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LeVar Burton to be 'Jeopardy!' guest host; petition credited
The 200,000-plus LeVar Burton boosters who signed a petition calling for him to be the new “Jeopardy!” host will get to see him try the job on for size.

Burton is among the final group of guest hosts for the quiz show, which lost its longtime host Alex Trebek to cancer last November and has put off announcing his successor.

Thursday, April 22, 2021


Prince fans pay respects at Paisley Park 5 years after death
Paisley Park, where Prince lived and worked, welcomed back select fans Wednesday to mark the fifth anniversary of his death from inside his creative sanctuary. Some wore custom Prince clothes and shoes and left flowers and other mementos as tributes to the late superstar.

The sprawling studio’s atrium opened to 1,400 people who were able to snag free reservations, while other fans paid their respects in front of a statue erected outside the front doors in the shape of his famous purple Love Symbol.

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Burning Man mulling mandatory vaccines for August
Burning Man festival organizers have said that they are considering requiring attendees to prove they have been vaccinated for COVID-19 if the organizers move forward with plans to hold this year’s counter-culture festival in the Nevada desert.

The organizers backed off an earlier statement indicating that they had already decided to make the shots mandatory. They say they won’t decide for sure until the end of the month whether the event that was canceled last year because of the pandemic will take place this summer.

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Twisty tale at a torrid pace
"We were kind of at a point where we'll take anything." Francona said. "They ran some really good pitching at us. And we had to scratch for everything we got and it was enough today."
Saturday, April 17, 2021

Prince Philip vs Philip of 'The Crown': Fact and fiction
In “The Crown,” a dishy naval officer captures the heart of a future queen. But he chafes at playing royal second fiddle and crosses the boundaries of decorum and, maybe, fidelity. He eventually finds his way as a trusted partner and family patriarch.

How does the Netflix drama’s portrayal of Prince Philip, who died at age 99 on Friday, compare with the man himself and the life he lived with Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II?

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Master class in short story telling
If you’re tired of trying to pick something to watch on one of your half a dozen streaming services, maybe it’s time to read a short story instead. They may just be the perfect antidote to binge watching.
Tuesday, April 13, 2021

This week's new entertainment releases
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, April 13, 2021

Kitchen Smarts: Navigating the varied world of olive oils
If you’ve been in the olive oil section of the grocery store lately, you’ve likely been confronted with a lot of choices. Possibly even a wall of olive oils, with different symbols on the bottles and a whole lot of brands to choose from.
Monday, April 12, 2021

Pandemic-weary chefs, cooks enjoy serving from home
When COVID-19 shutdowns hit in March 2020, Mike Winneker, a hotel executive sous chef, found himself without work for the first time in years. Between caring for a 6-year-old son and waiting for unemployment benefits, days now spent at home in Scottsdale were stressful.
Saturday, April 10, 2021

A not so classic Creme Brulee
Rhubarb and rosemary are surprising bedfellows in this creme brulee.

Upright stalks of brilliantly hued rhubarb are always the first to arrive in the spring produce parade. Rhubarb's natural astringency may overwhelm at first bite, but with a little sugar and fruit, its tartness is successfully tamed. For this dessert, however, I chose not to rely on rhubarb's dependable sweet partner, the strawberry, because I did not want additional sweetness or liquid in the compote, which is spooned into the bottom of the custards.

Saturday, April 10, 2021

Review: 'Blood Grove' a bewildering maze of double-crosses
Walter Mosley’s Los Angeles detective, Easy Rawlins, has always invited comparisons to the original hard-boiled Southern California gumshoe, Raymond Chandler’s Philip Marlowe— but never more so than in “Blood Grove,” Mosley’s 15th and latest installment in his series.
Saturday, April 10, 2021

Illinois music history exhibit opens April 30 at ALPLM
The next special exhibit at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum will explore the amazing musical history of Illinois by putting the spotlight on legends like rockers Cheap Trick, jazz great Miles Davis, bluegrass queen Alison Krauss and “king of soul” Sam Cooke.
Thursday, April 8, 2021

Davidsen's mastery shines on new album of songs by Beethoven, Verdi, Wagner
To open her new album, the Norwegian soprano Lise Davidsen revisits the role that provided her most recent operatic triumph.
Thursday, April 8, 2021

British guitarist's memoir revisits golden rock era
In 1968, the year “Hey Jude” hit the charts, Richard Thompson turned down an invitation to Paul McCartney’s birthday party.

