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Arts Jan 12Ronnie Spector, ’60s icon who sang ‘Be My Baby,’ dies at 78
Ronnie Spector, the cat-eyed, bee-hived rock ‘n’ roll siren who sang such 1960s hits as “Be My Baby,” “Baby I Love You” and “Walking in the Rain” as the leader of the girl group the Ronettes, has died. She was…
Arts Dec 13‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ actors look back at the ‘pick-me-up’ classic
“It’s a Wonderful Life” has become a beloved holiday tradition and marks its 75th anniversary this year. “It’s a good impetus to really keep us going in a positive direction,” former child actor Karolyn Grimes said of the classic film.
Arts Nov 26Stephen Sondheim, theater icon who reshaped musicals, dies at 91
Sondheim influenced several generations of theater songwriters, particularly with such landmark musicals as "Company," "Follies" and "Sweeney Todd." His most famous ballad, "Send in the Clowns," has been recorded hundreds of times.
Science Nov 12The cosmos beckons for Snoopy onscreen and in real life
A new rocket designed to launch humans to the moon, Mars and beyond will launch next year from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. On board will be a familiar fuzzy figure — Snoopy.
Arts Nov 01Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will return to pre-pandemic format
This year's parade — the 95th annual — will snap back to form after bowing to pandemic restrictions last year. It will feature 15 giant character balloons, 28 floats, 36 novelty and heritage inflatables, more than 800 clowns, 10 marching…
Arts Oct 25First steps made in Congress to honor pop superstar Prince
Minnesota's Congressional delegation on Monday is introducing a resolution to posthumously award the Congressional Gold Medal to pop superstar Prince, citing his "indelible mark on Minnesota and American culture," The Associated Press has learned.
Arts Oct 18Posthumous Chuck Berry live album to be released in December
"Live From Blueberry Hill" is taken from performances recorded between July 2005 and January 2006 at Blueberry Hill café in St. Louis, one of Berry's favorite places to play.
Arts Sep 27‘Moulin Rouge! The Musical’ sashays home with 10 Tony Awards
Broadway looked back Sunday night to honor shows shuttered by COVID-19, mourn its fallen and also look forward to welcoming audiences again. “The Inheritance” by Matthew Lopez was named the best new play, and Charles Fuller’s “A Soldier’s Play” won…
Arts Sep 26Tony Awards and TV special hope to be the jab Broadway needs
Sunday's show has been expanded from its typical three hours to four, with Audra McDonald handing out Tonys for the first two hours and Leslie Odom Jr. hosting a “Broadway’s Back!” celebration for the second half, including the awarding of…
Arts Sep 17Rare U.S. Constitution copy up for auction
A very special birth certificate will be auctioned off later this year.