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'Queen of Great Power' chosen at Bolivian festival

May. 25, 2019 7:38 PM EDT

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Organizers of the Lord Jesus of the Great Power Festival, which fuses Andean and Catholic cultures, have chosen the queen to head the annual event which will mobilize 74,000 dancers and more than 4,000 musicians in the Bolivian city of La Paz. Wearing the red skirt, white-fringed...

10 wounded as gunmen open fire outside New Jersey bar

May. 25, 2019 6:00 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — At least two gunmen fired into a crowd outside a bar in New Jersey's capital city, wounding 10 people, two critically, but the motive for the shooting remains unknown, authorities said. Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo Onofri said a vehicle pulled up to the corner outside Ramoneros...

World-renowned Spoleto arts festival opens in Charleston

May. 24, 2019 7:34 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Charleston is opening 17 days of operas, plays, chamber music and jazz Friday as the world-renowned Spoleto Festival USA returns. The 43rd season of the arts festival kicks off Friday at noon with the opening ceremony from Charleston City Hall. It will run through June 9. The...

Why Quebec endlessly beckons those on a bicycle

May. 21, 2019 9:48 PM EDT

MONTREAL (AP) — In Montreal each spring, an epic bicycle festival demonstrates how 25,000 people can let the good times roll without bumping into each other too much.  In Quebéc City and its hinterlands, cyclists plunge into a history shaped by French explorers, the Roman Catholic Church,...

With Brad and Leo, Tarantino debuts a fairy tale in Cannes

May. 21, 2019 8:57 PM EDT

CANNES, France (AP) — Twenty-five years after premiering "Pulp Fiction" in Cannes, Quentin Tarantino returned to the French film festival with neither great vengeance nor furious anger but a gentler fairy tale about 1960s Los Angeles. "Once Upon a Time In ... Hollywood" made its much-anticipated debut...

Woodstock 50 festival: Investment bank is lining up money

May. 17, 2019 4:47 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Organizers of the Woodstock 50 festival are signaling progress toward resolving a financial crunch after a falling-out with backer Amplifi Live. The festival announced Friday that investment bank Oppenheimer & Co. has signed on as a financial adviser to pull money together. Meanwhile,...

Correction: Travel-Get Outta Here-The Shed story

May. 16, 2019 1:33 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — In a story May 15 about the Shed, the new performance space at New York City's Hudson Yards, The Associated Press misidentified a previous position held by the Shed's artistic director and CEO, Alex Poots. He was director of the Manchester International Festival, not the Birmingham...

Author Richard Ford to be honored by Library of Congress

May. 16, 2019 10:06 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Richard Ford, whose novels include the Pulitzer Prize-winning "Independence Day," is being honored by the Library of Congress. Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced Thursday that Ford has won the library's Prize for American Fiction. Hayden said in a statement that Ford was a...

Woodstock 50 plans roll on; court nixes cancellation bid

May. 15, 2019 8:02 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Woodstock 50 festival is back on after a court rebuffed an ex-investor's effort to cancel the anniversary extravaganza — but organizers will have to do without some $18 million, at least for now. Manhattan judge Barry Ostrager ruled Wednesday that the festival's former chief...

Rapper Kodak Black pleads not guilty to weapons charges

May. 15, 2019 12:41 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Rapper Kodak Black pleaded not guilty Wednesday to federal weapons charges that prevented him from performing last weekend at the Rolling Loud hip-hop festival, around which several violent incidents occurred. U.S. Magistrate Judge Edwin Torres also granted the 21-year-old Black release on...