On other occasions over the years, Thompson shared the stage with Jimi Hendrix. He also pranked Buck Owens.

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Rodgers gets surprise during 'Jeopardy?' hosting
championship game as he wrote, “Who wanted to kick that field goal?”
Wednesday, April 7, 2021

This week: Kung Fu, Rebel and Thunder Force
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, April 6, 2021

'Godzilla vs. Kong' to pandemic-best $48.5M opening
With the help of a few old friends, the box office rekindled some of its old might over the weekend. “Godzilla vs. Kong” scored easily the best opening of the pandemic with an estimated $48.5 million since opening Wednesday, even as it was simultaneously streaming at home.
Monday, April 5, 2021

'Trial of the Chicago 7' takes top honors at SAG Awards
The starry cast of Aaron Sorkin’s 1960s courtroom drama “The Trial of the Chicago 7” took the top prize Sunday at a virtual  Screen Actors Guild Awards where actors of color, for the first time, swept the individual film awards.

The 27th SAG Awards, presented by the Hollywood actors’ guild SAG-Aftra, were a muted affair — and not just because the red carpet-less ceremony was condensed to a pre-recorded, Zoom-heavy, one-hour broadcast  on TBS and TNT. The perceived Academy Awards frontrunner — Chloe Zhao’s “Nomadland” — wasn’t nominated for best ensemble, making this year’s postponed SAG Awards less of an Oscar preview than it is most years.

Monday, April 5, 2021

New foreword to 'The Bedside Book of Birds'
When Margaret Atwood would receive invitations over the years to literary events around the world, literature wasn’t the only factor shaping her response. She also kept in mind the interests of her longtime partner and fellow Canadian author Graeme Gibson.

“Sometimes I would accept so we could go to the place and watch birds,” she says.

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

New film shows Philadelphia's Black cowboy culture
Historians estimate that 1 in 4 American cowboys were Black but you would be hard pressed to find a movie genre whiter than the Western. “Concrete Cowboy,” an urban Western about African American riders in Philadelphia starring Idris Elba, is about an often unseen — and persisting — Black cowboy culture.

“Concrete Cowboy“ is a father-son drama set around Fletcher Street Stables, one of the oldest and last-remaining of Philadelphia’s hardscrabble inner-city stables. It dates back more than 100 years to when horse-drawn wagons were used to deliver produce, laundry and milk. But through tenacity and improvisation, Fletcher Street has remained a cherished refuge and an ardent pastime for both kids and adults on the streets of Philadelphia’s Strawberry Mansion.

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

This week: Godzilla, Concrete Cowboy, Mahalia
Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week.
Monday, March 29, 2021

There's much more to cacao than just chocolate
Oded Brenner is a modern-day Willy Wonka. In the 1990s, he co-created an international chocolate empire, Max Brenner Chocolate, that includes a 7,000-square-foot emporium on Broadway in New York City.

Brenner left that venture in 2012, and a few years later began exploring a different side of chocolate. A trip to Jamaica in 2015 ignited a passion for cacao, which is more than just the beans that are turned into chocolate.

Monday, March 29, 2021

Osbourne off 'The Talk' after inquiry into racism discussion
CBS says Sharon Osbourne will no longer appear on its daytime show “The Talk” after a heated on-air discussion about racism earlier this month.
Saturday, March 27, 2021

'Nice to be touched': Boutique stretching thrives amid COVID
Pandemic-weary Americans starved for human interaction and physical touch are taking advantage of a growing wellness option once reserved for Hollywood actors, rock stars and elite athletes: boutique stretching.

