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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What's on the menu at this time of year? Venison
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

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

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

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

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

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

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

'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

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

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

Chef and writer cooks up a kid's book
Pipo is a young girl in a new book for kids who insists that pizza is the best food on Earth.

Prompted by her mom to prove it, Pipo goes across her neighborhood testing alternatives: tagine, red beans and rice, bibimbap and dumplings.

Her new conclusion: Pizza is the best. But there are also a lot of other bests, too.

That’s the charming premise of “Every Night Is Pizza Night“ (Norton Young Readers), the debut children’s book by J. Kenji Lopez-Alt, a guru of food science and a new father.

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Entertainment this week: 'Mulan,' Billy Ocean, 'Transplant'
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 1, 2020

Late summer reaps a kaleidoscope of peppers. It's impossible not to scoop up armfuls of chile peppers with myriad shapes and a rainbow of colors. Some are sweet, some are fiery, and all are rich sources of vitamins A and C, folic acid, potassium and fiber, with the added benefit of beta-carotene in the red and orange varieties. Many recipes specify a certain type of pepper, often the ubiquitous bell pepper, but when it's the height of pepper season, I opt for combining a variety in one dish, bringing a balance of heat, sweetness, flavor and color.
Saturday, August 29, 2020

Book Review: Deceit and desire await in White's new novel
There is a lot to appreciate in Edmund White’s “A Saint from Texas:” the artful prose, the vivid storytelling, the darkly whimsical tone.
Saturday, August 29, 2020

Artsy Edinburgh, laid low by the virus, hopes for recovery
Francesca Moody is spending August the way she always does: in darkened rooms in Edinburgh, watching some of the best new theater and comedy the world has to offer.

All that’s missing are the hundreds of thousands of other people who usually do the same in Scotland’s capital.

Saturday, August 29, 2020

Books: Spencer Kope takes a risk that pays off
“Shadows of the Dead,” the third thriller in Spencer Kope’s “Special Tracking Unit” series, opens with a car crash, the discovery of a bound woman in the trunk, and the subsequent arrest of a seemly deranged driver.
Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Entertainment this week: Surfing dolphins and 'Love Island' return
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, August 25, 2020

Katy Perry acknowledges missteps in latest album
Katy Perry has two very personal projects being released this summer — the 12-track album “Smile” and a baby. Only one will really make people grin.

“Smile” comes three years after the dismal release of “Witness,” a criminally underappreciated album that’s considered a commercial dud.

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Constant dieters might be choosing wrong way to lose weight
Dieters looking for a healthier substitute of their favorite high-fat food – such as a bag of potato chips – typically have two choices in the grocery aisle: a smaller package of the exact same food or a larger portion of a “light” version. In a series of studies, we put this choice to consumers and found that people who frequently try to cut back on their eating or are essentially always on a diet – known as “restrained eaters” – prefer the larger portion size of the light version, even though both contained the exact same number of calories. Participants who indicated that they rarely dieted tended to pick the smaller size with the full flavor.
Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Entertainment this week: McGraw, films about TV
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, August 19, 2020

'BE 2.0' presents unified vision of company creation
Million-selling business author Jim Collins is updating his debut book for the 21st century.

The new edition of “Beyond Entrepreneurship: Turning Your Business into an Enduring Great Company” will be released Dec. 1, Portfolio announced Monday. The new book is called “BE 2.0: Turning Your Business into an Enduring Great Company.“ It will include four new chapters and five new essays.

Monday, August 17, 2020

American culture seen new in 'After the Last Border'
In this book we take a journey into American culture through the eyes of Mu Naw from Myanmar, and Hasna from Syria. Mu Naw arrived in 2007; Hasna in 2016, both as refugees and both unwittingly arriving as America is arguing the depth and breadth of immigration.
Monday, August 17, 2020

A new voice from Texas rips it but tests censors
Kolby Cooper could add a fresh voice to country radio — if he could only get past the censors.

The 21-year-old fire breather from the piney woods of East Texas offers relief from the parade of inauthentic junk laden with John Deere tractor references that’s still way too pervasive these days.

He’s edgy, that’s for sure.

Monday, August 17, 2020

When the world is spinning and things feel out of control, the simplest of rituals are often the most comforting. This includes the manner in which we eat. Uncomplicated and resourceful meals are soothing and rewarding. It's not necessary to deliberately skimp, but to use simple, minimal ingredients with little waste; ingredients that are easily purchased or unearthed in our kitchens.
Saturday, August 15, 2020

Did you know?
Foods don't get much more coveted than a scoop or two of delicious ice cream on a hot day. Ice cream comes in scores of different flavors. Just ask Baskin Robbins®, which has long touted its own 31 flavors - a different flavor for every day of the month of July.
Saturday, August 15, 2020

Publisher's Weekly Best-Sellers List
Saturday, August 15, 2020

Gardening: How to reach a truce in the war with weeds
If you want to avoid chemical weedkillers but don’t like the idea of hand hoeing or bouncing along behind a rototiller, you still have options to keep weeds from taking over your garden.
Saturday, August 15, 2020

Meyer says more 'Twilight' books are in the works
There is still plenty of life in Stephenie Meyer’s “Twilight Saga.”

