiotic relationship with New York City since moving there as a toddler and the metropolis is a recurring presence in her tunes.

Her new live album, “An Evening of New York Songs and Stories,” was recorded last year at Manhattan’s Café Carlyle with a small combo, and its 16 tunes, plus some between-songs chatter, form an intimate appreciation of the city and some of its many roles and identities.

Backed by guitarist Gerry Leonard, bassist Jeff Allen and Jamie Edwards on keyboards, the arrangements are usually stripped-down versions of the originals and take advantage of Vega’s at-ease stage manner, the results of decades of touring.

Thursday, September 10, 2020

'Avengers' and 'Thrones' star Diana Rigg dies at 82
Diana Rigg, a commanding British actress whose career stretched from iconic 1960s spy series “The Avengers” to fantasy juggernaut “Game of Thrones,” has died. She was 82.

Rigg’s agent, Simon Beresford, said she died this morning at home with her familyat her side. Daughter Rachael Stirling said she died of cancer that was diagnosed in March.

Rigg “spent her last months joyfully reflecting on her extraordinary life, full of love, laughter and a deep pride in her profession. I will miss her beyond words,” Stirling said.

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Fears for cheers: Letters reveal public distaste for booze in JFK White House
It was a tempest in a teapot — or, more accurately, a whiskey tumbler.

Presidential transitions are always at least a little tricky. Case in point: Researchers at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum have found a cache of letters from Americans objecting to JFK’s embrace of cocktails at White House events.

The letters shed new insight into President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s handoff to Kennedy early in 1961, and the strikingly different attitudes that people held about alcohol at official functions.

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Gene Budig, former American League president, dies
Gene Budig, the self-effacing educator and baseball fan from small-town Nebraska who became the head of three major universities and the last president of the American League, died Tuesday. He was 81.

His death was announced by the commissioner’s office and the Charleston RiverDogs, a minor league team he co-owned. No cause was given. He had been in hospice in South Carolina.

Commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement that Budig was a “friend to many” in baseball and praised his “lifelong connection” to the game. Former Commissioner Bud Selig said Tuesday he “appreciated his work and his support,” calling him a ”wonderful person.“

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Art dealer known for his treasure hunt has died
Antiquities dealer and author Forrest Fenn, who gained fame after hiding a treasure chest filled with gold, jewels and other valuables that drove hundreds of thousands of people to search remote corners of the U.S. West for the riches — sometimes with tragic consequences — has died. He was 90.

Police confirmed Fenn died Monday of natural causes at his home in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Police spokesman Greg Gurule said Tuesday that officers were alerted that afternoon and that more information would be released as it becomes available.

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

'Keeping Up With the Kardashians' reality show to end in 2021
Who do we keep up with now? After more than a decade, “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” will be ending its run next year.

“It is with heavy hearts that we say goodbye“ to the reality show, Kim Kardashian West and other members of the extended Kardashian-Jenner family said in a statement Tuesday.

“We’ve decided as a family to end this very special journey,” said their social media statement, without further explanation about the move.

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

A look at the history of 'Magnolia Manor' in Cairo, Illinois
Charles A. Galigher, and his wife, Adelia Lippit Galigher, moved to Cairo in the 1850s from Zanesville, Ohio, on the prospect of a risky business venture.

Together with Mrs. Galigher’s brother, they purchased shares of a bankrupt flour mill. Within a year, they had turned the company profitable; the brother sold his shares and returned to Ohio. Under two labels — Superior White and Premium Eagle — the company sold flour around the world, including in the United Kingdom, to Queen Victoria, and on the homestead, to the U.S. government during the Civil War.

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Film review: Put down that phone, urges documentary 'Social Dilemma'
“The Social Dilemma” is the first film you’ll watch and immediately want to toss your smartphone into the garbage can. And then toss the garbage can through the window of a Facebook executive.

It’s an eye-opening look into the way social media is designed to create addiction and manipulate our behavior, told by some of the very people who supervised the systems at places like Facebook, Google and Twitter.

Tim Kendall, a former president of Pinterest, admitted that years ago he couldn’t get off his phone even when he came home, despite having two young kids. “I am going to work during the day and building something that then I’m falling prey to,” he says in the film. “I couldn’t help myself.”

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Review: The week Harry Belafonte took over TV
Harry Belafonte made history in early 1968. But it was lost to history.

While the Vietnam War was raging and civil unrest was convulsing American cities, TV talk show host Johnny Carson did something special: He stepped away from “The Tonight Show” perch for a week.

Then something even more special happened: Belafonte took over.

Tuesday, September 8, 2020









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