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Paris Jackson says paparazzi caused her long-term trauma
Paris Jackson, stopping by “Red Table Talk” for a frank discussion about living under the media glare, reveals she suffers long-term anxiety and trauma from enduring countless camera clicks by paparazzi since she was a child.
Monday, June 14, 2021

New book on Lincoln in Montgomery County
Acclaimed writer Tom Emery of Carlinville is releasing “Lincoln in Montgomery County, Illinois”, which features a wide variety of stories on the sixteenth President in Montgomery County, many that have never been covered. The book is scheduled for release and distribution in June.
Saturday, June 12, 2021

Review: Teenage Fanclub keeps it coming with signature sound
It's a lot to ask of a band to stay on the cutting edge for decades. Teenage Fanclub spent time there in the early 1990s, honing a signature sound that married lush vocal harmonies influenced by the Beach Boys and the Byrds with innovative, melody-driven guitar playing almost certainly born under the mesmerizing but sometimes overlooked spell of Big Star.
Saturday, June 12, 2021

Original stars joining Broadway's 'To Kill a Mockingbird'
Fans of the Broadway adaptation of “To Kill a Mockingbird” will get a treat when the show restarts on this fall — Jeff Daniels and Celia Keenan-Bolger, two of the play’s original stars, are returning.
Thursday, June 10, 2021

Underwood wins at CMT Awards; Gladys Knight, H.E.R. perform
Carrie Underwood has another reason to rejoice ‚ she extended her record as the most decorated artist in the history of the CMT Music Awards, thanks to her song "Hallelujah."
Thursday, June 10, 2021

'For the culture': The moment arrives for 'In the Heights'
As a student at Wesleyan, Lin-Manuel Miranda began writing what would become “In the Heights,” the musical that would launch him as a playwright and performer and that would lead, two decades later, to Jon M. Chu’s upcoming lavish big-screen adaptation. He was motivated, like any confident young artist, by ambition. But also by something else.
Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Clarence Williams III, 'The Mod Squad's' Linc, dies 81
Clarence Williams III, who played the cool undercover cop Linc Hayes on the counterculture series “The Mod Squad” and Prince’s father in “Purple Rain,” has died. He was 81.
Monday, June 7, 2021

Johnny Gilbert, the voice of 'Jeopardy!', keeps going at 92
Johnny Gilbert, who decided to stick with “Jeopardy!” after Alex Trebek’s death, faced the wrenching question once again as production for next season neared.
Saturday, June 5, 2021

Publishers Weekly Best-Sellers
Saturday, June 5, 2021

Guest lineups
Saturday, June 5, 2021

Sandwich art on a plate
Saturday, June 5, 2021

Chloe x Halle, H.E.R part of Apple Music Juneteenth playlist
Artists including Chloe x Halle, Black Thought of the Roots and H.E.R. have recorded songs honoring Juneteenth for Apple Music.
Saturday, June 5, 2021

Cannes lineup features Wes Anderson, Sean Penn, Leox Carax
The Cannes Film Festival on Thursday unveiled a lineup of films from big-name auteurs — including Wes Anderson, Asghar Farhadi, Mia Hansen-Løve and Sean Penn — for its 74th edition, an in-person, summertime event that aims to make a stirring return in July after being canceled last year because of the pandemic
Saturday, June 5, 2021

Review: An indiscretion, a stalker and a wedding fuel novel
When Bruce, a fabulously wealthy financier, proposes to Abigail after only three dates, she says yes. Then she gets drunk at a bachelorette party that he paid for and sleeps with a complete stranger. She feels guilty afterwards, although not terribly so, and decides to keep the indiscretion to herself.
Saturday, June 5, 2021

'The Lehman Trilogy' plots its Broadway return
“The Lehman Trilogy” was able to make only four preview performances on Broadway before the pandemic shut its doors. Now it plans to return to tell the story of an American financial giant’s downfall with a new cast member.
Friday, June 4, 2021

Old airport terminal a potential 'gem' for film industry
When Aviation Director Kevin Dolliole looks at the mostly abandoned former south terminal at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, he sees a future thriving cargo and aircraft maintenance operation with office space and distribution facilities.