“It’s like a workout, but you feel way more flexible,“ a masked Kelly O’Neal, 51, said as her leg was being pulled across her body during a recent session at a newly opened StretchLab studio in Centerville. “I get plenty done after I get done here because you just feel like you’ve warmed up really well.” She said her legs and feet ache after her shift at a grocery store in southwest Ohio — often plus overtime because of COVID-19 demands.

Thursday, March 25, 2021

Elton John Oscar party open to all
Attending Elton John’s long-running Oscar-night party has always been one of the hardest tickets to get. Now you can go — if you have $20.

The Elton John AIDS Foundation is inviting everyone to an hourlong, virtual pre-show Oscar party special hosted by Neil Patrick Harris and with a performance by Dua Lipa.

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

This week: Tina, Runaway Bunny, City on a Hill
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, March 23, 2021

Easter centerpiece ideas to beautify the table
Easter is a springtime holiday that marks a prime opportunity to cast off the remnants of winter weather and dress a home in bright, colorful hues.
Saturday, March 20, 2021

Publisher's Weekly Best-Sellers
Saturday, March 20, 2021

In 'the Courier' Cumberbatch is an everyman spy
The new Cold War film “ The Courier ” about a Soviet whistleblower and the British businessman who helped transport information to Western intelligence agencies is both based on real events and people and also is very much the product of a screenwriter’s imagination. That’s not to criticize the film written by Tom O’Connor (“The Hitman’s Bodyguard”) and directed by Dominic Cooke (“On Chesil Beach”). It’s simply to say that it is more historical fiction than it is history. The whole truth of this extraordinary chapter has likely died with the principal characters and/or been obscured and distorted by the people who write these things down.
Wednesday, March 17, 2021

New book spotlights rogue lab and a shadow industry
Lower back pain. Spinal stenosis. Cataracts. All those conditions are treated with drugs manufactured by compounding pharmacies. And those drugs can blind or kill you, due in large part to an almost total absence of regulatory oversight.
Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Music: Olney's final album is a haunting collaboration

There’s a poignancy to these 11 swan songs, especially with such titles as “My Favorite Goodbye,“ “My Last Dream Of You” and “The Great Manzini (Disappearing Act).”

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

'Mank' leads Academy Awards nominations with 10 nods
Complete list of nominees for the 93rd Academy Awards:
Monday, March 15, 2021

Slow roast lamb for Easter Sunday dinner
Easter Sunday dinners are a tradition in many families. Though the COVID-19 pandemic forced families to alter that tradition in 2020, and could very well do so again in 2021, it's worth noting that Easter takes place in April this year. In many areas, April weather is warm enough to enable al fresco dining, potentially opening the door for families to celebrate together in small groups.

Though this Easter might again feel unusual, families can still lean on their favorite dishes when serving Easter dinner. Perhaps no food is more closely associated with Easter than lamb. This recipe for "Slow-roasted Shoulder of Lamb With Cumin Seeds" from Darina Allen's "Easy Entertaining" (Kyle Cathie Limited) can make for a delicious Easter dinner.

Saturday, March 13, 2021

Add a little spring to your dinner plate
Spring is right around the corner, and while the weather might not look like it's received the memo in some areas, this recipe is a bit of spring inspiration that will surely lighten up your dinner plate no matter where you sit. It's a fresh and lovely pasta dish, bright with citrus and brimming with sweet and snappy peas, fresh herbs and baby arugula.
Saturday, March 13, 2021

'Grey's' most watched among young adults
Unlike lead character Meredith, “Grey’s Anatomy” is not fighting for its life.

It is the most-watched entertainment series for the season to date among young adults on Thursday night and resumes season 17 this week. It has not been announced whether there will be a season 18.

