Review: Holly Brown delivers with `A Necessary End’

“A Necessary End” (William Morrow), by Holly Brown The desire for a child – an occasion that should be joyful – turns into a deadly obsession in the highly stylized “A Necessary End.” In the “Gone Girl” mode, author Holly Brown...
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Rock opera ‘Deep Love’ takes the long road to NYC

AP Photo/Mark Kennedy NEW YORK (AP) — There’s not much to do in eastern Idaho in the winter. It’s freezing, windy and depressing. Why not create a musical? Stay-inside weather – plus a healthy dose of heartache – helped spark the creation in 2009 of...

Who will make us laugh during upcoming presidential campaign

NEW YORK (AP) — A presidential campaign is beginning without late-night television hosts who helped us laugh through past ones, both a cultural loss and an opportunity for new voices. David Letterman is gone, taking his unmatched ability to have serious conversations with...
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Ballerina Misty Copeland heading to Broadway’s ‘On the Town’

AP Photo/Mary Altaffer NEW YORK (AP) — Ballerina Misty Copeland, who just became the first African-American woman to be a principal dancer at American Ballet Theatre, has another breakthrough planned – a debut on Broadway. Producers of the high-energy revival of...
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Vanessa Williams weds Jim Skrip, her 3rd marriage

AP Photo/Andy Wong NEW YORK (AP) — Vanessa Williams tied the knot with her fiance, Jim Skrip, on the Fourth of July. A representative for the singer-actress said Sunday that Williams and Skrip wed a day earlier. No details of the ceremony were provided. This is the third...

Dead shows set attendance records at Chicago’s Soldier Field

CHICAGO (AP) — The Grateful Dead is making Chicago’s Soldier Field come alive like no rock band ever has. In a news release, Soldier Field says the 70,764 tickets sold for Friday night’s show broke a previous record for any event at the stadium when U2 sold...
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Now playing: Harpsichord of Columbus’ era sounds again

AP Photo/Justin Wan SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A harpsichord that entertained the elites of Italy in the mid-1500s has been restored by a South Dakota museum and will soon bring its sound to 21st-century ears. The National Music Museum in Vermilion, which acquired the...
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Queen Latifah, Amy Schumer headline Fourth of July festival

AP Photo/Richard Shotwell NEW YORK (AP) — Queen Latifah started with “The Star-Spangled Banner” and ended with a rap classic. Amy Schumer told raunchy jokes despite some children in the crowd. And country singer Sara Evans was a vocal powerhouse when she covered...

UK’s Princess Charlotte to be christened on queen’s estate

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s Princess Charlotte, the nine-week-old baby of Prince William and his wife Kate, is to be christened at a church on Queen Elizabeth II’s country estate. The queen, her husband Prince Philip, Prince Charles and Kate’s family will be...
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Billy Joel weds girlfriend during July 4 party at NY estate

AP Photo/Kevin Wolf NEW YORK (AP) — Billy Joel married girlfriend Alexis Roderick in a surprise ceremony at the couple’s annual July 4 party. The singer’s spokeswoman Claire Mercuri says New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo presided over Saturday’s nuptials at...