But until that transformation begins, he’s happy to see it as whatever the film and television production industry wants it to be.

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

AMC selling 8.5M shares, raises $230.5M
The movie theater chain AMC is raising $230.5 million through an 8.5 million share sale, cashing in on the meme stock frenzy that has sent its stock price up more than 1,100% this year.

Business for theaters and other beleaguered industries like restaurants and concert venues are primed to explode in the next few months with the massive U.S. vaccination effort ongoing.

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Egypt bets on ancient finds to pull tourism out of pandemic
Workers dig and ferry wheelbarrows laden with sand to open a new shaft at a bustling archaeological site outside of Cairo, while a handful of Egyptian archaeologists supervise from garden chairs. The dig is at the foot of the Step Pyramid of Djoser, arguably the world’s oldest pyramid, and is one of many recent excavations that are yielding troves of ancient artifacts from the country’s largest archaeological site.
Monday, May 31, 2021

'Hooked on a Feeling' singer B.J. Thomas dies 78
B.J. Thomas, the Grammy-winning singer who enjoyed success on the pop, country and gospel charts with such hits as “I Just Can’t Help Believing,” “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head” and “Hooked on a Feeling,” has died. He was 78.

Thomas, who announced in March that he had been diagnosed with lung cancer, died from complications of the disease Saturday at his home in Arlington, Texas, his publicist Jeremy Westby said in a statement.

Monday, May 31, 2021

Fueling box office rebound, 'Quiet Place' opens with $58.5M
Moviegoing increasingly looks like it didn't die during the pandemic. It just went into hibernation.

John Krasinski's thriller sequel “A Quiet Place Part II” opened over the Memorial Day weekend to a pandemic-best $48.4 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. Including the Monday holiday, the studio forecasts the film will gross $58.5 million in North America. It added another $22 million in ticket sales overseas.

Monday, May 31, 2021

Gavin MacLeod, 'Love Boat' captain, dies at 90
Gavin MacLeod, the veteran supporting actor who achieved fame as sardonic TV news writer Murray Slaughter on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and stardom playing cheerful Capt. Stubing on “The Love Boat,” has died. He was 90.

MacLeod died early Saturday at his home in Palm Desert, California, said Stephanie Steele Zalin, his stepdaughter. She attributed his death to his age, saying he had been well until very recently.

Monday, May 31, 2021

Publisher's Weekly Best Seller List
Saturday, May 29, 2021

Lisa Gardner marks a sharply-written return
Frankie Elkin is a nomad. Owning only what she can carry, she wanders from town to town hunting for missing people whom the police have been unable to find
Saturday, May 29, 2021

More moreish food, please
Years ago, we moved from our home in Switzerland to England. Among the mixed emotions, one standout was a relief to live again in an English-language culture.
Friday, May 28, 2021

Review: Stylistic shift for singer-songwriter Parker Millsap
Parker Millsap begins his new album ready to roll, playfully exploring the flexible verb on a song titled “Rolling."
Friday, May 28, 2021

British Museum takes new look at Rome's Nero
The British Museum’s new exhibition on the Roman Emperor Nero opens with a piece of fake news from the ancient world.

Visitors are greeted with an image of Peter Ustinov as Nero in the movie “Quo Vadis” strumming a lyre — a famous image of the cruel tyrant who notoriously fiddled while Rome burned.

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Armani, Dolce & Gabbana, and Etro to go live for Milan Fashion Week
Milan Fashion Week will remain mostly digital for menswear previews in June, with just three fashion houses opting to host guests in their showrooms as international travel just begins to resume amid the lifting of coronavirus restrictions.
Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Stephen Colbert says he's going back before live audiences
CBS said Monday that Stephen Colbert's late-night show will return to doing live episodes on June 14, with a vaccinated audience in New York's Ed Sullivan Theater.

