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FILE -This June 12, 2011 file photo shows Larry Kramer, left, and Daryl Roth embracing after they won the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play for

Reaction to the death of AIDS activist, writer Larry Kramer

May. 27, 2020 6:11 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Reaction to the death of Larry Kramer, the AIDS activist and playwright who turned his fury into mass protests and helped raise the profile of the disease: “At a time when the federal government sat paralyzed in denial of a disease that was ravaging an entire generation of LGBTQ...

FILE - In this Dec. 10, 2014 file photo, playwright Larry Kramer attends Acria's 19th Annual Holiday Dinner Benefit in New York. Kramer, the playwright whose angry voice and pen raised theatergoers’ consciousness about AIDS and roused thousands to militant protests in the early years of the epidemic, died Wednesday, May 27, 2020 in Manhattan of pneumonia. He was 84. (Photo by Donald Traill/Invision/AP, File)

Larry Kramer, playwright and AIDS activist, dies at 84

May. 27, 2020 5:55 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Larry Kramer, the playwright whose angry voice and pen raised theatergoers’ consciousness about AIDS and roused thousands to militant protests in the early years of the epidemic, has died at 84. Bill Goldstein, a writer who was working on a biography of Kramer, confirmed the news to...

FILE - This May 12, 2014 file photo shows playwright Larry Kramer at the premiere of HBO Films'

Larry Kramer used voice, pen to raise consciousness on AIDS

May. 27, 2020 5:51 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Time never softened the urgency of Larry Kramer’s demands. Theatergoers leaving a celebrated revival of Kramer’s “The Normal Heart” in 2011 were greeted by the playwright himself, deep in his 70s by then, handing out leaflets outside the Broadway theater...

Matt Fontaine receives a gallon of free milk on his motorcycle distributed by members of the Rhode Island National Guard and volunteers with the Dairy Farmers of America to families in need, Wednesday, May 27, 2020, in Pawtucket, R.I. Dairy farmers have a milk surplus because demand has dropped as schools and restaurants closed during the coronavirus pandemic, and some farmers have had to pour excess milk away. Farmers donated the 4,300 gallons of milk given away today at McCoy Stadium. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

New gym rules released; GOP seeks nursing home oversight

May. 27, 2020 4:43 PM EDT

Gyms and fitness studios will be subject to new rules when they're allowed to reopen Monday as part of the state’s second phase of resuming its economy from the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Gina Raimondo said Wednesday. Among the new guidelines: face masks will be required for most workouts and exercise...

This combination photo shows, top row from left, Antonio Banderas, Danielle Brooks, Glenn Close and Elvis Costello, second row from left, Claire Danes, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Danai Gurira and Anne Hathaway, third row from left, John Leguizamo, Audra McDonald, Sandra Oh and David Hyde Pierce, who are among the stars expected to attend the June 1 virtual event, called “We Are One Public,” a benefit for New York City's fabled Public Theater. (AP Photo)

Stars to come out to support NYC's The Public Theater

May. 26, 2020 2:01 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Jesse Tyler Ferguson is a star in his own right but even he has had to gulp at the wattage on tap for the upcoming benefit for New York City's fabled Public Theater. Meryl Streep, Antonio Banderas, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Alicia Keys, Daniel Craig, Danielle Brooks, Glenn Close, Elvis Costello,...

FILE - In this Jan. 14, 2020 file photo, Awkwafina, born Nora Lum, poses for a portrait to promote her Comedy Central series

Celebrity birthdays for the week of May 31-June 6

May. 26, 2020 8:17 AM EDT

Celebrity birthdays for the week of May 31-June 6: May 31: Actor-director Clint Eastwood is 90. Singer Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary is 82. Keyboardist Augie Meyers of the Texas Tornadoes and the Sir Douglas Quintet is 80. Actress Sharon Gless (“Cagney and Lacey”) is 77. Actor Tom Berenger is...

Playwright Tre’von Griffith appears in a self-portrait.  Griffith is part of a national initiative called “Play at Home,” a push by not-for-profit theater companies from New York to California to keep people connected to live theater. “It’s a nice way to introduce myself to a broader audience and to articulate stories that I like to tell,” said Griffith.

Big art, small package: Tiny plays offered to stage at home

May. 22, 2020 12:00 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The task facing playwright Tito Livas was intense: Write a new play in a few days that could be read alone or aloud with friends. Don't worry if it's too crazy. Oh, and make it 10 minutes or less. Livas is part of a national initiative called “ Play at Home,” a push by...

FILE - In this Jan. 1, 2018 file photo, Italian Maestro Riccardo Muti conducts the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra during the traditional New Year's concert at the golden hall of Vienna's Musikverein, Austria. Riccardo Muti will conduct a youth orchestra in an open-air concert launching the annual Ravenna Festival next month in what organizers billed Friday May 22, 2020, as Italy’s first live classical music performance since its strict lockdown to stop the spread of coronavirus. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak, File)

Muti to conduct classical music's return to Italian stage

May. 22, 2020 5:51 AM EDT

SOAVE, Italy (AP) — Riccardo Muti will conduct a youth orchestra in an open-air concert launching the annual Ravenna Festival next month in what organizers billed Friday as Italy’s first live classical music performance since its strict lockdown to stop the spread of coronavirus. The Italian...

FILE - This May 5, 2019 file photo shows host Mario Lopez on stage at the 46th annual Daytime Emmy Awards in Pasadena, Calif. The Daytime Emmy Awards are skipping a theater ceremony because of the coronavirus but the honors will be presented on a TV broadcast on June 26. Nominations for the 47th annual Daytime Emmys will be announced Thursday on CBS’ “The Talk,” with categories including best drama series, talk show and game show. The TV academy that organizes the daytime awards had announced it wouldn’t hold the traditional theater ceremony out of pandemic safety concerns. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

Daytime Emmys back on TV, but with socially distanced show

May. 20, 2020 7:35 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Daytime Emmy Awards are skipping a theater ceremony because of the coronavirus but the honors will be presented on a TV broadcast. CBS' decision to air the awards on June 26 is a bright spot for the daytime honors, which had been consigned to an online presentation in recent years as...

A man with a facemask walks past a wall mural in Singapore’s Little India district on Saturday, May 16, 2020. Wearing of facemarks is mandatory for everyone who goes outside their homes to control the spread of the coronavirus in the city state. Singapore has reported more than 27,000 COVID-19 cases, with 90% of the cases linked to foreign workers dormitories, but it has a low fatality rate of 21 deaths. (AP Photo/YK Chan)

The Latest: UN chief warns pandenic threatens Africa

May. 20, 2020 12:33 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — UN Secretary-General warns virus pandemic threatens...