Meyer is planning at least two more books in her mega-selling vampire series, she said during a recent promotional event. Meanwhile, the author’s long-awaited “Midnight Sun” sold more than 1 million copies in its first week, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers announced Thursday.

While such previous novels as “New Moon” and “Eclipse” were narrated by high school student Bella Swan, “Midnight Sun” is told from the point of view of Bella’s lover, the vampire Edward Cullen.

Friday, August 14, 2020

Film Review: A teenage political experiment in 'Boys State'
Teenage political junkies at a leadership conference doesn’t seem like the most riveting subject matter for a documentary. As a product of teenage leadership conferences, I assumed that at best, maybe, it could be fodder for a black comedy. But the new documentary “ Boys State ” convinced me otherwise.

Perhaps it’s the strange and heightened political times we’re living in or just pure luck on the part of directors Jesse Moss and Amanda McBaine in finding a riveting case study to film. But either way, they scored a home run in taking the audience to a week-long program in Austin, Texas, where 1,100 high school boys attempt to build a mock government.

Friday, August 14, 2020

Rare spotlight role for superb pianist M. Rollings

Rollings earned the shot at center stage with his stellar career as a session pianist. He has performed on hundreds of recordings with artists ranging from Mary Chapin Carpenter to Motley Crue, and won the Academy of Country Music Award for pianist of the year 10 times.

Friday, August 14, 2020

Book review: 'The Story of Gardening' gets a timely update
It’s an opportune time for an update to this lavishly illustrated history of gardening and landscaping. “The Story of Gardening” might sit (heavily) on a coffee table, but it transports the reader out into the yard or the park with some new perspectives and ambitions.
Friday, August 14, 2020

'Living Lively' more than a cookbook
At 19, Haile Thomas has written a book that will flummox bookstore owners whenever they reopen.

“Living Lively” has several dozen vegan recipes, but it’s far more than a cookbook. It also has guidance on relationships and wellness.

Thomas calls it an “empowerment cookbook,” and the fact that it belongs on multiple bookshelves says something about how expansive this Gen Z member’s mind is.

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Hank Williams Jr., Marty Stuart to join Country Hall of Fame
Hank Williams Jr., Marty Stuart and songwriter Dean Dillon are the newest inductees to the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Announced by the Country Music Association on Wednesday, Williams, who often is referred to as Hank Jr. or the nickname Bocephus, will join his father, country legend Hank Williams Sr., in the Hall of Fame’s rotunda.

“Bocephus has been eyeing this one for awhile. It’s a bright spot during a difficult year,” said Williams in a statement. Williams’ 27-year-old daughter Katherine died in a car accident in June.

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Broadway musical 'Diana' to bypass closed stage for Netflix
The Broadway musical “Diana” isn’t waiting for theaters to reopen in New York to offer its show to a live audience — it’s going to Netflix.

In an unconventional step, the cast and crew will reunite in an empty theater to perform the musical for cameras and put the finished product on the digital platform for broadcast next year, before the show welcomes a live audience again.

“We speak for the entire company when we say that we couldn’t be more excited to finally be able to share our show with theater lovers everywhere. Though there is no substitute for the live theater, we are honored to be a part of the quality entertainment that Netflix provides its subscribers worldwide,” the show’s producers said in statement Wednesday.

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Trini Lopez, 1960s singer mentored by Sinatra dies
Trini Lopez, a singer and guitarist who gained fame for his versions of “Lemon Tree” and “If I Had a Hammer” in the 1960s and took his talents to Hollywood, died Tuesday from complications of COVID-19. He was 83.

Mentored by Buddy Holly and Frank Sinatra, Lopez became an international star while performing in English and Spanish. Born Trinidad Lopez III to immigrants from Guanajuato, Mexico, Lopez grew up in Dallas’ poor, Little Mexico neighborhood. The family’s dire economic situation forced Lopez to drop out of high school and work.

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Grilling tonight? How about some grilled bananas
(AP) — In this pandemic summer, who doesn’t want to eat and cook outdoors? And if you’re firing up the grill, don’t forget dessert.
Saturday, August 8, 2020

Taste Food by Lynda Balslev
When I buy beets, carrots and turnips at the market, they are often presented as bright bunches, crowned with exuberant stalks sprouting a cascade of green leaves. While it may be tempting to chop off the stems and discard the mountain of greens left behind with the trimmings ... do not do that.
Saturday, August 8, 2020

More supernatural horror from 'The Strain' writers
(AP) — The writing team behind “The Strain” trilogy is back with a new evil incarnate. This time it’s more demonic than vampiric, possessing bodies and driving them to their deaths in all sorts of diabolical ways before exploding out of them in “ecstasy.”
Saturday, August 8, 2020

Film: A sweet fable in Rogen's 'American Pickle'
(AP) — The funniest part of “ An American Pickle ” isn’t even really in the movie. It’s a little scene in the middle of the credits in which Seth Rogen’s Herschel Greenbaum, a 1920s laborer who wakes up 100 years after falling into a vat of pickle juice, watches “Yentl” with his millennial great-grandson Ben Greenbaum (also Rogen).
Friday, August 7, 2020

A superb Rylance lifts up 'Barbarians'
Watching Mark Rylance play a man of basic decency getting swallowed up by an evil world — and a sadistic Johnny Depp — in “Waiting for the Barbarians,“ I absent-mindedly jotted down in my notes: “Nobody does basic decency like Mark Rylance.”