The show produced 205 episodes without a live audience in more than a year because of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Monday, May 24, 2021

Wallen's award eligibility limited
Country singer Morgan Wallen will be eligible for multiple awards at this year’s CMA Awards but not the show’s top prize, a sign of the continuing fallout after he was caught on camera using a racial slur.
Saturday, May 22, 2021

A pizza recipe with artichoke, mozzarella - and cicadas
David George Gordon, author of the “Eat-a-Bug Cookbook,” says periodical cicadas should be harvested immediately after they have undergone their final molt — usually within minutes of their appearance above ground.
Saturday, May 22, 2021

Treat couscous like risotto for a creamy, fresh meal
Saturday, May 22, 2021

Taste Food
There are so many reasons to celebrate right now. Summer is upon us, more of us are vaccinated, and we can all get outside and carefully socialize. Let this Memorial Day be the official kickoff of summer and the barbecue season.
Saturday, May 22, 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, May 20, 2021

Monet's gardens reopening, a picture-perfect pandemic tonic
Beneath the scudding clouds and amid the luscious blooms, the gardeners tend the flowerbeds that were the pride and joy of impressionist painter Claude Monet, with pink and white striped tulips, diaphanous peonies, sky-blue forget-me-nots and myriad other flowers together creating a living art work.

The frustration for the gardeners has been that they've had no one to share their handiwork with. Like theater shows that weren't seen and symphonies that went unheard, the splendors of Monet's house and gardens were locked away while the coronavirus pandemic raged in France.

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Review: 'In Another World,' Cheap Trick still on top of it
In another world, it's still 1979, and Cheap Trick is arguably the biggest American rock band. Tracks like “Here's Looking at You” are dominating FM radio and teens are bopping to “The Party," singing along with “do-do-dos” reminiscent of Jimi Hendrix's “Crosstown Traffic.”
Saturday, May 15, 2021

Review: A hummingbird book that's like them, zippy and fun
As slight and zippy as its titular bird, "The Hummingbirds' Gift: Wonder, Beauty and Renewal on Wings" is a fine way to spend an hour or so this spring. Sy Montgomery fans may have already read it as a chapter in "Birdology" (2010), but if you're coming to it cold, the rescue and rehabilitation of Maya and Zuni will warm your heart while making you into an armchair ornithologist.
Saturday, May 15, 2021

NBC debuts new fall schedule
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Renee Zellweger is coming to network TV next season in a dramatization of a murder case recounted by “Dateline NBC.“
Saturday, May 15, 2021

Review: A new collection of stories by Haruki Murakami
Haruki Murakami has a new collection of stories told in the first person by an unnamed older man obsessed with baseball, music, and the porous borders between memory, reality and dreams.

He may describe himself as a "bland, run-of-the-mill guy," as in the story "Cream"  about a young man's encounter with an aging mystic  but Murakami Man is more like a walking encyclopedia who has a problem with women  mainly, that he can't seem to get past their physical appearance.

Thursday, May 13, 2021

Restored Richard Wright novel hits bestseller lists
More than 60 years after his death, Richard Wright is again a bestselling author and very much in line with the present.

“The Man Who Lived Underground,” a short novel written in the 1940s and never published in full until this spring, is the surreal but credible story of a Black man who is tortured by police into confessing to a double murder he didn’t commit. He escapes into the city’s sewer system. Like an inversion of the American road novel or a tale of space travel, Fred Daniels inhabits a world outside the world, making up the rules as he goes along and seeing his old life in a new way.

Thursday, May 13, 2021

Phylicia Rashad to lead Howard College of Fine Arts
Famed actor Phylicia Rashad is returning to her alma mater as the new dean of the Howard University College of Fine Arts.