Friday, March 12, 2021

Oh, what a birthday week for Dr. Seuss books
Oh, the books that sold last week by Dr. Seuss.

More than 1.2 million copies of stories by the late children’s author sold in the first week of March — more than quadruple from the week before — following the news that his estate was pulling six books because of racial and ethnic stereotyping. For days virtually every book in the top 20 on Amazon’s bestseller list was by Dr. Seuss.

Friday, March 12, 2021

Barbie's friend Ken celebrates a milestone birthday: Sixty
Ken is turning 60, two years after his best friend Barbie did.

Mattel launched a reproduction of the original Ken doll on Thursday to commemorate his 1961 debut. That slender doll with blond felt hair wears a red bathing suit and comes with red sandals and a yellow towel. Over the years, Ken’s body type, hair textures and fashion choices have become more diverse.

Friday, March 12, 2021

Kings of Leon, like Beach Boys, a core of brothers
With the longest gap between album releases, the Nashville-based rockers Kings of Leon have returned with their eighth studio album, “When You See Yourself.”

Frontman Caleb Followill said the family-based band was firing on all cylinders in the studio. He points out “100,000 People” as one of the songs teased ahead of the new record.

Friday, March 12, 2021

Books: 'Speak, Okinawa' a masterful memoir and more
Elizabeth Miki Brina’s “Speak, Okinawa” is a masterful memoir in which Brina examines the complex relationship she has with her interracial parents. Brina’s father, white and American, met her mother, who is from the island of Okinawa, while he was stationed there on a US military base. The two settled in the United States, where Brina’s mother spent decades feeling lonely and out of place.

Brina grew up feeling close to her father and resenting her mother. Desperate to feel wholly American, she pushed her mother away, embarrassed of her accent and overall inability to truly assimilate.

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Film: In 'Yes Day,' kids get their way for 24 hours
Like an innocuous kid version of “The Purge,” Miguel Arteta’s “Yes Day” imagines an annual 24-hour holiday of lawlessness.

The concept comes from Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s 2009 picture book, which suggested a day when parents — regularly such fonts of “No!” — have to answer in the positive to their children’s demands. For some, the idea had real appeal not just for giving kids a shot at decision-making freedom but for momentarily relieving parents of the burden of constant disapproval.

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

TV: 'America's Most Wanted' returns with new ways to fight crime
In a clip from the premiere of Fox’s fresh take on “ America’s Most Wanted,” a series where viewers are told about crimes in the hope of leading to an arrest, new host Elizabeth Vargas examines a 3D avatar of a suspect who appears to be standing next to her on set.

“Standing next to him you can learn a lot,” said Vargas, circling the likeness of a male. “One of the first things, he’s on the tall side.“

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Music: You really need to make this band a part of your life
Lake Street Dive’s seventh studio album takes its name from the first word in the first song — “Obviously.” Here’s another thing that’s obvious: You need to make this band part of your life.

Call them what you like — alt-country, indie-pop, pop-folk — the hard-to-classify Late Street Dive offer top-notch songwriting with progressive lyrics and one of the most underrated vocalist in music today.

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

ISO presents virtual concert Saturday
The Illinois Symphony Orchestra's Piano Quintet performs Franz Schubert's famous Trout Quintet on Saturday, March 13, 2021, at 7:00 p.m., broadcast live from the UIS-PAC's Studio Theater. The ensemble features Concertmaster Roy Meyer, Principal Viola Erin Rafferty, Principal Cello Nomin Zolzaya, Principal Bass Nicholas Adams, and Pianist Ilia Radoslavov. Go to ilsymphony.org for a direct link to the performance. The performance is co-presented by the UIS- Performing Arts Center.

