The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts celebrated five “honorees” at its 37th annual ceremony last night: singer Al Green actor and filmmaker Tom Hanks, ballerina Patricia McBride, singer-songwriter Sting, and comedienne Lily Tomlin. Continue reading
WASHINGTON — It’s a rare honor for an artist to receive accolades from the president, let alone have him sing one of your tunes.
Now Al Green can claim both, knowing that President Barack Obama is a fan. Green is among five artists receiving this year’s Kennedy Center Honors, the national awards for influencing American culture through the arts, the center announced Thursday.
Tom Hanks, Sting, Lily Tomlin and ballerina Patricia McBride will also receive the honor. They will be saluted by top entertainers in a performance Dec. 7 and a reception at the White House. The show will be broadcast Dec. 30 on CBS. Continue reading
During her 42-hour attempted swim from Cuba to Key West this week, Diana Nyad battled extreme exhaustion, severe sunburn, strained muscles, powerful storms and circling sharks. But the thing that really ground the 103-mile trek to a halt, she said, was the jellyfish. Continue reading
Jeffrey Brown speaks with rock legend Sting, who just added a 45-piece orchestra to his act. The rock star says it’s his job to keep his older hits alive with a renewed enthusiasm. Continue reading
International pop star Sting is in the midst of an American and world tour with his ‘band’. This summer, that means a 45-piece band made up from members of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, who have been helping him re-create his past hits with a very different sound. He has a new album called “Symphonicities.”
In a sting operation orchestrated by the federal government, congressional investigators who set up a bogus company were able to purchase materials for a dirty bomb, despite Nuclear Regulatory Commission oversight. Continue reading