The longtime performer and Tony Award winner, who role to cultural prominence as Clair Huxtable on “The Cosby Show,” graduated magna cum laude from Howard with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts in 1970.

Thursday, May 13, 2021

88-year-old artist finishes daily doodles
Much like the round clock faces, gears and planets that often populate his artwork, Robert Seaman has come full circle.

Seaman, 88, has been drawing since he was a boy, and at age 60, left a real estate career to pursue his hobby professionally. But it took the coronavirus pandemic to fully return him to his passion.

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Met Opera strikes deal with chorus ahead of restart
The Metropolitan Opera reached a tentative agreement Tuesday on a four-year contract with the American Guild of Musical Artists, one of three major labor deals needed for the New York company to resume performances in September.

The deal for the chorus, singers, dancers, actors, stage managers and staff directors would start Aug. 1, if ratified in a vote scheduled May 24. The new contract would start following the expiration of the current contract.

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Jay-Z, Foo Fighters and Go-Go's all in Rock Hall on their first try
Jay-Z, Foo Fighters and the Go-Go's were elected Wednesday to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame their first time on the ballot, leading a class that also includes Tina Turner, Carole King and Todd Rundgren.

Each will be honored during an induction ceremony in Cleveland on Oct. 30 before what organizers hope is a full house of fans enjoying live music again.

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Elon Musk moves ratings as host of 'Saturday Night Live'
Elon Musk moved a cryptocurrency’s value and TV ratings with his “Saturday Night Live” appearance.

Last weekend’s show averaged 7.3 million viewers, making it the third most-watched episode for the season behind the ones hosted by Dave Chappelle and Chris Rock, according to Nielsen figures.

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Pandemic year silenced culture, leaving world stunned
Maestro Riccardo Muti has once again reopened the Italian musical season in his adopted hometown of Ravenna after another — and if all goes well perhaps final — round of pandemic closures.

With a purposeful nod and flick of his baton, the 79-year-old conductor on Sunday ended what has been an unexpectedly long silence in Italian theaters, enrapturing a socially distanced and masked audience with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra’s first live performances since the fall — two evening concerts of Mendelssohn, Schumann and Brahms.

Monday, May 10, 2021

Surprise Mom with a special dessert in her honor
Mothers selflessly devote themselves to their children from infancy into adulthood. A mother's love never wanes, and she's always ready and willing to step in and put her children first.

Mother's Day is a great chance for men, women and children to honor the special women in their lives. Delicious homemade treats can show mothers just how much they're appreciated and adored. Try this tasty recipe for "Cold Mango Soufflés Topped with Toasted Coconut" from "The Complete Mexican, South American & Caribbean Cookbook" by Jane Milton, Jenni Fleetwood and Marina Filippelli.

Saturday, May 8, 2021

Food's role in overall health
Nutrition is a popular topic of conversation, particularly among those embarking on a weight loss or maintenance plan. Individuals carefully study food macros and pore over various diets to get the most out of the foods they eat. When the end goal is simply looking good, it may be easy to forget about the other benefits of nutritious diets, including their link to overall health.
Saturday, May 8, 2021

Transforming ricotta: just whip it
I am a little late to the ricotta party. For a long while, this Italian whey cheese has been relegated solely to lasagnas and other filled pasta dishes. Aside from that, ricotta has not played a role in much of my cooking. This is likely due to unfortunate first impressions, the ho-hum results of part-skim varieties that tend to be watery, grainy and lacking in character.
Saturday, May 8, 2021

Review: Snappier, tighter Royal Blood rock on 'Typhoons'
Most rock duos are based around the guitar-and-drums concept — think The White Stripes or The Black Keys. Now imagine taking away the guitar.

That's Royal Blood, a band of just two Englishmen that rocks like any other band but just without the axe. They simply don't need it and their third full-length album, "Typhoons," questions why we are all in love with six strings anyway.