Link to virtual performance broadcast at ilsymphony.org

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Publisher's Weekly Best Sellers
Saturday, March 6, 2021

Upping your mash game
What could be better than a rich and creamy bowl of mashed potatoes? How about a bowl of mashed potatoes infused with celery and horseradish?
Saturday, March 6, 2021

Music: Mavis Staples' guitarist opts for garage band basics in new release
Mask up, plug in and rock out to a stripped-down sound. That’s the recipe for success on “See That Light,” the new solo album by Rick Holmstrom, who has been Mavis Staples’ guitarist and bandleader for the past 13 years.
Monday, March 1, 2021

Books: King's new 'Later' is much more than a crime story
Stephen King gets a lot of credit for creating the monsters under kids’ beds (here’s looking at you, Pennywise), but not enough for this simple fact: The guy gets kids. Their fears, certainly, but also their voices, the way they see the world differently than adults.
Monday, March 1, 2021

A simple stew with big flavor
Here is something for your winter dinner rotation: chunky vegetables and slow-cooked beef swimming in a stock of beef and beer. This hearty no-nonsense beef stew is a must-have for a dreary winter night, and with St. Patrick's Day around the corner, you can dump a bottle of Guinness into the stock and call it Irish. And, while this stew is indeed simple and humble in ingredients, there are a couple of important steps you can take when making this recipe that will reward you with deep flavor.
Saturday, February 27, 2021

Man who played Duke Chapel bells for 50 years dies
When J. Samuel Hammond arrived as a freshman at Duke University in 1964, he knew nothing about the musical instrument that allowed a player to send melodies ringing across campus from the bells in the school’s iconic chapel tower. A demonstration from a fellow student introduced him to the 50-bell carillon that would become his life’s work as he played music that marked the end of the academic day for countless students.

Hammond, who retired as university carillonneur in 2018 after playing the bells at Duke Chapel for five decades, died Thursday at age 73 in Durham, the university said in a news release.

Friday, February 26, 2021

Hasbro creates confusion with Potato Head brand
Hasbro created confusion Thursday when it announced that it would drop the “Mr.” from the brand’s name in order to be more inclusive and so all could feel “welcome in the Potato Head world.” It also said it would sell a new playset this fall without the Mr. and Mrs. designations that will let kids create their own type of potato families, including two moms or two dads.

But in a tweet later that afternoon, Hasbro clarified that while the brand is changing, the actual Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head characters will still live on and be sold in stores. In a picture posted on Twitter, the “Mr.” and “Mrs.” names are less prominently displayed at the bottom of the box, instead of the top.

Friday, February 26, 2021

Film: Daniels, Day take on Billie Holiday's legacy
Lee Daniels didn’t want to touch the story of Billie Holiday. “Lady Sings the Blues” already existed after all. The 1972 film with Diana Ross and Billy Dee Williams showed him Black romance and a Harlem like he’d never seen on screen before. It was the film that made him want to be a director.
Thursday, February 25, 2021

Books: A look behind the scenes at '60 Minutes'
Long-time multi-award winning producer Ira Rosen has written a sometimes sad, often funny, always revealing portrait of American television's most famous and successful news show, "60 Minutes."
Thursday, February 25, 2021

Music: Cooper's 'Detroit Stories' a masterpiece
Who says you can’t go home? Alice Cooper, one of Detroit’s most famous sons, does it on new album “Detroit Stories,” producing a masterpiece of classic rock, soul and R&B in homage to the city that produced him.
Thursday, February 25, 2021

Lucky to be alive, Woods faces a difficult recovery
In a career filled with remarkable comebacks, Tiger Woods faces perhaps his toughest recovery of all.

Woods was driving alone through a sweeping, downhill stretch of road through coastal suburbs of Los Angeles when his SUV struck a sign, crossed over a raised median and two oncoming lanes flipped several times before coming to rest on its side. Its airbags deployed.

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Paul McCartney memoir is due out in November
Paul McCartney is finally ready to write his memoirs, and will use music — and a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet — to help guide him.

“The Lyrics: 1956 to the Present” will be released Nov. 2, according to a joint announcement Wednesday from the British publisher Allen Lane and from Liveright in the United States.

