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Education Jan 22Sesame Street launches TV show for children affected by Syrian civil war
“Sesame Street” in the past year has tackled everything from foster care to substance abuse. Now its latest effort is trying to help children suffering as a result of the Syrian civil war.
Arts Dec 27‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88
His goddaughter Jane Dorian confirmed his death to The Associated Press early Friday. He died of pulmonary complications in Miami, where he had been living with his partner, real estate broker Terry Marler.
Arts Dec 13Blue-collar character actor Danny Aiello has died at age 86
Danny Aiello, the blue-collar character actor whose long career playing tough guys included roles in “Fort Apache, the Bronx,” "The Godfather, Part II," “Once Upon a Time in America” and his Oscar-nominated performance as a pizza man in Spike Lee’s…
Arts Nov 13Lena Horne Prize to recognize artists who promote social change
The Lena Horne Prize for Artists Creating Social Impact will recognize those who “promote awareness and create social change.”…
Arts Nov 06‘Sesame Street’ turns 50
This first episode of “Sesame Street” — sponsored by the letters W, S and E and the numbers 2 and 3 — aired in the fall of 1969. The show was designed by education professionals and child psychologists with one goal: to…
Arts Jul 31Hal Prince, towering Broadway director and producer, dead at 91
Harold Prince, a Broadway director and producer who pushed the boundaries of musical theater with such groundbreaking shows as "The Phantom of the Opera," ''Cabaret," ''Company" and "Sweeney Todd" and won a staggering 21 Tony Awards, has died. Prince was…
Arts Jul 24Actor Rutger Hauer, of ‘Blade Runner’ fame, has died at 75
Earlier in his career, a Hollywood agent suggested changing his name to something easier for the American public to learn. The actor declined. "If you're good enough, people will remember your name," he explained…
Arts Jun 10‘Hadestown’ captures 8 Tony Awards, including best musical
The brooding musical about the underworld took home the most awards, which included a rare win for a female director of a musical.
Arts May 23Charlottesville drama teacher to get special Tony Award
The special Tony Award that honors educators this year will go to a drama teacher in Charlottesville, Virginia, who has encouraged her students to explore their differences and heal rifts, especially following a deadly 2017 white nationalist rally in the…
Arts May 14Comedian Tim Conway of ‘The Carol Burnett Show’ dies at 85
Conway won four Emmy Awards on Carol Burnett's TV variety show and credited his Midwestern roots for putting him on the right path to laughs.