Saturday, May 8, 2021

Review: An Ohio hospital reveals all the ills of health care

For the reader, it’s hard to avoid an abiding sense of sadness and shame that creeps in about halfway through “The Hospital: Life, Death and Dollars in a Small American Town,” when it becomes clear that a health care company’s insatiable drive for more money has overcome the high ideals of patient care, of ministering to people in their hours of greatest need.

Saturday, May 8, 2021

Review: Greta Van Fleet spread their wings gloriously
Greta Van Fleet are back and they're doubling down. The young Michigan rockers whose sound and classic look is reminiscent of Led Zeppelin have returned with "The Battle at Garden's Gate," an album not just rooted in classic 1970s rock but gloriously pounded into it.
Thursday, May 6, 2021

David Oyelowo fulfills new directing passion in 'Water Man'
While starring in films like “Selma” and “Lee Daniels' The Butler,” actor David Oyelowo discovered a new passion: directing.

Oyelowo was inspired to step behind-the-camera after learning different nuances of the craft from respected directors like Ava DuVernay and Will Gluck. His desire to act and direct in the same movie grew even more after seeing successful efforts from his friends Nate Parker in “The Birth of a Nation” and Joel Edgerton in “The Gift,” as well as Mel Gibson, who won an Oscar for best director for “Braveheart.”

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Actor indicted in $227M Ponzi scheme involving film rights
An aspiring actor was indicted Tuesday in Los Angeles on suspicion of running a massive Ponzi scheme that solicited hundreds of millions of dollars from investors for phony Hollywood film licensing deals, federal prosecutors said.

Zachary Joseph Horwitz, who has appeared in low-budget movies under the screen name Zach Avery, was charged by a federal grand jury with multiple counts, including securities fraud, wire fraud and identity theft, the Los Angeles Times reported.

It wasn’t immediately known if Horwitz has an attorney.

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Comic strip artists band together for a silly and good cause
Fans of newspaper comics will instantly notice something missing in many of the strips this Friday — pants.

More than 25 cartoonists behind strips from “Blondie” to “Zippy the Pinhead” are celebrating the quirky holiday No Pants Day in a way that helps charities get clothing to those in need.

Participating artists are drawing their characters without trousers and urging readers to donate clothing to thrift and second-hand stores hard-hit by COVID-19.

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

3 romance novels by Stacey Abrams to be reissued
Nothing like a prominent life in public service to help your other career as a romance novelist.

At least that’s the case for Stacey Abrams.

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Bill and Melinda Gates announce they are getting divorced
Bill and Melinda Gates said Monday that they are divorcing but would keep working together at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, one of the largest charitable foundations in the world.

In identical tweets, the Microsoft co-founder and his wife said they had made the decision to end their marriage of 27 years.

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Olympia Dukakis, Oscar-winning 'Moonstruck' star, dies at 89
Olympia Dukakis, the veteran stage and screen actor whose flair for maternal roles helped her win an Oscar as Cher's mother in the romantic comedy "Moonstruck," has died. She was 89.

Dukakis died Saturday morning in her home in New York City, according to Allison Levy, her agent at Innovative Artists. A cause of death was not immediately released, but her family said in a statement that she had been in failing health for months.

Monday, May 3, 2021

LLCC Student Art Show winners announced
Lincoln Land Community College has announced the 2021 LLCC Juried Student Art Show winners. Fifty-nine art students submitted a total of 151 entries from fall 2019 to spring 2021 for consideration, representing 10 of LLCC’s studio classes. The student art exhibit is available for viewing at
Monday, May 3, 2021

Sand Creek Trail Meeting, May 12
Macon County Conservation District staff will be holding a public meeting for Sand Creek Conservation Area trail users on Wednesday, May 12, at 6pm.

The purpose of this informational meeting will be to discuss trail repairs and volunteer opportunities. There will also be time for questions and answers with staff.