McCartney, 78, will trace his life through 154 songs, from his teens and early partnership with fellow Beatle John Lennon to his solo work over the past half century. Irish poet Paul Muldoon is editing and will contribute an introduction.

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Drunken driving charge against Springsteen dropped
The government dropped drunken driving and reckless driving charges against Bruce Springsteen on Wednesday stemming from an incident in November, admitting that the rocker’s blood-alcohol level was so low that it didn’t warrant the charges.

Springsteen pleaded guilty to a third charge, consuming alcohol in a closed area, the Gateway National Recreation Area. Better known as Sandy Hook, it is an Atlantic Ocean peninsula with views of the New York City skyline.

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Betty White, furry friends star in 50-year-old 'Pet Set'
On a TV show Betty White hosted 50 years ago, the perpetual charmer flirts with James Brolin, teases Della Reese and trades quips with Carol Burnett.

But White appears most delighted in the company of the real stars of “Betty White’s Pet Set,“ among them elephants, lions and snakes. And dogs, lots of dogs.

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Entertainment this week: 2 Billies and Superman
Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Publishers Weekly Best-Sellers
Saturday, February 20, 2021

Music: Arlo Parks goes deep
(AP) — The first full-length album by Arlo Parks delivers on the promise of the intriguing pieces that have led some to tag her already as the voice of a generation, riding a gentle R&B retro-soul groove that soars with cinematic imagery.
Saturday, February 20, 2021

Documentary tells stories of black enslaved women
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Playing a banjo as a Black female artist is a form of activism for the four members of Our Native Daughters.
Saturday, February 20, 2021

Danish writer's collection of stories mesmerizing
(AP) — “Hygge” is the Danish word for a sense of coziness and comfort that is supposedly characteristic of that Scandinavian country. In her latest collection of short stories, “Wild Swims,” the Danish writer Dorthe Nors puts to rest any notion that her compatriots are happier or more content than the rest of us.
Saturday, February 20, 2021

Sangria is a versatile beverage
Everyone should have a go-to sangria recipe in his or her cocktail repertoire. Sangria, when done right, can be a highly refreshing punch that is at home any time of the year.
Saturday, February 20, 2021

Time for a dip
Let's be honest. Life has been a little stressful of late. In times of anxiety and uncertainty, some self-care is warranted. I am not talking cleanses and fasts, folks, I am talking indulgences, because, well, we deserve it.
Saturday, February 20, 2021

Muted Mardi Gras: Closed bars, barricaded Bourbon Street
Coronavirus-related limits on access to Bourbon Street, shuttered bars and frigid weather all prevented what New Orleans usually craves at the end of Mardi Gras season — streets and businesses jam-packed with revelers.
Tuesday, February 16, 2021

James Brown's emcee gets funeral sendoff with shiny cape
Danny Ray spent years as the emcee for James Brown, and part of his job during performances was draping capes on the Godfather of Soul.

Ray was 85 when he died Feb. 2 in Augusta, Georgia. During his funeral in that city Saturday, Brown’s daughter, Deanna Brown-Thomas, draped a shiny silver cape over Ray’s casket — just as Ray had draped a shiny red cape over Brown’s casket in 2006.

Monday, February 15, 2021

A very Swiss good morning
I had my first bircher muesli in Switzerland, where it's a breakfast staple. I was at a breakfast buffet, and a large bowl of what appeared to be a thick and chunky porridge was presented in the center of the table. At first glance, I was unimpressed, but at the prompting of my Swiss friend, I gave it a try. It was fresh, bright and creamy, chock-full of fruit and nuts, and not at all stodgy. Not only did it feel healthy to eat, but it was downright delicious.
Saturday, February 13, 2021

Review: Schaffhausen spins a twisty tale at a torrid pace
Every Waking Hour,” by Joanna Schaffhausen (Minotaur)

The push-pull relationship between Boston police detective Ellery Hathaway and FBI Agent Reed Markham took a big leap last year in “All the Best Lies,” the third book in Joanna Schaffhausen’s compelling series of crime novels. Now, in “Every Waking Hour,” the world seems determined to pull the new lovers apart.

