Holocaust Remembrance Day to connect 9 states with plays

NEW YORK (AP) — Events in nine states will honor Holocaust Remembrance Day with readings of plays that deal with that darkest time in world history. The second annual Remembrance Readings program will include the reading of “2.5 Minute Ride” by Lisa Kron,...

No awards, just viewers for ‘NCIS: LA’ _ and a happy star

NEW YORK (AP) — “There are shows,” says Chris O’Donnell, “that never garner awards, that aren’t considered highbrow in any way – but that lots of fans really enjoy and keep coming back to watch.” These days, viewers (especially...

In ‘BFG,’ Rylance takes on a new role: Spielberg regular

NEW YORK (AP) — The first time Steven Spielberg offered a role to Mark Rylance, the actor said no. That was 30 years ago for “Empire of the Sun.” Now, Rylance can’t stop saying yes. Fresh off their Oscar-winning collaboration on “Bridge of...

Corea, Alexander to headline Montreal Jazz Festival

NEW YORK (AP) — A preteen prodigy and a master celebrating his 75th birthday will be among the headliners at the world’s largest jazz festival. Pianist Chick Corea will be marking his milestone birthday at the Montreal International Jazz Festival in a trio with...

In ‘Papa,’ Hemingway returns to Cuba via the silver screen

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ernest Hemingway left Cuba shortly after Fidel Castro’s revolution, as relations with the United States began to fall into a deep freeze. Over five decades later, the author of “The Old Man and the Sea” returns to the island thanks to...

Indiana University student named Indy 500’s official poet

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indiana University student who is a poet and a performer has been named the Indianapolis 500’s first official poet since the early 20th century. Adam Henze of Bloomington beat out more than 200 others who submitted Indy 500-themed poems for the...

Waltz with Leo, Brad or Beyonce _ or their holograms anyway

TOKYO (AP) — You can waltz with Leo, pirouette to “Swan Lake” or join Beyonce on the disco floor. Well, your holograms can, at Tokyo’s Madame Tussauds wax museum. The Tokyo location of the museums known for their life-sized celebrity figures in wax opened...

Andrea Barrett wins $30,000 short story prize

NEW YORK (AP) — Andrea Barrett, an acclaimed fiction writer best known for the story collection “Ship Fever,” has won a $30,000 honor for making a “significant contribution” to the art of short fiction. Barrett, 61, is this year’s recipient of...

Beach Boys to headline Memorial Day concert in DC

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Beach Boys will be the headliners for this year’s Memorial Day concert on the lawn of the U.S. Capitol. Producers announced plans Wednesday for the concert, which honors America’s service members and veterans. For the 11th consecutive year,...

Beyonce slays at tour opening, offers no insight into album

AP Photo/Matt Slocum MIAMI (AP) — Whether scorned woman or confident seductress, Beyonce moved seamlessly between the two on the opening night of her Formation World Tour in Miami, offering no insight into the rumors of marital infidelity fueled by her latest album. Queen B...