Monday, May 3, 2021

Publisher's Weekly Best Sellers
Saturday, May 1, 2021

Celeb make Alabama chicken shack famous
CAMDEN, Ala. (AP) — One of the biggest celebrities ever to pass through the Wilcox County seat of Camden dropped by Jackson’s Fried Chicken for lunch.
Saturday, May 1, 2021

There is more to tuna than the mayo-based sandwich filler. In fact, if there is one fish that can handle a robust marinade and the fire of the grill, it would be tuna. Tuna is thick and dense, and it holds its shape while you take the time to sear it golden brown. The key is choosing which kind of tuna is best to use.
Saturday, May 1, 2021

Al Schmitt, Grammy winning engineer and producer, dead at 91
Twenty-time Grammy winner Al Schmitt, whose extraordinary career as a recording engineer and producer included albums by Bob Dylan, Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra and many other of the top performers of the past 60 years, has died at age 91.

Schmitt’s family announced on Facebook that he died Monday, without identifying a specific cause. Schmitt lived in the Los Angeles area. A relative, who did not want to be identified, confirmed Schmitt’s death to The Associated Press.

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Florence Welch throws her hat into the musical theater ring
Florence Welch is ditching the machine for musicals.

The Grammy-nominated leader of Florence + The Machine is supplying the lyrics and co-writing music for a stage musical adaptation of “The Great Gatsby,” it was announced Wednesday. No cast or premiere venue was announced.

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

'Nomadland' wins best picture Oscar Sunday
Chloe Zhao’s “Nomadland,” a wistful portrait of itinerant lives on open roads across the American West, won best picture Sunday at the 93rd Academy Awards, where the China-born Zhao became the first woman of color to win best director and a historically diverse group of winners took home awards.

In the biggest surprise of a socially distanced Oscar ceremony held during the pandemic,  best actor went to Anthony Hopkins for his performance in the dementia drama “The Father.“ The award had been widely expected to go to Chadwick Boseman for his final performance in “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.” The night’s last award, it ended the ceremony on a down note, particularly since Hopkins wasn’t in attendance.

Monday, April 26, 2021

Review: Journalist's first collection of fiction excels
A Chinese tech company recently made headlines for its use of “smart” cushions in office chairs to monitor its employees’ workplace performance. It’s the kind of creepy surveillance you’d expect in the dystopian fiction of George Saunders — and now, the blazingly talented newcomer Te-Ping Chen.
Saturday, April 24, 2021

It's grilling season! Some of the very best meals come from the grill.
 Please share with us your favorite grilling recipe by sending to letscook! or mailing to Mascoutah Herald, PO Box C, Mascoutah Ill. 62258. Be sure to tell us something about your recipe. Did you get it from a friend or did you create it? Also include where you are from, as this column runs in newspapers throughout Southern Illinois and parts of Missouri. If you prefer to not have your name included, I will leave the name off.
Saturday, April 24, 2021

Podcast serves fresh stories highlighting farms and their ingredients
In weekly episodes, the EATYALL Podcast offers noteworthy content crafted especially for chefs and food enthusiasts. The EATYALL Podcast offers candid access into the reality of food production, often in stark contrast to the flood of misinformation that has dominated media in recent years. In each episode, EATYALL Founder and Podcast Host Andy Chapman brings chefs along who serve as guest hosts of the podcast.
Saturday, April 24, 2021

A Perfect Work-From-Home Lunch
I work from home, and while it's how I've always worked, it still presents a few challenges. Namely, structure and discipline. One trick I rely on is to schedule a lunch break. Easy to say, but the ritual of leaving the desk, moving into another room, and, most important, stepping away from the screen, can be difficult.
Saturday, April 24, 2021

State of Sound: A World of Music from Illinois
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum’s latest exhibit, “State of Sound: A World of Music from Illinois,” opens Friday, April 30. Journalists can get an early look and talk to the ALPLM exhibits director during a press preview at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, April 29.
Saturday, April 24, 2021

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

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

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

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

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