Saturday, February 13, 2021

As suicides rise, young survivors make case for hope in film
"Each and Every Day" represents studies in courage, both in life and in the MTV documentary about young people and suicide.

In frank and revelatory conversations, nine survivors recount what took them to the brink and how they fought, and continue to fight, to keep claim on themselves and their right to live.

Saturday, February 13, 2021

Longest-reigning Supreme dies at 76
Mary Wilson, the longest-reigning original Supreme, has died at 76 years old.

Wilson died Monday night at her home in Las Vegas and the cause was not immediately clear, said publicist Jay Schwartz.

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Writer Mick Herron's 'Slow Horses' are spies for our times
Like a spy in the night, writer Mick Herron’s success has been stealthy. It took a while for the world to catch up with him.

A decade after he introduced a crew of flawed secret agents caught between sinister plotters and cynical spymasters in the novel “Slow Horses,” Herron is a best-selling, award-winning writer who has been called the heir to master of espionage John le Carre.

Monday, February 8, 2021

A Sandwich With French Sensibilities
The humble and satisfying sandwich can be found in nearly every culture. From classic American PB&Js to hoagies and burgers, wraps and clubs, pockets and panini, and an international smattering of open-face toasts and tartines, there is a version of a sandwich for every cuisine and appetite. In honor of the sandwich and its universal appeal, I submit to you a delectable recipe for banh mi, which is guaranteed to whisk you away from the daily humdrum of sheltering, ZOOM meetings, discordant news and the winter blues -- at least for lunch.
Saturday, February 6, 2021

A look back at the life of 'Sound of Music' star Christopher Plummer
(AP) — It’s one of the great Hollywood ironies that Christopher Plummer didn’t like the film that made him a legend. He was an actor’s actor and had cut his teeth doing Shakespeare. “The Sound of Music,” he thought, was sentimental shlock. And he wasn’t alone — reviews at the time were famously terrible. Then, like a personal curse, it would go on to become a universally beloved classic. He’d played Henry V and Hamlet and yet Captain von Trapp, he said in 1982, followed him around “like an albatross.”
Saturday, February 6, 2021

Lincoln Library named a top venue
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum has been voted one of America’s best places to hold special events in the 2020 “Best Of” awards by Unique Venues magazine.
Thursday, February 4, 2021

'Saved by the Bell' star Dustin Diamond dies of cancer at 44
"Saved by the Bell" star Dustin Diamond died Monday after a three-week fight with cancer, according to his representative. He was 44.

"Dustin did not suffer. He did not have to lie submerged in pain. For that, we are grateful," the actor's spokesman, Roger Paul, said in a statement.

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Different types of chocolate to give this Valentine's Day
Chocolate is a popular gift on Valentine's Day. According to the Nielsen Company, Valentine's Day is the third busiest holiday for chocolate sales, following Halloween and Easter.

More than 70 million pounds of chocolate are purchased each year and offered as Valentine's Day gifts. Chocolate connoisseurs can learn more about the different types of chocolate to find the one their loved one will find most appealing.

Saturday, January 30, 2021

Cheesecake makes a decadent Valentine's Day treat
A cheesecake recipe can be useful on any special occasion, and especially so on Valentine's Day. For many people, cheesecake is not cheesecake without the addition of ricotta cheese. While ricotta is included in savory dishes like lasagna or manicotti, it is at home in desserts like cheesecake as well.
Saturday, January 30, 2021

An Ode to Lentils
I don't know why I overlook the humble lentil. These tiny legumes that resemble pancaked pebbles are often bypassed in my pantry, as I reach for grains and beans. When I finally do cook lentils, I remember how good they taste, how satisfying they are to eat, and how easy they are to prepare. Eminently flexible, lentils can stand in for a grain, starch, even a protein. They are healthy too -- rich in nutrients and high in protein, iron and fiber, arguably placing them neck and neck with other lauded foods in the super-food department. They also have the added benefit of being very easy on the wallet.
Saturday, January 30, 2021

