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Opera house reborn after it closed down 60 years ago

Jun. 10, 2021 10:51 AM EDT

In its heyday, the Lakeport Opera House in Laconia served as a performance venue, dance hall, even a speakeasy. It closed around 1960 and was boarded up. Now, the nearly 140-year-old building is reopening after extensive renovations. The first live performance is...

Library director removes planned 'drag story time' event

Jun. 09, 2021 11:42 AM EDT

DERRY, N.H. (AP) — A “Drag Story Time" event for children at a New Hampshire public library has been moved to a private venue after some people complained about it. The June 18 event at the Taylor Library in Derry was billed as “Drag Story Time with Clara,"...

Middle Georgia's Nutcracker production plans 2021 comeback

Jun. 06, 2021 09:54 AM EDT

MACON, Ga. (AP) — Organizers of central Georgia’s decades-old production of The Nutcracker are settling into a new home as they prepare for a 2021 comeback. The Macon-based Nutcracker of Middle Georgia has been staging the holiday-themed ballet for more than 30...

Bob Fosse's 'Dancin'' plans to glide back to Broadway

Jun. 03, 2021 10:50 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — “Dancin'” — choreographer Bob Fosse's tribute to the art of dance — is hoping to make its sleek and sexy return to Broadway under the guidance of a veteran Fosse dancer. A new production of the musical is aiming for a Broadway bow during the...

La Scala announces 2021-21 season, with hope of fewer limits

May. 31, 2021 11:02 AM EDT

MILAN (AP) — Milan’s famed Teatro alla Scala on Monday announced a 2021-22 season of 13 operas, seven ballets and numerous concerts as Italy’s most important theater looks toward a gradual removal of pandemic restrictions. Audiences returned to La Scala last month,...

Politics still pack a punch(line) for Iranian-American comic

May. 31, 2021 02:06 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — For Iranian-American Maz Jobrani, a stand-up show in Dubai marked the first time he's been in front of a major live audience overseas since the start of the coronavirus pandemic — and he feels it. “Doing stand-up comedy is kind of...

Dancing like there's no COVID-19: Paris hosts test concert

May. 29, 2021 13:31 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Thousands of people, masked and tested for the coronavirus, packed inside a Paris arena for a concert Saturday as part of a public health experiment to prepare France to host big events again. The show at AccorHotels Arena in eastern Paris features 1980s...

Italy's Carla Fracci, La Scala prima ballerina, dies at 84

May. 28, 2021 02:22 AM EDT

MILAN (AP) — Carla Fracci, an Italian cultural icon and former La Scala prima ballerina renowned for romantic roles alongside such greats as Rudolf Nureyev and Mikhail Baryshnikov, died Thursday at her home in Milan. She was 84. Milan’s Teatro alla Scala announced...

Designer David Rockwell offers a guide to his creativity

May. 24, 2021 12:46 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The COVID-19 pandemic cut the connections between people and emptied the spaces they met. For award-winning architect and theater designer David Rockwell, it struck at the very heart of his work. From designing KAOS Nightclub in Las Vegas to transforming...

Dexter farm aims to be community resource for arts, gardens

May. 24, 2021 00:08 AM EDT

DEXTER, Mich. (AP) — It’s a farm perhaps best known for its vegetable stand at the edge of Dancer Road near Dexter. But Dancing Willow Farm wants to become more of a community resource that features artists and offers concerts, community gardens and classes, owners...