Then I remembered: Nobody quite does INdecency like Rylance, either. Watch him play a villain, a creep, or maybe a scheming Shakespearean king, and you’ll be chilled to the bone.

Thursday, August 6, 2020

Low-key 'Secret Garden' still blooms
For more than a century, Frances Hodgson Burnett’s “The Secret Garden,“ first published in 1911, has endured. It remains one of the great classics of children’s literature, a book that deftly combines the dreams and nightmares of childhood. Its balance of dark and light, death and rebirth is still powerfully moving in its rare harmony.

Mark Mundan’s adaptation, which STX Films will release on-demand Friday, struggles to burrow into the interiors of its characters. It’s sluggish at times and too withdrawn for such a vibrant tale. But it stays nevertheless in tune with the spirit of Burnett’s book, and by the time it reaches its late crescendo, this “Secret Garden” blooms nevertheless.

Thursday, August 6, 2020

Entertainment this week: Bryan, Foxworthy, Rogen
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, August 4, 2020

Books: Land channels James Bond with new thriller
Fans of Jon Land's thrillers featuring fifth-generation Texas Ranger Caitlin Strong will be pleased to hear that the new book in the series is a lot like the first 10 as the hero, a cross between Wild Bill Hickok and Wonder Woman, dispatches a series of Bond-villain wannabees with extravagant use of gun play and explosives.
Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Film: 'Summerland' a sweet WWII tearjerker
" Summerland " might look like something you've seen before: A scenic story about a schoolchild who must leave London during the war and take up shelter with a reluctant caregiver. But while it is comfortingly familiar in many ways, and a little cliche and overwrought in others, it also has a modern edge and bite to it that keeps it novel enough to sustain interest.
Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Baby elephant dies at St. Louis zoo weeks after his birth
A baby elephant has died several weeks after it was born at the St. Louis Zoo.

Zoo officials said the Asian elephant calf named Avi was euthanized Sunday because he had developmental problems that limited his ability to feed. The zoo said Avi’s condition had deteriorated quickly in recent days despite feeding assistance and intravenous treatments.

Monday, August 3, 2020

Pandemic parody of 'Goodnight Moon' to be released
A popular online spoof of the children’s favorite “Goodnight Moon,” reworked for the coronavirus, will be published by Penguin Random House this fall.

The Penguin imprint Philomel Books announced Monday that “Good Morning Zoom,” written by Lindsay Rechler and illustrated by June Park, is scheduled for Oct. 6. Currently self-published, “Good Morning Zoom” takes Margaret Wise Brown’s beloved bedtime story and turns it into a narrative about Zoom, bread baking, home schooling and other familiar parts of life during the pandemic.

Monday, August 3, 2020

Lucky No. 7: Taylor Swift nabs 7th No. 1 album with 'folklore'
To no one’s surprise, Taylor Swift’s surprise album “folklore“ is dominating the music charts.

Swift’s eighth album debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s 200 albums chart this week, marking the best first-week sales of the year and giving the pop star her seventh No. 1 title on the chart. According to Nielsen Music/MRC Data, the album sold 846,000 equivalent albums in the U.S. based on a combination of sales and streams.

Monday, August 3, 2020

Best Sellers List
Saturday, August 1, 2020

Mad for Mezee
Traveling abroad may be on hold right now, but there's no reason why we can't bring the taste and ambience of travel home to our kitchens and gardens with mezze. Mezze is an appetizer tradition essential to the cuisines of the Middle East, Turkey and Greece.
Saturday, August 1, 2020

Alan Parker, director of "Midnight Express," dies at 76
Filmmaker Alan Parker, one of Britain’s most successful directors whose movies included “Bugsy Malone,” “Midnight Express” and “Evita,” has died at 76, his family said.

Parker’s diverse body of work includes “Fame,” Mississippi Burning, “The Commitments and “Angela’s Ashes.” Together his movies won 10 Academy Awards and 19 British Academy Film Awards.

Saturday, August 1, 2020

Los Angeles Zoo's aged African lion couple euthanized
Two African lions that were inseparable companions at the Los Angeles Zoo were euthanized Thursday due to declining health and age-related illness, officials said.

The male, Hubert, and female, Kalisa, were both 21 years old and had lived at the LA Zoo for six years.

Friday, July 31, 2020

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