Review: 'Tropic of Stupid' continues slapstick-noir series

“Tropic of Stupid,” the 24th novel in Tim Dorsey’s series featuring obsessive-compulsive psychopath Serge Storms, finds the anti-hero and his drugged out sidekick, Colman, zipping around their beloved Florida in a borrowed sports car. As usual, they’ve got a kidnap victim whimpering in the trunk.

Saturday, January 30, 2021

Sophie, Grammy-nominated Scottish musician, dies at age 34
Sophie, the Grammy-nominated Scottish disc jockey, producer and recording artist who had worked with the likes of Madonna and Charli XCX, has died following an accident in the Greek capital of Athens. She was 34.

In a statement, U.K. label Transgressive said the musician, whose full name was Sophie Xeon, died in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Saturday, January 30, 2021

Wendy Williams subject of juicy new biopic and a documentary
From breakups to pregnancies to lawsuits, Wendy Williams has made a career out of deep dives into celebrity gossip. It helped her to gain a following in radio and now she spends a good 25 minutes during her talk show, “ The Wendy Williams Show,” devoted to the latest rumors, scandals and missteps of the rich, famous and cast member of “The Real Housewives.”

In the last few years, however, the table has turned and Williams has become a hot topic herself.

Saturday, January 30, 2021

Tiger that underwent hip surgery has setback
An Amur tiger that underwent hip-replacement surgery at a zoo outside Chicago has managed to dislodge the orthopedic implant, veterinarians at Brookfield Zoo said Thursday.

Malena recovered well from Wednesday’s surgery, but as she began moving about overnight the custom-made implant in a femur was dislodged. The 10-year-old tiger will undergo surgery on Saturday to remove the implant and an alternative procedure will be performed that will allow a fibrous joint to form and her leg muscles provide stability to the joint.

Friday, January 29, 2021

This week: 'Resident Alien,' Arlo Parks, 'Palmer'
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, January 27, 2021

Ragtime and more from jazz pianist Emmet Cohen
Stride provides a starting point on jazz pianist Emmet Cohen’s new album. The opening cut, “Symphonic Raps,” is a New Orleans ragtime tune recorded by Louis Armstrong nearly a century ago, and Cohen plays it as though his piano is rolling downhill, accelerating until he leaves the rhythm section behind.
Wednesday, January 27, 2021

'The Maltese Falcon' celebrates 80th anniversary
Danny Huston’s first dog was an Airedale Terrier named Sam after Humphrey Bogart’s “Maltese Falcon” character, Sam Spade. His father John Huston’s debut may have been over 20 years old by the time Danny was born, but the film that helped define the noir genre and launch both his and Bogart’s careers still factored heavily in his life from an early age.
Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Historian rewrites history in 'Robert E. Lee and Me'
Few authors can say they have lived their story with quite the same authority as Ty Seidule, retired U.S. Army brigadier general and professor emeritus of history at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He grew up in Alexandria, Virginia, and lived a life of white privilege provided by de-facto segregation. He revered Robert E. Lee.
Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Sea chanteys: Life under the pandemic mirrors months at sea
If you’ve perused social media in recent weeks, you may have come across people singing chanteys, which were work songs employed on merchant sailing ships.

Historically, chanteys – which are also spelled as “shanties” or “chanties” – began with a sing-out by a crew member recognized as “the chanteyman,” usually someone prized for his voice and ability to extemporize. Fellow sailors would respond with the refrain as they toiled away at their tasks. Now we’re seeing TikTok and Twitter users belting out songs inspired by chanteys to their followers, often accompanied by the hashtag #seashanty.

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Recipe for Carmelized Bacon Chips
Saturday, January 23, 2021







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